Siddartha Das named the International Young Design Entrepreneur 2008
The worldwide search for the most innovative and creative young international design entrepreneur reached a climax when Indian designer Siddartha Das was named the International Young Design Entrepreneur 2008.
Das received the accolade in an event at 100% Design, the UK's foremost contemporary interiors show. The award was presented by 100% Design Exhibition Director Peter Massey on Friday September 19, 2008. Das was given a financial prize of £7,500 to be spent on a collaborative project with the UK's international cultural relations body, the British Council.
Siddartha Das is the Director of Siddartha and Spaced Out Productions and is a Delhi-based cultural professional who works through art and design. As a designer, Siddartha plans, designs and implements projects often by forming a network of professionals. He largely works with cultural, heritage and public spaces with a focus on branding and publications.
He has a strong interest in developmental issues addressed through design and works with various traditional craft communities across India. As an entrepreneur he aims to create links between traditional craft communities and urban markets, be it India or abroad, through design that is modern, and a business model that provides a sustainable livelihood.
The judges citation for Siddartha said “Siddartha gave an excellent presentation, demonstrating a thorough knowledge of the local Indian design scene and proving that he plays an absolutely vital role in it. Both a designer and a design distributor abroad, he possesses a remarkable creative judgment and an acute knowledge of design processes from manufacture all the way into retail. A true agent of change, he has identified a value gap to be exploited and is determined to develop Indian craftsmanship by coupling it with high quality design skills.”