Ayush Kasliwal, an NID alumnus, based in Jaipur, is one of India’s leading design thinkers, practitioners and advocates for artisans. Ayush with his architect wife Geetanjali, is Creative Director and Co-founder of AKFD & ANANTAYA, interdisciplinary design companies and Maahi Roj: Earth Day Every Day. He is the founder / Design Director of AKDPL featuring furniture, lighting, lifestyle products, interiors and special projects. Awards include a Lexus Design Award, India 2019, the EDIDA, Designer of the Year 2013 award, the Interior Lifestyle Award 2015 by MesseFrankfurt, POOL Best Furniture Design Studio of India 2016, and the POOL Best Project for the Narendra Bhawan in 2018. The UNESCO Award of Excellence recognized his designs in 2018, 2017, 2006 and 2007. Recent engagements include The Chairpai Project for the Serendipity ArtsFestival, and Design and Curating the India Partner Pavilion at Ambiente- for Messe Frankfurt, Germany.