MUMBAI, (GNI): To mark its sixth anniversary, Architectural Digest (AD) India, the ultimate design bible published by Condé Nast India, hosted the fifth edition of its annual architecture and interior design awards. This year, the awards recognized 100 of the most influential names in architecture and interior design instead of 50. Announced in the March-April 2018 issue of the print magazine, each of the winners of AD100 were felicitated in a glittering soiree held at the Grand Hyatt, in Mumbai.
In addition to the felicitation of the AD100 winners, the evening also witnessed 8 special awards:
- Mangesh Lungare – Emerging Architect of the Year (His is an inspirational tale of how a young boy from a farmer’s family in Dhudalwadi in Maharshtra chanced upon interior design at the age of 18 and is now one of the brightest stars of architecture; more details below)
- Marie-Anne Oudejans – Tastemaker of the Year
- Maximiliano Modesti – Craft Catalyst of the Year
- Ashiesh Shah Architect – Breakthrough Practice of the Year
- Hanif Kureshi – Innovator of the Year
- matra architects – House of the Year
- Case Design – The Mercedes-Benz Prize for Leading Design
- Sabyasachi Mukherjee – Master of Design
About Mangesh Lungare – Emerging Architect of the Year: Mangesh Lungare represents that rare story of social mobility in India. He hails from a family of farmers, from the remote village of Dhudalwadi in Maharasthra. At the age of 18, a chance encounter with a sketch of a floor plan in the hands of one of his classmates, led him to enroll for a course in interior design—an unheard of career move in his family. Five years later, he emerged with a degree. And inspite of having always conversed only in his mother-tongue, Marathi, Lungare moved to London in 2005. Here he waited tables at an Italian restaurant, until the owner of the restaurant asked him to redesign the space.
After an eight-year-stint in London, and a couple of projects under his belt, he returned to India, equipped with a design sense refined by working in an international setting, and having mastered the English language as well. Since returning to India, he has worked on a number of residential and commercial projects in Mumbai and Alibag, and now also specialises in furniture and product design. This year, he completed his first home project. The stone house, which he designed for his parents, consolidates his skills not just as an interior designer, but as an architect as well. The 700-square-foot home is a modern structure sensitively rooted in its village surroundings—an ode to his parents, and the house that once stood there. Ends