Browse through some of the commendable efforts and initiatives by our students.
Project Name :
Reconnect- Engagement and Awareness Centre for Internet Addicts
Save Coral reef
A Satirical Zine
# Realise the pressure
Animated movie- ‘And Pity Grew’
Animatic movie- the silent ones
Box of Stories- A flim Exhibition Centre
Dynamic Learning Space
Baseraa - Care Home - Homeless Rehabilitation
Bayleaf Biophilic Boutique Hotel
Ceramic Retail & Workshop
Cocoon- Community for Senior Living
SWADES- THE ART OF INDIA - ART MUSEUM
Labour Recreational Facility - Meerut
Building and Learning Center
Doomsday Bunker - Mumbai
Learning Center for Labour Children
Home for the aspiring Middle Class of Indian economy
A Defamiliarized Space
Rekindle : De-stress Resort for Millenials
Tabeer - Crafting Livelihoods
Compact Living in Indian context...
Play Matters- Play Centre Design
The Second Act
LGBT Communal Inclusion
COMMUNITY CENTRE DESIGN
Mental Health Rehab & Wellness Retreat
BRAILLE – The Art of Dots
Patient transfer equipment
MARVEL MUSEUM - THE WORLD OF SUPER HEROES
Surya Pratap Singh
Smart Device for Visually Impaired
Tashreef Rakhiye – Please have seat
DOMESTIC TANDOOR- Product Design for authentic culinary experiences.
Maya's Golden Cap.
Atletico de Kolkata.
Flip Flap – Turning Point.
Atletico de Kolkata
Celebrity Bridal Hair and Make-up
#EMCEE BEAUTY WALK
CREATIVE PLAY CENTRE
One Thing i Wish My Parents Knew
‘Konyak’- An era of inking and head hunting
Runner Up Canon Photo Marathon 2017
Anushree, Eshan, Samiksha, Nitasha
Sarah Ishtiyaque, Aanchal Nagar
Cafe Design for Resort / 3d Rendering
Global Travel Hostel Concept inspired from Youth's Passion and Energy
Bhavnoor, Aanchal, Arshti, Seerat
Southwestern Mexicans Inspired Outdoor Porch Interior Concept
Tanya Joshi, Srishti Singhal, Nidhi Jindal, Chetna Gehlot, Shine Arora
Deepak, Shriya, Priya
Deepak singh Rana, Shriya Dawar
Aayushi Bagaria, Jugal Desai, Noyonika Banerji, Nimita Kaur, Shruti Malu, Srishti Ladha
'A-Z' of Entrepreneurship
Anushka Rajesh Tendolkar
No Project Name
Life Between Lines
Breaking the mould
Maya's Golden Cap
The Feeler Mind
Break the chains and Look within
FUTURE OF WEDDING FASHION WITH POLLUTION-Crisis or Celebration?
ARCHANA TANEJA and KRITIKA BANSAL
GOMI- A tool for the empowerment of rural women
KATHA PRASTUTI- A story without telling
DOMESTIC TANDOOR- Product Design for authentic culinary experiences
DOTS- A clothing line for the visually challenged
Flip Flap – Turning Point
KHAAS LIBAAS – Perception, identity and self-expression
IMPOWER- I AM POWER. I EMPOWER
DORAHA- At A Heart Of Crisis
ONE SLIP-DRESS INTO THREE OUTFITS
The journey of Rape survivor
Innovation and design center
Western influence on Islamic fashion
CONTEMPORARY STREET FASHION AND VISUAL CULTURES OF CUBA
Riona S Roy
Jugal Desai, Anushka Sarawgi and Yashika Dhamija
Sinning with Dots and Blots
Retirement and its effects
Table for pubs and bar-o.be.joyful
Fitness product for sedentary lifestyle
The vibe collection
Woopee - kids play
CUBO : Neonatal Incubator
Furniture Design for Special Children
A Satirical Zine (1)
Infographic of Industry Project- Akansha Gupta
Depicting the diversity of a dynamic ecosystem by taking the reader on a journey of understanding and exploring the coral reefs.
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BACKGROUND The Supreme Court of India has pioneered some landmark judgements during the last decade (2011-20) in the area of constitutional law, environmental law, gender and sexuality, issues of public duty, religion disputes and many others. These judgements have influenced the public discourse.These judgements were announced as a line was crossed by various people or institution. At times either a citizen took a step and challenge the society to achieve justice or The Supreme Court passed verdict crosses a line to give justice to citizens.
OBJECTIVE To make an impact on viewers mind as only the verdict will not change the society. The verdict is not an end rather its just a start. The end will come through the change in mindsets of people.
The objective of the project is to bridge the gap between students and parents by the later realize and understand the pressure, stress, and anxiety felt by a teenage student to perform academically without considering without taking into consideration the inherent capacity as well as the ability of the child.
- To provide an interactive platform to users where they can practice and learn the basic but important concepts of Typography, and not just encourage mugging up.
- To make this app a reason behind the improvement and development of Typography, in terns of education.
Peter Pettigrew is a character who plays a very crucial role in the series, but is forgotten very easily. He is the least celebrated character, irrespective of the most important events that take place because of his doings.The betrayal, due to which James and Lily Potter died which further resulted in to the destruction of Lord Voldemort.The Dark Lord returning to the power, where initially Pettigrew went in search for the Dark Lord, fed him and then finally planned and abducted Harry to bring back his master and also sacrificed his own hand as flesh for reviving him.His character is deeply layered. He is not an absolutely dark character, he has different sides. He lacks self confidence and thus, is always attracted to the powerful people.
Objective The objective of the project is to give a possible origin to the character.
To encourage people to spend more time with family and increase communication in-between others. So that they can live a healthier lifestyle.
Every family has a different relationship within themselves, some like to spend time together every day, and some don’t. Some families are so open that they share everything, they love each other, they stay like friends, and some families are so conservatives, they don’t like to involve others and keep it to themselves, and some families lie in between them.
In some families, children are closer to either father or mother, mostly mothers. In most cases, siblings are closer to each other like friends but in some cases they are opposite.
After getting into college or getting a job, they start to get further and further away from family and after some time they get so used to staying away from that they never get in touch with them again like they used to.
Inspired by the life of a visually impaired person Khyati Saraf worked on BRAILLE – the art of dots. Her collections are asymmetrical with real braille quotes with dots having no definite shape.
Anuja Tripathi from Mumbai campus has always had a knack for solving problems. With an aim to improve the system of transferring patients from one surface to the other, she has designed a product that makes this process safe, comfortable and convenient. She has won the European Design Award 2020 and the second runner up award in Industrial Design category at the Pune Design Festival 2020.
Marvel Museum ” The world of Superheroes” will uncover the narratives of individual characters. It will honor the Stan lee who have made the marvel saga one of the most expensive fictional world ever created.
To Inspire people live through superhero stories.
To offer a space where people can connect with their role models.
The Project is about Designing an Experiential Museum dedicated to the great Stan lee known as father of Marvel”. The museum will trace the story of different superheroes.
It will include everything to enlighten the experience and feel of being an Superhero.
The programme will help the audience to connect with their role models and experience the comic world in real.
Surya was chosen to showcase his collection at the prestigious” Graduate Fashion Week, held in London from June 3-6, 2018. Through his creations, he has tried to portray a woman’s beauty even when she is aging and loses her perfect body shape. His creations are all red as he feels the colour is representative of a married India woman. It’s a celebration of women and their bodies and stresses that all women are beautiful and extraordinary.
Pallavi was chosen to be a part of The Youth Fashion Summit held at Copenhagen in May, 2018. The Youth Fashion Summit is a programme with United Nations Global Compact that aims to create a framework for the industry on how to reach sustainable development goals. Pallavi has been working on sustainable design, focussing on making clothes using indigenous textiles and creative pattern making techniques to promote sustainability in fashion through her collections.
Kritika exhibited widely available clothing solutions for wheelchair users bridging the gap between fashionable and functional clothing. It aims to make the idea of adaptive clothing mainstream keeping an array of clothing options available for the consumer, irrespective of age. Her project was titled Tashreef Rakhiye – Please have a seat.
For her Redress Design Award 2020 collection, Withered, Ritvika was inspired by the fragile beauty of textures that are formed from abandoned things in the world such as peeling paint on doors and walls. She applies up-cycling techniques to damaged and surplus textiles and cut-and-sew waste to create reversible, versatile garments.
New Morning, represents a ray of hope in today's global climate crisis. She is up-cycling a wide range of textile waste including cut-and-sew, damaged textiles, and reconstructing unsold and secondhand clothing, which she manipulates to create surface texture. Aarushi applies the use of authentic craft techniques and natural dyes, adding to the experimental aesthetic. She has been selected as the semi-finalist for Redress Design Award 2020.
Objective of the Project
The current impetus by the government of India to develop one of India’s holiest rivers, the Ganga, there has been a need for ways to increase the tourist influx and tap into the lucrative market of tourism. One such way is to develop a cruise service that provides a unique experience to the guest/tourist in a luxurious setting.
The project aims to provide the guests a chance savour the rich historical heritage of some of India’s major cities that are located along the length of the mighty Ganga. This river epitimizes the collective thought of India and her diverse cultures and religions.
Need of Project
Promotion of traditional crafts, with green interior design, environment - friendly project with the proper wastemanagement system, including seweage treatment plants and bio-toilets and cuisine of respective regions.
Prashasti was inspired by the symbolism of resurrection, and focuses on reviving the things we once emotionally held close. She up-cycles a variety of textiles using traditional Indian weaving techniques and crochet. Silhouettes and fabrics are designed so that layers can be removed, interchanged between garments or styled with other garments, making it a versatile trans-seasonal collection that promotes sharing with multi-size options. She has been selected as the semi-finalist for Redress Design Award 2020.
Tandoor is a big part of North Indian cooking. In Sanskrit, the tandoor was simply referred to as kandu (pot). The Persians called it tanūr while some claim its name to be combination of the words tata and andhar—literally translating to ‘hot inside.’ The tandoor may have originated in Rajasthan, India, where archeologists have found tandoor remains dating from 2600 B.C. — about the same time as the pyramids. The first tandoors were used to bake flatbread, a tradition that survives in Indian roti, Afghan naan and Turkmen chorek.
Working with a tandoor is an art and takes quite a lot of experience to get it right with hot coals and the traditional clay apparatus. There is no perfect way to gauge the heat inside a clay tandoor other than to feel with the naked hand, which comes with practice. The process is difficult and hard to execute at home. Traditional tandoor is an art that’s perfected mostly by street food vendors and high end restaurants. Alisha’s project was born out of her love for North Indian street food and desire to bring tandoori cooking back to domestic kitchens. She was determined to find a way to cook her favourite style of food in the comfort of her own home, without losing any authentic flavours.Her invention the “Domestic Tandoor” is a modern twist on the cooking apparatus for Tandoor.This new product makes the process of cooking Tandoor much less time consuming. Baking naan and grilling occurs simultaneously on the device. The shape and other components of the product cooks a single naan to perfection in about 30 seconds after preheating the product for 15-20 minutes. Alisha’s idea was to create a product that preserved authentic flavour and delivered value to the consumer through high-quality performance.
Dyslexia is a type of learning disability. The word dyslexia comes from two Greek words: dys, which means abnormal or impaired, and lexis, which refers to language or words. A person with a learning disability has trouble processing words or numbers, making reading comprehension, speaking and writing difficult. It is not surprising that people with dyslexia have trouble expressing themselves and getting ahead in school. Communication Design student, Ayushi has spent her life trying to work around her own learning disability by finding different strategies to learn and express herself. Her final thesis project at Pearl Academy centers around this theme, reflecting her desire to change the general perception people have towards Dyslexics.
Maya’s Golden Cap is a brilliant tool for dyslexic children to overcome typical psychological setbacks they face while communicating with others. The board game is portable, economically designed and encourages the exchange of positive affirmations between 2 players through a series of lively, problem solving activities. The main goal of the board game is to encourage children diagnosed with dyslexia to feel at ease during the learning process. Emotional support for people with dyslexia is very important. They often get frustrated because no matter how hard they try, they can’t seem to keep up with other students while results in feelings of worthlessness.
Ayushi’s mentors at Pearl Academy encouraged her to develop her board game while immersing herself in research. In order to get a clinical understanding of the disorder, Ayushi attended therapy sessions with dyslexic children at Fortis Hospital in Gurgaon. Here, she observed that these children did not like to attend these dry therapy sessions. She also noted that these sessions were quite expensive and unaffordable for families that weren’t financially secure. The board game she designed tackled both these issues by being entertaining, interactive and conveniently priced.
Arvind Narayanan has worked towards rebranding a football team. Realizing the need to revamp the football club, ATK with renewed energy which was losing its sheen after it parted ways with Atletico de Madrid, Aravind, attempted to create a new logo for ATK and renamed it as Bengal Baaghs Football Club. The logo embodies pride and supremacy which Arvind believes Indian Football must have.
Form follows function: Compact, multifunctional design
In today’s age, most modern cities are experiencing a shortage of space. The average living area is getting smaller and smaller in size due to high population density. For instance, in China’s Beijing, the average living area is only 21 square meters per person. Transformable space saving furniture is designed based on the concept that the furniture’s design must involve at least two forms of appearance and function. It should have both an ordinary appearance and transformed appearance. This saves the owner time, space and money. Angad used this premise of thought and designed a product for compact spaces.
Going ahead with this was no easy task. Several factors needed to be taken into consideration before the final product was made. The form of the product needed to integrate with it’s surrounding space.. After several iterations exploring various permutations and combinations, a concept was finalized that balanced all the parameters of dimension, functionality, shape and surrounding space. Based on the selected combinations, a product was finalized and fine-tuned to ensure that the form integrated the function without foregoing the aesthetics and the other parameters as well.
Since the attempt was to make a multi-functional product, it was important to integrate as many necessary functions within a compact packaging. To do this, the different components of the product were utilized to serve the required function; one part, two functions. All this effort resulted in a successful multi-functional product that saves space!
An immersive interactive experience on touch devices for children that is attempting to build a bridge between the evolving needs for children's entertainment and Indian folklore by translating them from traditional to new media.
Punjabis are simple yet fun loving people who believe in expressing their emotions with gusto. Similar to their nature, their wedding reflect their philosophy. Going with the theme I tried creating the look by adding ritual touches of chuda, kalire. Adding on to the theme gave her a glittery eyes with red lips. The flower with hairstyle adds more beauty to over all look.
A lot of old buildings these days are becoming unsuitable for their programmatic requirements especially industrial buildings due to the process of manufacturing moving away from the city, causing reuse of the buildings also known as Adaptive Reuse. In adaptive reuse, the site is used for some other purpose other than which it was built for. Most of the times it becomes a sustainable option for the reclamation of sites as energy required to create these spaces is lessened, as is the material waste that comes from these sites is used for building new material.
The idea is to create a mixed-use creative venue in a factory with pop-ups allowing users to have new experiences with changing trends around the world. This also allows people to take a second look at an abundant site struggling in an industrial area. The whole idea helps eliminate the load of new construction in a city already dealing with Rapid Population Growth.
- Why build a new site in the city when you can experience a similar space in an existing structure?
The project is conceptualized to reuse an already existing industrial site and create in it what people are inclined towards these days -
The space acts as an umbrella catering to all demographics where makeup lovers get to experience cosmetics retail with pop-ups of cosmetics brands, a cafe cum cocktail bar, gaming zone for all age groups and creative spaces including makeup inspired installations that act as photo-booths as well.
Approaching The Project
What is my project?
The project is to create a creative play centre for kid’s where they are free to be themselves.
Why this project?
We spend millions annually on "adult playgrounds" — stadiums, concert halls, bars andrestaurants.
If we dedicate the necessary resources to provide the best exposure to our kids and the freedom to be themselves, they will grow uncurbed and confident.
By helping children to take part in different kinds of play- individual or with other childrenand by providing them exposure to a well-resourced environment we allow them to explore more enriching learning opportunity with fun without them even realising.
Idea behind the project?
Having a lot of younger siblings, I observed the boredom kids faced when taken for shopping. They would either end- up demanding unnecessary stuff or cry their way back home. Hence, the idea is to provide kids exposure to a creative and dynamic environment and let them be free to play, observe and explore yet in a safe environment.
Scope of the project!
One- on- one interaction with parents. Parents psychology about what kind of environment they feel will help their child to evolve.
Child ergonomics and standards while designing kids- friendly space.
Brain development age of kids and their choices and preferences.
Safety of environment and materials to be used.
The play centre will have a variety of zones with each area having a different approach and purpose to it. Each room will have a unique look. The entry room where parents can sit and observe their children playing, a small play zone with varied fun activities, a scribble room, kid’s café.Main room- Hall room
India has always been known for its richness, variety and quality of its handloom industry. Block printing is known for its rich weaves and unique textiles and legendary prints. This industry faces serious challenges trying to keep pace with modern manufacturing. The aim of this project is to rejuvenate old Indian bagh block printing to sustain the inclusiveness of the craft. The motive of the project is to preserve and promote the legacy of this printing. The idea is to design a hub for block making with spaces which are allocated to theknowledge centre with design and innovation arena for this craft of Madhya Pradesh bagh printing, which will be called “BAGH MAHAL”. This centre will also provide a platform to train craftspersons to practise their traditional craft, which will finally help in the upliftment of craftspersons and their communities so that they can earn a dignified and flourishing livelihood. This project will also provide an opportunity for local communities to get employment and showcase their skills. This Mahal will also have a centre area where an individual can experience the nature of block printing moulded with innovation and learning centre. Creative individuals and craftsmen’s can learn and enhance their skills to develop modern products by using the same block printing in a contemporary manner and this place will also serve as a platform for learning and sharing traditional block making and bagh printing, thus benefiting craft communities.
About My Project
The aim of the project is to preserve and promote the legacy of Bagh Block Printing This project is conceptualized to create a hub for block making & printing of Madhya Pradesh which will be the named of “The Bagh Mahal”. The Bagh Mahal has experience centre where a consumer can experience the nature of the block printing along with innovation & learningcentre for designers, creative individuals and craftsmen’s where they can learn and enhance their skills to develop the modern product by using the same block printing with a contemporary manner. Block printing is popular because of the rich and vibrant colours. So this place is fully dedicated to the art of block printing and block making. This study focuses on designing an experience and learning centre along with various facilities in one space which will serve all kinds of visitors with a diverse range of backgrounds.
Why This Project
The block printing industry faces serious challenges trying to keep pace with modern manufacturing. India is known for textiles. The art of Indian block print textiles is a labour- intensive, painstaking process that has survived from ancient times to the present because of the beauty of the handmade products. I want to promote Indian block printing and block making in the form of a learning centre. To provide an in-depth look into the complexity of this ancient tradition. The scope of block printing is decreased day by day. I want to create a space where the visitor can come and experience the nature of the textile. Visitors from India and abroad will leave the place a little wiser, and more sensitive to the need for protecting this enduring famous block printing for the future generation.
To design the experience and learning centre for block making and block printing of Madhya Pradesh along with café, retail shop and training center for tourists, students, designers, artists and craftsmen. Giving textile experience in the form of a Demonstration area to all tourists and visitors during their visit.
There exists a communication gap between parents and children today. There are many aspects of life that children want to discuss with their parents but hesitate to do so due to fear of repercussions or because such conversations were not promoted at home. Communication within the family is extremely important because it enables members to express their needs, wants, and concerns to each other. Open and honest communication creates an atmosphere that allows family members to express themselves and discuss aspects of life (Peterson, 2009). If channels of open and honest communication
are created, the relationship between parent and the child is bound to improve and most problems in that relationship can be resolved in a much easier way
A survey was conducted to identify the areas of life where children wished they could talk to their parents. A simple statement was asked to the general public.
The statement was ‘One Thing I Wish My Parents Knew....’ The answers received in the survey, were grouped into broad categories for the purpose of compilation.
There doesn’t exist a perfect solution to healthy relationships and better communication. No one solution can apply to all, since every parent and every child goes through their own journey. I did not want to create something in which I would preach to the audience, since, firstly, I am not a parent and secondly, I cannot begin to understand the life and circumstances of each person in that audience. Thus, I decided to create something, which would serve as a conversation starter. I decided to create a podcast.
Naqaab narrates a story of a young lower middle class chap, Pralay, who happens to gets his hands on to a magical glass which gives him the power to penetrate into the zone of the characters and the situations from the films and lets him believe it to be true in his real life. Soon after realizing the power that he now possess, Pralay uses this to explore the devil within and his love for the villains in the films. In the process of imitating the villains and experience taking he accidentally ends up killing the only brother of his lover, Meera.
The film has a very unique and unconventional narrative structure to it. It opens with the present and dives back to past, telling us how did we reach to present and again reach to present to carry the story further to reveal the events thereafter and uncovering the suspense in the end. It constantly dives back and forth in time. It follows a structure where certain events have been left incomplete in an ongoing scene and have been later picked up from there in another scene to make sense and to web the sequences together. Similarly, dialogues have a certain meaning to them which are visually represented later to support and justify the meaning. The film demands an individual’s utmost attention
Majority of the film is set on a darker tone which mainly has to do with the subject, storyline and character of the film. Colours have been strategically used based on the location, time, environment and mood of the scene and the character. They have been kept closer to reality and to manipulate real life lighting.
Colour like blue has been used to represent the night and blue is persistent and determined to succeed in whichever endeavors it pursues. Change is difficult for blue. It is inflexible and when faced with a new or different idea, it considers it, analyzes it, thinks it over slowly and then tries to make it fit its own acceptable version of reality. Blue is nostalgic. It is a color that lives in the past, relating everything in the present and the future to experiences in the past.
We have no control over ailments/disease we get in our lifetime. Accidents which can happen with anyone at the cost of limbs or a vital part of the body, cannot be controlled. Diseases like Vitiligo, Leprosy, disability due to accident, even though have 2% chances of occurrence, are uncontrollable. Some of these diseases are curable by advanced medical treatments, but the ancient stigma still exist.
The most astonishing factor is that this lack of empathy is for people who need it the most. The way these deformities and diseases have been given a bad face through ancient scriptures, stories in literature and media has acted as a catalyst for the superstition and thereby increased the stigma many-folds.
Leprosy is one such ancient disease in India, which is not yet eradicated from the country. It was declared eliminated by WHO in 2005, but even after a decade there have been growing cases of deformity in many states of the country. After digging deep in these cases it was found that they were in fact hidden and non treated cases of leprosy.
In 1983, a multi drug treatment was introduced in India to cure leprosy, this helped in significantly decreasing the prevalence rate from 57.8/10,000 people in 1983 to less than 1/10,000 in 2005 to further down to 0.66/10,000 in 2016. In 2005 India was declared to have reached the WHO target of elimination as a public health problem. However people confused elimination with eradication.
Even in 2019, India accounts for 60% of the new cases detected each year world-wide. After analyzing various interviews with Leprosy experts and the affected present and former patients, there were some grave and unsettling facts that surfaced, for example, people are ostracized from their own society and family and are never accepted back even after being cured. One out of two Leprosy affected person suffers from depression due to this solitude and discrimination. Even today, there are many laws discriminating against them.
CONCEPT OF LEPREMATION
Based on an extensive research, and deep design thinking, there was a need to introduce an organization that subtly remind people of what they are doing and it's time to get an updated mindset.
Lepremation is a self made word, which means, "an act of confirming the true facts about leprosy, mentioning them repeatedly and thereby busting the myths about leprosy". In other words, it is an intervention for people who knowingly or unknowingly practice discrimination, who trust their superstitions more than the scientific facts.
Unlike the existing organizations working towards Leprosy, Lepremation focuses on the urban audience. People who can help in many ways but choose not to. During the research phase, through surveys and observations, it was found that most cases and stories of discrimination are coming from the people who are financially well, educated and those who belong to a privileged middle and upper- middle class.
If Lepremation addresses this segment and is successful in inspiring at least 50% of its audience, there will be lot less stigma around the disease in the coming years. Zero stigma - as is the goal of many organizations, Lepremation will also be willing to tie up with any existing organization that works on this common vision.
Lepremation has various elements that acting as dialogues to address people. The promotion includes static posters in public spaces, motion posters on digital billboards and touch boards installed in public spaces, social media, and short videos played in movie halls.
As an introductory campaign, states clearly that this is about Leprosy. There are four main facts that we focus on.
The inspiration of this concept is the perpetuating patriarchy that has scarred all the Indian women in one way or the other. This specific picture depicts the beautification of the emotional pain and physical scars. Here the disdain of urban women is presented in a society where a woman is dealing with plethora of physical and emotional pain behind the doors. But in order to present herself as one ‘Ideal Women’ keeping her grace and beauty intact she has to hide and conceal her scars in front of the world. Therefore the bandage that she carries as a scarf around her head indicates the mental torture that she has to go through providing herself everyday for the respect she dreams and the bold shiny eye makeup represents her efforts of concealing her scars which is a result of physical abuse. Hence whether she belongs to a low socio-economic society or an upper class society is out of the question. All that matters is that she is a women and she is bound to face all the pain that comes her way.
Even as some traditions of celebrations endure, others are erased among them the ways of the ‘Konyak’ the headhunters of Nagaland
Tattooing was always a fundamental part of the Konyak identity, headhunting, and tattooing were seamlessly connected in the culture and life.
The 1950s, with the arrival of Christianity, these practices started disappearing. The end of headhunting was the end of an ancient tradition.
The oral lore’s of the Konyak, their folktales, songs, poems touch on subjects such as daily life, mortality, love, headhunting and tattooing.
AVG Architecture en Interiors is a design studio which was established in Gurugram in the year 2010 by principal architect Archana van Gils.
Her ever-changing style has emerged from learning the rules but bending them according to the requirement of design. Her designs have been recognized and published on national and international platforms. Her designs styles are contemporary and minimal which unify clean lines, natural tones and textures to bring in a subtle opulence. She firmly believes every day is an incredible opportunity to learn and discover something new.
These images were photographed for the street style section of cosmopolitan magazine , it was one of the winner entries amongst a thousands of entries that cosmo receives every month, it was a denim on denim theme and me and the stylist shot on a rooftop of an old apartment just so that we could use the term “denim on denim” in a clever way by keeping the bottoms denim and nothing else for the styling part but framing the image in such a way that the sky represents the blue of a denim hence justified the theme “denim on denim”
Group activity with great teamwork and coordination to take a up a brand with ideas, conceptualizing and creativity. The brand created and launched by the team was TEHZEEB. A luxury D' Decors brand well curated taking its regional settings in the city of Nawabs. The decor and space design shows event laumch setup showcasing the theme based interiors to be conceptualized and created as per the aesthatics.
The great sense of Luxury brand identity with the showcase of creativity and material renderings. The brand taken DIOR with its physique created into the DIOR GARDEN for the launch of new range and accessories, The setup shows the fashion event space design with the interactive installation and the event techniques..
A perfect aesthetically curated with well researched brand and subject created on their own by the students. Enhancing the knowledge of material with the thought on the space design and renderings. The display came out with lots of thoughtful sessions enhancing the designing and the content creating skills.
The brand created was SABA - thematically designed chandeliers as per the home decor defining luxury and style
The objective was to get familiar with the process that goes into designing a packaging that matches the identity of the product. Students also got to understand how a package/box etc. gets designed in 2d and then latter is converted into a final 3d output.
Products were recreated in the form of 2d graphics to highlight the details and visual appeal.
This approach is used many times in the advertising industry while promoting any product on different advertising platforms.
You can be the eyes full of pain and give your secrets away or you can be the eyes that smile through it all. Human beings are complex creations. Everyone is carrying a secret. Take a break.
Don't say a word and let your clothes do the talking. Let Black give your secret a voice.
Boss women! There is no force more powerful than a women determined to rise. Blossoming into an independent woman with more faith than fear. A specially tailored outfit keeping the comfort and fit in place for the boss women out there.
Students of Interior Design from Pearl Academy, Mumbai participated in an art installation competition titled 'Expressions' at FOAID.
Here's a brief of their concept:
GROWTH, depicted through the five faces in this pentagonal exhibit is symbolic of the 5 successful years of FOAID.
As one rotates the frame around, it symbolizes the ongoing process of understanding and developing oneself in order to achieve one's fullest potential. Concurrently by spinning the frames of change, it causes the clockwise movement of the helix, which shows the constant cycle of change, adaptation and moving forward that makes this process so beautiful and inspiring. The different stages of growth and experiences combined with time and effort from each component make up the energy that moulds this vision into a reality.
Our Communication Design student Anushka Rajesh Tendolkar from Pearl Academy, Mumbai illustrated a beautiful representation of JRD Tata's characteristics to celebrate his 114th birthday. The project, 'A-Z of Entrepreneurship, told through the life of JRD Tata' was designed by using each letter of the English alphabets to depict 26 qualities of the great man. This creative representation was featured on Tata Group on his 114th birthday.
Taking wisdom from past while rediscovering our roots and reconnecting with heritage in its present state. It calls to unlearn the previous notions of beauty. And to acknowledge beauty which is beyond perfect and pristine. An unapologetic nod towards accepting and appreciating beauty of conveniently mended aged haveli, than becoming a muted bystander watching them disappear into nothingness. This virtue of mending conveniently to increase its longevity is translated into the collection ‘Quaint within’. Surfaces have aged, dusty, forgotten feel to them, further enhanced by washed out color.
“Monica Geller falls in love with Op Art.” The idea is to depict Monica Geller’s personality: organised, systematic, aligned, symmetric which also reflects Op Art through lines, creating marbling patterns, stripes, checks, mitering, pleats using neutral colors, shades of blue and red and monochromatic palette of black to white.
It's the little things in life. Good music and Long drives, good food and fine wine, old books and quiet nights, deep conversations and wide smiles. Life is filled with such small moments that seem prosaic until one has the distance to look back and see the chain of large moments they unleashed. These moments are hidden between the mediocrities of lines and life just happens. These little moments just happen. Out of the blue. In between the lines.
BOHEMIAN THREADS The garment is inspired by essence and aesthetics of a dream catcher. The freedom and interconnections are the values I took forward. The silhouette is relaxed and has vivid colours.
The collection is inspired from the on going Syria civil war Representing a transition from the suffering, pain and the life being under the attack of war towards the hope of getting back to their loved one, living a better life .
Modern lifestyle has become synonymous with stress, and coping with stress has become a constant struggle for many. My collection "Feeler Mind" incorporates fidgeting into jewellery and promotes the concept of 'help theself'; where the user playfully interacts with jewellery to restore balance and calm. Contemporary form embellished with amethyst, blue sapphire, lapis lazuli, pink coral and rose quartz redefines healing Jewellery.
Journey at Pearl:My life at Pearl has been truly amazing and aspiring. Being challenged at every step and pushed by a great tutor team to perform beyond expectations, the experiences have translated into great exposure and helped me grow as a confident independent individual. Pearl Academy helped me self-enlighten the path to discover, innovate and create.
The jewellery collection is inspired by ISCKON (A Krishan Consciousness Movement). The temple interiors are decorated with flowers and the Idols are beautifully adorned with ornaments made of flowers. The sensory stimulation created by colouful flowers and their aroma creates an Aura that soothes the mind and the Soul. I observed the devotees receive the prasad in the form of flowers, cotton dipped in ITTAR, sandalwood sticks and Tulsi leaves. Devotees get emotionally and spiritually connected to them and preserve them for years. My jewellery is for the lord himself, made of delicately crafted flowers with a small container for ittar dipped cotton swabs, so that god can adorn himself with everlasting fragrance.
Journey at Pearl: I am from Meerut and I grew up with two siblings an elder sister and a younger brother. My father is in the transportation business and my mother is a devoted housewife. However, it’s my father strong belief that girls should become independent that has allowed me to aspire to pursue something I like. Fighting all odds my father has decided to fund my studies.When I walked into Pearl Academy Jaipur I was afraid that everyone there would be from affluent backgrounds and I may be a misfit. To my surprise I found that inside the classroom there was no such thing as family background,everyone was treated same and it allowed me to become stronger and confident. I feel I have learned to face my fears and now I am able to trust my abilities and present them confidently. I have understood that life is anongoing process of facing the challenges and learning from them. In one sentence I can sum it as “the zest is in the journey and not in the destination" And at Pearl Jaipur, I got a good start to my journey.
Every year, India’s capital becomes one of the most unlivable places on the planet. The quality of air becomes severely toxic, particulate matter of varying sizes soar; administrators in charge flail helplessly trying to control the problem. There seem to be several factors causing Delhi’s pollution crisis. People point fingers at the surging traffic, construction sites, the Yamuna river, garbage disposal practices, the burning of stubble, weather patterns and even Delhi’s geographical location. Despite the efforts of the central government, concerned state departments, civil society, research institutions and concerned activists, there seems to be no end or solution in sight.Archana’s project was born in the light of ‘The Great Delhi Smog’ that took place on November 2016 and 2017- a period which also marks India’s wedding season. She was acutely distressed by how almost everyone she met responded to the environmental crisis with apathy and continued to host lavish wedding celebrations without a care in the world. Archana filmed a video in response to the indifference she witnessed, in an attempt to shake people out of their stupor. The short film she created featured women in traditional bridal wear wearing embellished pollution marks as a social statement against the menace. Her project was displayed at FDCI Amazon Fashion Week, March 2017. India’s breakneck development is coming at a great cost as pollution from a wide range of sources is leaving a toxic trail on the environment.Millions are poisoned, suffer from reduced neurological development, damaged immune systems, and long-term health problems. The number of people affected by pollution is comparable to those affected by HIV/AIDS, according to the Blacksmith Institute, a nonprofit that studies solutions to problems caused by toxic pollution. Archana’s project questions why our society does not take a step back in the face of a crisis and realize that our insatiable pursuit for convenience and excess causes such imbalances in the first place.
Social impact projects are not measured through lens of profit but through the positive change it is able to create. Good design should ultimately empower, facilitate and support the user. “Gomi” is an effort to improve hygiene and sanitisation in the rural communities of India. It is a tool designed to help young girls and women, by limiting direct contact with infectious manure. Over two-thirds of India’s 1.3 billion people continue to rely on dung-based fuel for cooking, due to a lack of access to clean fuel. The prolific use of manure causes staggering damage to human health, especially to the women and children of the house who spend much of their time collecting fresh cow dung for this purpose. Anmol dedicated three months of her life to conducting intensive research on this phenomenon in the villages of Rajasthan where she gathered information through interviews and experiments. She learnt about the manure gathering process and numerous ways rural women used this substance domestically. Anmol’s goal was to provide these women with dignity as they performed this laborious task by creating a product that would inhibit contamination. She went back and forth between prototypes and ideation to tackle the challenge of keeping the design as simple as possible in aspects of usability, manufacturing and maintenance.
Gomi’s two part design is simple to use and easy to manufacture. It features two ergonomic handles; a horizontal handle for carrying heavier loads for longer distances and a vertical handle for better leverage while dumping. The scraper while not in use attaches to the hook provided in the cavity of main body and rotates out when dumping. Fabricated out of mild steel and weighing under 1 Kg. It is durable and can supports up to 8kg. Anmol’s inspiration for Gomi was the ‘Wello wheel’- A container that can be rolled to and from remote places to collect water. Anmol used a design strategy called system thinking to identify and address the root cause of the problem in a sustainable way.
Preserving and transmitting tradition and folklore through a children’s storytelling box
Can a story be told by a box? Ria Gureja believes so. She launched her very own brand Katha Prastuti to create unique “storytelling boxes” for children to learn and play with. The designs of these boxes are derived from traditional Indian art styles and are individually handcrafted with visual depictions of folklore and mythology. The stories come alive when the wooden doors are opened and closed, leadingthe young audience through a narrative that’s not bound to a linear progression of words.
The creation of Katha Prastuti is a byproduct of Ria’s lifelong fascination with the art of storytelling. Stories have power. Whether in the form of a novel, short story, film, TV series–or even a video game–a good story can transport people from everyday reality to a dimension of fantasy, creating excitement and wonder. Ria reminds us that storytelling does exist merely for the sake of entertainment, it has been an important tool for human societies to preserve tradition, cultural values and lessons so that they may be transmitted to the newer generations and imbibed.
The goal of the storytelling box is to educate modern day children with art, tradition and culture so that they grow up with a better understanding of their heritage. Ria has succeeded in making the learning process novel and engaging. The connection between play and culture has an important role helping young children acquire cultural values, skills and abilities that help them through everyday experiences. Ethnographic research has shown through several cross cultural comparative studies that the kinds of play children engage in influence their attitudes towards gender, socialization, environment, historical change and morality.
Being visually impaired shouldn’t hinder one’s ability to dress fashionably. Parul Sachdeva is a budding fashion designer motivated towards changing the perception of visual impairment through her love of design. Her creative project “Dots” raises awareness of the loss of sight and proves that people who cannot see should not be limited in their creativity or self-expression. The garments in this collection are made from high quality fabrics, easy to wear and affordable- making them a great choice for the visually challenged who want to feel attractive and confident in their clothing choices.Clothes are one of the most basic necessities of our lives, and yet for many, just putting them on is an arduous challenge. Visually impaired people have a difficult time selecting clothing for themselves because of their inability to perceive form and colour. They can only resort to tactile impressions to get a sense of objects around them. “Dots” was created to empower these individuals to be able to dress themselves without using someone else’s help in putting outfits together. Parul explored ideas that leverage, rethinks and includes the needs of these individuals to integrate solution-based design concepts in her clothing.Each item goes beyond the visual language of fashion by involving the other senses. Namely that of touch. She incorporated Braille — the tactile system of reading and writing used by people who are blind — into the creation of articles of clothing to give greater autonomy to sightless people when clothing themselves. Hence the name “Dots” which refers to the tiny bumps or raised dots that help people to read without having to see. These dots would help the blind distinguish one item of clothing from the other and allow them to identify pockets, collars, panels and belt buckles. In addition to this, Parul incorporated textural elements to increase a sense of engagement and enjoyment in the wearer, through layered pockets, cording, embroidery, piping overlapping panels and other thoughtful touches.
Gesu Seth’s “Khaas Libaas” is a visual study of India’s transgender community. The title of the photography project is derived from an Urdu phrase translating to “Special Attire.” The word “Transgender” is an umbrella term describing anyone whose gender identity does not fully match their assigned birth sex. It is a broad category which includes transsexuals and cross-dressers too. But for centuries in India, all these terms have been compressed into a single word filled with disgrace- “Hijra”. This sect of people has a long history of being regardedas deviants, criminals and societal pariahs.“Khaas Libaas” honors the bravery of individuals within this community. Instead of recoiling with shame and trying to fade into oblivion, Hijras fought back for freedom and respect. Gesu’s photographs examine the bold and colourful ways India’s third sex adorns themselves in the face of rejection. The eye of the camera dwells on the clothing, jewellery and other embellishments worn by the shunned members of the “Hijra” community. Her portraits expertly draw out the vulnerability, rebellion and beauty in each subject. There is no shame or restraint in the exaggerated femininity, vibrant makeup or choice of clothing. We see pride. We see confidence.“They don’t only want to look beautiful, but intimidating as well and this is what makes them stand out,” Gesu points out, after interacting with several Hijras over the course of her project. “It’s high time we should accept the transgender community as an integral part of our society.” Despite being denied basic human rights, the people of this community stand loud and proud. Though society has finally begun to restore dignity to the third sex by allowing them into our circles through employment and acceptance, India still has a long way to go in terms of eradicating deep-rooted prejudices. Khaas Libaas is not just a work of art, but an activist’s cry for social justice and universal respect.
Feminist activism and digital networks. Between empowerment and vulnerability in a hyper connected world.
What happens when you mix feminism with social media? You get IMPOWER, Divya Kalra’s powerful online campaign that combats discrimination against women. Our Fashion Media Communication student singlehandedly launched the “I am Power, I Empower” war cry into digital space through the portals of Instagram, Facebook and a dedicated website. The hashtag #IAmPowerIEmPower binds together like-minded women who convene at this virtual space to support each other against objectification.
The mission statement of the Empower Campaign is to “decrease self-objectification resulting from temporal and peer comparisons that stem from the social media culture.” In short, #IAmPowerIEmpower seeks to reduce the feelings of de-personalization that results from carefully curating and editing an online persona, while constantly measuring it up to the filtered projections of others.
Community members align with the Impower Movement by signing a pledge. By doing so they vow to “be critical of what they consume on social media” and to “honour everyone’s expression of themselves” online. Such a pledge seems necessary in a world where there have been countless suicides of young teenagers who were bullied on various social media platforms. Divya’s #IamPowerIEmpower campaign persuades her peers to become aware of the distorted sense of self virtual reality perpetuates and the pitfalls of communicating with each other while remaining hidden behind a screen. Her project is an important wake-up call for a selfie-obsessed culture and an excellent strategy for educating the youth on how to use the medium of social media in a way that promotes positive self-image, content sharing and empowerment.
Finding home away from home in a liminal world
Doraha explores the contradictions, tensions and liminal space of social identity in a fluctuating world. It is an anthropological exercise that raises the question, “Can identity ever be stable?” The geographical borders we draw across the globe in harsh lines that forge race and nation are imaginary, after all. The need to define one’s identity has a greater urgency to it today than it did a century ago, due to high-powered increase in connectivity, mobility and information exchange. Drishti’s final thesis project, Doraha narrows in and exploreswhat is known as the “Hybrid Indian Identity,” which develops over the course of time through exposure to diverse influences that transcend regional boundaries. The definition of “Indian” has always been a complex one since our country has been home to multiple ethnic groups, languages and religions. This definition has been further complicated by the impact of colonialism, rise of globalisation and rampant emigration. Almost 30.8 million Indians reside outside the country today. All of these forces have created a crisis of identity for the modern day Indian, caught between the ground of tradition and contemporary culture.
The objective of Doraha was to address such a crisis through an online platform that enables meaningful conversations around the theme and supports micro-communities of “Hybrid Indians” worldwide through social media networks. What is unique about Doraha is that it does not ask one to label themselves while joining its movement. It allows one to be rooted in their culture, while maintaining a progressive worldview at the same time. The social media platform will work as a mobile application helping people connect through geo location and form micro-communities. Members gain access to events and narratives by pioneering Indian creatives all across theworld. This digital community has successfully unified artists and individuals resonating with this crisis of identity from all over the world.
Aditi is a Fashion and Beauty blogger. In one of her blogs, titled, ‘ONE SLIP-DRESS INTO THREE OUTFITS’, she talks about accessorizing one outfit into three different looks. Here’s more about her project.
Denim RuleWearing an oversized denim in summer is something that all of us enjoy. This look is very casual and feels comfortable. You can carry this look for your vacation plans, a day out with your girls and to college too.
Accessory TalkSo for this look I let my accessories take the charge and I have literally just worn an Indian junk necklace at waist, paired it with junk earings, Indian Chappal and that’s pretty much about it !
Following TrendsOf course couldn’t escape from the ongoing trend ! Wore a rose gold fanny bag along with similar contrasting heels and that’s it ! you’re good to go!
History is witness to the lives of strong, bold women who challenge the societal status quo and alter our interpretations of beauty. One such being is an inspiration to the very ingenious themselves. Frida Kahlo and her surrealistic paintings are an expression of a rare kind.Standing 5 ft 2 inches and against many evils of the society, which still linger, she effortlessly voiced her pains, frustrations, the deepest and the wildest of emotions; something a woman would be condemned insane for in those time. Patriarchy led to her being overshadowed by her husband for the most of her life. It is in death that her melancholy language has come to be appreciated. This is her gift to all the delicate but rebellious hearts of then and now.Her works are engraved with elements of Mexican folk culture – wearing an attire that defined her indigenous Mexican peasant clothing, making her an evasive figure – for she was not traditional in any sense of the word. She sought to examine the depths and complexities of being a woman. Proudly carrying her body hair, a visible unibrow with a feminine touch of flowers worn around the head, complete with a blush on her cheeks, even when she was barely a shy one – the signature look of Frida Kahlo is daring and iconic.A woman stronger than steel, her fight with bronchopneumonia didn’t stop her from participating in a demonstration against the CIA’s invasion of Guatemala or from helping establish an asylum granted to Leon Trotsky by the Mexican government. It’s hard for one to miss the significance of the icon of feminism and daring beauty, and her influence across races and sexualities.We, at Pearl, draw inspiration from her and continue to define our fashion with the deepest of emotions. Through various forms of our work, we rise far above the conventional concepts and make space for more acceptance of individuality in the world. Inspired by Kahlo’s style, we played with a vivid colour palette to achieve a new alluring demeanour of her image, in an attempt to break the cliched ‘pretty girl’ look.
“People stop in their tracks to look in wonder,” said Edward Westin, who photographed her during her visit to San Fransisco in 1930. Frankly, so did we, seeing these student-models replicate her style with pride. Breaking chains becomes necessary to be able to walk with one’s head held high and in all glamour. Our heartiest thanks to Frida Kahlo through this interpretation for making the unexpected, beautiful. Her wit and originality is a landmark in the battles fought each day against the ordinary and the standard. Let these battles continue.
Sustainability may seem as an emerging trend worldwide, but in India, it has always been part of our tradition. Locally in India, when we used to mend or patch anything, the practice was called “paiwand lagana”. The label Paiwand is inspired from the same ideology and is an ode to the lost culture. We aim to mend the damaged environment with our little efforts.Paiwand aims to develop a collaborative movement, which will transform social and environmental standards in the fashion industry. We aim to motivate people to use the limited resources efficiently and effectively, at the same time look absolutely fashionable. BUSINESS CONCEPTPaiwand’s business concept is simple and transparent. We buy, gather, collect textile waste from different fashion brands, design houses and artisans. The waste it further cleaned and assorted. For Paiwand fabric, we up-cycle the textile waste and create fabric out of that through hand weaving process. The fabric is sold to the design housesand brands, which can be further used by them to create a sustainable range for their clientele.For Paiwand clothing, we create gender neutral, zero waste, one in a kind and sustainable apparel for the upper-middle-class segment in India. CLIENTPaiwand fabric works on B2B model. We work on a circular economy model. Any brand working or willing to work on sustainable fashion is our potential client. Since, the application of our fabric is endless, we are not focused only on apparel brands but also the brands working in home décor, furnishing and accessories. Presently we are working with some leading design houses in India. Some of them are Amrich designs, Raffughar, Kharakapas and an Indian block printing artisan, Sufiyan Khatri. Paiwand clothing on the other hand aims to work on B2C model. We plan to target the upper Indian middle class segment in India with an income group of 15000- 25000 USD with an age segment of 30-45 years. Since, we are producing gender neutral clothing, we are targeting a bigger audience. We are not only tapping the clients on thesustainable material of the product, but we are offering aesthetic, higher quality, and wear ability. We are offering high fashion garments. We plan to sell these collections through e-commerce platforms like amazon, jayporeand TATA luxury. FINANCIALS The price for fabric is $11/mtr , which is derived through industry feedback from variousdesigners and potential customers. The average price for a piece of garment is $140-160. We are EBITDA positive in first year only as our fixed costs are not really high. In the 3rdyear, the revenue should increase to around $420,000 as we adopt new cluster ofweavers in Panipat, Haryana (North India). By the end of 5th year, the revenue shouldtouch $ 1.1 mln as Paiwand aims to adopt two more clusters of weavers in Bihar andWest Bengal (Eastern India). The main focus of the business will remain on Fabrics as60% of the total revenues are generated by it. ANNUAL IMPACT By the end of 1st year we aim to up-cycle 1,100 kgs of textile waste which will save 3,800 kgs of CO2 emission. By fifth year Paiwand will be equipped to up- cycle 7,200 kgs of textile waste and produce more than 54,000 mtrs of up-cycled fabric. The environmental and social impact remains a key motivator for the team. We at Paiwand, believe in fair and ethical trade practices and look forward to a sustainable tomorrow.
With private offices being equipped with modern technology and design, the banks and government offices still prefer the old school way. Workplace is an essential part of our lives where a person spends 8-10 hours a day. It’s very important to keep these people happy for a successful trade.State Bank of India (SBI) is the largest commercial bank in India with a network of over 24000 branches spread across India. SBI is now present in all time zones, and has the largest overseas network among all Indian banks with 198 foreign offices spread over 35 countries.The state-owned State Bank of India, after merging with its five associated banks will be the largest lender in the country. The five associated banks would exhibit the SBI’s signage and logo from April 1, 2017, with its sterling keyhole set. The logo of SBI indicates its role of a custodian that will keep customers’ money safe.With SBI now becoming a leading player in SBI banking sector and having an extensive overseas network it was a perfect place to start with. The private banks have something called a private banking branch which is slightly more high-end than the normal branch. The idea was to go even beyond this private branch and make a flagship branch/office for this newly merged bank. The design of this branch would also be used as a system of designlanguage and aesthetics that would in-turn be used to design other branches/ offices.The site is a 520 m 2 3.6 m high ground floor site located in one of the malls in Rajouri Garden amid many commercial organizations big and small. It already has a specific area allocated for the wet functions and specific points from where mechanical services ducts and pipes can be taken. It stands on a capital and tie beam structure thus does not have any columns interfering the floor plate.The branch is broadly divided into two areas. Firstly the customer zone where, as you enter an installation inspired from ship catches your eye. This symbolizes the SBI overseas network and that it is sailing towards new boundaries. The ship also acts as a seating for customers. This area is made up of simple curves and straight lines inspired from the logo but has multiple variations in volume. The central circulation that is slightly curved is mostly defined by slats suspended from ceiling and a change in flooring material. Some parts of the curve use partitions made up of metal and glass as and where necessary. The central circulation uses tiles whereas the other areas use carpet to give a more warm and comfortable feel. The general lighting in this area is in the range of 4000-5000 K since theblue light from this temperature reduces sleep and laziness creating a more energetic environment whereas the ambient lights are in the range of 2500-3500 K to create a more welcoming and warm environment for the guests. The colour palette is inspired from the SBI logo with a touch of green and beige to create a contrast. A fair bit of wood/ veneer has been used to add to the warmth and contrast.
The second area is the staff area which houses activities that do not require customer involvement. The areas dedicated to the functions taking place here have the same design concept as the customer area except some. Apart from the essentials like meeting rooms, storage units etc. this area houses a breakout zone where the employees get to relax, which I feel is important for any office. The breakout zone uses a 3000K range light for generallighting and 2000-2500K range light for ambient lighting. It has some common materials with the customer areas like metal, wood with some additional ones like dark grey coloured flooring like eco-friendly linoleum from forbo and artificial turf as and where necessary. The colour palette for upholstery has been selected to give a fresh feel with a dash of energy from yellow in the lights and some of the furniture upholstery.Apart from the lighting and colour palette, universal accessibility has been kept in mind while designing the space. Natural light has been used at every possible area through large glazing. The glazing has a glass film attached to it at the bottom to maintain visual privacy of the bank from the atrium and the outside street while showing enough to the customers to make them wonder what’s inside. Majority of natural lighting enters from the atrium thus isdiffused, so there won’t be a lot of heat. The design also allows it to penetrate deep inside. The cabins with glass would have blinds along with the film. There are some overhung shading devices already present at the entry that would stop unwanted sunlight. Artificial lighting will be equipped with automation to save on energy. Walls would be finished with eco-friendly Nippon Paints. The carpets would be made from recycled nylon. They also trapdust inside them until vacuumed, keeping the air clean. Overall the materials selected will have low embodied energy and low maintenance cost thus having fewer changes in the future. Clearances for mechanical services have been kept in mind while providing the volumes. The mechanical services would we exposed in some areas while covered in some(refer to RCP).
Clean Air Asia initiated a project called 'Clean Air Video Challenge' which aims to involve youth in creating short videos/films on the rising issue of air pollution. Alumnus Raghav Sharma's project - 'Dhundh' is one such film, created with an aim to spread awareness and motivate people to work towards finding a solution to combat the issue.
Raghav's project has been selected as one of the top three entries at the ADI - Battle of projects at Pune Design Festival 2019.Click here to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QOQHcZgufY&feature=youtu.be
Rape is a global adversity. Even with increasing awareness apropos rape, the stories of rape victims, however, are too often kept silent. There are many reasons for this silence, some having to do with the victim’s difficulties telling about the rape experience and some having to do with society’s reluctance and difficulty hearing what rape victims have to say when they do venture to speak. More often than not, a notable percentage of the society disregards rape as an actual traumatic event, blames the victim instead of perpetrators, trivializes sexual assault and cease to remember incidents of rape within a week of its report.1. This spatial experience strives to inculcate empathy and understanding towards rape victims by means of guiding its occupants along the journey of various traumas elicited on rape victims and triggering certain emotions in its occupants by means of space modulation. 2. This experience serves as a reminder of how numerous rapes take place every single day in the rape capital, Delhi.3. Primarily the victim’s testimonies are relied upon to chart the phenomenology of rape, that is, the subjective experience of rape from the victim’s point of view. Although each rape case is unique, certain themes emerge across victims’ stories. Themes are broad categories of feelings and meanings that capture core features of the rape experience. The various themes are fear, helplessness and shame, loss of meaning and sustaining beliefs, legitimacy and validation, self- blame and guilt betrayal and loss of trust, isolation and alienation diminished sense of self, grief and loss are prevalent in most rape cases.
Designing isn't everything except for it some way or another gets into everything, when I read this statement it struck me how perfect it is, 90 percent of everyday issues can be unraveled with the correct implementation of Design. And while this thought in mind, I felt designers or designing in India is looked as the luxury not as a problem solver, and the least difficult explanation behind this thought can be the absence of awareness among individuals. What's more sad, in this event is, that if some Designers tries to make something innovative, very few among them gets succeed and reason for same could be the absence of resources given to them and then again on contradictory urban communities like Dubai, Singapore have planned areas like National Design Centre of Singapore or Dubai Design District, which are solely dedicated to Designers, with the proper resources to grow and innovate.
Few bodies like ADI have stepped up with regards, to make a community for designers which are succeeding and helping promoting creativity with full positivity and to take this mindset or community forward, I tried to work on the similar tangent in this Design. The area will be a development or innovation Center for creative personalities now when I say creative personalities I mean one who can possibly enhance or add something , is welcomed to be part of the center.
From the initial bit the thought was extremely straightforward, it was to make an open and private space which welcomes creative personalities to come work, talk about or discuss and team up or collaborate and enhance the design, the design Centre will have the essential requirements for the Design process there will be trained mentors to guide in every step of the process and adding to it the centre will also have rapid prototyping and material labs to explore the development of the product and finally the community can be tied up with a perceived body like ADI, IID, FDI which can take the Innovation to Larger gathering of individuals.
I worked on boundary less as the design concept for this project as I believe designing is a collaborative effort and each designer say Interior or fashion or product some way or another have a typical overlapping lines, to which I am concentrating on , and now clarifying the idea of boundary-less, the idea is to dilute that overlapping lines to such An extent that the space should resemble a typical space for Creative People and not for a specific specialized Designers which directly will result in creating a community particularly for creative personalities and not for individual Designers.
Purposefully or unexpectedly, every space has an experience in it; some have a Memorable or Good experience and some may have an impartial experience yet experience is what makes a space memorable and individuals tend to visit the space more than once. Likewise, one of my focus for this Innovation centre is to make an everlasting experience in users mind and the explanation for the same is to make user visit the space more than once and cherish that experience every time.
SITE- Sanskar Kendra, Paldi, Ahmedabad, Gujarat.
Before choosing the site for the innovation Center, I had a blur image of overall look and feel of the site. And some key points which should add to the existence of the site. Sustainable or Energy Efficient Building since one of the design objectives was to eliminate or try to avoid the environmental issues exists due to buildings, like emission of co2 from the Glass box equipped with Air conditioners. Location should cater to the masses and the site location should have that element of design in it.
The Design Hub of India. Ahmedabad has a great history with the evolution of design in India. Starting from the contribution of renowned Architects like Le. Corbusier and Louis khan, to the home for some of the best Design institute in India like NID(National Institute of Designing) and CEPT Ahmedabad.
Sanskar Kendra was designed by Le Corbusier in year 1954; the design idea behind the cultural centre/Museum for Ahmedabad was to create a Museum of ultimate expansion, which in future can have an open- theatre, studio and gathering offices, archaeological and anthropological rooms. There was likewise an expectation to broaden the centre structure and have “magic box” theatre at the eastern side however none of these expansions were ever figured out.
The Museum or cultural centre is not as famous as it should have been and today apart from permanent museum the building is used for, voting centre, exhibition centre, display area and so on but luckily, The Vastu Shilpa Foundation has reformed, the building by transforming the space into a city museum reflecting the living heritage of the city, Ahmedabad. The museum depicts the history and the transformation of life from old city to the new.
WHY SANSKAR KENDRA?
Considering all the facts and details about the past and present scenario of the building, I feel there is still scope for the transformation of the space and what would be better then transforming the space in a design or innovation centre and keeping the existing museums as it’s, it might attract lots of likeminded and interested individuals and might justify the main purpose of the building.
Paridhi Garg’s work is about Islamic fashion and how it has influenced Muslim women’s attire in India. By creating a fashion promo, Paridhi attempts to cater to the needs to Muslim women and tries to influence the way a Muslim women dress. By collaborating with Islamic clothing brand ‘Modest Forever’ Paridhi has tried to reach out to the segment of people who are still unaware with the changes in Islamic Fashion across the world.
Priyankaá product is an experimental short film - NAMASTE, an audio-visual art form, which is appropriate to experience the psychedelic experiences, as psychedelia is a state of mind after taking drugs. The plot line revolves around self-conflict of Anna (the protagonist). The film highlights psychedelic fashion and styling.
Inspired by Cuba and its identity, Riona focussed on discovering the myth of the ‘Cuban Identity’ in terms of its budding fashion scenario, textile traditions and the myriad visual cultures of this country which turned 500 years old in 2018. Through her work, Riona has portrayed how Cubans love to express themselves and their style of clothing which is inspired by nature.
'Perturbed by the growing racism, bigotry, stereotyping and harassment faced by people from northeast, Karishma has developed a magazine titled ‘Other India’ that aims to throw light on these subjects. Through her work, Karishma tries to portray the battle that every Indian from northeast fights – the identity crisis.
'Avantika is a storyteller and through her book ‘NA MARD' she has highlighted stories of struggle of 23 Indian women who came forward and confided in her and shared their experiences. Na MARD is a visual book which constitutes hard drawn illustrations and each illustration comes with another set of gateway sheet on top of it depicting how modestly the society 'expects' a woman to dress thereby restricting her freedom.
Interior architecture and design students Jugal Desai, Anushka Sarawgi and Yashika Dhamija designed a light called ‘lithe’ which means graceful. They took inspiration from the famous building of Zaha Hadid, Heydar Aliyev Cultural Center located in Baku, Azerbaijan. The subtle irregularity of ‘lithe’ means that their silhouette changes depending upon the view of the angle. It is a wall light which has a fluid form and does not follow geometry. This product was part of EDIDA 2018' competition which was conducted by Elle Decor India for product designers all over India. The students finished as first Runners up in Student Category International Elle Décor Awards In Lighting Design.
Dhriti’s aim is to develop an experience centre for all the crafts of Varanasi. Her work has been inspired by an initiative taken by the Textile Ministry of Government of India. In 2016, the Textile Ministry had launched a mission called ‘Guru Shishya Parampara’ to highlight the 8 btypes of crafts and the work of the craftsmen. Dhriti developed a space using the latest technology which would provide an opportunity to anyone who is interested in interacting with these craftsmen and learn their craft. The higher objective of this was to revive the dying crafts and promote it by generating people’s interest in the same.
Akangksha Sarmah, a communication design student, worked on project #Redeafine. It is a designer-driven awareness campaign to make an active effort to address and gain a deeper understanding and sensitivity of the society towards people suffering from this disability. It is also an attempt towards inclusivity, empathy and an endeavour to create better opportunities for them.
Avani, a communication design student, developed a font based on the Lepcha script of Sikkim, an endangered language according to UNESCO. She worked on the font in order to preserve the beauty and uniqueness of Indian culture. She created a functional font showing it to the local Lepcha community the ways to introduce the script back into their everyday life.
Inspired by her struggle to prove that there is potential in a creative profession, jewellery design student Shubhangi Palawat choose a humble engineering product like pipes used by civil engineers and deconstructed it to make something beautiful. The USP of this body adornment is that it transforms from a flat 2D object to an interesting 3D form, and achieves all this with very simple joinery.
Sinning with Dots and Blots The idea is to Let Go off the emotions that are caged within us because they are considered to be a sin, and accept them as it is. Inspiration being the, Seven Deadly Sins, which are Lust, Pride, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony, Envy and Anger, the idea is to depict them through different forms of doodling and scribbling. Each Sins are depicted through different form of art and lines, which includes, water marbling, black magic, attack paintings, line variations, dot variations, gradations in them through Black to White monochromatic scale, which helped in bringing out the purest form of the Sin. The sins are the deepest and the untouched desires of every living and hiding them only creates a layer above it. So instead of trying to tame these emotions just let it out of the system to accept one and move along with them. Explorations on each sin was felt, lived and then created.
“ CHANDRAVALI”a festive wear 19 collection is inspired by the rich and authentic art of Pichhwai paintings from blue city Udaipur(Nathdwara),which poetry’s the unique style of combining luxury and sustainability,as a concept of up cycling the old vintage banarsi and patola sarees from the soul of Kashi and patan,for young Indian women’s,celebrating the tradition of Indian fabrics.
Shivani’s final year project – Budding Buddy is a kids friendly furniture that enhances the learning experience of children having Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Her project won the 1st prize in Furniture Design category at the Pune Design Festival 2020.
The Supreme Court of India has pioneered some landmark judgements during the last decade (2011-20) in the area of constitutional law, environmental law, gender and sexuality, issues of public duty, religion disputes and many others. These judgements have influenced the public discourse.
These judgements were announced as a line was crossed by various people or institution. At times either a citizen took a step and challenge the society to achieve justice or The Supreme Court passed verdict crosses a line to give justice to citizens.