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Professor. S.M. KULKARNI has completed his graduation from Sir J.J. School of Art in 1979 and post graduation from National Institute of Design (NID) Ahmedabad in 1984.He has worked on various design development projects in the areas of craft and industrial design.
In 1985 he worked on Golden Eye exhibition at New York as part of Festival of India. The exhibition was concerned with the idea of seeking new direction for Indian Craft in its application and its marketability
He studied the art & craft of Mexico by traveling to different parts of the country on Mexican Government scholarship.
In 1995 he started his own design studio & production unit – DESIGN QUEST – at NOIDA and worked on various design development projects in textile & leather for the export market.
He was associated with Institutes such as NID, NIFT, IICD Jaipur, FDDI- NOIDA, Pearl Academy & Banasthali University as visiting faculty earlier.
As we see great enthusiasm around the theme “Make in India” I feel it is important to think about “Design and developing India” It is not only about production and availability of products in the market. The consumer is looking for products of utility combined with aesthetic appeal. Who else can do that better than a well trained designer.
Innovation & design combined with good production facilities will be important for future of Indian industry. Designers will have to be ready for this challenge. Understanding the dynamics of changing market and its requirements for design development is very important, and at the Sushant School of Design we have kept this paramount in our approach.
The role of a designer today demands more than just a good aesthetics. The designer must be aware of sustainability and environmental problems. Addressing these issues has become important and integral part of any development all over the world. Integrating these issues in design education is our concern and we are working towards this aspect.
I feel very happy to share my thoughts with young designers who will be the future of Indian Design Scenario