Design Temple is an eponymous studio that was founded in the late 90’s in the fertile environment of post-liberalized India and the shrinking global boundaries of the Internet Age.

“A BRIC brand to watch” that “...will affect Western style, concepts, materials, tastes, branding, retail models and visual communication, just as Japanese brands influenced Western tastes in the 90s” - LIZ HANCOCK, VIEWPOINT MAGAZINE

“The rise of the ‘India Modern’ design movement.” – AparnaPiramalRaje, Financial Times (UK)

Today, Design Temple functions as a dynamic platform for contemporary design in India. As Crusaders of Culture, we have four arms through which we promote dialogue that is current, inspired and democratic.


Started in 2011, in the heart of Mumbai’s art and design district, Design Temple Colaba is a much-needed space for creative inspiration and interaction. It comprises of an art & design gallery, a Creative Cave and a design shop.

Illustration, photography, typography and more are on display at The Artworks Gallery, which has seasonal shows and houses an exceptional collection of affordable art & design prints.

Talks, meet-ups and other events, tying in with the season’s display, are a regular feature, and usually free of charge.

Visitors are encouraged to Bring Their Own Brew, for coffee and conversation at the Creative Cave, or while they browse the gallery for prints, wallpapers and hunt for cool collectibles at the Design Shop.

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Design Temple has always been up for collaborative creativity! We get together, as often as we can, with big brands and small, with thought leaders and artists to present various mash-ups, talks, workshops and special projects. Write in – if you have an idea and wish to collaborate.

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Since its inception, Design Temple has placed strong emphasis on building a contemporary design vocabulary for India. To this end, and to provide design from India a global platform, we have spear headed several shows and exhibitions in design capitals like London, Milan, Stockholm, Paris, New Delhi and Mumbai.

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Over the last two decades, the studio has provided excellence and consistency of design services to demanding clients and projects across the globe. From motion picture graphics for brands like Fox Searchlight, to graphic and space design projects for Leading Hotels, Hospitals and Creative Artists - Design Temple has gained recognition and respect for its unique design expression.

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Divya Thakur, has been the acting Director of Design since the inception of Design Temple in 1999.

Passionate about the contemporariness of an idiom - Divya is a multi-disciplinary designer, who, through her various endeavours, seeks to create and curate a relevant identity for Indian design. As Director of Design Temple, she is responsible for the product line and the conception and implementation of exhibitions, events and design projects.

She specializes in Publishing, Space and Film title design. Projects include a 3000 Square foot lounge for Sabyasachi and Asian Paints. Exhibition design for Outpost in a defunct arsenal at the Venice Biennale. And film titles for Fox Searchlight's - Namesake, and more recently for another Mira Nair film - The Reluctant Fundamentalist. Her design for Lights Camera Masala won a gold at the New York Festivals. And her stationery design for Costume designer ArjunBhasin won a silver at One Show.

She recently curated India Past Forward at Millesgarden Museum in Stockholm, on contemporary Design objects that find their sources of inspiration from India's past. In 2011, her peacock mirror created in collaboration with Leandro Castelao, was selected to be shown at Wallpaper Handmade* at the Salone Del Mobile, Milan. In 2007, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, she curated her take on contemporary India for Design Temple. She also showcased the unorganized design sector with an exhibition titled Indigenous India in 2004, Milan.