Cobalt Designs was founded in 2012 by the artist and designer, Valay Gada. It is inspired by a classical tradition seeking to preserve the very best of Indian culture in terms of both artisanal tradition and fine craftsmanship blending this with the best of contemporary design.
We work with traditional crafts people primarily in metal & their alloys (copper, brass, aluminum) However, we have also embraced newer technologies and machine made. We believe that our products should perform the functions they
are meant to, but at the same time to be quirky to make one smile and be aesthetically appealing.
We would like Cobalt Designs to grow and be recognised as a leading Indian design company that puts emphasis on nurturing home grown Indian talent and protecting and engaging with local artisans to preserve craft from one generation to the next. We are conscious that the younger generation are moving away from highly skilled craft as the wages are so low.
Valay honed his skill from his background in Fashion Lifestyle & Accessories Design at N.I.F.T (National Institute of Fashion technology, New Delhi, India) after completing his graduation in English Literature.
He won the Elle Decor International Design Award(EDIDA) 2014 for Young Talent from India.
In addition to designing Valay is also a sculptor and has participated in several international shows. His work reflects his concerns with the impact of urbanisation and climate change eroding the natural world.