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 51)
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 is an Industrial Designer, Designer and architect. Popularly known as "Satyen Pakhalé". He is a designer who realized projects from industrial design, applied research to product design, development and manufacturing. He works in the field of Product design, Consumer electronics design, Transportation design, Home appliances design, Furniture design, Digital products & computers design, 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.[citation needed]

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, New York and at Gallery Ammann,[1] 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[2] at Miami Art Week 2014 for ‘Design at Fairchild – Satyendra Pakhale’[3] exhibition at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Coral Gables, Miami, Florida, USA.

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
  • 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

Design works in permanent collections[edit]

Pakhalé work in the following permanent collections:[citation needed]

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, 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. 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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