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When you arrive at a milestone along your journey, it is but natural to take a few moments to recall where you are coming from before proceeding along the road to your destination.

So is it with us as we tie up the loose ends of this, our first anniversary issue. It’s been an exciting year, filled with the usual ups and downs of a rollercoaster ride – but we have enjoyed your company and look forward to more thrills as we go along.

After all, learning about the innovative products and cutting-edge technology that go into creating new-age architecture and interior design is the ultimate adventure experience for the design community.

Any anniversary is a cause for celebration, and we choose to commemorate ours by saluting the new-age architects and interior designers who are poised to change the face of India.

As we reached the half-way mark on our annual journey last October, we paid tribute to the post-Independence iconic architects of our country such as Charles Correa, BV Doshi, Laurie Baker, Achyut Kanvinde and Nari Gandhi.

Our Aces of Space have a long way to go before they can be called icons, but they have all the ingredients that the recipe requires. The list is certainly not absolute, for there is always room at the top; but our top 10 (as well as our Young Designer) are all equipped with the talent, skill and drive they need to become the design icons of India’s future.

The future is an uncertain place, though, thanks to the way we have plundered the resources of our planet in the past. But the present is a gift, one that we can use to brighten our future by switching to daylight and using energy-conserving lighting products.

The seminar organised by the IIID-Goa Regional Centre last month threw more light on the subject, and our report on pg16 reviews the event that brought international lighting designers from the USA, Europe and Asia to our shores. Enthused by the response, they are all set to come back next year to help us in the task of lighting up our lives in a sustainable manner.

Like them, we believe it is better to light a candle rather than curse the darkness. Come to think of it, it’s also a great way to celebrate.

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