15 November, 2015

NID students in Ahmedabad replace plastic with bamboo

NID students in Ahmedabad replace plastic with bamboo

From wine holders to egg cases, furniture design students of National Institute of Design (NID) have creatively used ubiquitous bamboo in the quest to replace plastic. 

Several trendy kitchen and office accessories made out of bamboo are currently displayed on Paldi campus. The students were guided by Pravinsinh Solanki, faculty of furniture and interior design. 

Solanki said: "Today, people prefer more modern-looking products, or just cheaper plastic goods. But the first battle that bamboo wins over plastic is that of its stylish nature and recyclable option. Our idea is to promote use of products made from sustainable goods and also Indian crafts. But these goods need to be fashionable and creatively made." 

Solanki has a special interest in bamboo furniture and is the coordinator of Bamboo Initiatives at NID. Exploring the various facets of bamboo, NID had recently also organised a six-day workshop for its students and those from Hochschule fur Technik und Wirtschaft (HTW) in Germany. Facilitated by Solanki, the workshop made Germans familiar with bamboo, the process of cutting and resizing as per product. The institute had three craftsmen from Tripura to guide the students.

05 August, 2015

Gujarat mechanic, with help from NID alumnus, designs 'AC sofa'

A repairman from Gujarat has successfully designed 'an AC sofa' which can be used even at outdoor events and consumes less electricity than the tower air-conditioners. 

Gandhinagar resident Dashrath Patel, who repairs ACs, came up with the idea some years ago. He was helped by the National Institute of Design in developing the product. 

"I first thought of installing air-conditioner in a sofa in 2008 and started working on it. But the first sofa I made weighed around 175 kg, which was way too heavy," Patel said. 

"Then I heard of 'Design Clinic Scheme' of MSME ministry and I approached them. They provided me a designer who modified the design and changed the material, reducing the weight to 35 kgs," Patel said. 

The design clinic scheme of the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises is being run in collaboration with NID since 2010, said Kumarpal Parmar, project executive at the institute. 

It was Ankit Vyas, an NID alumnus, who helped Patel make his innovation lighter and affordable. 

Patel said he will launch the sofa in the market with a price tag of Rs 1-1.25 lakh. 

Vyas, who runs a design studio here, said, "It works like a split AC with a unit inside the sofa linked by pipe to an outer unit. The air-flow will come out from the hand-rest part of the sofa." 

"It will simply work like a house AC. You can increase or decrease the temperature with a remote control, and it can also run on fan-mode," Vyas added. 

"The earlier model was of wood. All parts, including the hose pipe of the AC were wooden which made it heavy. I replaced wood with glass fibre. For pipe I used PVC," Vyas said. 

Asked whether it will be affordable for common people, Vyas said the product was rather targeted at businesses such as event management and hotels. 

"It will be used by event management firms or the terrace restaurants," Vyas said. 

"At political or religious gatherings, tower ACs are used which consume a lot of electricity. AC sofas consume 10 per cent less power," Vyas said, adding, even for hotels installing AC sofas would make more sense than using tower ACs. 

According to Parmar, under the MSME's scheme 60 per cent of the expenses of designing are borne by the ministry and it gives the balance to the product innovator in the form of a grant. 


NID graduate designs economical toilets for Swachh Abhiyan

At a time when the government is aiming to build sanitation facilities for every rural household, a graduate of National Institute of Design (NID) has developed cost-effective toilets that will give impetus to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.

Mamta Gautam has designed toilets which are also ideal for areas with water shortage. The toilet seats come with a whirlpool technology and thus take less water to flush. Gautam, who graduated from NID in ceremics and design in 2008, said: "This is a strategy at a cluster level. I have redesigned the running projects of Thangarh cluster with added features and efficiency."

The product was displayed in NID as part of the design clinic scheme for Ministry of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). Jitendra Singh Rajput, project head, design clinic scheme, said: "NID provides a common platform to MSMEs and designers. We make MSMEs realize value of design and provide them funding on behalf of the government to work with designers."