Take a bow—Here are the winners of the 20th edition of India ELLE DECO International Design Awards
DEC 11, 2021 | By Twinkle Tolani
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Brinda Patel: Inspired by life, UNALOME by ABSTRAC HOME is a bedroom spread that has a soothing yet intriguing appearance. The lines—curved or straight—represent the unpredictable nature of human existence.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.