Stay hungry, Stay foolish”, Steve Jobs’ famous quote seems to have become Vibhor Sogani’s lifeline; a Delhi-based Product designer from NID.  Thoroughly experimental and research oriented, Vibhor’s work at present, romanticizes local crafts in metal, stone and wood from Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Kashmir; epitomizing functionality with quality and urban aesthetics.

Sogani’s career started with Godrej as a furniture designer for their premium range. He established Office of Design and Development in 1993 to offer design solutions for products and exhibitions, graphic and retail brand identities, trophies and interiors for big corporates  in India. His real dream actualized with Vibhor Sogani signature lifestyle accessories range. The products were an amalgamation of rich and bold forms with materials like stainless steel, wood, brass, glass, leather and bamboo, as seen in many five-star hotels and a great source of inspiration for many product designers.

What astonishes me is his success rate in diverse design initiatives. The list of offbeat projects undertaken by him are as varied as designing and developing the first Go-Karting tracks in the country, upgradation of copper craft in Kashmir for Government of India to redesigning of passenger compartments for Mumbai suburban trains in conjunction with Germany’s largest railway manufacturers, De Consult and Indian railways.

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Such stimulating projects egged him further to experiment with Lights and Art installations in 2008, using copper, iron, brass‘Spiral’, silver, gold, glass, stone and wood with great ingenuity. Decorative light collections Chroma and Mushroom, won him Best Lighting Designer awards, both in 2008 and 2011, respectively, from EDIDA. Chandeliers, ceiling lights, table lamps, pedestal lamps etc. are high on visual quality, juxtaposing shimmering mirror and stainless steel forms with an interesting combination of matt gold plating.

To understand and admire his works one could go to creative hubs like the Stainless Gallery and India Habitat Center (IHC), Visual Arts Gallery, in New Delhi and  The Oberoi and TAO Art Gallery, in Mumbai. His most recent works stem from his new fascination of Public Art and Urban Installations in Public spaces and Traffic round-abouts . ‘Sprouts’ a 40 feet high and 100 feet wide creation is currently installed on the green area between the flyovers at AIIMS crossing, in New Delhi. It is India’s largest Public Art project initiative taken by the Delhi government which aims at showcasing Delhi as a world-class city. Enjoying pushing his creative boundaries with each new project, Vibhor is currently challenging himself with a 80 feet tall installation ‘Spiral’, which will hang in an atrium at a prestigious office complex, in Mumbai.

A visit to his spectacular design studio at Arjan Garh, Gurgaon completely bowled me over; it is contemporary art form at its best. For any queries you could contact the studio at +91 9811903244 or email studio@vibhorsogani.com or view his website at  http://www.vibhorsogani.com/home.html.