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Analogue Printmaking Workshop at SPA Bhopal

Grim, clueless faces that transformed into beaming, energetic, printmaking psychos over 4 days. Little monsters who wouldn’t let me catch 4 hours of sleep a day, who wouldn’t work as part of their academic requirements but toiled away, night and day, for the sake of pure, unadulterated fun. From the minute they were introduced to the techniques they explored, experimented and constantly looked to push me harder in their quest to squeeze out every last ounce of enjoyment. They tried, made mistakes, started over and iterated (to death) until they knew they’d squeezed the fun lemon dry.

The students in my Analogue Printmaking | Integral Studio 2015 class, at the School of Planning & Architecture, Bhopal, bowled me over with their enthusiasm and their need to learn to have fun. The Learning by Making workshop completely upended my expectations and proved, yet again, that learning NEEDS to be, HAS to be fun. And every time it IS fun, it’s like magic!

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Shilp Charcha 2015 at NIFT Bangalore

Shilp Charcha, a parley on Handlooms and Handicrafts, is a yearly seminar hosted by The Department of Craft Cluster Initiative at NIFT Bangalore (under the Ministry of Textiles, Govt. of India). The seminar is aimed towards bringing together all stakeholders from the Indian handicraft industry, especially Karnataka, to evaluate and create opportunities for the artisans. The seminar takes into consideration both the handicraft and handloom industries.

I was honored to be invited as one of the key speakers at the event held in April this year. Apart from talking about the advantages and challenges of working with the craft sector in India, I also shared with the students and other attendees, my personal experiences of working with crafts and the design process behind my products.

Quite an inspiring and insightful experience as it was, it has made me more aware of the emerging opportunities for handloom and traditional textiles in India.

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3 Questions

3 Questions
Red Dot Design Awards recently interviewed me about the journey of Dunk lamp from being a concept in my studio to a marketable and sellable product out in the world. The interview titled 3 Questions, talks about my design approach and philosophy, about happenings after the Red Dot and about the challenges faced during product development.

The complete interview, here.

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India Today HOME

An all round magazine, India Today, gives the latest news on politics, current affairs, sports, business and cinema, from India and around the world. Their home and interior supplement, India Today HOME, recently did a story on five lighting designers who are pushing the envelope of how light is perceived in indoor spaces. A part of their Architecture special issue, the feature is called Bright Sparks and captures the designers with their luminous creations. Dunk and I happen to be one of the chosen five.

The feature was preceded by a fun shoot and an insight into the process of creation at my studio. India Today Home, March 2015.

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One of India’s leading contemporary arts and entertainment magazine, Platform, has dedicated its tenth anniversary special to celebrating pioneers of the art world in India. Its an honor to be a part of this issue. Catch the feature under the Design section.

Here’s a link to the online article. Platform, India, January/February 2015.

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London based interiors writer and editor Antonia Edwards founded UPCYCLIST in 2011. Upcyclist features the most innovative upcycling projects around, highlighting the immeasurable creative potential in seemingly useless objects. They’ve recently launched an online store and we’re excited that Dunk is a part of it. For people in UK and Europe here’s an easy way to have this little fantasy creature in your home.

Here’s to collaborating with people across the globe!


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Design Museum Shop

The first contemporary design museum in Asia and the physical embodiment of the Red Dot Design Awards, the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore is an exclusive venue for designers to display their work.

Housed in the Red Dot Traffic building is the Design Museum Shop that carries curated designs from international brands across the world. Dunk now proudly retails at the museum shop. People in Singapore, walk in, take a look, buy and let us know what you think.

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Home & Living Trends, Shanghai. January 2015.

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MDesign runs a monthly magazine called ‘DESIGN’ in South Korea. The magazine has been publishing since 1970 and is now one of the leading magazines in design filed, in the country. Animal Farm snapshot. December 2014.

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Upcycle Dzine

upcycleDZINE, previously known as dutchDZINE, is a design blog by Gilbert de Rooij from Netherlands. Gilbert is driven by the idea of creating innovative design by repurposing used objects and materials. He strongly believes that design should add value and improve the world that we live in rather than add to the clutter of the environment.

Back in 2013 Gilbert had featured Animal Farm and this time it’s Dunk that has found a comprehensive feature on his blog. November 2014.

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Beijing based online magazine, Gooood, is one of the most popular and influential architecture, landscape, design and art magazine in China. Here’s a beautiful (and bold) feature of Dunk they did shortly after it was launched in the market. November 2014.

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An international design magazine from India, POOL strives to tap into the immense design talent that the country possess and showcases it to the entire world.

In a recent interview, when the magazine asked me about my work being aesthetics-driven or functionality-driven, I couldn’t have answered it any better than this; “Beauty IS a function, and objects of bare utility have a beauty all their own. These are not opposite points of the compass, nor mutually exclusive. That’s how I look at the world. I don’t know what the trend-smiths say.” 

Read the extensive interview in POOL 53 and catch a glimpse of it on the magazine’s website.

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Metro World News

Metro is amongst the largest international newspapers in the world. It is published in over 150 major cities in 24 countries across Europe, North & South America and Asia. The tabloid has a unique global reach – attracting a young and active Metropolitan audience of over 18.4 million daily readers. With unbiased views, engaging features and simple design, Metro has been the preferred source of morning news for this much sought after audience since its launch in early 1995.

It is a pleasure to be featured by them and reach such a wide and varied audience from different parts of the world. Metro World News featured Dunk and Animal Farm with an exclusive interview, in several countries, cities and languages. The ones showcased here are from Bogota, Mexico, Moscow and St. Petersburg, respectively. November 2014.

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The Hindu

India’s leading daily newspaper, The Hindu, needs no introduction. Known for its serious attention and regard of the people who matter in India and abroad, The Hindu continues to be one of India’s most respected English dailies. It is a great honour to be interviewed by them and to share my story with millions of its daily readers.

A link to the online article, here. The Hindu, Metro Plus, Chennai Edition. November 2014.

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