Saif represents a new breed of bold Contemporary Indian designers. He completed his training as an Architect from RV School of Architecture in 2010-11, alongside he was designing and participating in Formula SAE-Racing with the Mechanical engineering students at the college, where he acquired the diverse experience in design, manufacturing and technical know-how. After college he went on to learn wood working. These diverse formative explorations gave him a polymathic learning experience.
His work draws heavily from his understanding of Anthropology, Processes and Technology. The deep appreciation he cultivated of ‘Essentialism’ from racing is revisited in his Design and Architecture. From a very young age he been drawing and making things with whatever he could lay his hands on. With his fascination for geometry, his design is characterized by strong shapes, that render a certain formal rigor to visual and functional attributes.
He is involved in guest lecturers and talks at design and architecture schools. Advises Businesses, Organizations and Institutions. Apart from being an avid motorcyclist and an aficionado of cafe racers, is into boxing and pursues his culinary interests rather seriously.
He has vested interest in Sociology, Philosophy and Cultural -Anthropology, which is very integral to his creative explorations.
International Awards & Exhibitions
2012 - ‘Flexible and adaptable urban habitat’ nominated @BE OPEN awards 2012 in the Category ‘CITY’.
2012 - Group exhibition at 100% Design London as part of BE OPEN awards 2012.
2013 - ‘Flexible and adaptable urban habitat’ Shortlisted for IDF 2013.
2014 - Selected by ELLE DECOR and Godrej Design lab to develop concepts for India Design ID 2015.
2014 - Winner & Runner-up of I DESIGN AWARDS 2014-2015.
2014 - Winner of Godrej DesignLab.
2015 - Exhibited @ India Design ID 2015.
2015 - EDIDA India 2015, Winner - Table Top..
2016 - India Design ID 2016 Exhibition.
2016 - EDIDA India 2016, Nominated - Table Top.
2016 - EDIDA India 2016, Winner - Lighting
2017 - India Design ID 2017 Exhibition.
2017 - Commendation - TRENDS EXCELLENCE Awards 2016.
2017 - SOLO Exhibition hosted by HAWORTH India Pvt Ltd.
2017 - EDIDA India 2017 Joint-winner - Furniture.
2017 - EDIDA India 2017 Winner - Table Top.
2017 - EDIDA 2017 Nominated - Lighting.
2018 - LEXUS DESIGN AWARD India, Winner - Design for Craft.
2018 - LEXUS DESIGN AWARD India, Nominated - Product Design.
2018 - India Design ID 2018 Exhibition.
2018 - Asian Paints Colour Next '18, ID Fair 2018.
2018 - D/CODE Art & Design Fair 2018, Four Seasons, Mumbai.
2018 - A DESIGN AWARD - Bronze - CORK TRAYS
2018 - DIA Top 100 - CORK TRAYS
2018 - PERSPECTIVE 40 UNDER 40
2019 - GERMAN DESIGN AWARD 2019 - Nominee
2019 - India Design ID - Asian Paints Colour Next 2019.
2019 - Ambiente 2019, Messe Frankfurt ‘Hand Made in india’.
Education & Experience
2010 - Bachelor of architecture@ RV School Of Architecture.
2006-10 - Ashwa Racing, Formula SAE, worked on driver safety and ergonomics, packaging & chassis.
2006 - Formula Student Germany.
2007 - VDS 2.0 by MIT (Initiative of Massachusetts Institute of Technology), worked on early development of ergonomics and packaging.
2007 - Formula Student Germany.
2008 - Internship @D+A Architects.
2008 - Formula Student Germany.
2009 - Formula Student Italy.
2010-12 - Wood working.
2011-13 - Worked as a freelancer.
2014 - Established Multidisciplinary Creative office.