IDF 2016 explored the theme ‘Empowering through Design’, seeking to challenge and provoke established thinking by presenting key global issues and highlighting the opportunities available in the design sector in India. IDF 2016 was an ancillary event of the Make in India Week, which sought to showcase the potential of design, innovation and sustainability across India’s manufacturing sectors in the coming decade. With a shared objective to spark a renewed sense of pride in India’s manufacturing and innovation sector, IDF was invited by the Government of India to collaborate with the Make in India Week, which brought together global design leaders, corporates and media heads to rethink contemporary design practices against the backdrop of manufacturing.
In addition to the strong programme of speakers and events of previous editions, IDF 2016 incorporated a two-day workshop, ‘Design-Simply-City’ (in collaboration with Makers’ Asylum in Mumbai), to explore the nuances of a human-centered design development process. Participants were invited to re-imagine public spaces and consider how to innovate responsibly within their respective cities, while giving consideration to the public at large.
“Since its launch in 2012, India Design Forum (IDF) has become the most relevant and the most influential design platform in the country. Founded by art patrons Rajshree and Aishwarya Pathy, IDF has always advocated a redefinition of design — in terms of what it means and how it can improve people’s lives. The 2016 edition kicks it up a notch by literally going beyond the four walls of the auditorium and into spaces where people are challenging design stereotypes every day”. Conde Nast Traveller India, 2016.