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Design Education In India

Design, A Vital Component Of Economic Development And Social Well Being

Design being still a relatively new field for India, students and their parents have little or no idea of how to choose this stream or a college for their ward. Tougher even, is how to prepare for the entrance examination for design.

We already know the value of design as a vital component of economic development and social well-being. India’s competitiveness as a global economy hinges on our ability to harness that power of design. 

Need For Design Education

Design education in India is a valuable asset, which must be nurtured so it can go from strength to greater strength. We need a sufficient number of designers to drive the industry and to devise solutions to face up to challenges such as sustainability, smart cities, clean India, and effectively delivering public services. 

It is a misconception amongst parents (and also students) mostly about design being just a glamour field. At the back-end of the most glamourous looking design field, Fashion Design, lies a lot of hard work and studies too. Interior Design is very different from basic ‘Interior Decoration’ and is very much a technical field of study apart from being an artistic field of study too.

Fields In Design Education

But Fashion and Interior Design are not just the two faces of ‘Design Education’. There are many more fields to choose from eg Industrial Design, Product Design, Graphics Design, Interaction Design, Animation Design and so on and so forth. Every stream of design has a great career possibility today. Design, as a profession has a bright future in India and globally.

Architecture, which is called as the ‘Mother Of All Designs’ is also frowned upon by the parents and teachers. Everybody wants their ward to become a doctor or an engineer.

Guidance For Design Education

It is time now that the students are given a proper guidance so that our future ‘Design Thinkers’ are not suppressed and are allowed to study ‘Design’ by dispelling the misconceptions in the mind of their well-wishers.

We welcome you to contact us for an appointment for a one to one session with us to understand the Scope of Design Study better. 

by Anindita Roy ,, 9818541252

Design Education In India


Special UCEED Only Focus Classes 2019 -2020 Exams

Undergraduate Common Entrance Examination For Design (UCEED)

The Undergraduate Common Entrance Exam for Design (UCEED)  is the examination conducted by IIT Bombay for admissions to Bachelor of Design (B.Des) programmes offered by IIT Bombay, IIT Guwahati , IIITDM Jabalpur and other 'UCEED Result Sharing' Institutes authorised by IDC, IIT Mumbai. The Examinations are held on the 3rd Sunday of January.

Candidates who have qualified 12th standard (or equivalent) or will be qualifying in 2019/2020 in any stream (Science, Commerce or Arts and Humanities) will be termed eligible to apply for UCEED 2019/2020.

Candidates who want to Focus specifically on UCEED are invited  for a counselling session for a special batch at our centre.

  • A Saturday Morning batch 'Specifically' focuses on UCEED syllabus with special study material . 
  • Special 'Concept Based' study for better understanding is used .
  • It is not a mixed syllabus of UCEED/NID/NIFT.
  • Portfolio making classes for Design College Admissions are also done separately.
  • Architecture Entrance Exam Coaching for B.Arch - NATA & JEE Paper 2 are also held separately.
  • Combined courses for Architecture and Design Exams are also available.
  • However, UCEED focus classes are always held as a separate session in our centres.
Please call 9818541252 for an appointment and counselling and discussing your choice of module. 

Fresh Batch Classes are starting from 2nd August onwards.

Institute Of Creative Sciences
E 11A, 1st Floor/2nd Floor 
Above Croma Shop, Near Kailash Colony Metro
East Of Kailash, New Delhi
(Landmark - London School Of Trends)



Regular Classes For B.Arch And B.Des Entrance Examination Coaching

Regular Career Care Batches and Weekend Batches For B.Arch(JEE), B.Arch(NATA), B.Des(NIFT, NID, UCEED, CEPT/MSU/MIT etc)

Students have the flexibility of joining at any level . However, earlier you join, better the scope of preparation and chances of success.

New Batches are starting from 2nd August , 2018 at our East Of Kailash Centre ( E 11A, 1st Floor) 

Please contact us for an appointment and one to one counselling session with our Faculty (Drop in Timings : between 10am to 1pm  ; Other Timings by appointment only) 
Option I : 120 classes of 3 hours each ( B.Arch/B.Des Coaching plus Diploma in Architectural Design / Lifestyle Design)
Option II : 80 Classes 0f 3 hours each ( B.Arch / B.Des Coaching Only)
Option III : 40 Classes of 3 hours Each ( B.Arch/ B.Des Coaching Only)

Combined coaching for B.Arch + B.Des Entrance Examinations are also available.

Please come for a discussion for an option suitable to you.


Furniture Markets in Delhi

Delhi has many wholesale markets famous for unique products; one of them would be furniture. Some of the markets that are specially known for furniture shopping are Kirti Nagar, Munirka, Panchkuian, Jail Road (Tilak Road), and Jheel Khurenja.  These markets are many times preferred over brand markets as they have a wide range and offer authentic products at extremely reasonable and cheap prices. These markets are also referred as second hand furniture market as they sell used furniture at very low prices.

Kirti Nagar Furniture Market
First name that comes to mind when talking about furniture markets in Delhi is Kirti Nagar. It is located in the west region of Delhi and is adjacent to Rajouri Garden. Kirti Nagar is home to many furniture manufacturing firms and it houses not only traditional carpentry furniture but also latest brands. Kirti Nagar is also considered to be the largest furniture market in Asia. A wide range of furniture, fixtures and furnishings are available at Kirti Nagar; along with such a wide range there is option of customized furniture as well, some exquisite designs are customized for customers at Kirti Nagar.

Kirti Nagar furniture market Location
Kirti Nagar is surrounded by Mansarovar Garden, Patel Nagar, Punjabi Bagh and Rajouri Garden. These localities are contiguous to the Ring Road and Patel Road which finally connects to Dhaula Kuan and Connaught Place respectively.

How to reach Kirti Nagar Market
Nearest metro station is Kirti Nagar metro station which is located on the blue line and also has a feeder bus service available. Metro fare from Rajiv Chowk (Central Delhi) to Kirti Nagar Metro station is Rs15/-

Some of the bus routes that connect Kirti Nagar are: 877 and 108

The market is closed on Fridays

Munirka Furniture Market
Munirka furniture market will cater to one's basic furniture needs for a house or an office and it is known for giving best deals that are cheap and reasonable. Art of haggling comes handy in Munirka furniture market. It is possible to see the furniture being made live. A variety of woods and wooden furniture are available here.

Munirka furniture market Location
Munirka is termed as an Urban Village in South West Delhi and is in proximity to Jawaharlal Nehru University as well as Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi also towards its North West is Vasant Kunj and towards the North is RK Puram.

How to reach Munirka Furniture Market
Nearest Metro station is Hauz Khas metro station on the Yellow Line. The fare from Rajiv Chowk is Rs 16/-.

Some of the bus routes that connect Munirka are 507 EXT, 615, 615A and 621. The market is closed on Tuesdays.

Panchkuian Furniture Market
It is a place for all kinds of furniture shopping be it coir, beds, mandirs or fish tanks. However, one will not find branded, minimalistic and imported furniture here. Furniture in all price ranges are available as there are small shops one hand and big showrooms on the other hand. Panchkuian market is located in Connaught Place in the outer circle and is situated in one of CP's radial roads.

How to reach Panchkuian Market
Nearest metro station is R.K Ashram Marg which is on the Yellow line and is two stations away from New Delhi and one station away from Rajiv Chowk. Some of the shops are closed on Sundays.

Jail Road’s Furniture Market
It is a lesser known furniture market of Delhi; however it is no different than Kirti Nagar. Everything at Kirti Nagar can be found here at Jail Road and in fact at a lesser price and is a one stop shop for furniture shopping.
The market starts from Tilak nagar and at the end of this road is the Tihar Jail and It is located in West Delhi.
How to reach Jail Road furniture market
Nearest metro station is Tilak Nagar metro station on the blue line

Some of the bus routes connecting Jail Road and Tilak Nagar are 234, 588, 801, 801A, 808, 809, 818, 819, 822, 824, 825, 826, 827, 828, 829, 834, 835, 836, 845, 848, 872, 873, 878, 885, 887 and 898. The market is open on all 7 days.

Jheel Khurenja furniture market
This is the place for selling old furniture or buying second hand furniture. Jheel Khurenja is the cheapest furniture market in Delhi. Jheel Khurenja is located in Krishna Nagar in East Delhi. This region is called Trans Yamuna region and it is surrounded by many other markets like Gandhinagar market, Preet Vihar, Vishwas Nagar and Geeta Colony.

How to reach Jheel Khurenja market
The best way to reach Jheel Khurenja would be by bus; some of the bus routes connecting Jheel Khurenja is 326.

MG Road Market
This market has many shops and showrooms with all kinds of furniture. If you are looking for fancy lighting options, paintings, and home decor, then this place will not disappoint you.

Location : MG Road, Gurgaon Border , accessible by Delhi Metro

Amar Colony Market

If you are looking for unique furniture items, furnishings, and artifacts, then this is the place for you. If you admire antique and vintage items then you are in for a pleasant surprise. Grab some great bargains and deals at this market but you need to be good at bargaining.

Location: Amar Colony , Lajpat Nagar

Sharma Farms
Sharma Farms Furniture Market, Delhi

If you move across and down the road from Tivoli i.e., right the gate neighbouring Oodles Hotel, you will be reaching Sharma Farms. Although a bit cut-off, but this place needs some patience when you make a visit, given the scouring you will need to do. Sharma Farms is a place which has each and every kind of furniture ranging from vintage, restored, Indian inspired, cut-out work to temple inspired pillars, statues, sculptures, wine holders, doors, panels, figurines and a lot more. The items you find here would be cheaper than most of the neighboring competitors, but can also be very expensive if you don’t bargain properly. Here you can get all types of modern antiques or pieces that suit your needs. Although, Sharma Farms is not the cheapest furniture market in Delhi, but definitely is a must visit.

Nearest Metro Station : Chhattarpur

Karol Bagh Furniture Market Delhi

This famous furniture market provides a blend of high end & traditional, family run stores which sells all kinds of household and furniture products for generations. Karol Bagh has Ajmal Khan Road, Arya Samaj Road, Gaffar Market & Liberty Cinema with huge number of shops for all types of furniture and homeware shopping. This market has its own metro station named Karol Bagh and is located close to Sarai Rohilla railway station.

Nearest Metro Station : Karol Bagh

Khan Market Furniture, Delhi
This market has some imported furniture and ‘one of a kind’ gifts and decorative items including French and Italian designer house linens & upholstery, various rugs and wall hangings are also available here. The very popular Oma and Good Earth homeware stores are also located here at Khan Market area. This market is located close to India gate, Lodhi Estate and the Khan Market metro station. The market remains closed on Mondays.


Post Graduate Certification In Interior Design


This is a 2-year super specialisation programme, which has been curated for students of Architecture (B.Arch) , who want to specialize in the field of Interior Design and for Graduate Interior Designers (B.Des or B.Sc ID/ B.A ID) who would like to go in for specialisation programmes. This course prepares students fully for challenges in the Interior Design and Interior Styling Industry. 

This pioneering new Programme will challenge the students to explore space through the intersection of theory and practice, positioning them to shape a future in Interior Design that is innovation - based and interdisciplinary. It also offers unique opportunities to transform concepts into tangible products, services and experiences. 

The main formative objective of the Super Specialization Programme in Interior Design is to acquire in-depth knowledge of the subject in all aspects whether it is space planning , interior landscaping or interior product and accessories design. 

Make your move towards a higher qualification, name and fame. Opt for the Super Specialization Programme in Interior Design at London School of Trends

The course will cover the following modules:

  • ·        Residential Interior Design For High End Clients
  • ·        High End Commercial Spaces Design
  • ·        Hospitality Spaces Design Studio
  • ·        Furniture Design Studio 
  • ·        Media Communication Skills
  • ·        Sustainability and Interior Design
  • ·        International Trends In Interior Design 
  • ·        Show Home Styling Studio
  • ·        Studio for Exhibition Design
  • ·        Studio For Set Design
  • ·        Interior Photography  
  • ·        Window Display and Visual Merchandising
  • ·        Project Management Basics for Interior Design
  • ·        Vastu Essentials In Interior Design


This advanced interior design course will focus on areas that will allow graduating Architecture or Interior Design students and industry practitioners to hone their practice and develop new skills more suited to contemporary practice in international interior design. 

In this advanced course we focus on interior design for the residential and corporate markets. In addition we look at interior design and styling for editorial, marketing and advertising photo shoots. It is a course that will give you advanced input in these areas of the design industry. 

LST London, working closely with cutting edge practitioners in the UK and USA, giving the course a truly international perspective, has developed this course. There will be lectures and presentations by local and international faculty. In addition, the delivery of course will employ the latest e-learning technology in the classroom, supported by regular visits by British and American tutors to supervise set projects. You will learn how to engage with a client brief, work with style boards and vendors in order to develop and execute a project. You will also learn how to set-up and promote your own interior design business. 

The course aims to help you to develop confidence in order to enable you to make informed design choices and propose your own interior styling and design solutions. By the end of the programme you should gain a better understanding of design for corporate, residential and hospitality interiors and styling for photo shoots. You will have learned how to define a style and work with that genre at a very high standard. You also will have learned the business side of interior design and how to promote yourself and advance your career within the field.

The course will cover the following modules:

  • ·        Residential Interior Design For High End Clients
  • ·        High End Commercial Spaces Design
  • ·        Show Home Styling Studio
  • ·        International Trends In Interior Design
  • ·        Media Communication Skills
  • ·        Sustainability and Interior Design 
  • ·        Interior Photography  
  • ·        Window Display and Visual Merchandising
  • ·        Vastu Essentials in Interior Designing

Both the above course modules will deal with:

• The importance of defining a style: modern, contemporary, traditional and transitional
• Designing to global standards and trends
• How to achieve an ‘East Meets West’ look
• Colour therapy and psychology
• How to pull together a style scheme, using colour pattern, textures, green spaces / nature, furniture, lighting, form and arrangement
• How to source and incorporate custom materials
• How to prop and accessorize a space
• How to interpret a client’s requirements and come up with design concepts
• How to respond to brief from a client, research, source products and present your ideas on style boards
• Developing relationships with vendors (We will visit a key area for sourcing in Delhi and meet with local vendors.)
• How to set-up and start your own interior design business 
• How to promote yourself as an interior designer in a contemporary environment
• You will practice and refine your methods of verbal and visual presentation 
• Design for green spaces 

Who should take this course?

  • ·        Graduate Architects wishing to specialize in the Interior Design Field
  • ·        Graduates Interior Designers wishing to enhance their existing basic knowledge
  • ·        Practitioners wanting to update their skills and to develop a conceptual approach to their work.

     For enquiries please call Ms Anindita Roy, HOD Interior Design, London School Of Trends (9818541252)



School, A Solo Exhibition Of India's Renaissance Man

Emami Art to present School, a solo exhibition of India's Renaissance man, the late Dashrath Patel

Emami Art, part of the reputed Emami Group of companies, is proud to announce its upcoming exhibition School, a solo exhibition of the late Dashrath Patel, to open on 13 September 2018. 

Curated by Pinakin Patel, the exhibition presents a wide selection of Dashrath Patel’s line drawings, ceramics, photographs and collages from 1930s - 2000 tracing his artistic journey across mediums and types.

Even though each medium and its imagery were perfectly evolved, he resisted the need to formalise that particular body of work as ‘his style’, and risk being typecast or iconified. His work was his ‘search’ and he actively followed that ideology.

Despite the breadth of his work, the one form of art which was a constant were his line drawings. “He would practice every morning and believed this was as crucial as a ‘riyaz’ for a singer. He described his drawings by saying ‘my line is a dot that goes for a walk”, says Pinakin Patel.

The exhibition particularly explores Dashrath’s photography, a medium for which is he not well known.   The story goes that during his show at Galerie Barbizon, Paris, a man (Henri Cartier-Bresson) walked in and having seen his show told Dashrath that he thought he might have a way with photography, and gave him a camera to photograph the streets of Paris for the next two weeks. Two weeks later when Cartier-Bresson placed Dashrath's photographs next to his, neither could tell the difference.  He started off by interning for Cartier-Bresson which led him to discover his talent for photography which in his earlier days had not been of interest.

Dashrath Patel was a contemporary of modern masters Tyeb Mehta, M. F. Husain, S. H. Raza and V. S. Gaitonde.  In the late 1950s, they all worked together at the Bhulabhai Desai Memorial studios in Bombay and early in his career he exhibited alongside them. He was the first Director of Design & Education at the National Institute of Design, (NID Ahmedabad) and was closely associated with the Institute for a period of nineteen formative years. During this period he interacted closely with arts stalwarts such as Charles Eames, Louis Kahn, George Nakashima, Buckminster Fuller, William Hayter, Herbert Matter, Frei Otto, Robert Rauschenberg, Leo Leoni, Saul Bass, Ivan Chermayeff, Jaroslav Fric, John Cage, Chandralekha, Gautam Sarabhai, and Gira Sarabhai, among others.

Born in Nadiad, Gujarat in 1927, Dashrath Patel passed away on 1 December 2010. He was awarded the Padma Shri by Government of India in 1981, followed by the Padma Bhushan, posthumously in 2011. 

Featuring key works from the Dashrath Patel Museum, Alibag this exhibition opens to the public on September 13  and will see a number of outreach events for general audiences.

SCHOOL, a solo exhibition of India's Renaissance Man,the Dashrath Patel... an unforgettable experience
Everyone who met Dashrath had that feeling about him about learning
Whoever met Dashrath learnt something from him about fundamentals
In the simplest words he could explain every ‘ism' and every ‘attribute' of art about your classmates
S.H. Raza at Ecole Beaux Arts Paris
M.F. Husain, Tyeb Mehta and Nasreen at  Bhulabhai Desai Institute
Robert Rauschenberg, John Cage, Merce Cunningham on holidays about inspiring teachers
Debi Prasad Roy taught him ‘robust' art in the formative period
Harindranath Chattopadhyay revealed  the poetry in art
Henri Cartier Bresson trained him into the art of seeing in anticipation about sports
He was a cricketer who chose art over cricket because it had a longer career span fun
It was always fun to be with him about gangs
Dashrath made several gangs many that eventually befriended each other about first love
Chandralekha the enigmatic dancer was his first love about exchange trips
He was a Ford Foundation scholar

...creates your foundation

He in turn was the founder Director of Education of National Institute of Design Ahmedabad, currently the  world's longest surviving design school(Bauhaus and Ulm School of Design closed in less than a decade of opening )                                         

Finally, school Is about the best days of your life and those that I spent with him are really the best days of my life.


Pinakin Patel

With a legacy of over three decades, Pinakin Patel has explored the depths of arts and culture in this country in multiple forms. His thorough understanding of Indian heritage, free-spirited creativity, and modern sensibilities are signature to his style, showcased in his work as an architect, a designer, a curator and an artist.  One bench designed by him, auctioned for the highest amount in the Swiss Consulate’s fundraiser conducted by Christie’s. At the invitation of The National Gallery of Modern Art, Pinakin created a month long exhibition titled “The Innate and the Informed” where he brought in street vendors separated from their taken for granted environment and set them apart as installation art as well as serious product design. The show revealed his uncanny understanding of contemporary Indian culture. In the meantime, Pinakin started giving more of his time to community related projects including the designing of Mumbai’s Museum Art Gallery and the Karl Khandalawala Wing at the Prince of Wales Museum. Through Paramparik Karigar, he designed merchandise with actual craftspersons to provide rural employment through direct business from urban design stores.
When not working on the multiple creative ventures that he is a part of, he is found learning Hindustani classical music and reading Indian philosophy. He hopes to achieve an informal design institute for creative people from various disciplines that will highlight the inherent strengths of Indian culture suitable for adaptation into a thoroughly contemporary global perspective.

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