Exploring the home post-pandemic

Akanksha Deo Sharma

Exploring the home post-pandemic

Akanksha Deo Sharma


Recorded video



5 hours


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 Online Workshop

For our relationship with home, 2020 has been like no other. It is therefore likely that our understanding of the function and meaning of our residential environment will have changed as a result. The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by everyone, everywhere, all at the same time, and hasn’t just challenged our homes like never before, but has rapidly changed our relationship with them. 

With new priorities emerging everywhere, more people than ever now working from home including living in small spaces, this workshop explores how our domestic spaces now need to be reconceived as multi-purpose zones that are versatile and fluid by design.  

The workshop is introduced with an IKEA Life at Home Report 2020 that will provide insights into the behavioural shifts and impact of the global pandemic on life at home – now and in the years to come. The key emotional needs of home have been identified as Privacy, Security, Comfort, Ownership and Belonging will provide the participants with a context to start from. 

There will be 4 teams exploring and conceptualising the given topic by means of a visual software collaboration tool: Miro, optional draft paper prototypes, sketches, text and photos. The participants are encouraged to think outside the box and come up with ideas from both macro and micro approaches. 

They will be asked to select their best 3 ideas, present it and get feedback thereby opening it for a democratic discussion. The workshop will conclude with insights and reflections. 

Key Takeaways

  • Collaborating with different creatives towards a common design challenge
  • Get insights into macro and micro trends in future living post-pandemic 
  • Learn how to visually ideate 
  • Get inspired by IKEA’s way of thinking and designing future living solutions 
  • Design thinking and brainstorm around creative ideas

How to Watch

Once you purchase your recording, you will receive an email to gain access to the recordings

What is provided

  • Recorded live session

What to prepare

  • Sign up for Miro tool (https://miro.com/) and get familiar with it. (Intro to the tool will also be given in the beginning of the workshop).

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