Standalones, sapphires and a strudel king
by Thomas Edelmann | 4/25/2014
Satyendra Pakhalé Associates
1019 AB Amsterdam
T: +31 20 419 72 30
Multifaceted award-winning designer Satyendra Pakhalé established his practice in 1998 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and
is active internationally in the field of Industrial Design, Transportation and Architecture Design. He was born in 1967 in India
and trained as a designer at the renowned IIT – Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and later at Art Centre College of Design
Europe, Switzerland. After a stint at frog design, he was part of the pioneering ‘new business creation’ team, conceiving first
product ideas in digital communication and transportation design at Philips Design in the mid 90’s.
Through a series of innovative design projects for leading clients and industries, Pakhalé has developed a worldwide reputation for
designing diverse product typologies, pushing the limits of technology and materials. Satyendra Pakhalé accomplished various
successful design collaborations with international design manufacturers, cultural and educational institutions. Renowned
companies such as Alcantara, Cappellini, Franke, Fiam, Hästens, Moon Life Foundation, Poltrona Frau, Novartis, Tubes and
TOD’s rank among his clients. Exhibition designs by Satyendra Pakhalé such as ‘Design at Fairchild’, Miami, 2014, ‘Urban
Compatibility’, Iittala, Finland, ‘Endless Alcantara’, MAXXI Museum Rome, 2011 and ‘Maximum City’ for Lille 3000, 2006 are
some of the seminal examples of his wider interest in art, design and culture.
Pakhalé considers the design profession an expression of true human optimism. He is motivated by social, technological, ecological, industrial and above all cultural parameters, as much as by a purely creative vision. He has been advisor on the Ambassadors Board Brainport, Design & Technology community chain mission, Eindhoven, The Netherlands. The Eindhoven Design Academy invited him to devise and head the Master Programme in Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living from 2006 to 2010. In 2008 he was selected as one of L’Uomo Vogue Magazine’s 80 most influential creative people in Design and Architecture worldwide.
His works have won several international design awards such as Red Dot Award Germany and International Design Award LA,
USA. He received the prestigious ‘IITB - Distinguished Alumnus Award 2013’ for exemplary achievements in the field of design,
the ‘Bharat Samman 2013’ and ‘NRI Award 2012’ by Non-Resident Indian Institute, London. Pakhalé has lectured throughout the
world on platforms such as CeBIT Germany, Casa Brasil and Future Design Days Sweden.
With his commitment to creative leadership he is passionate to create sensorial design for mass producible challenging products, architecture and systems to reach people around the world. Pakhalé’s ongoing curiosity in materials, manufacturing, technology and its cultural plural expression has lead to edition pieces for ammann // gallery, Cologne, Germany. Several solo-exhibitions are devoted to his works: ‘OriginS’ at ammann//gallery (2008) by Gabrielle Ammann / ‘Design by Heart’ at Otto Gallery Bologna (2003) by Paola Antonelli, curator Museum of Modern Art New York / ‘From Project to Products’ at Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam (2002) by Ingeborg de Roode, curator Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam. His works are in permanent collections at prestigious museums throughout the world, among which the Victoria and Albert Museum London, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Centre Pompidou, Paris.