Take a bow—Here are the winners of the 20th edition of India ELLE DECO International Design Awards

DEC 11, 2021 | By Twinkle Tolani
Designer of the Year, Ariane Thakore Ginwala's Bastar Collection
Bloom from the Earth Collection by Lighting category winner Harshita Jhamtani; Palm Avenue by Interior Designer of the Year Akshat Bhatt of Architecture Discipline; Scuba by Young Talent Namit Khanna of Nama Home
Regal from the Elemental Collection by Flooring winner Puran Kumar of Studio PKA in collaboration with Cocoon Fine Rugs
Ikat Tray by Kitchen category winner Vallabh Rastogi for Arttd'inox; Sand Cast Coffee Table by Furniture winner Ravi Vazirani of Ravi Vazirani design studio
U 'n' I by Student of the Year Khushbu Sarang from National Institute of Design
UNALOME by Bedroom winner Brinda Patel of ABSTRAC HOME; MOONSHADOW N°5 by Tabletop winner Ashiesh Shah of Atelier Ashiesh Shah; POL Chair by Seating winner Shantanu Garg of Shantanu Garg Designs

With two decades of EDIDA India behind us, the awards need no introduction. Each year, we choose a handful that represents India and the brilliance of its indigenous design. To the victor go the spoils, and so it shall be! EDIDA India 2021 has been presented by our title sponsors ICA Italian Wood Finishes, in association with Sunil Sethi Design Alliance and with strategic partners Miele, Tejas and Rugiano by DEFURN and gifting partner BEDLAM and FLECK.

EDIDA India Designer of the Year

Ariane Thakore Ginwala: This year the most prestigious title of the lot is awarded to the founder and principal designer of This and That for the Bastar collection. The collection, made of handcrafted doors by the Muriya tribe in Bastar, is equal parts magnificence and diligence with a dash of emotional connect. 

Ariane Thakore Ginwala EDIDA Designer of the Year

 

Bastar Collection by Ariane Thakore Ginwala of This and That

The picturesque Bastar collection wows with its sculptural take on furniture and blends heritage with design seamlessly. Made of handcrafted doors by the Muriya tribe in Bastar, the furniture certainly opens up opportunities for appreciation!

EDIDA Interior Designer of the Year

Akshat Bhatt: Principal architect of Architecture Discipline, Bhatt’s trajectory has made him an EDIDA India winner this time around. The diverse projects have a single thread running through them, the architect’s characteristic move of adding life to spaces with colours and forms. 

Akshat Bhatt EDIDA Interior Designer of the Year

 

Bellevue by Akshat Bhatt of Architecture Discipline

 

EDIDA Young Talent

Namit Khanna: Having gained inspiration from a deep-dive certainly paid off for Nama Home’s young founder, Namit Khanna. Scuba is a cool, contemporary side table that will elevate the look of any setting. The finesse, vivid colours and gentle, rounded corners aim at teleporting us back to the seas!

Namit Khanna EDIDA Young Talent

 

Scuba by Namit Khanna of Nama Home

 

EDIDA Student of the Year

Khushbu Sarang: This National Institute of Design student transformed perforated metal sheets into something efficient yet aesthetic. A compact seating arrangement that can be used stand-alone or in groups has landed her a scholarship to Istituto Marangoni.

Khushbu Sarang EDIDA Student of the Year

EDIDA Furniture

Ravi Vazirani: The ace designer and head of Ravi Vazirani design studio bagged an EDIDA for his rustic Sand Cast Tables that are reminiscent of the aesthetic of the late ‘60s and early ’70s. The set of tables have a crude, masculine form and the dark colour further add to the edginess.

Ravi Vazirani EDIDA Winner Furniture category

 

Sand Cast Tables by Ravi Vazirani of Ravi Vazirani design studio

EDIDA Bedroom

Brinda Patel: Inspired by life, UNALOME by ABSTRAC HOME is a bedroom spread that has a soothing yet intriguing appearance. The linescurved or straightrepresent the unpredictable nature of human existence. 

Brinda Patel EDIDA Winner Bedroom category

 

UNALOME by Brinda Patel of ABSTRAC HOME

EDIDA Seating

Shantanu Garg: Doused in a cheerful and bright Fuschia colour, the Pol chair from Shantanu Garg Design mimics traditional Indian arches and grand entrance gateways to bring a chair so eclectic that it shall raise take the style quotient of the space through the roof.

Shantanu Garg EDIDA Winner Seating category
POL Chair by Shantanu Garg of Shantanu Garg Designs

EDIDA Tabletop

Ashiesh Shah: The Moonshadow N°5 is an abstract of longpi from Manipur. Signature to the founder and principal architect of Atelier Ashiesh Shah, the piece is conceptualised by the philosophy of ying-yang and is a fusion of lesser-known Indian arts and modern features. 

Ashiesh Shah EDIDA Winner Tabletop category

 

Moonshadow N°5 by Ashiesh Shah of Atelier Ashiesh Shah

EDIDA Lighting

Harshita Jhamtani: A work of hand, love and clay the Earth Collection from Harshita Jhamtani Designs is a range of tabletop lamps in soothing neutral shades. When lit, the pieces bring to attention the brilliant craftsmanship of the form. 

Harshita Jhamtani EDIDA Winner Lighting category

 

Earth Collection by Harshita Jhamtani of Harshita Jhamtani Designs

EDIDA Flooring

Puran Kumar X Cocoon Fine Rugs: Got to love a series with a back-story! The rugs from Elemental Collection are heavily influenced by Studio PKA’s practice located in the historical precinct of South Mumbai. A typical Art Deco aesthetic combined with supreme quality are pivotal factors that lead it to the finish line.

Puran Kumar for Cocoon Fine Rugs EDIDA Winner Flooring category

 

The Elemental Collection by Puran Kumar of Studio PKA in collaboration with Cocoon Fine Rugs

EDIDA Wallcovering and Finishes

Sanjay Puri: The Prismatic wallcovering from Sanjay Puri architects will leave you staring at it for hours. With its definite but randomly shaped masses, the piece overwhelms and stuns with its appearance of lit and shaded pockets.

Sanjay Puri EDIDA Winner Wallcoverings and Finishes

 

Prismatic by Sanjay Puri of Sanjay Puri Architects

EDIDA Kitchen

Vallabh Rastogi for Arttd’inox: The artist behind the Ikat tray, Rastogi employs the iconic Ikat pattern as food-grade PU coating on stainless steel. Easy on the eyes, the tray is the perfect addition to the kitchen, and can also be doubled as a wall covering when used in odd numbers. 

Vallabh Rastogi for Arttd’inox EDIDA Winner Kitchen category

 

Ikat Tray by Vallabh Rastogi for Arttd’inox

EDIDA Fabric

Chanya Kaur EDIDA Winner Fabric category

 

Rune by Chanya Kaur of The Pure Concept Home

Chanya Kaur: From The Pure Concept Home comes ‘Rune’, a fabric with ruffles that speak of a rustic and put together aura. The exceptional threadwork and shades of the fabric are characteristic of the contemporary outlook.