The 38-year-old interior designer was conferred with India’s Most Prominent Architect and Design Awards for the third time.
Elangbam Bobee, a young interior designer from Manipur, has received yet another national recognition and appreciation for his eco-friendly and sustainable designs. The 38-year-old designer was conferred with India’s Most Prominent Architect and Design Awards 2022 for the Best Green Interior Concept Designer in India. He received the award from Lipika Sud, one of the best interior designers in India.
A certified façade designer under Euro Woods program and interior designer from Indo-British Academy, Elangbam Bobee is the eldest son of Elangbam Homendro and Maisnam Ranabai of Kwakeithel Moirang Purel Leikai.
Elangbam Bobee who is Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) graduate, was trained and moulded as a professional sketch up planner and designer and business operational expertise specially on woods and product in Gujarat and Mumbai Under Euro Woods India Pvt Ltd.
Sharing his journey as interior designer, Elangbam Bobee told The Frontier Manipur that after working for almost three years in Bangalore, he established his own firm Wooden Interior Solution from his rented flat at Madiwala in Bangalore.
He said he came back to Imphal in 2012 with a hope to draw local support. However, interior designing was too new in Northeast itself with few takers. With no network, it was very hard to even sustain my own expenses, he added.
“My venture started to be on the track after five years when I was almost about to quit, thanks to new social media like Facebook,” he said. Now, Interior and construction business is booming quite fast, he added.
Elangbam Bobee further informed that he received The Start-Up Manipur loan in 2018. “It was one of the biggest moral boosters for me,” he said.
Sharing his concept of designing, the young interior designer said he prefers to keep the blueprint very simple, sticking to the client’s view and budget, using the sustainable local materials, introducing the green construction materials, which in long term don’t hamper the health of the client and to the mother earth. He doesn’t use much plastic materials, he added.
“My ultimate aim is to give back something to the society and to prove that Manipur is a resourceful state other than tourism. I had started producing quality wooden flooring and panels from left-out woods which will be exported and had set up a Bamboo and wood chemical seasoning plan of medium scale,” he said.
On his receiving India’s Most Prominent Architect and Design Awards 2022 for the Best Green Interior Concept Designer in India, Elangbam Bobee said the award was given in recognition of his plan and design by re-introducing the compress clay walls and flooring design, solid woods furniture and hives lightings with modern amenities. “Most of the material in the design can be reclaimed back after its life so it is life-time investment and 100% eco-friendly and sustainable,” he added.
India’s most prominent architect and design awards 2022 is the third award in Elangbam Bobee’s kitty. He has got India’s most prominent architect and design awards 2019 for the Best Interior Designer in East India Region and India’s most prominent architect and design awards 2018 for the Best Interior Designer Firm in North East India.