Aakriti Kumar
Furniture Designer
Differniture
India
Differniture founded in 2014 by Parsons school of Design, NY alumna Aakriti Kumar is a furniture design atelier rooted in New Delhi that embraces an alternative and sustainable approach to design. Its premise is to merge the sculptural integrity of art with the functional values of design into a sustainably produced product with the help of using reclaimed and salvaged materials and adopting a zero or minimal waste design philosophy (along with finishing our products using natural and non toxic oils and waxes). Differniture is in the process of creating homes in the himalayas following the same philosophy of reclaimed and locally sources materials, and local artisans and masons from neighboring villages to help in creating a eco conscious community in the mountains. Aakriti’s sustainable work at Differniture has got her a number of awards and recognitions such as the Interior lifestyle award for best product designer by Ambiente Frankfurt in 2016, The Perspective magazine, Hong Kong 40 under 40 in Product design in 2017, The Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list of 2018 to name a few.

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