The Lolah Chair by Filipino Kenneth Cobonpue, a Pratt Institute alum who won the Design for Asia Award (DFAA) - the most prestigious design award given in Asia. The Lolah is a furniture collection that is made from rattan poles and strips fastened together with glue, nails and nylon wire in a process reminiscent of traditional Asian shipbuilding. The judges praised the design for its simple structure, sculptural form and innovative use of material. Other prominent designers and companies who garnered awards are fashion designer Vivienne Tam, Nokia Corporation, and Sony.
Niti Bhan focuses on offering strategic insight for growth opportunities and revenue generation in the rapidly evolving interstitial space between design and business. Her 15 years of experience include employers such McCann Erickson Worldwide, Hewlett Packard India, The Second City and most recently, the Institute of Design. She is an engineer and an MBA whose most significant achievement in the field of design has been dropping out of two graduate design programs on two continents in two centuries - the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and the Institute of Design, Chicago. Her areas of interest are business intelligence and trends, business strategy as well as creating a compelling user case for design as force for increasing value.