Via Show Business News, section in Orissa Diary

Mumbai: To mark its fourth anniversary, Architectural Digest (AD) India, the ultimate design bible published by Condé Nast India, hosted the third edition of the exclusive AD50 event at the Taj Lands End, Mumbai, today. Held in association with Mercedes-Benz and supported by Nilaya by Asian Paints, Queo and Bang &Olufsen, AD50 celebrated the most influential names in architecture and design for 2016 with a glittering soiree.The evening saw the launch of Architectural Digest’s official website ( along with the launch of a limited edition Asian Paints and Architectural Digest coffee table booktitled “The 50 Most Beautiful Homes 2016”. Mercedes-Benz unveiled their latest model S400 at the event. 

Meticulously handpicked by the panelists including Greg Foster (Editor, Architectural Digest India), India Mahdavi (India Mahdavi – Architecture and Design, Paris) and BalkrishnaDoshi (VastuShilpa Consultants, Ahmedabad), this year’s AD50 is an endeavour to spotlight the best in residential design across India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. 

This year, out of the 150 plus entries reviewed, Architectural Digest India identified four movements that became the categories for the 2016 list: Visionaries, which includes designers with a strong signature aesthetic; Innovators, which refers to architects thinking outside the box; Naturalists, which encompasses the firms that incorporate nature and sustainability in their work; and Modernists, the largest section, which proves that homes in the subcontinent are likely to be elegant and minimal. 

AD50 2016featuresBijoy Jain, Tony Joseph, Sunita and KohelikaKohli, Vikram Goyal, Rahul Mehrotra, Rajiv Saini,Gurjeet Singh Matharoo, Pinakin Patel, Sanjay Puri, Alfaz Miller, Vinita Chaitanya, AbinChoudhuri, Ashiesh Shah, Ravi Vazirani, Rooshad Shroff and many more along with other prestigious names like PalindaKannangara, Enamul Karim Nirjhar, PhilipWeeraratne from sub-continental hubs like Colombo, Lahore and Dhaka. Bijoy Jain, was presented with the Mercedes-Benz Award. 

Apart from several key AD50 2016 recipients, the evening also saw the presence of noted personalities from the fields of design, interiors, architecture and fashion like Sandeep Khosla, Bose Krishnamachari, Suhel Seth, PayalKhandwala, Simone Arora, AbhaNarainLambah, Brinda Miller and many others.