Terms and Conditions

01 – Jury
The jury is currently under construction.

02 – Design Criteria
Projects produced between 2008 – 2012 are eligible.
the jury will award designs and concepts which are innovative in terms of their formal and social aspects.
The product / work should fulfill requirements of usability, safety, and maintenance.
Ecological aspects are more and more challenging the market: the submitted products / works are evaluated according to the highest international standards for the use of materials and manufacturing technology (incl. energy consumption) and if they are in an appropriate
proportion to the product / work utility. Other criteria can be : is the product / work durable (for a long life-span) ? Good design concepts envision new products and services that fit new demands and potential requirements.
It is now important for manufacturers to set themselves apart from competitors by proving exceptional design quality and designers are also benefiting from the award as they are using the achievement to present themselves to their clients.
The award provides effective communication to the management of the company / studio and especially on the value of innovation and design research.

03 – Categories

Landscape design (urban planning, park/garden)
Architecture design (public, commercial, or residential)
Interior design (domestic, corporate, cultural)
Product design (consumer goods, kitchen and household items, bathroom and wellness, furniture, lighting, tools, medical devices and health care)
Interaction design (entertainment / audio &video, technology, computer and telecommunications, digital products, environments, systems, services)
Leisure and lifestyle
Transportation design (vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, related products, commercial vehicles, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles, trains)
Communication design (graphic, advertising, interface and website design, trade fair exhibition stands, packaging, multimedia design)
Textiles and Fashion design (clothing, accessory, footwear)
Lifetime achievement (career award)
Design theory (educator, author, critic, curator)
Design concepts (not yet realized works)

03 – Registration Deadline
Registration and submission deadline is january 30th, 2013.
The jury process will take place in february 2013.

04 – Registration
For registration, please fill in the form.
Teams and companies register with one name only.
When submitting works you can add all team member’s names.

05 – Submit your entry / entries
If you are entering more than one work, please submit each work separately you will be requested to supply:
1. How many image files for upload?
Up to six images can be uploaded (either single or composition images) image size should be: 818 pixels wide please upload the following file formats only:
- .gif, or .jpeg,
- (72 dpi) max 200 kb each file,
- RGB color mode.
Video files:
You are allowed to add 2 video (you will be request to embed the code of your video)
The entry submitted is a low-res version of your original work.
These original high-resolution image(s) will be requested only if your work is shortlisted..
2. Explanation
please provide a brief description of your design.
jury decisions will be based on the core design criteria.
you should consider a broad spectrum of issues that demonstrate and showcase the
ways in which design can make a positive impact.
(english text only)
3. You will be requested to accept the competition guidelines
Competition guidelines: projects participating to the competition, must be original works. projects must be free from copyrights and any kind of obligation. the design shall not in any way infringe any third party’s right, including but not limited to copyright, logos,
trademark, trade names, or other proprietary rights of publicity or privacy. only entries with a declaration of authorship are accepted ! (when submitting your design you will be asked to tick a box of declaration)
Please note: registrations are now open, but product / work submissions will open only on october 30th, 2012.

06 – Deadline for submission of entries
Works can be submitted through january 31st, 2013.

07 – Announcement of the results
Results will be announced in march 2013.
The jury’s selection is final and is not debatable.

08 – Intellectual Property Rights
Any moral and paternity right regarding the project (including images) sent in for submission is the designer’s property. However, by participating in the competition, the entrants authorize to provide designboom and IDF with the right to publish and exhibit all the designs (including project data submitted) – waiving compensation – at exhibitions and events and/or to use them in any publications communications or promotions that designboom and IDF may deem suitable and/or necessary.
Designers will be fully credited when their work is used. In case designboom and IDF want to bring major changes to the submitted artwork for publication, designboom and IDF will contact the designer and inform him/her about the use to obtain the designer’s consent.




Born in Coimbatore, Aishwarya Pathy has a BA in Theatre and Dramatic Literature from Wheaton College. An accomplished graphic designer and artist, Aishwarya’s work has showed at Gallery Nature Morte in New Delhi and Gallery BMB in Mumbai. She is a director at CoCCA and co-founder of Contemplate, an art initiative which hosts art exhibitions in various Indian cities and collaborates with artists to organize outreach programs for underprivileged children in Coimbatore.

She lives and works in Mumbai, India.


After obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from the European Business School in London, Anupam Poddar completed a Professional Development Programme for hotel management at Cornell University.

Devi Design studio, that he set up in 2003, specializes in designing products in different materials and techniques that reflect the traditional Indian craft in a contemporary context. Devi Design has had the privilege of being shown in the leading fairs showcasing design, including the Maison et Objet, Paris.

Devi Design is an integral part of the other group companies - Devi Resorts and Devi Art Foundation. Devi Resorts is well known for transforming Devi Garh, a restored all suit boutique hotel within an 18th century fort-palace in Rajasthan. Along with his mother Lekha Poddar, The Foundation invites curators to curate exhibitions from the family's extensive collection of contemporary art from the Indian Subcontinent.

Divya Thakur

Divya is a graphic artist and Founder/Creative Director of Design Temple – A brand known for its sassy, stylish and chic take on Urban India.

Having spent nearly a decade in advertising and design, Divya set up Design Temple in 1999; and, is keen to make India the front end supplier of quality design, worldwide.

Her work is multi-disciplinary and speaks a contemporary Indian design language, has shown and retailed at destinations across the globe. Of recent note are her title designs for Namesake, and most lately for The Reluctant Fundamentalist.

In 2011, Divya was invited to showcase her collaboration with Leandro Castelao at Wallpaper Handmade*, Salone Del Mobile, Milan. In 2007, she was commissioned by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London to present a show on Contemporary India. In 2004, she curated a show on the unorganized design sector with "India Indigenous", Milan.


Preeti Vyas is counted among the 50 most influential women in India according to Verve magazine, ranked as one of the top creative minds by the Economic times and named as one of the 25 most powerful women in Indian business by Business Today.

She began her journey with Asia’s eclectic and prestigious Design School, the National Institute of Design (NID) in Ahmedabad, she has created some of India’s most momentous advertising campaigns and redefined design language.

Founder, Chairwoman and Chief Creative Officer of VGC, Preeti lives and breathes design. Design permeates everything she does. It seeps even into aspects that are considered by most to be exclusive to an aesthetic appeal. From making economic sense with design as a management tool, to business and marketing strategy, PreetiVyas has structured them all with the essence of Design.


Rajeev obtained his B.Arch in 1994 from Syracuse University School of Architecture and his Masters in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia Universities GSAPP in 1998.

He has taught architectural design & theory since 2000 at several institutions including KRVIA, NMIMS & Raffles Institute. He has been a guest critic & lecturer at Institutes such as Columbia Universities GSAPP and Parsons School of Design.

In 2003, he started his own practice in Mumbai, a-RT, which through a diametrically opposite series of processes, provides consultancy & design services for architectural & interior projects as well as takes a keen interest in documenting the city.

In 2010, he accepted a position as Director of Columbia Universities Studio X project in Mumbai, which focuses on creating a collaborative platform for architects, artists, planners, developers, activists, etc. for engaging in research, exhibitions, debates & various other processes within the city.


Art connoisseur, businesswoman, design aficionado and philanthropist: Rajshree Pathy wears several hats with aplomb. Born and raised in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Rajshree’s lineage is steeped in the industrial history of South India. As founder and director of CoCCA, she strives to create an awareness for contemporary art, design and architecture, through forums, workshops and partnerships. She hopes that CoCCA will be an inclusive space which will allow freedom in creative expression.

She lives between New Delhi and Coimbatore.


Rohit Bal is a fashion designer from New Delhi, India. He designs for men and women, and has bridal and evening collections in addition to day-wear and ready-to-wear. Bal was also chosen by the Khadi Gram Udyog, the largest handloom textile operation in India, to work with them. Bal bagged the 'Designer of the Year' award at the Indian Fashion Awards in 2006. He was also made 'Designer of the Year' at the Kingfisher Fashion Achievement Awards in 2001.

Bal has also ventured into the designing jewellery for Kirtilals. Bal's clientele list includes Uma Thurman, Cindy Crawford, Pamela Anderson, Naomi Campbell and Anna Kournikova. Most of his fashion shows in India, New York, Paris and Singapore are sponsored by The Swatch Group and he is also the brand ambassador for their Omega Watches, since 2001.

Vicky Richardson

Vicky Richardson was appointed Director of Architecture, Design and Fashion at the British Council in March 2010.

Vicky studied fine art at Central St Martins and Chelsea School of Art before taking a degree in architecture at the University of Westminster. She then became an architectural journalist and editor, and was Deputy Editor at the RIBA Journal before becoming Editor of leading design magazine Blueprint from 2004 to 2010.

Vicky is a co-director of the London Festival of Architecture and is an adviser to the Mayor on culture and creative industries as part of the London Cultural Strategy Group.
December 2012




Company Name: DesignPARK, Parksons Packaging, Pune
Category: Design Concepts
Name of the Work: paNBin

Concept paNBin follows the reductive aspect of modernism not in terms of form but in terms of its functionality. It is a combination of products Dusting Pan & Dust Bin and hence is the name. Moreover it stands in corners of house hiding all its content through its form. Concept paNBin also breaks the contemporary visual language of dust bins. The concept is made for domestic use and for cleaning smaller areas. I hope the concept paNBin will surely reduce the visual clutter in your house! More >


Category: Landscape Category
Company Name: Webe Designlab, Chennai-35
Name of the Work: D-Stijl Garden
TYPOLOGY: Private Garden
LOCATION: Kangayum, Thirupur District
PROJECT DURATION: Jan2012-July2012

Inspired by the de stijl art, this project attempts to add a third dimension space to a two dimensional art style.
The main grids have been derived from the physical axes of the residence, such as pathways, locations of fenestration etc, and from the “virtual axes” created by the program in the house.
The complimentary grids in the pattern arise in the landscaped areas. These form the secondary grids in the “D-stijl’d garden”. The space has been accentuated by creating specific nodes within the grids, based on the program and the utilization of spaces. This creates multiple zones such as out-door dining, family gathering space, meditation etc.
further been emphasized by the provision of free standing walls. These walls act as a visual barrier, creating a break from the visual continuity, and creating private outdoor spaces.
Landscape has been created to accentuate spaces created by the “grids”.
thus trees have been placed to create a buffer space, framing element to highlight the passages and pathways. There are other spaces where trees have been used to create a cozy atmosphere in private courtyards created by the blank walls.
The de stijl art has thus been used in creating an interesting landscape that blends with the program and the physical axis of the house. More >


Company Name: Independent Professional
Category: Communication Design
Name of the Work: Terms and Conditions Apply(Posters)

This is a set of posters, to communicate the outrage over the sexual assaults against women, in our country. The first was made during the Guwahati incident and the second during the heinous Delhi incident. But that’s what it becomes, doesn’t it? An ‘incident’. We put it down as horrific and mind-numbing and it then has to make room for something more outrageous and heinous.
It’s not ‘eve teasing’. It is harassment.
It’s not ‘outraging her modesty’. It is abuse. It is rape.
Rape isn’t a ‘women’s issue’.
The hypocrisy of a society that claims to respect its women. More >


Category: Architecture Design (public building)
Name of the Work: International Management Institute (Kolkata)

IMI, Kolkata is situated in a very dense residential urban fabric. Kolkata, an ancient city, lacks architectural character and is becoming more chaotic & mono dramatic. But the city definitely has vibrant life, and people here adore Art & Culture. Therefore, being assigned this management institute to be most expressive, vibrant, technologically advanced and sustainable, we added colours to city life.
PEOPLE + CITY (Community – The Productive Collision) The chromatic glass façade of 2 layers of clear glass each with an intermediate PVB layer acts as an insulator, reducing the heat buildup inside and creates vibrant interiors as well. More >


Company Name: National Institute of Design
Category: Leisure and Lifestyle
Name of the Work: Recycled HandMade Accessories

‘Corallace’, is Jewelry made from “Hand Made” Paper – which is made from of waste Paper and Cloth, boiled together in water and a paste of the Paper is obtained from it. Different natural dyes are added to give the Paste Color. The Paste is then dried into sheets and used as Paper. Handmade paper has a unique look and texture that sets apart from machine made paper. The beauty of handmade paper is easily command-able and the distinctive, tactile surface and Strength. Taking Inspiration from the Waves of the Sea,the techniques Pleating and Folding has been used to achieve a wave like effect which is held together by binding each unit with Thread.A Highlight of Orange is used to denote Corals. Its form is Derived from the uneven Waves and the Patterns it creates. Corallace is Sustainable Personal Adornment . More >


Company Name: Sarthak Sahil Design Co.
Category: Product Design
Name of the Work: Katran Love Chair

The Katran Furniture Collection has been our effort to weave ethics, ethnic and ecology with the contemporary culture. Katran in Hindi means small pieces of colourful cloth which are the by-product of cloth mills. These cloth pieces are collected and spun into ropes by rural communities with whom we have partnered over a period of time. Our effort has been to use this same vibrant material in an innovative way to create a collection of contemporary furniture and products that are sustainable, functional, having a high Glocal (Global + Local) appeal. Katran Love chair is an ergonomically design lounge chair from the same collection. More >


Company Name: Aunterra
Category: Fashion and Textiles
Name of the Work: Ore

AUNTERRA is a design studio led by Mallika Dalal and Malvika Vaswani, a collaboration between a textiles designer and an industrial designer from the Rhode Island School of Design. AUNTERRA seeks its inspiration from travels around the country to create forward-thinking design objects that challenge traditional techniques and process.
ORE is a craft-inspired jewelry line that uses the craft of bidri with silver metal work, fringe, and hand-dyed cord. Inspired by the Ladhaki landscape and its architecture, ore is a collection that mixes the aesthetic of the north with a craft from the south, highlighting the cross-cultural references within our country in a new way. Every aspect of our jewelry is handmade and ethically sourced in an effort to preserve and sustain craft and design. More >


Organisation name : National Institute of Design
Category : Interaction Design
Name of the Work : Iconic Architecture: Exploring mixed reality pop-up books with projection mapping

The area of interactive installations has seen a growing interest over the past decade. This project is an projection mapped/augmented pop-up book that creates an immersive narrative about iconic architecture and its history. Each page of the book holds a pop-up of a building inside that would tell its own story when the user turned the pages. This action of flipping the page is detected by sensors embedded in the podium that the book is placed on. The installation is a proposal for a museum context and can be widely adapted across various subjects and spaces. More >

Welcome to the


IDF Awards is a celebration of the vibrant and dynamic creative talent in India and identifies the best in various design disciplines.

The awards seek to increase national awareness of design by educating the public and honoring excellence, innovation, and lasting achievement.

IDF Awards were conceived by The Coimbatore Centre for the Contemporary Arts (CoCCA), the founders of India Design Forum in association with


is a celebration of the dynamic and creative talent in India, with the aim to discover and recognize the best in class across various design-related disciplines.

The programme seeks to increase national awareness of design by edifying the public and honoring excellence, innovation and lasting achievements.

IDF Awards has been conceived by the Coimbatore Centre for Contemporary Arts (CoCCA) in collaboration with Designboom (UK). It is a part of the India Design Forum (IDF), an initiative launched in 2012 to draw national attention to the ways in which design enriches economic development and everyday life.

The ‘Premier Edition’ of the awards in March 2013 consisted of a collection of the best in design production from the last 5 years – 2008 through 2012. Conceived as a biennial awards program, the subsequent edition of the ‘IDF Awards’ in 2015 will aim to be a showcase of the best design collections from the preceding 2 years.

Prestigious Jury 2013

The Jury is a dynamic combination of accomplished designers.



is the premier design award program in the country and an association with the same will enable talented individuals and design houses to effectively use its accreditation as a ‘seal of quality’.

The program comprises of an extensive jury process. An in-depth review of the nominated entry is done by world-renowned artists and professionals, chosen for their talent expertise in the design world. Being visionaries themselves, their keen eye will identify winners with extraordinary qualities and design innovations.

The Award includes:

  • Gold Awards for excellence in Design Trophy: Winners will be awarded with designed IDF Awards Trophy during the IDF event.
  • IDF Awards Certificate: Winners will be presented with a Certificate, which is a mark of excellence.
  • Profile and Showcase in IDF Awards Website and Catalog, which will be shared with design networks across the globe.
  • Publicity via Digital Media
  • Use of IDF Awards Logo: The winner can use the IDF Awards logo and template for an unlimited period of time.
  • Media Coverage: The awardees will be announced to IDF’s select database of designers and studios all over the world.
  • Attending IDF: All applicants can attend the two day forum at a special registration fee. Contact for details.


The awards comprise a total of 12 different creative categories – each culminating with individual winners. The categories are:


  • Landscape Design (urban planning, park/garden)
  • Architecture Design (public, commercial, or residential)
  • Interior Design (domestic, corporate, cultural)


  • Product Design (consumer goods, kitchen and household items, bathroom and wellness, furniture, lighting, tools, medical devices and health care)
  • Interaction Design (entertainment / audio & video, technology, computer and telecommunications, digital products, environments, systems, services)
  • Leisure and Lifestyle
  • Transportation Design (vehicles, bicycles, motorcycles, related products, commercial vehicles, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles, trains)


  • Communication Design (graphic, advertising, interface and website design, trade fair exhibition stands, packaging, multimedia design)
  • Textiles and Fashion Design (clothing, accessory, footwear)


  • Lifetime Achievement Award (Career Award)
  • Design Theory (educator, author, critic, curator)
  • Design Concepts (not yet realized works)

Conceived as a biennial platform,


of selection begins roughly six months before the event with an open call to the public for nominations. An elaborate four-fold process is followed in order to ensure that the strongest entries make it through and that their recognition is warranted. An esteemed panel of professionals, chosen for their expertise in the design world and their ability to intuit future trends will adjudicate and select the winners.

Phase 1 – Nomination

Designers, educators, journalists, cultural figures, corporate leaders and design enthusiasts are requested to contribute with a list of their favorite candidates. Solicited nominations from the general public are also encouraged.

Phase 2 – Submission of Entries

Once this nomination process is completed, IDF will invite the nominees to submit their entries. A forty five day window will be left open to enable nominees to submit their entries.

Phase 3 – Shortlisting of Entries

Submitted entries will then be presented to the jury for review. The JURYreviews every submission with the challenging task of determining which entries best embody the awards’ mission. A total of 500 entries will be shortlisted in this phase.

Phase 4 – Final Review and Award

Once complete, the jury will then further review and choose the best from among those shortlisted. The best 100 entries for the ‘Gold Awards for Excellence in Design’ will be decided through this phase.