Satyendra Pakhale

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Satyendra Pakhalé
Satyendra Pakhalé im MAK Köln-7557.jpg
Satyendra Pakhalé at the MAKK Museum of Applied Art, Cologne
Born (1967-12-20) 20 December 1967 (age 52)[1]
EducationArt Center College of Design (Switzerland), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology
Known forPoetics, technological design innovation with cultural content, sensorial design

Satyendra Pakhalé (also known as Satyen Pakhalé; born 1967)[2] is an industrial designer, designer and architect.[3][4] He realizes projects from industrial design, applied research to product design, development and manufacturing. He works in the fields of product design, including consumer electronics, transportation, home appliances, furniture, digital products & computers, and architecture & interior design. In 2008, he was selected as one of L’Uomo Vogue magazine’s 80 most influential creative people with vision worldwide in design and architecture. His works are in permanent collections of several museums worldwide.

Early life[edit]

Satyen Pakhalé was born and raised in central Maharashtra, India.[citation needed] He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Mechanical Design Engineering from Visvesvaraya Regional College of Engineering, Nagpur (now Visvesvaraya National Institute of Technology). He then studied for a Master's degree in Design at the Industrial Design Centre, Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and Product Design at the Art Center College of Design, Switzerland, Europe.[citation needed]

Design works[edit]

Pakhalé has been internationally active in the field of industrial design and architecture since 1993.

He worked initially at Philips Design—new business creation department on innovative products in the areas of digital communication and transportation. In 1998 he set up his own design practice in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

One of his solo industrial design exhibitions of his works took place in the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and another at Otto Gallery Bologna, Italy, curated by Paola Antonelli, curator of Museum of Modern Art,[5] New York and at Gallery Ammann,[6] Cologne, Germany.

The design manager and marketing executive Alceo Serafini has described Pakhalé's work as follows:[citation needed]

"The refreshing difference to be found in Satyendra Pakhalé's designs lies indeed in the form he chooses, for his way of creating is not merely subjective, rather it is the sublimation of cultures in which he belongs. The resulting design language is beautiful to look at, stimulating and easy to interpret. In this way he gives to us a new identity, that belonging to all the people of the world."

In 2014, Pakhalé is selected as one of ten Must-See Artists-Designers[7] at Miami Art Week 2014 for ‘Design at Fairchild – Satyendra Pakhale’[8] exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA.

Theoretical position[edit]

‘Culture of Creation’ is an active studio practice, an ongoing research platform cofounded by Satyendra Pakhalé together with Arch. Dr. Tiziana Proietti in 2013, based on decades of studio practice coupled with theoretical applied research. Culture is always dynamic, always evolving and changing at any time in history. The notion of a ‘Culture of Creation’ refers to the primal and innate impulse behind human making. The ‘Culture of Creation’ platform brings critical thinking and studio practice together while covering topics such as social modernity and secular humanism, atmospheres of spaces and objects, human senses and perception, poetic analogy of form and sensorial design. ‘Culture of Creation’ explores the inner dimension of objects and spaces. From the start Satyendra Pakhalé has cultivated a design practice focused on the culture of making, be it craftsmanship or highly technological manufacturing, inspired by tireless research on the mentioned topics. This theoretical position–‘Culture of Creation’ – was first published in a comprehensive monograph called / ‘Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation’ by nai010 Publisher, Netherlands Architecture Institute, Rotterdam, NL.

At the heart of Satyendra Pakhalé’s studio practice as a ‘Culture of Creation’ are two key considerations. The first, his conviction that cultural influences without succumbing to nostalgia, false narratives or traditionalism, have to be factored in. The second is his perception of the rational, the emotional and the multi-sensorial as being one. By reflecting upon and then synthesizing these two aspects, he has developed a concept of ‘social modernity’ rooted in social cohesion that is at the same time contemporary and forward-looking. In Satyendra Pakhalé’s view the project of ‘modernity’ is still a work in progress in most societies, to achieve diverse, equitable and inclusive social cohesion. Design has to help bring the disintegrating elements together, unite them and then weave them into a flourishing contemporary society. We ought to rebuild society on the foundations of ‘social modernity’. In Pakhalé’s view, ‘Design is a cultural act about justice as much as utility and beauty.’

Notable projects[edit]

Please see Satyendra Pakhalé Associates, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Awards and recognition[edit]

Pakhalé has received the following awards and recognition:[citation needed]

  • Red Dot Award, for Add-On Radiator, Essen, Germany, 2016
  • Green Good Design Award, The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, Chicago, USA, 2016
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award IITB 2013, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay[9]
  • Bharat Sammann, New Delhi, India, 2013
  • NRI Award, for exemplary achievements, NRI – Non-Resident Indian Institute London, UK, 2012
  • Red Dot Award, for Add-On Radiator, Essen, Germany, 2008
  • International Design Award, category Interior Furniture, Los Angeles, USA, 2007
  • Editor's Choice Award, for Akasma, ICFF – International Contemporary Furniture Fair, New York City, 2003

Major collections[edit]

Pakhalé work in the following permanent collections:

Major exhibitions[edit]

Academic contribution[edit]

Pakhalé has been regularly invited to give lectures and workshops in USA, Europe and Asia at universities and conferences.[citation needed] He was visiting faculty at the department of Man and Activity from 1999–2006. From 2006 to 2010, he was the Head of the department of Master of Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living Program at Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands.


  • Satyendra Pakhalé Culture of Creation, nai01 Publishers, Rotterdam, NL 2019. ISBN 978-94-6208-514-5.

Contributing authors - Albrto Alessi, Juhani Pallasmaa, Paola Antonelli, Jacques Barsac, Giulio Cappellini, Aric Chen, Cristiano Crosetta, Ingeborg de Roode, Rene Spitz, TizianaProietti, Walter Spink, Vittorio Livi, Marva Griffin Wilshire and Stefano Marzano

‘His designs suggest a haptic skin-relationship through their sensorial forms, poetic associations and tactile surfaces: they stimulate sensations of intimacy and nearness.’ - Juhani Pallasmaa

  • Satyendra Pakhalé, Cultural nomad: From Project to Products – Dal progetto al pradotto, Editoriale Modo, Milano, 2002. ISBN 88-7419-002-6.

Paola Antonelli, curator of Museum of Modern Art New York has said, introducing Satyendra Pakhalé's design works:[citation needed]

"No matter how abstract the form, it shows Satyendra Pakhalé, who has studied in different countries, who has worked initially for Industrial purist Philips in the Netherlands and all the while has experimented with ancient Indian techniques, who is rich with talent in his own right, is a champion of new chapter in the history of design."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Satyendra Pakhalé". Stedelijk Museum Collection. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Satyendra Pakhalé: Culture of Creation". TLmagazine. 19 August 2019. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  3. ^ Rathore, Vijaya (31 October 2013). "Italian luxe furniture maker Poltrona Frau ropes in Indian designer Satyendra Pakhale". The Economic Times. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  4. ^ "The designer Satyendra Pakhalé – FIAM Italia". (in Italian). Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  5. ^ Giovannini, Joseph (9 November 2018). "Salon Art + Design, a Fair With Wit, Cheek, History". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  6. ^ Gallery Ammann.
  7. ^ Ten Must-See Artists-Designers Archived 30 November 2014 at, Miami Art Week, 2014.
  8. ^ Design at Fairchild – Satyendra Pakhale.
  9. ^ "Mr. Satyendra Pakhalé | Alumni and Corporate Relations". IIT Bombay. Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  10. ^ "Decorative Arts and Design". The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Decorative Arts and Design". The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  12. ^ "BM Horse Stool | Pakhalé, Satyendra | V&A Search the Collections". V and A Collections. 11 January 2020. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  13. ^ Cochran, Samuel. "Design Miami 2014". Architectural Digest. Retrieved 11 January 2020.


  1. Designer Satyendra Pakhalé in Amsterdam
  2. Design at Fairchild / Satyendra Pakhalé / Miami / USA
  3. One Minute Wonder 47 – Satyendra Pakhalé
  4. Curiosities – Satyendra Pakhalé talks about Design & Technology
  5. Satyendra Pakhalé on the Perfect Pencil, the Importance of Curiosity, Core77, USA
  6. Satyendra Pakhalé Wallspace gallery at Wallpaper
  7. Satyendra Pakhalé, Cultural nomad: From Project to Products – Dal progetto al pradotto, Editoriale Modo, Milano, 2002. ISBN 88-7419-002-6.
  8. Humanistic and cultural values – Satyendra talks with David about design- part 1
  9. Sustainable design – Satyendra talk with David about design – part 2
  10. cultural-nomad
  11. Democratic Design
  12. DesignBoom – Satyendral[permanent dead link]
  13. Wallpaper – OriginS
  14. DesignBoom – Contemporaryl[permanent dead link]
  15. Designindaba – Craft Debate
  16. Universal Poetry
  17. Designindaba industrial 10x10
  18. Of Indian Origin
  19. Luciano Bove Design
  20. DesignBoom – Asia Nowl

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