Nakashima & NID: A Celebration in Wood

Congratulations Winners!!!

Winning Entry : Bench
By : Bilok Shankar, 07623041569
Prize : Rs. 1,00,000

1st Runner Up : Lamp
By : Bilok Shankar, 07623041569
By: Raghavendra Yadav, 09737766282
Prize: Rs. 75,000 between two, Rs.37,500 each

2nd Runner Up : Stool
By : Thomas Joseph, 09446470836
By: Biraj Patel, 09687970335
Prize: Rs. 50,000 between two, Rs.25,000 each

A student design competition inspired by the works of George Nakashima

"There is a special feeling to working with this wood. You realize how long these trees have lived, and it places you in a kind of upstart position. In their presence you feel humility instead of that arrogance that wants to conquer nature." - George Nakashima


The participants have to design one of the following items:

  • Stool
  • Bench (seating two to three)
  • Light Fixture

The participant can use any (or multiple types of ) timber, but the use of any reclaimed wood (from old furniture/ship/railway sleepers, etc) and indigenous/local timber will be appreciated.

No metal hardware should be used, and the finish should be of simple Oil polish


Winning entries will be showcased in the exhibition Nakashima & NID, in October 2016, at NID, Ahmedabad.

First Prize - 1 Lakh OR (3 months paid internship at NID)

Second prize - 0.75 Lakh OR (3 months paid internship at NID)

Third Prize - 0.50 Lakh OR (3 months paid internship at NID)


Registration opens - 30th August 2016

Registration closes - 10th October, 2016 12:00 pm IST

Last date to send the entries- 10th October, 12:00 pm IST

Announcement of winners – 21st October, 2016


National Institute of Design, Paldi, Ahmedabad

Submission Requirements
  • The participants have to submit a minimum of three A3 sheets.
  • The maximum would be five A3 sheets.
  • Sheets must be used in landscape orientation.
  • The maximum word limit for the concept note is 100.
  • Sheets must include the unique registration number at the top right corner.
  • The sheets must not contain any other personal details.
  • The sheets must contain explanatory drawings with views including joinery and detailing where applicable.
  • All the sheets for a single entry must be compiled into a single PDF not exceeding 10 Mb.
  • All entries must be sent in the digital format. Hard copies of entries will not be accepted or considered.
Evaluation Criteria

The entries will be judged on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Aesthetic merit
  • Usage of wood – sensitivity and understanding of material, joinery and functionality
  • Inspiration of George Nakashima
  • Originality
  • Usage of reclaimed /local wood
  • Quality of presentation and articulation
Jury Panelist

Professor Balkrishna V. Doshi is an architect, educator, and academician. After initial study in Bombay, he worked with Le Corbusier in Paris (1951-1954) as senior designer, and then in India to supervise Corbusier's projects in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh. Professor Doshi established the Vastu-Shilpa Foundation for Studies and Research in Environmental Design in 1955, known for pioneering work in low-cost housing and city planning. He also founded and designed the School of Architecture and Planning in Ahmedabad. He has received numerous international awards and honours, including Padma Shri from the Government of India.
Source: Aga Khan Award for Architecture

Shrikant Nivsarkar is an architect and furniture designer. He is an alumnus of the National Institute of Design’s furniture design program from the 1970s. From 1978, he is Principal Architect of Nivsarkar Consultants in Pune. He is the first Indian President of International Federation of Interior Architects during 2007-2009. He is currently serving as a Member of India Design Council, as well as Member of Governing Council of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.

Gajanan Upadhyay is an architect, educator and one of India’s pioneering furniture designers. Having joined the National Institute of Design in 1963, he had the opportunity to work with George Nakashima in 1964 and has been part of realizing the range of furniture that was prototyped and modeled then. He went to train in furniture design at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen and practiced in Denmark from 1966 to 1974. On his return to India, he taught in the furniture design program at the NID until his retirement in 1996. He is currently associated with TDW, a furniture and interior design firm in Ahmedabad.

Pravinsinh Solanki is the head of the department of furniture and interior design at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad since 2014 and is also an alumnus of the Institute. His professional experience includes working on various projects for design of high-end residential interiors, school furniture, event design and boutiques both in India and Italy. His special interests lie in bamboo furniture and he is the coordinator of Centre for Bamboo Initiatives at NID, Ahmedabad.

Terms and Conditions
  • The contest is conducted by National Institute of Design (NID, Ahmedabad).
  • This contest is only open to students from the design fraternity (Architecture, Interior Design and Fine Arts).
  • Any person who is in anyway related to the sponsor or organizers will not be allowed to participate.
  • To enter this contest, the participant must be a student of a recognized design school.
  • No purchase of the materials is required for this contest and the intellectual property rights of the design once submitted lies with National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad.
  • The promotions for this contest are happening on multiple digital and physical platforms.
  • Participants can enter a single or multiple entries.
  • The Participants are subjected to prior registration in order to confirm their entry to the contest.
  • To enter, participant registration at the following portal is mandatory.
  • The winners will be selected on the basis of the jury’s evaluation which shall be considered final.
  • No responsibility will be accepted for entries lost, delayed or damaged in transition.
  • Entries are only valid if they are completed correctly in accordance with the Terms and Conditions.
  • The winner shall be announced at the end of the contest through NID (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad) website.
  • Winners shall get a call or email from NID (National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad) informing him/her about the subsequent process.
  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad does not stand responsible or is liable in any manner whatsoever in case the participant is unable to participate due to failure on part of the telecom operator, internet provider, facility provider, etc.
  • National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad is not responsible for not being able to contact the winner due to unavoidable issues. In such a scenario, NID reserves the right to select another winner immediately. Participants in the competition understand and agree that in order to be a part of the competition, NID must collect and use personal information about participants. This competition is conducted under the terms of applicable privacy statements.
  • Courts in Ahmedabad shall have exclusive jurisdiction over all matters relating to participation in the contest. Subject to the provision of rule 24 above, the courts having jurisdiction under the provisions of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, to determine all matters which the court is entitled to determine under the Act, including, without limitation, provision of interim relief’s under the provisions of Section 9 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996, shall exclusively be the courts at Ahmedabad, India.

You will be sent an email confirming your registration and an unique key through which you can submit your entry for the competition.

Thank you for your submission and all the very best.