Nippon Paint announces winners of ‘Asia Young Designer Award 2017’

Nippon Paint announces winners of ‘Asia Young Designer Award 2017’, India Edition

Winners receive cash prize of 1,000 USD

Winners stand a chance to become the young designer champ of Asia

  Nippon Paint (India), Asia’s real no. 1 paint manufacturer, announced the winners of Asia Young Designer Award (AYDA) India in the grand finale held at Hyatt Regency. The contest, which aims to identify and nurture talent among students of Architecture and Interior Design across India and Asia, brought together some of the most reputed names in the industry and the brightest young talents. The 2017 edition received over 350 registrations from 100 prestigious Interior Design and Architectural institutions from across India. In the Architecture category, Rishabh Jain of Malviya National Institute of Technology Jaipur bagged the Gold Award, while Nithin Jois M.S of Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tumkur won the Gold Award in the Interior design category.

AYDA 2017, India

The AYDA national gold winners were awarded:

1.    A cash prize of 1000 USD

2.    A trip to Malaysia for a Learning Programme

3.    An opportunity to compete in AYDA 2017, the Asia-Pacific-level contest.

4.    A chance to win the cash prize of USD S1,000 at AYDA 2017, the Asia-Pacific-level contest.


The Participants had to come up with unique and innovative designs, which would strike a chord with architects, interior designers, and clientele across the board. At the finale, 12 finalists from Architecture Category and 8 finalists from Interior Design category presented their designs to the panel consisting of eminent architecture and interior design veterans. The jury panellists included   C. N. Raghavendran, MD of CRN, Chennai; Sharukh Mistry, Founder of Mistry Architects, Bengaluru; Pratap Jadav, President of IIID; Ankur Choksi, Founding Principal of Studio Lotus, New Delhi; Ravi Sarangan, Director of Edifice, Mumbai and Sarly Adre Surkum, Founder of Hybrid Architectural Design Firm, Malaysia.

The entries were judged on the criteria of Green & Sustainable Design, Design Innovation, Colour Concept and Design Concept Statement.

Mr. S Mahesh Anand, President – Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India said, “AYDA is an international platform for next-generation designers to showcase out of the box ideas. We are happy to bring such a prestigious award to India for the aspiring designers and artist. This year AYDA witnessed entries with innovative ideas and never seen before concepts from the leading architecture and interior design institutions of India. We at Nippon Paint are committed to inspire local talent and encourage them to push the envelope in terms of what’s possible and deliver efficient, path-breaking solutions. Through this contest, we hope to provide our promising young talent an international and real world exposure.”

The award-winning entry in the Architecture category by Rishabh Jain highlights the ravages caused by mining through a contemporary design response, which frames views of the insensitively mined reserves in Bastar at the same time creating points for contemplation on the natural reserves we still have left. The design also integrates the tribal community and gives them space for individual expression.

What set apart the Interior design category winner Nithin Jois M.S’s entry was the use of virtual reality to simulate different experiences in various fields. The use of virtual reality to complete a historic church that is in great disrepair with different parts of it including the roof missing is probably a first. Through virtual reality, Nithin has recreated Interior spaces of yore for visitors to experience.

The event also saw the launch of the theme for AYDA 2018 by Mr. S Mahesh Anand, President – Decorative Paint, Nippon Paint India and the panel of the jury. The theme for AYDA 2018 is ‘FORWARD Challenging Design Boundaries’. The AYDA 2018 is expected to be bigger and draw more participants and rope in even bigger names in the Architect and Interior design industries.

About AYDA


The Asia Young Designer Award was first launched in 2008, with the aim to inspire students to be more innovative, and to motivate them towards a higher degree of professionalism. It has emerged as one of the most reputed design awards across 15 countries, such as Singapore, The Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, Hong Kong and Malaysia. The contest was formerly called the Nippon Paint Young Designer Award.


About Nippon Paint

Nippon Paint, founded in Japan has over 135 years of experience and is the number one paint manufacturer in Asia, and among the leading paint manufacturers of the world. Nippon Paint produces high-quality paints and coats for decorative, industrial and automotive sectors. Nippon Paint is known for international quality and hi-tech paints. Over the years, Nippon Paint has perfected its products by means of breakthrough paint technology, with an emphasis on innovation and eco-friendliness. Nippon Paint’s mission is to create advanced products that boost quality of life while protecting the environment. Through innovative technology, Nippon Paint benefits its customers and society. The company and its subsidiaries has presence in 31 countries which includes Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea, China, India, Pakistan, United Kingdom, Germany, Greece and Russia.

Feb 06, 2018
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