When the inaugural edition of the India Design Forum was launched in 2012, it had been conceived as the most definitive and influential multidisciplinary platform on design in India. It was a claim that was resoundingly substantiated by the numerous luminaries from across the world who came to the event in New Delhi, to not only lend their support but engage with a fast-evolving market and an erudite audience.
Each of the speakers spoke at length about the landmark movements in design that year, which had the power to transform lives. Senior curator of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Paola Antonelli enlightened the audience about the best design ideas of the year, those that changed the way people live.Industrial designer and architect Karim Rashid, who has over 300 awards to his credit, shared his design philosophy and the way it had translated to commercial projects in over 40 countries.
A significant and relevant topic of discussion was on the future of design education, which was of particular interest to India, given the number of design institutions emerging across the country.
This panel saw participants such as Pradyumna Vyas director, NID (National Institute of Design), Anand Sharma, former union cabinet minister and Tim Marshall, dean of Parsons, The New School of Design.Touching on the role of design in society, Amitabh Kant from the department of industrial policy and promotion, shared his views on designing for social impact, drawing a parallel between design and problem-solving. Internationally acclaimed trend forecaster and founder of trend tablet, an innovative social media tool that explains how trends evolve and grow, Lidewij Edelkoort regaled the audience with her years of experience forecasting trends and redefining the very word.
The design week that preceded the forum saw a spate of events across New Delhi celebrating design and its many glorious facets. IDF 2012 was the harbinger of things to come, an invitation to discuss design, its role in our lives and its presence in everything around us. It truly set the stage to start the conversation on design and acknowledge its relevance in India.