India Design ID 2016: 12 Design Pavilion booths we loved

FEB 23, 2016 | By Tasneem Merchant
FROM LEFT 12. Ritika Nanda of Mother Gone Mad makes creative use of everyday objects to make quirky lights; 1. Anantaya/AKFD’s Kalam Table with the illustration of an egret on a rainbow hued lotus alongside table lamps from the new series
FROM LEFT 5. Aradhana Anand’s Limon debuted its first collection of handcrafted chairs at India Design ID 2016; 2. Klove’s Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth envisioned a sculptural installation influenced by the famous pop song "What does the fox say?" by Ylvis; 7. No-Mad 97% Indian's display included their new tableware collection and the Pink range of fabrics
FROM LEFT 6. Atmosphere Furnishings commissioned other Indian design studios to create objects made from their fabric for Atmosphere Collaborative; 11. "The Horse Ate My Work" installation by Bobby Aggarwal of Portside Cafe held objects from his work desk and urged visitors to share their excuses; 10. Aman Khanna’s Claymen ceramic pieces express happiness, anger, shock and even frustration
FROM LEFT 3. Second Floor Studio’s Punit Jasuja created the perfect setting for a leisurely outdoor meal; 4.Valay Gada’s installation likened human consumption to the proliferation of termites and their penchant for eating everything in their wake; 9. Banduksmithstudio’s installation for Various at Dhobi Talao revolved around the concept of wild reeds; 8. Vibhor Sogani’s booth display was alit from the glow of his Cascade light

This year’s India Design ID – the country’s definitive design week – brought together several bright minds from the industry. A celebration of good design, the annual fair held in New Delhi acknowledges the necessity of creativity to nourish our everyday lives through our interiors. Here’s taking a look at the top 12 booths displayed in the Design Pavilion that won our hearts.

1. Anantaya/AKFD: With designer Ayush Kasliwal at the helm, the brand focuses on handicrafts and local techniques to envision contemporary furniture and decor items. We admire his bright blue Kalam Table that depicts an egret on a rainbow-hued lotus. Website:

2. Klove: EDIDA India 2015 Designers of the Year Gautam Seth and Prateek Jain drew inspiration from the pop song “What does the fox say?” by Nordic band Ylvis for their latest artistic exploration. Their entirely glass blown installation depicted trees growing out of electric circuits surrounded by foxes. Website:

3. Second Floor Studio by Punit Jasuja: The interior designer and stylist created a serene outdoor meal setup that would be apt for a cool spring afternoon or even a winter luncheon. We particularly like the use of bright sunny yellows and lush greens along with nature-inspired motifs on the crockery. Website:

4. Valay Gada for Cobalt Design: EDIDA India Young Talent 2014 winner’s art installation cleverly titled “Future Tense” explored the idea of human consumption and likened it to the way termites consume everything in their path. The cloches are a visual nod to displays in museum that protect and preserve specimens. Website:

5. Limon: Designer Aradhana Anand displayed her debut collection – The Chair at the fair. On show were the classic Wingback, Accent and Slipper seaters upholstered in vibrant prints. Interestingly, she even used saris to upholster some of her chairs. Website:

6. Atmosphere Furnishings: The fabric brand commissioned four Indian design studios to create inventive furniture setups with their stunning textiles. The displays included the stylish Swerve day-bed by Project 810, cosy Loom Swing by AKFD, plush Soft Architecture cushions by Studio Wrap and innovative Library For Two installation by Studio Lotus + Mangrove Collective. Website:

7. No-Mad 97% India: Anuj Kothari and Marrakech based multi EDIDA India award-winning creative Valerie Barkowski excels at producing Indian decor accents with a contemporary twist. They showcased their latest collections including objects from the Pink Collection, Kulhars and Shashiko pattern on their in-house fabrics. We loved their live performance where three pair of hands (of performance artists) held up a newspaper, napkin and kettle. Website:

8. Vibhor Sogani: New Delhi based lighting designer showcased his stainless steel lights including the grand Cascade at the fair. We love how he creates juxtaposition between the softness and warmth of light with the hard and cold nature of stainless steel in his sculptural illuminators. Website:

9. Various at Dhobi Talao: The concept behind the Ahmedabad-based architecture firm banduksmithstudio’s installation was reeds growing out of babul wood inspired by their Reed Chair. Visitors were to sit and experience the public furniture design installation christened “Various Wetlands” and feel the brass rods mould themselves to the shape of their bodies.  Website:

10. Claymen by Aman Khanna: Potter and artist Aman Khanna’s tiny ceramic faces portrayed myriad human emotions. Also on display was his functional tableware range that included bowls, tumblers, plates and more in muted tones. He even held a live performance where wet clay was hand-shaped into endearing faces. Website:

11. Portside Cafe by Bobby Aggarwal: A storage unit shaped like a stallion and titled “The Horse Ate My Work”, Bobby’s installation explored the cheeky art of making excuses. It urged visitors to think of novel things they would offer as explanation for not doing their work and procrastinating. Website:

12. Mother Gone Mad: Designer Ritika Nanda showcased her latest lighting collection where mixed everyday materials such as tape measures, paintbrushes and baskets were used to create interesting illuminators. Website: