DFF 29-31 March
Schedule
Fest
29 MARCH
– 31 MARCH
2018
Val
FAMOUS STUDIOS
MUMBAI
Every sphere of design subtly seeps into our lives, informs our culture, and influences the larger design discourse in the community. This thought inspired us to arrive at the theme for Design Fabric Festival 2018:
Design Makes Culture.
Culture Makes Design.
At Design Fabric Festival (DFF) 2018, we bring together some of the biggest International and National artists and designers who have a huge impact on the global design culture. Game changers who are pushing boundaries and redefining where we stand as a creative community and where we are headed. Look forward to an engaging series of talks from these industry leaders along with numerous artist-led workshops, exhibits and panel discussions. Introducing our speakers for DFF 2018:
Christoph Niemann is an illustrator, artist and author who lives between Berlin and New York. His work has appeared on the covers of The New Yorker, WIRED and The New York Times Magazine and has won awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club and The Lead Awards. His corporate clients include Google, St. Moritz, LAMY, and The Museum of Modern Art.
He has drawn live from the Venice Art Biennale, the Olympic Games in London, and sketched the New York City Marathon — while actually running it, and created The New Yorker’s first Augmented Reality Cover. Niemann is the author of numerous books, including the monograph “Sunday Sketching” (2016), “WORDS” (2016) and “Souvenir” (2017).
His work was recently featured in an episode of “Abstract: The Art of Design”, an original NETFLIX series.
Graphic artist, print-maker and designer Anthony Burrill is known for his persuasive, up-beat style of communication. Words and language are an important part of Burrill’s output and he has developed a distinctive voice that is sought after not only by collectors of his posters and prints but also by clients including Apple, Google, Hermés, the British Council, London Underground and the Design Museum. Burrill is perhaps best known for his typographic, text-based compositions, including the now-famous “Work Hard and Be Nice to People”, which has become a mantra for the design community and beyond.
His work is held in the permanent collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, New York and has been exhibited in galleries around the world including the Barbican Art Gallery, the Walker Art Center and the Design Museum, London.
Adam J. Kurtz (aka @adamjk) is an artist and author whose illustrative work is rooted in honesty, humor and a little darkness. His first book, 1 Page at a Time, has been translated into over a dozen languages. His “very personal” work for clients like Strand Bookstore and Urban Outfitters has been featured in NYLON, VICE, Adweek and more. His newest book, Things Are What You Make of Them is available now from Penguin Random House.
Mitch Paone is the Founder & Creative Director at DIA, a Brooklyn based creative studio specializing in kinetic identity systems, graphic design and typography. Beyond his work with DIA, Mitch is a performing jazz pianist, composer, type designer, lecturer & educator.
Ruchika Sachdeva of androgynous fashion label Bodice is one of the freshest designers in the Indian fashion scene. A graduate from The London College of Fashion, her basic yet edgy tailor-made designs are meant for the 21st century modern Indian woman. Bodice, as a label, explores transitional wardrobe staples through the pursuit of innovation alongside the use of India’s indigenous textiles. Her collections have been showcased at Lakme Fashion Week and Wills India Fashion Week, and London’s International Fashion Showcase among others. She has won the Vogue India Fashion Fund 2014, secured a place on the Forbes India’s 30 under 30 list in 2015, and is the recipient of ELLE Style Award for Breakthrough Designers 2017.
In 2018, she bagged the prestigious International Woolmark Prize for womenswear at a ceremony held in Florence.
Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, he is also the co-founder of People Tree - a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople - associated with the promotion of artisanal innovation, creative community building and social advocacy. Along with his wife and fellow designer Gurpreet Sidhu, he leads People Tree’s in-house design studios in New Delhi and Goa.
Orijit started collecting and drawing comics in his early teens, and has been deeply involved with the development of comics and graphic novels in India. His pioneering work River of Stories (Kalpavriksh 1994) is considered to be India's first graphic novel. His comics and graphic art have been widely published and exhibited internationally.
Katie Rodgers is the New York-based artist and illustrator behind the whimsical world of Paper Fashion. Since childhood, Katie has been bringing her imaginations to life through fantastical artworks that effortlessly dance around the tiles of Instagram. Known for her elegant and often animated Shadow Dancers, her work has been commissioned by the likes of Cartier, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Estee Lauder, Perrier Jouet, Disney, Focus Features, Harper's Bazaar, and Swarovski, among others.
Katie's work has also graced the pages of Vanity Fair, The New York Times, Elle Magazine, and Glamour Magazine.
CATK is an interdisciplinary design studio based in Berlin, working across the fields of technology, art and music. Strongly rooted in the Bauhaus tradition, they’re constantly exploring new technologies and concepts to develop progressive visual and sonic languages which help brands to communicate and empower their ideas. As a creative practice, they aren’t interested in limitations. Their entire methodology stands in stark opposition to anything that might curb their creativity. Instead, they seek to break down borders, to deny that their work can be constrained by traditional ways of thinking.
One of India’s most influential and exciting design thinkers of today, V Sunil has shaped the landscape of advertising in India through his illustrious career. Having worked with Contract, Lintas, Ogilvy and Wieden + Kennedy, he co-founded A, a boutique agency in 2014 with Mohit Jayal. At A, V Sunil worked with the government and spearheaded the Incredible !ndia and Make In India campaigns. Today, he heads a new company called Motherland Joint Ventures, which has grown into a for-benefit organization that is working on urban development, merchandising and hospitality.
Sarah Naqvi is a textile artist, illustrator and designer based in Mumbai, India. A final semester student at National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), her work tackles issues relevant to current times with a focus on women empowerment, sexuality and identity. Naqvi explores female identity through the patriarchal gaze and depicts it in its raw form, highlighting the hypocrisies of a chauvinistic society.
While the work resonates to a very large audience, they are all derivatives of personal experiences. Her love for tactile surfaces and materials shows in the mediums she uses for her work. Her work has been published in Vogue, Femina, Harper's Bazaar, etc. and displayed in group shows in India and Germany.
A fashion photographer, Scott Schuman founded The Sartorialist to create a dialogue between the world of fashion and its relationship to everyday life. The man behind the rise of the street style phenomenon, his work has appeared in leading publications across the world.
Based in Barcelona, Hey is a graphic design and illustration studio specialising in brand identity, editorial design and illustration. Informed by geometry, colour and typography, they transform ideas into communicative graphics.
Tuesday Bassen is an award-winning artist with a tongue-in-cheek illustrative style. She sells accessories, zines, prints, and owns her eponymous clothing line that is inspired by her art.
An alumnus of London College of Fashion, Nimish Shah launched Shift in 2011. Working extensively with organic handloom textiles, the label creates a range of sophisticated separates, instilled with a keen eye for sustainability.
Peter Zizka is a German designer and conceptual artist. He writes about design for the Swiss Bilanz magazine and is a freelance curator for the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Frankfurt.
The Busride Design Studio is an independent design studio specialising in the creation of built environments, ranging from hospitality and exhibitions to institutional and architectural environments, looking for solutions from the macro to the micro, from the slightly mad to the totally insane.
Sameer Kulavoor is a visual artist working at the intersection of contemporary illustration, graphic design and art. His projects have shaped up as books, zines, art-prints, murals, objects and exhibits.
A fashion designer based in Delhi, Rahul Mishra bagged the International Woolmark Prize in 2014. He founded his eponymous label in 2008, rooted in the idea of working with indigenous craftsmen and artisans to create contemporary Indian fashion.
St+art India is a contemporary art revolution conceived to bring art out of the galleries and onto our streets. Now in its second edition, it brings together artists who are turning the country’s walls into canvases.
A designer, artist and illustrator, Kriti Monga is the founder and creative director of Turmeric Design. With a keen interest in articulating unique brand personalities, the collaboration-based design studio in New Delhi works across graphic design, illustration, lettering and typography. Till date, they have built unique brand personalities for clients like Smoke House Deli, The Hungry Monkey, Canton Spice Co. and Perch Wine and Coffee Bar.
Aarthi Parthasarathy is an Indian filmmaker and webcomic artist. Based in Bengaluru, she creates and writes webcomics, like Royal Existentials and Urbanlore. Aarthi became part of feminist art collective Kadak in March 2016, where she has collaborated to create graphic narratives titled Personal (Cyber) Space, Aloe Vera and The Void.
Mira Malhotra is a graphic designer, visual artist and founder of Studio Kohl. An alumnus of National Institute of Design, she is also one-eighth of Kadak Collective, a group of South Asian women who work with graphic storytelling. Mira works on design, strategy and visual branding for a variety of select, game-changing clients. Her work primarily revolves around image-making, spanning a variety of themes. She is known for her specific style of hand-lettering, a bright, offbeat colour palette and visceral use of lines and movement in her works.
Abha Narain Lambah is a conservation architect with a keen focus on museum conservation projects across the country. Her architectural practice includes the restoration of 15th Century temples in Ladakh and Hampi, mosques, palaces and forts in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab and the ancient Buddhist sites of Ajanta and Bodh Gaya. An author and editor of a range of books and a recipient of three international fellowships, her work has also won 9 UNESCO Asia Pacific Awards for heritage conservation.
Alicia Souza is a happiness-illustrator based in Bangalore with her insanely-cute but naughty dog Charlie. Her work has appeared internationally in children's books, magazines, newspapers and products. She is an INK Fellow and has done a number of talks for various TEDx's and universities around India. In 2015, Alicia started her business and online store, designing and manufacturing happy, funny products that make people smile. Her products have since been flying off the shelves in over 50 stores across India.
A photographer based in Delhi, Ashish Shah is well known for his captivating portraits and elegant fashion stories. He deftly plays with light and shadow, creating beautiful and subtle changes in texture and palate and approaches every shoot as an orchestrated performance. Obsessed with dark stories of love and addiction, he has worked extensively with Raw Mango over the years.
An alumnus of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Sanjay Garg founded his label Raw Mango to re-imagine fashion and design without any preset notions. Rooted in Indian philosophy, Raw Mango is a brand of contemporary handwoven textiles crafted using traditional techniques. Their diverse range of saris, fabrics and stoles are designed and developed by 450 indigenous craftsmen.
Priya Kuriyan is an independent animation filmmaker, comic artist and childrens' book illustrator based in New Delhi. She has directed educational films for the Sesame Street show (GalliGalli Sim Sim) and has also worked on various TV commercials. Over the past four years, she has illustrated a number of children’s books and comics and contributed to several publications.
An anonymous artist from Gurgaon, Princess Pea presents to the world her alter ego in the form of a ‘living toy’ an anime style figure that can neither talk, smell nor hear. This figure is – a mould that anybody could fit in – or carry, substitute, present and represent themselves in.The world of Princess Pea treads a fine line between the world of fairytale and the mundane. The broad scope of art challenges perceptions about our conceived notions of the self. Her practice revolves around the ideas of identity, notions of perfection, self worth, the conflict between traditional and contemporary roles of women in Indian today.
Kruti Garg is a practicing Conservation Architect with years of experience in the field of Historic preservation and restoration of Cultural heritage. She completed her education as M.Arch in Conservation from the School of Planning & Architecture, New Delhi in 2004 and has been working with Abha Narain Lambah Associates since 2006. She has been instrumental in handling variety of projects like the Restoration of the Opera House, Town Hall Building, Bharatpur Museum, the Quarter at Opera house, the Municipal headquarters and the High Court building in Mumbai to name a few. She strongly believes that conservation is an attitude which can be harbored to work with development and not against it, achieving the best of both worlds.
Sameep Padora is the principal architect and founder of Sameep Padora & Associates (sP+a), a Mumbai based architecture studio engaged in projects of multiple scales, all framed within a larger interest in history and typological research. He is also co-founder of the not-for-profit, Bandra Collective, an organization of architects engaging with design of public spaces in the city of Mumbai. In 2016, he founded sPare, a research arm of the studio. sPare’s maiden project, a documentation and analysis of historic housing types within the city of Mumbai, resulted in a traveling exhibition entitled In the Name of Housing and is available as a book published by the UDRI.
Aliya Curmally is a content writer and producer working across movies, television, and the web. A liberal arts graduate from Bryn Mawr College, 2011 onward she began to dedicate more time to her first love, the study of the (now unhealthy) relationship human beings share with nature and their built environment. The work, entitled Toxic City, was presented in the form of a screenplay in 2011 at the National Film Development Corporation of India's Screenwriters' Lab, Goa and in 2014 as a transmedia project at Unbox Labs at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. From 2014 to 2016 she ran the Soul Makes project, which curated products that were eco-friendly, upcycled, produced consciously and marketed them to retailers and sold them at pop-ups. Last year, she joined Fashion Revolution India to consult on strategy.
NorBlack NorWhite is a fashion label and cultural platform inspired by handcrafted textiles committed to redefining the stereotypes around a contemporary India. Growing up in Toronto, founders Amrit Kumar and Mriga Kapadia set out with intentions to create a safe platform that they craved for growing up, for people to embrace the idea of identifying with multiple cultures, exploring the grey space on all levels while living in colour. For seven years they have been refreshing the language, aesthetic and stories by developing their own way of celebrating what ‘Made in India’ feels like.
Mayank Mansingh Kaul is a writer and curator, with an interest in post-independent histories of design, fashion and textiles in India. He has curated exhibitions for organisations such as Khoj International Artists Residency, The Gujral Foundation and Devi Art Foundation. He is the editor of Take on Art Design, Cloth and India: 1947-2015 and Baluchari: Tradition and Beyond.
Aishwarya Subramanyam is a journalist and writer. She has worked as the editor-in-chief of ELLE and the deputy editor of Vogue. A year ago, she co-founded Goose, a digital content company that aims to do silly things.
Design Fabric is excited to announce the first ever edition of the Design Fabric Festival, taking place on 29, 30 & 31 March 2018 at Famous Studios in Mahalaxmi, Mumbai. Design Fabric Festival will be India’s first multi-discipliniary design festival.
The festival will take place over three days, featuring some of the biggest International and Indian artists & designers from across the design community. Along with an engaging series of talks from these industry leaders, there will be numerous artist-led workshops, exhibits, panel discussions, networking events and parties held across the city and open to all.
ADDRESS
Famous Studios
20 Dr. E. Moses Road, Mahalaxmi,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400011
dff
Want to hobnob with some of the brightest artists and designers from around the world? Come join the on-ground production crew and work closely with the festival team. We are looking for energetic, highly motivated team players who can hit the ground running. Selected volunteers should be available from the 27th March to 1st April 2018 for the entire duration of the festival. Sign up to be a part of DFF 2018.

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If you’re a creative individual/ organisation looking to collaborate with us, or simply have enquiries, drop us a line at festivals@designfabric.in

29 MARCH

FILM
SCREENING
HAPPY FILM BY STEFAN SAGMIESTER & BEN NABORS

14:00–15:30

WIP SESSION 08:
ASIAN PAINTS COLOUR NEXT 2018

ARTISTS

NorBlack NorWhite

Kriti Monga

Orijit Sen

Sarah Naqvi

15:30–18:00

ABSOLUT ART BAR X TAXI FABRIC

ARTISTS

TANYA EDEN
PRATAP CHALKE
ANAND RADHAKRISHNAN
MADBOY/MINK
AQUA DOMINATRIX
STUDIO MOEBIUS

(Entry by Invitation only)

20:00 ONWARDS

30 MARCH

ADAM J. KURTZ

10:00–11:00

SAMEER KULAVOOR

11:00–11:30

TUESDAY BASSEN

11:30–12:00

PANEL:
GRAPHIC STORYTELLING IN INDIA

MODERATOR

Mira Malhotra

PANELISTS

AARTHI
PARTHASARATHY
ALICIA SOUZA
PRIYA KURIYAN

12:00–12:45

BREAK

12:45–14:00

KATIE RODGERS

14:00–14:30

BODICE

14:30–15:00

PANEL:
Can Fashion be
Ethical and
Sustainable?

MODERATOR

Nimish Shah

PANELISTS

Rahul Mishra
MAYANK MANSINGH KAUL
ALIYA CURMALLY

15:00–15:45

PERFORMANCE:
ASTIK BRASS BAND

15:45–16:00

BREAK

16:00–16:30

FASHION IMAGERY
IN INDIA

AISHWARYA SUBRAMANYAM

IN CONVERSATION WITH

SANJAY GARG & ASHISH SHAH

16:30–17:15

THE SARTORIALIST

17:15–18:00

LIVE MUSIC:
MITCH PAONE (DIA)

19:00–19:30

STUDIO 8

AFTER PARTY AT CAFE ZOE

ARTISTS

BURUDU (LIVE) + MAKE BELIEVE

OCEANTIED + STUDIO MOEBIUS

STRANGE MOMENTS: SPRYK + BIGFAT

21:00 ONWARDS

31 MARCH

DESIGNING DFF

10:00–10:30

ST+ART INDIA

10:30–11:00

PETER
ZIZKA

11:00–11:30

V SUNIL

11:30–12:00

PANEL:
Indian Heritage
in Design

MODERATOR

Ayaz Basrai

PANELISTS

AABHA NARAIN
LAMBAH
KRUTI GARG
SAMEEP PADORA

12:00–12:45

BREAK

12:45–14:00

ANTHONY BURRILL

14:00–14:30

CATK

14:30–15:00

DIA STUDIO

15:00–15:45

PANEL:
ART IN MUSIC–POWERED BY RBMA

MODERATOR

KENNETH LOBO

PANELISTS

THEBIGFATMINIMALIST
5VOLTS
STUDIO MOEBIUS
DECOY

15:45–16:30

PERFORMANCE: PRINCESS PEA

16:30–16:45

BREAK

16:45–17:15

WETRANSFER

17:15–17:45

HEY STUDIO

17:45–18:15

CHRISTOPH NIEMANN

18:15–19:00

Q&A:
HEY STUDIO
CHRISTOPH NIEMANN

19:00–20:00

STUDIO 8

AFTER PARTY AT FLYP @ MTV

ARTISTS

KALEEKARMA + VARUNDO

UNNAYANAA + VARUNDO

SANDUNES (DJ) + DECOY

21:00 ONWARDS

  • 29 MAR
  • 30 MAR
  • 31 MAR

FILM
SCREENING
HAPPY FILM BY STEFAN SAGMIESTER & BEN NABORS

14:00–15:30

WIP SESSION 08: ASIAN PAINTS COLOUR NEXT 2018

ARTISTS

NorBlack NorWhite

Kriti Monga

Orijit Sen

Sarah Naqvi

15:30–18:00

ABSOLUT ART BAR X TAXI FABRIC

Artists

TANYA EDEN
PRATAP CHALKE
ANAND RADHAKRISHNAN
MADBOY/MINK
AQUA DOMINATRIX
STUDIO MOEBIUS

(Entry by Invitation only)

20:00 ONWARDS

Schedule subject to change

Details out soon
Details out soon

About The Workshop:

Bringing together celebrated illustrators Adam J. Kurtz and Tuesday Bassen to conduct a zine-making workshop at Design Fabric Festival. The practical, hands-on workshop will introduce you to the basics of conceptualizing and creating a zine. Join Adam as he talks about his first zine Talking About Feelings, and explores how to put together a one-sheet folded zine by juxtaposing text, visuals and illustrations. Learn how to fold, collate and reproduce zines, so you can create, exchange zines and walk away with multiple copies of your work in print, along with some of your peers’ work.

About The Workshop:

An intimate poster making workshop by the legendary graphic artist and printmaker, Anthony Burrill. An exercise in typography, the workshop will explore the basics of poster design and the relationship between colour, text and space in creating a bold, compelling poster. You will be given printed sheets of different letterforms, and will learn to compose and arrange them in simple yet powerful typographic layouts. The hands-on experience will encourage everyone to quit the digital and rediscover the fun of making things by hand.

About The Workshop:

A tactile workshop with illustrator Katie Rodgers, of the celebrated blog Paper Fashion, to create a beautiful Taxi Fabric at Design Fabric Festival. Participants will paint a series of illustrations which will be curated, and then digitally printed onto yards of fabric, to create the upholstery of an exclusive taxi. Learn how to mix different mediums and develop an idea into an artwork, and watch as it all turns into a beautiful kaali-peeli cab.

About The Workshop:

Dive into the world of motion art with Mitch Paone from DIA Studio with a hands-on workshop at Design Fabric Festival. This extensive exercise explores how to conceptualize and execute a motion graphic sequence, as you learn how to animate shapes and letters. Mitch will take you through the process of syncing motion with sound, creating gripping sequences. This workshop is tailored for those taking a fresh leap into the world of motion art, those wanting to sharpen their existing skills and everyone in between.

About The Workshop:

Kriti Monga from Turmeric Design will mentor an innovative typography installation workshop at Design Fabric Festival, in collaboration with Asian Paints Colour Next’18. Kriti's typerventions explore modular type installations crafted with everyday materials to spell culture-reflective messages in public spaces. Whether you’re lettering-curious, a seasoned type-geek, craft enthusiast, or just looking to get your hands dirty, join in. In a high-energy sprint, six teams will create a 3D type installation each with a range of designated local materials and type-templates. This workshop is a great way of playing with type, a fantastic introduction to modular letter design, and a great springboard for ideas.

Current & Upcoming Project Presentations by Letterer Kriti Monga, Graphic Artist Orijit Sen, Textile Artist Sara Naqvi, and Fashion Designers NorBlack NorWhite
Design Fabric’s ‘WIP Sessions’ is a monthly event, where Designers and Artists talk about their unfinished, latest and upcoming projects.
Presented in collaboration with Asian Paints Colour Next, the eighth edition of the WIP Sessions at Design Fabric Festival brings together Letterer Kriti Monga, Graphic Artist Orijit Sen, Textile Artist Sara Naqvi, and Fashion Designers NorBlack NorWhite.
Kriti Monga is a designer, illustrator and visual artist from New Delhi. Her graphic design studio Turmeric Design is recognized for the unique voice, spirit and connection it brings to hospitality brands, while her personal work with lettering, type installations and illustrated travel journals creates moments of surprise and delight. Always curious about ways to inspire and move people with words, visuals and experiences, Kriti is now drawn to making more art installations, murals and books. Among her most cherished achievements, she counts passing forward the joy of lettering and type to her students, many of whom are now forces to reckon with in their own right.
Sarah Naqvi is a textile artist, illustrator and designer based in Mumbai, India. A final semester student at National Institute of Design (Ahmedabad), her work tackles issues relevant to current times with a focus on women empowerment, sexuality and identity. Naqvi explores female identity through the patriarchal gaze and depicts it in its raw form, highlighting the hypocrisies of a chauvinistic society.
While the work resonates to a very large audience, they are all derivatives of personal experiences. Her love for tactile surfaces and materials shows in the mediums she uses for her work. Her work has been published in Vogue, Femina, Harper's Bazaar, etc. and has displayed in group shows in India and Germany.
NorBlack NorWhite (NBNW) is a fashion label and cultural platform inspired by handcrafted textiles committed to redefining the stereotypes around a contemporary India. For seven years they have been refreshing the language, aesthetic and stories by developing their own way of celebrating what ‘Made in India’ feels like. Growing up in Toronto, founder Amrit Kumar and Mriga Kapadia set out with intentions to create a safe platform that they craved for growing up, for people to embrace the idea of identifying with multiple cultures, exploring the grey space on all levels while living in colour. Apart from being a women-powered business committed to telling stories of women of colour, NBNW constantly explores the politics of aesthetic, identity & diversity of culture.
Orijit Sen is a graphic artist, cartoonist and designer based in New Delhi, India. An alumnus of the National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, he is also the co-founder of People Tree - a collaborative studio and store for artists, designers and craftspeople - associated with the promotion of artisanal innovation, creative community building and social advocacy. Along with his wife and fellow designer Gurpreet Sidhu, he leads People Tree’s in-house design studios in New Delhi and Goa.
Orijit started collecting and drawing comics in his early teens, and has been deeply involved with the development of comics and graphic novels in India. His pioneering work River of Stories (Kalpavriksh 1994) is considered to be India's first graphic novel. His comics and graphic art have been widely published and exhibited internationally.

Tickets for DFF are sold out. You can now bag a ticket to any of our workshops .

Introduced in 2003, ColourNext, Asian Paint's annual colour forecast, has become a powerful reference for designers, architects and creatives for the upcoming year’s freshest colours and a springboard for design ideas. India’s finest design minds work side by side to break down and analyse changing consumer behaviour and how that impacts colour and décor choices.
Media professionals, influencers and design thinkers map out evolving trends, which are then translated into colour stories that reflect the moods of the year. Following a further distillation, the final colour stories are born, painting an accurate picture of the times. These along with emerging consumer segments and a curated spectrum of colours becomes the upcoming year’s ColourNext.

At Design Fabric Festival, we have an ensemble of pop-ups on the ground. Here’s a closer look:

Founded by NIFT graduates Nayanika and Gazal, IDAM is a surface design studio that translates its in-the-present aesthetics onto contemporary home and lifestyle products. The designs range from hand illustrated prints and patterns to hand crafted tie & dye techniques. Taking a step closer to sustainable and responsible design, IDAM uses 100% natural fabrics for all their products.

A collection of bags, jewellery and art, Mama Souk is a labor of love started by Rukhsana Chowdhary, Zara Chowdhary and Misba in 2016. The idea behind Mama Souk comes from their shared need to take art out of the museums and make it accessible to everyone, to make it a part of a richer, more inspired everyday. Every piece is handcrafted with love, nostalgia and a little bit of magic.

Kulture Shop is a growing curated collective of Indian graphic artists from around the world, spearheading an art movement that seeks to redefine our Indian visual identity in the 21st century.

They strive to create art that is bold, dynamic, fresh, thought-provoking and relevant. Going beyond the traditional notion of “Art”, they believe in a world where art is affordable to own and empowers us to express ourselves daily.

Every purchase rewards an artist.

Rubberband develops products that create a welcome dissonance in the everyday. Their products combine functionality and flexibility with a style that’s expounded with a bold use of colour. The design language thus strikes a fine balance between being playful and formal at the same time.

Indie Culture seeks to add a fresh, new flavor to the Indian leather fashion industry. With decades of experience in tanning and manufacturing, they specialize in custom leather jackets, and have a wide range of contemporary leather apparel and accessories.

Taxi Fabric is a curated platform for designers. Local designers interpret cultural symbols and stories of the city to create engaging fabric designs that transform the insides of public transport like taxis and rickshaws. At Taxi Fabric Textiles, we’re now interpreting our Taxi Fabric Designs into textiles that are usable for home decor and products.

Zines 101 by Bombay Underground is a celebration of self-published and DIY comics and literature. The pop up will showcase independently published literature, comic books, poetry, journalism, and drawings made by zinesters from around the world. Bombay Underground is a collective of independent artists and writers, who are excited about DIY publishing and fostering communities of support and education around it.

Intro is a one-stop destination for a curated line of design and decor products. Lead by a team of architects and designers, Intro believes that aesthetics should be an integral part of our daily lives. Their imaginative products sit as easily in your work space as they do by your bedside table.

The Fromagerie as an idea was born on a reality TV show called Grilled on FoxLife, India. The main aim is to convince people that a simple Grilled Cheese can be not so simple at all! The right kind of cheese pairings with beautiful stuffings keeps one craving for more!

The Roti Co combines the best of local and global cuisines to serve food that’s tasty, new-age yet relatable. We’re inspired by nuances in regional cooking and the sheer goodness it brings in each bite.

1TableSpoon is the venture of chef, entrepreneur and pizza enthusiast Varun Sheth, who eats, breathes, and sleeps pizza! Inspired by New York-style pie parlors, 1tablespoon sells and delivers pizza by the slice.

A champion of sustainable agriculture, Mandala has a passion for conscious eating. Every ingredient they use is farmed ecologically. Their biodynamic cuisine is an alchemy of a pinch of tradition and a hint of experimentation.

Blue Tokai Coffee Roasters casts a spotlight on Indian coffee by sourcing it directly from Indian coffee growers. They roast and grind each batch to order, guaranteeing freshness in every cup they serve.

Mag St. Bread Co. brings you the finest breads using solely Indian ingredients. Their menu ranges from croissants to cruffins to baguettes and an assortment of freshly baked breads. Head Baker Rachelle Andrade & her team craft these breads by hand, harnessing her years of experience to create a product full of life.

Dancing Leaf’s concept was born out of pure passion, the vision being to create an elixir of carefully picked teas, spices and herbs which would brew into a plethora of benefits for the mind and body, supported by an exquisite range of tea ware including cups, pots & infusers. Inspired by the Chinese tea culture, Dancing Leaf blends natural ingredients to create delicious brews.

We are very lucky to be supported by some incredible partners who helped us shape the festival and make it an engaging experience.

Since its foundation in 1942, Asian Paints has come a long way to become India’s leading and Asia’s third largest paint company. Set up as a partnership firm by four friends Asian Paints has become a corporate force over the course of 25 years. The company is driven by its strong consumer-focus and innovative spirit.

Asian Paints is our Presenting Partner for DFF 2018.

WeTransfer believes creative thinking has the power to change the world. They’re on a mission to help people make more – more music, more art, more statements, more mistakes. WeTransfer is the simplest way to send big files around the world; 40 million people every month share one billion files through their platform.

DFF Speakers Christoph Neimann from Berlin and Barcelona-based Hey Studios are supported by WeTransfer

Since 1935, Istituto Marangoni has been training the top professionals of Fashion and Design. In 2017, the institute inaugurated its first educational facility in India: the Mumbai School of Fashion and Design. They aim to train, guide and mentor talents, who will positively influence the best of Indian fashion and design as well as play a vital role on the global market.

DFF speakers Scott Schuman aka The Sartorialist and fashion designer Rahul Mishra are supported by Instituto Marangoni.

The Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Mumbai is the cultural institute of the Federal Republic of Germany and has been working actively in the fields of art, cinema, theatre, dance and literature by supporting programmes, that are interdisciplinary and promote cultural exchange of ideas. It has a state of the art gallery space, which focuses on contemporary art and photography.

DFF speakers, two leading creatives from Berlin, German designer Peter Zizka and interdisciplinary design studio CATK are supported by Goethe Institute.

Insider is home to exciting live experiences in culture, sports and learning. It started in 2014 as the go-to event ticketing platform for live music and comedy. Fast track to 2018, and Insider.in has delivered over 15,000 events in cities across India, from stadiums to clubs, providing end to end ticketing solutions and event analytics to large-scale events organisers as well as creative startups and entrepreneurs.

Insider is our exclusive ticketing partner.

ABSOLUT Vodka is the world’s most iconic vodka. For over 30 years, Absolut has collaborated with the creative world and the collection today comprises more than 800 works from artists such as Andy Warhol, Francesco Clemente, Louise Bourgeois, Rosemarie Trockel, Angus Fairhurst, Jan Saudek, Béatrice Cussol & Anish Kapoor.

ABSOLUT is our exclusive beverage partner and will also bring together the ABSOLUT Art Bar experience in collaboration with Taxi Fabric, featuring artists Tanya Eden, Anand Radhakrishnan and Pratap Chalke at DFF

White Owl Brewery is a Mumbai-based, Award-Winning Brewery renowned for handcrafting beer using the finest of natural ingredients from around the world. Featuring an eclectic selection of old-world & new-age styles, White Owl Brewery advocates small-batch brewing of crisp, complex flavours & distinct aromas under the leadership of a highly-experienced & internationally-trained brewing team.

White Owl is our exclusive beer partner.

Red Bull Music unites 20 years of initiatives in music. It is a program that celebrates music, its culture and the transformative minds behind it. With multiple festivals, music education workshops, collaborations with artists and thousands of initiatives, Red Bull Music supports artists and local music communities around the world.

The After Parties and the Panel: Art & Music at DFF 2018 is supported by Red Bull Music and Red Bull Music Academy.

El Sol Strategic Consultants is a leading integrated marketing communications company. Their name is synonymous with creating and generating strategic & qualitative content for their clients, thus engaging the most influential opinion makers.

El Sol is our official media partner.

Magnolia is an eclectic furniture boutique tucked away in South Mumbai’s stretch of lifestyle stores at Worli. Their bespoke wooden furniture, home décor and objets d’art are designed to delight and excite the senses, and linger on in the memory. You will find classic styles meeting modern interpretations. Clean lines merging into quirky designs. Functionality expressed through romance and passion.

Magnolia is our official furniture partner.

AIGA Eye on Design turns a well trained eye on the best new work from the world’s most exciting emerging and established designers. It’s published by AIGA, the professional association for design, the oldest and largest not-for-profit membership organization for design in the United States. AIGA Eye on Design is our official international media partner.