Design with Purpose

Akanksha Deo Sharma


Recorded video



About Speaker

Akanksha Deo Sharma



Akanksha Deo, a master of textiles and crafts was listed in Forbes India 30 under 30 in 2020 for the category design. She is currently the only IKEA in-house designer based in India. Her work has been featured in Dezeen, Architectural Digest, Elle Decor India, and Vogue India amongst others. The most recent collection she worked on with fellow designers at IKEA, Förändring won an Elle Decor India Award. 

Through her design, Akanksha strives to strike a balance between handicraft and mass production, while exploring the understanding of the concept of ‘home’ across different genres and cultures. Her personal projects include collaborations with various indian fashion brands, a group exhibition in Norway, titled AOTANOTA, and most recently, a collaboration with Levi’s to create a pair of customized denims, with ‘kantha’ embroidery and indigo dye.

A seasoned speaker at international festivals, Akanksha will join -ing Creative Festival 2020 to take you through the different stages of a design process and help you define and work towards a purpose within any brief. This multi-award winning designer will illustrate with examples from her most outstanding design briefs how to turn problems into innovative opportunities. Don’t sleep on this unique chance to hear from one of the most exciting young designers in the industry today. 

About Recorded Talk

The presentation will take the audience through the different facets of the design process and to identify and work towards a purpose in any given design brief ranging from challenges at a university level to working as a designer for one of the biggest design companies. The presentation will be divided in a simple format of 4 design briefs and the inception, purpose and story behind them.

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What is provided

  • Recorded live talk session

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