The 2016 Anchor Awards in association with Institute of Indian Interior Designers (IIID) were announced recently in Bali, Indonesia. The IIID Award recognises designers who demonstrate excellence in the field of design every year. This is the 19th year of the awards and the fifth year of its collaboration with Anchor Electricals Pvt Ltd.
The jury, that comprised of Ar Habib Khan, Ar Dean Dcruz, Ar Canna Patel, Artist Ajit Rao, Ar Shimul Zaveri Kadri, Ar Renu Hassan, urban planner and Ar Madhav Joshi, design educationist Iftikhar-mulk Chishti, critic and theorist Kaiwan Mehta among others, critiqued the designs in a transparent manner, according to a release.
According to the organisers, the Awards had over 36 winning participants across 11 categories including established as well as new talents. The list of awardees included some of the best designs by the likes of Saka, Tao Architecture, DipenGada & Associates, Sparsh Design Studio, Studio Infinity, S+PS Architects, The Cross Boundaries, FirkiStudio, SfurnaDesigns, Sanctuary Architects, Opolis, Lovekar Design Associates, Rust Design Studio, Thought Parallels, Envisage, Architecture Discipline, Essteam, The Orange Lane, Dcoop Architects, AbinDesign Studio, Third Space Architecture Studio, Somaya and Kalappa, Saili Malpani & Gaurav Chandiwala, 1Leapingfrog Studio, Project 810, Manoj Patel Design studio, Ashwini Pethe, AanganArchitects, and Studio Alternatives.
The Panasonic LED Lighting Design Award was bagged by Dhruv Gupta, while Affordable Design for the Masses Practice Winner was Prasanna Desai Architects, who won the award for their affordable housing project.
Ashok Gangar, director-sales & marketing, Anchor Electricals, said, “The industry is in need of ideas and fresh talent that has the ability to create new fundamentals of design and change our outlook towards it. We have channeled the ethics of design and time again into our products, and thus are proud of our continued association with an initiative which helps professionals and upcoming designers exhibit their skills and talent. To bolster this thought further, we have also added a category ‘Panasonic LED Lighting Design Award’ this year.”
With affordable housing now receiving infrastructure status, he added, “We will now need to make sure that these award winners continue to drive innovation in space designs and help us build a new India. These talented individuals will now have to give a robust thought to creating designs with a difference, thus extending the dimension from designs to responsible designs.”
IIID president Pratap Jadhav said, “We have always believed in creating innovative ways in which we can portray our designs to the masses. Every year, we try to engulf the attention of the design fraternity towards creating a sustained dialogue about design within the community and the nation at large. This year, our efforts have brought us to Bali, an endeavour we hope further translates into unearthing new talent that has the ability to change the face of the industry as we know it. We are eyeing to make IIID an organisation that celebrates design in its truest sense. We are hoping that by raising the benchmark of these awards, we will be able to use the platform to bring together the experience of the design maestros and enthusiasm of gen-next, to design spaces which benefit the needs of our end-consumers.”
Ar Tanuja B K, chairperson of IIID Anchor Awards Committee, said, “After mapping more than seven hundred entries this year, I’m extremely enthused and overwhelmed by the amount of quality designs which were at our disposal. We’ve always strived towards making IIID Awards a global event. IIID is eyeing to go international soon and hopes to add the design experience of the international designers to enrich the Indian interior designing landscape further by incorporating some of the best global practices.”