An alumna of Parsons School of Design, NY, Aakriti Kumar founded Differniture in 2014. This New Delhi-based furniture design atelier embraces an alternative and sustainable approach. Its premise is to merge the sculptural integrity of art with the functional values of design into a sustainably produced product, using reclaimed and salvaged materials and adopting a zero or minimal waste design philosophy. Differniture is in the process of creating homes in the mountains of Uttrakhand that follow the same philosophy of reclaimed and locally sourced materials, and local artisans and masons from neighboring villages. Aakriti’s work at Differniture has got her a number of awards and recognitions such as the Interior Lifestyle Award for Best Product Designer by Ambiente Frankfurt in 2016, The Perspective Magazine, Hong Kong 40 under 40 in Product Design in 2017, and The Forbes Asia 30 under 30 list of 2018. to name a few.