Ayush Kasliwal, the Creative Director of ANANTAYA and AKFD, graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. Ayush is the winner of first Messe Frankfurt, India 2015, EDIDA India, Designer of the year 2013. He won the Best of Year Awards 2015: USA by Interior Design Magazine. Ayush was the finalist of CII Design Awards 2015, India’s Best Design Studio by Pool magazine 2015. The UNESCO Award of Excellence recognized his designs in 2007 and 2008. Edition Nouveau Objet (ENO), France, launched Ayush as a designer. Showcased in the Talents à la Carte section of ‘Maison ét Object’ in Paris and a finalist in the British Council’s Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards 2011, he has licensed products to MATER, a Danish ethical design house. He collaborated with Incubis’ sculptural installation at Delhi International Airport Terminal T3. Ayush’s work is informed by traditional crafts and artisans and it reflects a deep understanding of mythology, architecture and culture through a contemporary aesthetic. He believes that “Objects are messages in physical form”.