DESIGN AWARD INDIA 2019

DESIGN FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
ANTICIPATE. INNOVATE. CAPTIVATE.

The Lexus Design Award India aims to identify and award the best works of industrial design created by Indian designers. The award aims to recognize and reward members of the Indian design community who anticipate future challenges, innovate to tackle those challenges and in doing so, captivate the hearts and minds of Indian consumers.


Read more about the 2019 Lexus Design Award winners below.



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  • ABOUT THE AWARD

    The Lexus Design Award India (LDAI) seeks to foster the growth of ideas that contribute to society by supporting designers, creators, and students whose works can help to shape a better future. The award aims to recognize and reward the best original industrial design work executed by Indian designers, institutions, design consultancy firms, in-house design teams of companies, and students. Good design is defined by LDAI as the synthesis of sustainable, ergonomic, aesthetic, commercial, industrial, and scientific disciplines to create products that simplify, enrich, and better human existence.

    Lexus, as a brand, has always stood for excellence in design, ergonomics, sustainability, technological superiority, and responsible consumption. The LDAI will mirror these brand values.

    The LDAI is an annual award that promotes good design across multiple categories. This is the second year of the LDAI.

ABOUT THE TROPHY

The award trophy, designed by leading industrial designer, Michael Foley, features layers emanating from an arc reminiscent of the ‘L’-motif. A high lustre silver finish highlights each layer’s depth, with its warm wood base humanising the machined anodised aluminium slab.

Finalists

The Lexus Design Award India recognizes Indian talent from various design disciplines. The different judging categories are divided into two pools, established work and conceptual work.

Finalists in Established Work category

This category features industrial design works that are client-commissioned or self-commissioned, and have been through a complete design cycle.

  • PRODUCT DESIGN

    PRODUCT DESIGN

    This includes all products and product systems that are designed for use by end consumers and intended for mass manufacture. This includes (but is not limited to) consumer appliances, consumer electronics, and products for home and office. This award will not consider product designs that are intended as one-offs or artistic installations. This category includes all types of product except automobiles and automobile related design. (See Avoidance of Conflict of Interest in the Eligibility Section)



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      • Nadi Tarangini - Medical Equipment for Ayurvedic Doctors

        Design Directions

        A device designed to mimic Nadi Pariksha - an ancient Ayurvedic technique of Pulse Diagnosis which can accurately diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances in the body. This device has the potential for opening up a brand new market for the manufacturer.

      • Mettis - Toe Rings with Fitness Trackers

        Titan Company

        A toe ring for women that doubles up as a fitness tracker.

      • NeoMotion - Reimagining the Wheelchair

        NeoMotion Assistive Solutions (Winner)

        NeoFly, the wheelchair, is designed for individual customization, correct posture, energy conservation, and compactness to enhance accessibility. NeoBolt, a motor-powered clip-on, converts NeoFly into a safe, roadworthy vehicle, which can travel up to 30kms per charge on any terrain.

      • Wide Format Eco-Solvent Printer

        Jagana Design Lab

        Design innovations in this product include an inclined form, better access to controls, media visibility, lever handling and cartridge integration. The inclined form also prevents user from storing items atom the the printer, and helps in reducing accidents due to spillage.

      • BluSnap - Ventilation System for Helmets

        Foley Designs Pvt Ltd

        A snap-on ventilation system for motorcycle helmets.

      • Low Cost Dialysis Machine

        Icarus Nova

        A low-cost dialysis machine to make dialysis accessible and affordable.

      • Excel ORCOmin - Powered Rapid Composting Device

        Excel Industries

        An efficient organic waste converter that helps you convert your segregated organic waste to good quality compost.

  • TEXTILE DESIGN

    TEXTILE DESIGN

    This will include all design work that uses textiles and fabrics as an integral part of the design project. This category includes textiles for use by the apparel industry, the home furnishing industry, and other allied business that use textiles as an integral part of a product experience.



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      • Tuni - Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Art

        Tuni Handcrafted Textiles

        A collection of stoles and fabrics made using traditional weaves, with a modern design for the urban audiences.

      • Urban Ladder Textile Collection

        Urban Ladder

        A collection of bed linen, cushion covers, and runners from Urban Ladder.

      • Toile Indienne Textile Collection

        Toile Indienne

        A collection of textile prints that embodies wit, wisdom, ancient traditions, modernity and all that lies between.

      • Tangaliya Weaves - Revitalizing a Heritage Craft

        Chetan Chhiller

        A collection inspired by the heritage textile craft of Tangaliya. It is a hand-woven, GI protected textile made by the Dangasia community of Gujarat, India.

      • Blue Poetry - Upcycling Textile Waste

        Paiwand Studio

        The intention of this project was to develop up-cycled textiles out of textile scrap, which comes from artisans and design houses.

      • Amaze Range of Block Printed Textiles

        Ayush Kasliwal Design (Winner)

        A range of cotton-linen blend, hand block-printed upholstery fabrics, created with patterns designed to bring the magic of Indian heritage water systems into focus.

  • LIFESTYLE ACCESSORY DESIGN

    LIFESTYLE ACCESSORY DESIGN

    The award for Lifestyle Accessory design will consider (but is not limited to) the design of jewellery, personal accessories, bags, luggage, footwear, clothing, lighting, interior objects and other lifestyle associated products. Like all the other award categories, this award will consider only those entries that are intended for mass or batch manufacture. This award will not consider designs intended as one-offs or custom-made pieces.



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      • Tuni - Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Art

        Tuni Handcrafted Textiles

        A collection of stoles and fabrics made using traditional weaves, with a modern design for the urban audiences.

      • For The Love of Bombay - Apparel Collection

        Prasad Ramamurthy

        A collection of shirts inspired by the city of Mumbai (Bombay).

      • Mettis - Toe Rings with Fitness Trackers

        Titan Company

        A toe ring for women that doubles up as a fitness tracker.

      • FlipSlide - Shoe with Interchangeable Heels

        Design Directions

        The world's first proprietary patented shoe design technology, ‘FlipSide’ allows women to change heels from low to high and block to stiletto, to create exciting new looks with just one pair of shoes.

      • Padmaavat- 22K Gold Jewellery

        Titan Company

        A collection that is steeped in grandiose richness of traditional royal Indian jewellery.

      • South Indian Breakfast Set

        Foley Designs (Winner)

        A compact & stylish South Indian breakfast cutlery set that makes cooking hassle-free.

  • FURNITURE DESIGN

    FURNITURE DESIGN

    This award will recognize the best design work in furniture and products intended for use in residential or commercial interiors. Here again, the design work must be intended for mass manufacture and end-user consumption. This includes (but not limited to) seating systems, office systems, home furniture and lighting. Custom built retail interior design that is location specific and intended as a one-off will not be considered.



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      • Solli Furniture Collection

        Sohel Contractor

        An innovative range from Solli Concepts that fuses design aesthetics with conscious consumption.

      • Urban Ladder Furniture Collection

        Urban Ladder

        A furniture collection that focuses on sustainability by creating products that are exciting for a myriad of sensibilities and yet not have any short term trend based influence.

      • Moh - The Tray Side Table

        Amazng Furniture & Accessories (Winner)

        Three different materials were married in creation of this table, using the functional qualities of these materials to develop a unique piece for everyday use. The solid stone base holds the weight of the table and is supported centrally by an elegant steel rod on which sits a chic wooden tray embedded with brass laser-cut natural forms.

      • Drape - Metal Light Installation

        Vibhor Sogani

        Drape combines fluid curves with the solidity of the lustrous beads to create a shape that entices observers. The reflections multiply on the interior surface, lending zeal and energy. During the daytime, it takes on a secondary function, adding value to the space through its dynamic and symbolic forms and proportions.

      • Sliver Public Chair - Public Seating for Indian Conditions

        Foley Designs

        A dual-directional public utility seating facility with a simple and minimal design, very small footprint and a hushed soft return.

  • DESIGN THINKING

    DESIGN THINKING

    Design thinking is the application of design ideas and methodologies in areas that might traditionally considered as “non-design” domains. Apart from just designers, in recent times, design thinking has been used by CEOs, social scientists, economists, and educators. The award for Design Thinking will be given to projects that bring fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to difficult problems. These solutions should be scalable and have the potential for impact at a mass level.



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      • Improving Living Conditions of Salt Pan Labourers

        Anshuman Kumar

        Using Co-design and participatory design approach, this project endeavours to elevate the living & working conditions of the labourers working in the salt fields in India.

      • Brand Transformation of Ishanya Mall

        Idiom Design & Consulting

        The design team used tools like the Golden Circle and Hofstede culture model to create a framework leading to 7 core organizational values. Prototyping of these new behaviours and ideas was carried out through mini projects, new rituals and practices.

      • Connected Healthcare at Home

        Designit

        Connected Healthcare at Home is about the convergence of health technology, digital media and mobile devices. It enables patients enables patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals to access data and information more easily and improve the quality and outcome of healthcare.

      • LETS - Learn English Through Stories

        Alka Hingorani

        A unique approach to teaching English to children from rural areas of India.

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      • Design for Change - Taking Design to Schools Worldwide

        Kiran Bir Sethi (Winner)

        A global movement that cultivates the ‘I Can’ mindset in every child. DFC offers a simple 4-step design thinking framework to help schools foster a learning environment by nurturing both Content and Character, Passion and Compassion, Doing Good and Doing Well - by design and not by chance.

      • Malai - Coconut Based Ahimsa Leather

        Malai Biomaterials Design

        A biocomposite material made from bacterial cellulose and natural fibres, Malai aims to develop a material alternative to animal-based leather for the fashion industry that is environmentally sustainable as well.

  • PACKAGING DESIGN

    PACKAGING DESIGN

    Given India’s vast appetite for consumption, packaging of all sorts of goods from food to consumer durables plays an important role in creating and strengthening brand identity in the mind of the consumer. The award for packaging design will consider packaging designs that involve structural design, surface graphic design, and environmental impact. The award will not consider design work that only involves surface design.



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      • Pluspack - User Centric Secondary Pack For Medicines

        Dr Reddy's (Winner)

        Pluspack encompasses multiple novel features with specific advantages. The design innovations in this package design include a compact carton, dual compartments, an inbuilt tray, anti-tampering features, a labelled pack interface and anti-counterfeit features.

      • The Hillcart Tales - Branding and Packaging for Premium Tea

        Lemon Design

        This project will focus on creating a brand identity and developing creative packaging in order to position the company as a credible player in India's premium tea segment.

      • Too Yumm - Self Standing Foxnut Pouch

        Elephant Design

        A packing solution for Too Yumm, created through extensive research and keen insights into the Indian market. Innovations include a matt lacquer on surface to highlight the product shot & brand name, a 4-layer material to provide the required shelf life & a gusseted bottom to make the pack stand tall.

      • Savlon Braille Bottles - Disabled Friendly Packaging

        Ogilvy & Mather

        The aim of this project was to improve every visually-impaired individual's access to antiseptic. The design solution makes it easier for visually impaired people to identify and therefore use antiseptic as and when they need.

      • Don't hide it. Period - Packaging For Sanitary Napkins

        NH One Design Communications

        A packaging solution that breaks the mould of stereotypical graphics associated with packaging of sanitary pads like flowers, butterflies and cursive typography. Packed in reusable canvas bag, each with a unique message that encourage both women and men to start a conversation about periods without shame.

  • CRAFT DESIGN

    CRAFT DESIGN

    India has a large majority of people who rely on their craft making skills to earn a living. The handicraft industry is a big contributor to India’s GDP and employs millions of people. The Award for Design for Craft seeks to acknowledge designers who work with craftspeople and crafts collectives to help create products/services that in turn help craftspeople improve their skills and design abilities and simultaneously opens up new sources of income for them.



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      • Shunya Lamp - Hand Beaten Metal Craft

        Mangrove Collective

        This lamp has been developed with the help of an old indigenous craft called Mathar. Mathar is a metallurgical craft with its origins in the Mughal period.

      • Mannat - Wood & Metal Based Home Décor

        Studio ABD

        An aesthetically designed artifact, inspired by the ancient ritual prevalent in many parts of India of making wishes by tying threads on a tree, Mannat is made using the beautiful Bidar craft of black casting and silver inlay.

      • Promenade Pushkar - Crafting Fashion Out of Waste

        Shivam International

        An organic clothing brand that uses hand-woven fabrics which are a 100% up-cycled, hand-woven by weavers from a village near Jaipur, India.

      • Indigo - Innovation For Bandhani Fabrics

        Adil Khatri

        The designer looked at innovative ways of diversifying bandhani in order to reach out to various markets, both national & international. He focused on indigo, a dye that is natural and sustainable in order to create modern designs.

      • Tuni - Traditional Textiles Meet Modern Art

        Tuni Handcrafted Textiles

        A collection of hand woven stoles and sarees that marry traditional crafts with modern designs. This designer's works are inspired by masterpieces of modern art.

      • Kalpavriksha - Reviving Palm Leaf and Coir Craft

        Knot Studio (Winner)

        This project seeks to inject new life into the dying art of weaving with palm leaves and coir by exploring the different possibilities of incorporating these designs in contemporary furniture.

  • PUBLIC UTILITY DESIGN

    PUBLIC UTILITY DESIGN

    The design of public utilities includes (but is not limited to) everything from electronic voting machines to public seating to rural healthcare systems. The Design for Public Utility Award seeks to recognize products/systems that are designed with a human-centered approach for use by everybody in the social pyramid, especially the underprivileged. These products/systems may fall outside of the traditional profit-motive-led production process that regular for-profit enterprises would undertake. Hence this category will not use commercial success as a judging criterion.



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      • Airbox Toilets - Modular Design for Public Toilets

        Jugal Mistri Architecture

        In the context of India’s need for sanitation, Airbox toilets is a unique solution. This cost effective, low environmental impact project looks at an adaptive reuse of old shipping containers into modular toilets.

      • Sliver Public Chair - Public Seating for Indian Conditions

        Foley Designs

        A dual-directional public utility seating facility with a simple and minimal design, very small footprint and a hushed soft return.

      • Excel ORCOmin - Electrically Powered Composting Device

        Excel Industries Limited

        An efficient organic waste converter that helps you convert your segregated organic waste to good quality compost.

      • Smart City : Healthy Aundh, Pune

        Prasanna Desai Architects (Winner)

        A project conceived as a part of the Smart City Mission in Pune, to create a Neighbourhood Upgradation Programme based on 3S concept enabling citizens to move Safely, under natural Shade of trees, thereby creating a Socially vibrant neighbourhood.

      • Folding Foropter - Low Cost Ophthalmological Equipment

        L V Prasad Eye Institute

        A novel device developed to combat the lack of access to tools for Refractive Error screening in low resource areas in India.

  • DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

    DESIGN FOR SOCIAL IMPACT

    A growing economy like India has many unique social, cultural and societal challenges. From poverty to healthcare to livelihoods; designers are engaging with civil society at various levels. This award will consider the social impact of designers’ work in a broader societal context. The jury will look at how their work has impacted the people and the planet. Entrants are encouraged to submit facts and figures, social impact studies and endorsements by reputed social organizations to strengthen their entry.



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      • Folding Foropter - Low Cost Ophthalmological Equipment

        L V Prasad Eye Institute

        A novel device developed to combat the lack of access to tools for Refractive Error screening in low resource areas in India.

      • Usense - Low Cost Test for Urinary Tract Infections

        Module Innovations

        This project was developed and designed to create a unique solution by which Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) diagnosis is rapid and can be performed at the point of care. The credit card-sized USense has 4 wells at each corner, each specific to one bacteria that causes UTI. This simple yet effective design has brought UTI diagnosis from cities to rural areas.

      • NeoMotion - Reimagining the Wheelchair

        NeoMotion Assistive Solutions

        NeoFly, the wheelchair, is designed for individual customization, correct posture, energy conservation, and compactness to enhance accessibility. NeoBolt, a motor-powered clip-on, converts NeoFly into a safe, roadworthy vehicle, which can travel up to 30kms per charge on any terrain.

      • Savlon Chalksticks - Soap Infused Chalksticks

        Ogilvy & Mather

        Special chalk sticks infused with soap. These could be used to write just like regular chalk sticks, but the chalk powder collected on kids' hands while writing turns into cleansing soap when their hands come in contact with water. The simple innovation automatically turns washing hands with soap into a daily habit without requiring any extra effort from children.

      • Commitment to Kashmir - Bringing Designers and Craftspeople Together

        Multiple Designers (Winner)

        CtoK is a charitable trust launched in 2011 with the aim of bringing designers and artisans together, and empowering craftspeople from Kashmir to become independent entrepreneurs.

      • Design for Change - Taking Design to Schools Worldwide

        Kiran Bir Sethi

        A global movement that cultivates the ‘I Can’ mindset in every child. DFC offers a simple 4-step design thinking framework to help schools foster a learning environment by nurturing both Content and Character, Passion and Compassion, Doing Good and Doing Well - by design and not by chance.

  • BUSINESS IMPACT OF DESIGN

    BUSINESS IMPACT OF DESIGN

    Apart from creating products and services that are useful, delightful and beautiful, design also has the power to be a major growth driver for business. This award category seeks to recognize individuals or agencies that have significantly impacted a company’s growth in terms of topline, bottom-line or brand image through their design effort. For this award entrants are encouraged to include brand / company growth-related facts and figures, sales data and any other information that strengthens their entry. Any claim made by the designer has to be endorsed by the client or company management that commissioned the project.



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      • Design of CNC Machines

        Dhimant Panchal (Winner)

        The designer's work helped upgrade a small-scale machine tool company into a full-fledged, design-centred CNC Automation industry. Industrial Design played a critical role in the company's local and global success.

      • Creaticity - Repositioning of Ishanya Mall, Pune

        Idiom Design & Consulting

        India's largest 'Home & Interior' shopping destination, Ishanya Mall, will be rebranded to 'Creaticity'. This project will involve a complete overhaul of the experience design, service design, event framework, and organizational culture design.

      • The Hillcart Tales - Packaging for Premium Tea

        Lemon Design

        This project will focus on creating a brand identity and developing creative packaging in order to position the company as a credible player in India's premium tea segment.

      • Connected Healthcare at Home

        Designit

        Connected Healthcare at Home is about the convergence of health technology, digital media and mobile devices. It enables patients enables patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals to access data and information more easily and improve the quality and outcome of healthcare.

      • Nadi Tarangini - Medical Device for Ayurvedic Doctors

        Design Directions

        Nadi Tarangini is a device designed to mimic Nadi Pariksha, the ancient Ayurvedic technique of Pulse Diagnosis, to accurately diagnose physical, mental and emotional imbalances in the body.

Finalists in Conceptual Work category

This category features original conceptual and exploratory works that will also be submitted to the global Lexus Design Award category.

  • STUDENT CATEGORY

    STUDENT CATEGORY

    This years’ theme for the Student Category is “Design For a Better Tomorrow – Anticipate, Innovate, Captivate”

    This category will consider original works of a conceptual nature by students who are currently enrolled in design schools across India. All entries submitted in this category must be in accordance with the above theme.

    Entries submitted in this category must be industrial design ideas, concepts and explorations that attempt to embody the values of innovation, sustainability, usability, aesthetic refinement and industrial craftsmanship.



    View this year’s finalists:


      • Altira - Ergonomic Dumbbells

        Crassant Dmello

        An ergonomically designed set of dumbbells made for gym training and exercise.

      • Pabloo - Public Toilet & Shower

        Vinod Thomas

        A waterless, odorless, sustainable, and off-the-grid sanitation solution for rural India.

      • Defeating Deafness - Assistive Tech for Hearing Impaired

        Athul Dinesh

        A smart shoulder pad which empowers deaf individuals to lead a confident and social life.

      • Jolly Kids Furniture

        Shiva Ghosh

        Playschool furniture which creates opportunities to encourage psychological, behavioural, physical and cognitive development.

      • UniCast - Resizable Cast for Healing Fractures

        Manu Prasad (Winner)

        A resizable cast that locks the elbow and prevents twisting the wrist to speed up recovery of hand fractures.

      • Little Fawn - Collapsible Bamboo Bicycle

        Tirtha Mandal

        A collapsible bamboo bicycle designed for cyclists who value portability.

      • Tactile Labels for Inclusive Garments

        Sourabh Arun Chopade

        Garments that provide product and design specifications for the visually-abled and challenged alike.

      • Claero - Organic Car Air Purifier

        Aditya Rao

        A redesign of the car air purifier which replaces all electronic parts with biodegradable materials.

      • The Ripple - Furniture Made From Old Tyres

        Karan Kalpak Bhave

        A project promoting the recycling of used tyres and explores its applications in the furniture industry.

      • Iris - Assistive Device for Visually Impaired

        Mani Tejla Lingala

        A device that assists the visually impaired in identifying Indian currency notes.

      • Yahi'or - Water Bottle Lighting Device Combo

        Swapnil Soni

        A dual-use portable water bottle and lamp for travellers and hikers.

      • Monarch, the foldable Bamboo Helmet

        Christopher Richard

        A foldable bamboo-cork helmet for cyclists, a step towards sustainable cycling accessories.

      • InCrease - Induction Heated Clothes Iron

        Anumeha Patoria

        Rethinking the design of a regular clothes iron with a "circular economy" approach.

  • OPEN CATEGORY

    OPEN CATEGORY

    This years’ theme for the Open Category is “Design For a Better Tomorrow – Anticipate. Innovate. Captivate.”

    This category is open to design professionals, teachers, thinkers and design enthusiasts. The Open Category will consider original, conceptual work that is in keeping with the above theme. Entrants are welcome to interpret the theme in accordance with their understanding of the challenges of designing for a better tomorrow.

    Entries submitted in this category must be industrial design ideas, concepts and explorations that attempt to embody the values of innovation, sustainability, usability, aesthetic refinement and industrial craftsmanship.



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      • Vertical Wall Garden System

        Foley Designs

        A self-sustaining and space-saving vertical planter system for urban spaces.

      • Anima - Multisensory Wearable Device

        Akash Sulania

        A multi-sensory wearable device that helps you regulate your breath under stress or anxiety.

      • Dripo Wireless Infusion Monitor

        Evelabs technologies

        A connected infusion monitor, which will count the drops and calculate real-time drop rate for setting drop rates in IV therapy.

      • Shaft - Safety Tail Light for Cyclists

        Nabeel Quadri

        A design proposal for a tail light that improves safety for cyclists by giving them better visibility.

      • Cane Based Prosthetic Legs

        Rise Design Labs

        A high quality, lightweight, flexible and cost-effective cane-based prosthetic leg for the masses.

      • CleaneRAT - Sewer Maintenance Robot

        Monto Mani, Yogansh Namdeo & Ujjal Hafila. IISc Bangalore (Winner)

        An IOT-powered sewer inspection & de-clogging system that can be remote controlled via a mobile device.

      • Riku - A.I. Based Cooking Appliance

        Futuristic Labs

        The world’s first A.I.-operated automatic rice and curry maker.

      • Solar Cooker for Urban Homes

        Anshuman Gupta

        A solar cooker design for urban use, maximizing the usage of solar energy.

      • Kol Katha - Digitally Printed Traditional Sarees

        Surojit Majhi

        Traditional Bengali sarees enhanced with digital printing.

      • Neera - Rain Water Harvesting System

        Sneha Shekhar

        A design to harvest water through the surface area of building walls.

      • Zuci - Wearable Vacuum Cleaner

        Lucid Design India

        A vacuum cleaner which rethinks its interaction with the user.

  • SELECTION PROCESS SCHEDULE

    1. Application period
      Sep 07th 2018 - Nov 18th 2018
    2. Jury meeting
      Nov 2018
    3. Announcement of LDAI winners
      Jan 2019

JURY

The jury for the Lexus Design Award India comprises senior industrial design practitioners, corporate leaders, innovation experts and academics. Between them, they represent a vast repertoire of diverse intellectual, aesthetic and commercial achievements.

  • Prof. Dhimant Panchal

    Juror

    Prof. Dhimant Panchal

    Juror

    Prof. Dhimant Panchal is the Director of MIT Institute of Design, Pune. He graduated in 1980 from the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad specializing in Industrial Design. He has extensive consultancy experience in design in the areas of product design, exhibition design, and corporate identity programs.

    In a career that has spanned more than 38 years, he has been involved in developing design pedagogy in areas of industrial design and fashion & lifestyle accessory design. He has extensive experience in teaching, academic institution building, promoting design professions and evolving evaluation systems and admission procedures.

    He has worked in diverse capacities in premier institutions, namely the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, School of Interior Design (CEPT), Ahmedabad, National Institute of Fashion technology (NIFT), Gandhinagar, and MIT Institute of Design, Pune.

  • Preeta Sukhtankar

    Juror

    Preeta Sukhtankar

    Juror

    Preeta is the founder/CEO of the fashion and lifestyle company, The Label Life (thelabellife.com). The Label Life’s aim is to encompass every woman’s essential house and home needs. Products on the site are carefully curated by industry experts, Sussanne Khan, Malaika Arora, and Bipasha Basu. The Label Life currently ships 500 orders a day and is one of India’s few profitable ecommerce ventures.

    Prior to founding Label Corp Pvt. Ltd, Preeta played a management role at a leading celebrity and entertainment marketing company. Before that, she served as Vice President and Publisher of the Apricot group of magazines which includes L’Officiel and Seventeen, establishing them as front runners in the then nascent business of luxury in India.

  • Dr. Nachiket Thakur

    Juror

    Dr. Nachiket Thakur

    Juror

    Nachiket Thakur is currently Head of Department of Transportation Design at MIT Institute of Design, Pune. He has a rich experience in the field of product design for software, automobile, truck, tractor, medical equipment, electronic appliances, and craft-based products.

    Prior to his current role, Nachiket worked with the Science and Technology Park Pune, ARaymond India, and Mahindra Composites. He has received multiple awards for his work including the ICERP-JEC Innovation award and the BW-NID Design excellence award.

    Nachiket has a Master’s degree in Industrial Design from– Industrial Design Center, IIT Mumbai, and a PhD from University of Pune. He is a member of the Advisory committee of the Maharashtra Bamboo Development Board and also a founder-trustee and National Executive member of the Association of Designers of India.

  • Michael Foley

    Juror

    Michael Foley

    Juror

    Michael Foley runs 'Foley Designs,' an independent studio known for its innovative thinking processes, zeal for design, originality of thought, and ability to use market and consumer understanding to create new benchmarks in design. Every design at the studio revolves around a mark of inventive thinking.

    Michael first made his mark with his creative direction at Titan Industries giving a contemporary makeover to the time-wear category. Today, his studio's sensibilities redefine several challenging areas elevating design to a platform that is reflective of what people desire. Foley Designs consistently attempts to deliver design solutions that are fresh, desirable, and influential.

    Foley Designs has been involved in landmark projects such as the design of the Queen’s Baton for the 2010 Commonwealth Games and several world-class products for the Indian and global market.

    Michael Foley is also the designer of the Lexus Design Award Trophy.

  • Devika Krishnan

    Juror

    Devika Krishnan

    Juror

    Devika graduated in Ceramic Design from the National Institute of Design (NID) and has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Business Management from the Indian School of Business (ISB), Hyderabad. She has been a part of Dastkar since 1993 and is currently still working at Dastkar, Ranthambhore.

    Her current projects include setting up and restructuring businesses for the Gujjar Bakarwal tribe in Kashmir, the Lambadi women in Tamil Nadu at Porgai, wives of migrant labor in the slums of Bangalore at the AnuLife project and Joy at Work project, SEWA in Gujarat, weavers in Varanasi, and artisans entrepreneurs in Srinagar via Commitment to Kashmir.

  • Gitika Goyal

    Juror

    Gitika Goyal

    Juror

    Gitika Goyal established her design studio in 1998 and has been making refined handcrafted clothing and home textiles since. Her products have retailed internationally through niche concept stores in countries like the UK, Europe, and the US.

    The studio has endeavored to work deeply with everything Indian & Eastern, producing creations that are modern and contemporary through constant experimentation. She believes in the philosophy of Slow Fashion, practicing it through carbon-conscious processes, ethical choices, use of Khadi & traditional embellishment techniques, hand-finishes, and cuts & details that consciously express her identity. Her high-end brands are Gitika Goyal and Gitika Goyal Home which are exported, and Grass by Gitika Goyal which is her domestic online economy brand.

    Gitika graduated from the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), Delhi, in 1990. Over the last 28 years, she has also enjoyed teaching at NIFT, Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, and at the National Institute of Design (NID).

  • Nandita Abraham

    Juror

    Nandita Abraham

    Juror

    Nandita Abraham is currently the President of Pearl Academy. She has been with Pearl Academy since 2001 and has over 25 years of experience in both corporate and academic circles in the US, Hong Kong, and India.

    Nandita spearheaded the Pearl Academy – Fashion Design Council of India (FDCI) and is responsible for the initiation and support of the Tihar Jail Fashion Lab where the third batch of inmates is learning to become self-sufficient and gain the opportunity to lead a better life.

    Nandita is on the Executive Committee of the International Foundation of Fashion Technology Institutes (IFFTI) and the FICCI Higher Education Committee, and she is also a member of the CII National Committee of Design.

    Nandita has a Master’s degree in science from Philadelphia University, a PG Certificate in Higher Education from Nottingham Trent University, a PG Diploma from NIFT, Delhi, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from St Joseph’s College in Bangalore.

  • Ashish Deshpande

    Jury Chairperson

    Ashish Deshpande

    Jury Chairperson

    Ashish Desphande is the co-founder of one of India’s pioneering design practices, Elephant. Over the years he has led several design projects that range across consumer appliances related to air, water & energy, medical diagnostic equipment, wearable electronics, automotive, and experiential and retail environments.

    He and his team at Elephant Design have been recipients of several awards, such as Spark (USA), Greener Gadgets (USA), CII Design Excellence, and the India Design Mark. His consulting experience spans across Indian start-ups & corporations as well MNCs from South East Asia, Japan, and Europe.

    He is the President of the Association of Designers of India, an active member of the Design Alliance Asia, and has been on the jury panel of the India Design Mark since its inception. Ashish is a graduate of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad.

  • David Nordstrom

    Juror

    David Nordstrom

    Juror

    David Nordstrom is Vice President, Lexus Asia Pacific Division. He drives the brand’s marketing strategy in the region and in this role, is also the guardian of the brand’s development through product planning and training.

    Prior to this role in Lexus Asia Pacific, David held key responsibilities across the Lexus and Toyota business in numerous functions from brand and product marketing to digital and social strategy and marketing.

    An international marketer with a keen eye for the finer things, David applies these sensibilities to the evolution of the Lexus brand.

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    ABOUT ASSOCIATION OF DESIGNERS OF INDIA (ADI)

    ADI’s vision is to be a world class network representing professional interests of the Indian Design community, creating a meaningful interface between design professionals, people as users, the industry, education institutions and policy makers.

    ADI is committed to promoting best practices in the profession of design in India by strengthening and promoting the capabilities of the Indian design profession, as well as amplifying and presenting a unified voice to influence public policy, shape the industry and benefit people at large. ADI has been engaged with building awareness, highlighting work & concerns of design professionals, students of design, design education institutes and design consulting & industry practices.

    The Lexus Design Award India is conducted in knowledge partnership with ADI.

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