Bangalore, September 1 – 7, 2007 : ‘HANDS ON MINDS ON’ workshop with NID Retail Design Students
I along with my ex-colleague, Robin conducted the first open-innovation workshop for DuPont™ Corian® solid surface in collaboration with National Institute of Design (NID) ,Bangalore to enhance design leadership. The event served as a common platform for the Indian Design Community and DuPont™ Corian® to spark a mutually beneficial long-standing relationship. DuPont™ Corian® workshop at NID, Bangalore was a week-long workshop for students to provide a hands-on experience with the product. It was followed by an exhibition of the designs created with DuPont™ Corian® and a 2-day interactive workshop session with significant architects and designers. The workshop laid the collaborative foundation for DuPont™ Corian® & NID for design leadership.
The workshop aimed to introduce a hi-performance lifestyle material, Corian® to the budding designer community and provide the students hands-on experience with DuPont™ Corian® to help them visualize design possibilities. ‘Hands on, Minds on’ format provided a practical experience to budding designers from conceptual to final prototyping. It helped students visualize and demonstrate opportunities in Retail, Lifestyle and Exhibition sectors. It was followed by an exhibition of the designs created by the students. The hands-on workshop format sparked a direct association with the young designer minds.
Design Process Followed
- Introduction of DuPont™ and Corian® to students and faculty
- Presentation and demonstration
- Warm-up exercise: Create an expression on a one square feet of corian® tile, which will be composed to create a permanent mural in NID campus. Intention was to familiarize students with the feel of the material.
- Conceptual Design Stage
- Students were divided into 3 groups.
- Design brief was left open, students brain stormed to come up with there own categories, namely Retail, Lifestyle and ‘Space Element for NID campus ’.
- Analysis, Research, Specification.
- Problem solving and presentation in groups.
- Design Development Stage
- Detailing, scale models, final drawings
- Final Prototype Development
- Exhibition of products
- Feedback Session
- Evaluation and conclusion
“2-Days interactive workshop with professional’ Architects and Designers’ – Hands on Minds on”
Bangalore 8th-9th September, 2007:
NID’s Research & Development Campus addresses the need for an exclusive Design Research centre in the country, by collaborating with industries and sighting new opportunities and frontiers. ‘Hands on, minds on’ format with DuPont™ Corian® was an initiative of NID to offer a common platform for industry professionals and faculty members to achieve design leadership through original research and innovations.
Corian® has sparked the imagination of designers and challenged them to constantly reinvent it to meet ever-changing diverse functional and aesthetic demands. The event organized served as a platform for the Indian Design Community and DuPont™ Corian® to spark a mutually beneficial long-standing relationship.
The professionals got a hands-on experience to explore design possibilities with DuPont™ Corian®. It inspired new application possibilities in home and commercial spaces.DuPont™ Corian® solid surface is known for its applications in countertop surfaces has evolved as a media for expression since last 5 decades of its existence. In this workshop, the participating designers saw a lot of possibilities with the DuPontTM Corian® in the fast changing socio-economic Indian construction environment interior space in both residential and commercial space. The designers commented that there are possibilities to collaborate with technology, creative work and material science and develop a new interior space for the retail environment in particular.
Participants were from diverse industry sectors like INFOSYS, WIPRO, 4D, DISHA Shop Fittings, NIFT Bangalore, IISC Bangalore, and other practicing NID Alumnus.
Workshop Lead : Arvind Dutta, Robin Rai & Susanth CS
Fabrication : Sri Balaji, Bangalore