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Srishti Labs (Slabs)

“Copernicus took us out of the centre of the solar system; we now need to take ourselves out of the centre of the biosphere” - John Thackara



As we move from human centric to planet centric design, how do we as design researchers and practitioners give form and structure to what we create, ensuring that it is inclusive, caring and for a larger & common good?

Never before, in the history of contemporary design research & design practice, has there been a need like now, for the convergence of business, social, cultural, environmental and policy studies with art, design & technology. The dynamic and ever changing planetary landscape in each of these domains continues to impact the way we as consumers consume and designers design.

S.Labs, is the fertile ground for researchers, educators and practitioners to inquire and collaborate across domains and expertise in order to create knowledge, innovate and push boundaries. In the closely networked age of travel, information and technology, India is our backyard and the world a playground. At S.Labs a collaborative engagement with all our stake holders using designerly ways of thinking and doing allows us to draw out valuable insights that lead to unique and path breaking research and knowledge creation. This knowledge in turn is the source of innovation in Education, Healthcare, Social entrepreneurship, manufacturing and service industries as well as in other immerging areas and domains.

At S.Labs we work alongside with: Impact edge, Frugal design labs, Natural fibers lab and other experimental, innovation and incubation driven projects.

Frugal Design Lab

The Frugal Design Lab explores grass roots innovations, craft communities, small-scale industry, old and new technologies and new ways of making. Through projects and workshops, we interact with a variety of people and organizations and we seek to question and refine the way we design things today.

Natural Fibers Lab

In the Natural fibers lab we believe, that more often than not, untapped resources are closer to us than we think. They are often in our own ‘backyards’. Natural fibre based raw material can provide an exciting alternative for the vibrant crafts industry as well as mainstream industry looking for alternative solutions for packaging and other such applications.


For more information about this program, kindly email Janak Mistry at