Designyatra 2023: Where creativity thrives with 'Reset' as the theme

Designyatra 2023: Where creativity thrives with 'Reset' as the theme

The day began with Abha Narain Lambha, a master restoration architect reviving heritage buildings.


Mumbai: Kyoorius, since its inception, helmed by the creative evangelist Rajesh Kejriwal has worked relentlessly to empower the creative community in India.

Kyoorius has a wide range of creative properties like ZEE Melt, Kyoorius Creative Awards & the Kyoorius Design Yatra.

As a non-profit organisation, Kyoorius encourages the creative industry to excel through these endeavors.

Day one at Designyatra was exactly like you would expect for the in-person comeback of one of India’s biggest and most beloved design festivals. Filled with old friends reuniting once again, new friendships being formed, and a whole boatload of inspiration.

The day kicked off with Abha Narain Lambha, the master restoration architect bringing back heritage buildings from the dead. From high-altitude Buddhist temples to some of the most iconic buildings like The Royal Opera House, her talk showcased not just her skill, but also her love for the work she does. Next up, the crowd gave a roaring welcome to Sindiso Nyoni, and was then immediately left speechless after looking at his unique brand of Guurill(art). Focusing on protest art, his talk centred around his hard-hitting posters, slick animations, and inspired installations. By the end, the audience was roaring again. And that theme continued on as Khyati Trehan took the stage. A Designyatra alumnus, Khyati’s talk went into her life behind the scenes, before she was the inspiration she is today. And then she brought it to her present, outlining the tenets that have helped her become a freer, more explorative designer. Candid, playful, and obviously well-designed, her presentation received several whoops from around the room. The dynamic duo, Yael Mer and Shay Alakaly, took the stage next. From their love for pushing design ideologies with playfulness at the core, to their stellar product design portfolio. They’ve pitched to Louis Vuitton with paper models, cooked wood to change its colour, and made furniture that is adored by people around the globe, but mainly their children. As the audience bid adieu to the power couple, Shubhi Sachan took the stage. The founder of the Material Library of India, she showed how waste can become wonderful, if treated the right way. And outlined how important it is for the world to make the most of what we have before we deem it useless. The day ended on a massive high as Jonathan Barnbrook leaped onto stage. His talk left the audience laughing, crying (because they were laughing so hard), and braver than when they walked in. With a new perspective unlocked, and new inspiration in their back pocket, Designyatra is, and always will be, the place where creativity prospers.

The theme for the season is “Reset”, an attempt to look at how the world, the work, and most importantly how we work has changed. Designyatra, presented by Zee5, powered by Pidilite, with experience partner Absolut, will continue on the 27 and 28 October.

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