February 1, 2019
Pioneering Swiss watch brand Rado, which is known for revolutionising the watch industry with its high-tech materials and design-led collections, has joined forces with India Art Fair 2019 for the first time ever as the Official Timekeeper.
Rado announces Rado Star Prize in India (L-R) Tagra (designer), Christian Verdon (Rado's Head of Research & Development), Jagdeep Jugral (Jury at RSP), Thukral and Rado's Brand Manager Simran Chandoke
At a special presentation, Rado announced the first ever Rado Star Prize India and opened the call for entries. The Rado Star Prize aims to promote up-and-coming designers, giving them a platform to show their work to a panel of industry experts as well as the wider public.
Rado setup at India Art Fair
During the 2019 India Art Fair, the Rado exhibition area will showcase the work of global designers Rado has worked with and provide inspiration for India’s young designers to take part in the inaugural Indian edition of Rado Star Prize. The theme of the Rado Star Prize India 2019 is ‘Design with Timeless Appeal’.
Matthias Breschan, Global CEO, “We are delighted to bring the Rado Star Prize to India for the very first time. Rado is a major player in the world of design and that gives us the opportunity to promote the work of young designers as well as attract such an accomplished panel of industry experts. We’re very excited to see up-and-coming Indian designers bring their unique vision to the theme. Design is always at the forefront of what Rado does and we will also announce new collaborations with established designers this year.”
Entries for the Rado Star Prize India are officially open from January 31, 2019 until the closing date of April 30, 2019. All entries must be submitted on https://radostarprize.rado.com/india
Ten finalists and one winner of the Rado Star Prize India will be selected by a jury of local and international design professionals. The winner will receive INR 3,00,000 in prize money as well as a Rado watch. All finalists will have the opportunity to display their entries during the next Rado event. An additional Public Vote winner will receive a Rado watch.
A leading design brand, Rado has a long standing tradition of initiating and partnering with design events and promoting young talent through the Rado Star Prize. Rado’s innovative timepieces have also earned the brand numerous prestigious international design awards.
Rado is known as the Master of Materials for the way it has revolutionised traditional watchmaking, leading the industry by introducing high-tech ceramic, ultra-light high-tech ceramic, colourful high-tech ceramic and CeramosTM to its design-led collections. An award-winning designer with numerous prestigious international prizes to its name, and considered the most forward-thinking design player in the watch industry today, Rado has always been a pioneer and leader, setting the standard and raising the bar.
Rado Star Prize India Jury 2019
Hakim El Kadiri, Vice President, Product Management, Rado
Hakim El Kadiri has been responsible for product development at Rado since 2011. His technical and marketing background and passion for the beautiful things in life, such as design, art and photography, inspired him to join the watchmaking industry. For Hakim, watchmaking is a field where the creation of beauty is ever present, merging innovation, design and technology.
Jagdip Jagpal, Director, India Art Fair
Jagdip Jagpal is the Director of India Art Fair, where she is responsible for the strategic enhancement of the fair, as well as expanding activities in India and internationally. She has over 30 years experience in numerous creative industries including arts and culture, publishing and media, luxury and fashion. Jagpal is a champion of South Asian art, heritage and design.
Tagra & Thukral, Artist/Designer duo
Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra work collaboratively with a wide range of media including painting, sculpture, installations, interactive games, video, performance and design. Thukral & Tagra work on new formats of public engagement and attempt to expand the scope of what art can do. They break out of the mediated and disciplinary world and create multi-modal sensory and immersive environments.
About India Art Fair 2019
Taking place annually in the capital city of New Delhi, India Art Fair reflects the country’s fast-developing art scene, as well as offering curated insights into the cultural landscapes of neighbouring states. The fair’s programme draws together galleries, artists, private foundations, arts charities, artists’ collectives, national institutions, cultural events and festivals. It aims to enable both local and international audiences to engage in innovative ways with the cultural history and development of the South Asian region.