India Design Forum and Design Week made a successful return in 2013, this time focusing on the theme ‘Design Matters’ – highlighting the significance of design as an intrinsic part of everyday life. The resulting visual language created a colourful conversational exchange between the host city, Mumbai and the two-day Forum, which had Thomas Heatherwick as the keynote speaker and which was attended by over 1,300 delegates from India and abroad.
More than 50 speakers from an array of different design disciplines discussed the way design matters to everyday life, including Anouska Hempel, Renny Raymakers, Nipa Doshi, Subodh Gupta and Rahul Mehrotra. The event also included workshops, which had 200 delegates pre-registered as participants, and informal talks by Thomas Heatherwick, Asif Khan, Dror Benshetrit and Oscar Zieta. The Forum attracted a cross-section of enthusiasts, from prominent corporate organisations to designers, architects, collectors and students. The Design Week that preceded it had a rich programme of collateral events – including collaborative projects, engaging workshops and inspirational exhibitions – that attracted over 10,000 national and international visitors.