HOUSE OF ART NID, AHMEDABAD | ESTABLISHED IN 1961
THE DRAWING BOARD
It was Douglas Ensminger of the Ford Foundation who first recommended a school of design to the Indian government. In 1956, the government invited American designers Charles and Ray Eames to travel to the country’s corners, meet writers, craftspeople, architects, scientists and industrialists. The result was The India Report in 1958. Keenly involved in the formation of NID, the Sarabhais, along with renowned Indian art and aesthetics scholar Prithwish Neogy and architect B.V. Doshi, felt that Ahmedabad, not Bangalore or Fatehpur Sikri, as the Eameses had suggested, was the most suitable site given its architecture, and should be the new institute’s location.
IN THE WORKS
Among NID’s notable projects are an encyclopedia of Indian crafts according to geography titled Handmade in India: A Handbook of the Crafts in India in 2007; channelising khadi and village resources towards Afrikhadi, a project that took khadi and crafts to South Africa; the colour scheme for the Mumbai Monorail; executing the RBI Coin Design Project; the RTI logo, etc.
TAPESTRY FOR TOMORROW
Three new centres—Vijayawada, Jorhat and Kurukshetra— have come up. “With everyone talking of Smart Cities, design thinking is the need of the hour. Because we’re talking not just technology, robotics and AI, but their interaction with people,” says Pradyumna Vyas, NID director since 2009.