City Express, September 2002
September 2002
Express Features

Flowduct wins iDesign

Chennai-based Rajesh Mirajker, who heads the design firm Mirajker Industrial and Transportation Design, has won the prestigious iDesign Award in the manufacturing category. With this year's iDesign, Rajesh Mirajker becomes the first Indian to receive this award.

Rajesh Mirajker with the award-winning water pumpThe award, instituted by Autodesk Inc, USA, is presented to those who create computer aided designs using Autodesk software. Mirajker won the award for a domestic water motor pump called Flowduct, which was designed for a Coimbatore-based manufacturer. "The manufacturer had been dealing in motor water pumps. They invited us to design water pumps that were easier to handle and looked good too. The product required a lot of creative thinking from our part," says Mirajker. Incidentally, when he presented the design to the manufacturers in Coimbatore, they were apprehensive initially as they felt that the design was "too contemporary". But they went ahead and approved the design. Mirajker then sent his design for the iDesign Awards early this year.

Awards are not new for Mirajker. He won the grand prize and Award of Excellence at the international Car Design Competition in 1991, held in Japan. He had to design the smallest possible vehicle for basic city commuting, which he did and called it Megha microcar. He won the Award for Excellence at the Automotive Designers Organising Committee Car Design Competition in 1995 at Japan. "We sent the Megha microcar with a few changes to the competition," he says. He was again the first Indian to win an intemational award for car designing.

Mirajker did his graduation at the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad and Art Centre College of Design, Europe. He is presently working on a new range of tractors for Punjab Tractors.

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