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Sheroy Katila

MA work


Planned obsolescence can be used to reduce unplanned waste using a food based material

FADE is a project that is based on the hypothesis to create a series of innovations for single use products scenarios of the future.

Exploration of impermanence of objects has been explored, especially for everyday items that have a short functional life however continue to live in landfill or are recycled. Nature relies on efficient impermanence. Project FADE takes inspiration from nature where an object is created with a purpose and after the purpose is fulfilled the object disintegrates and disappears. 

The project proposes to consciously use the theory of planning for obsolescence when designing short lived objects. Products are created today that are disposable in life and durable in death. This project addresses this gap, between the functional life and actual life of objects.

Planning for obsolescence as a part of the design process this project uses of food based composite material made from sugar to create truly disposable objects.


  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Innovation Design Engineering, 2016

  • I am a self-confessed workshop enthusiast. I take every opportunity to dive into exploring the finer nuances of materials, processes, perception and emotion in design and am interested in ‘developing bonds between user and product that outlive the creator of the bond’.

    My belief is that good design and innovation is a necessity rather than a luxury, and should be accessible to all.

    I was awarded the Abraaj RCA Innovation Scholarship in 2014, which is the world's largest international scholarship programme in the creative postgraduate sector. The aim of the Abraaj Scholarship Programme is to create a unique community of creative leaders who share the values, integrity, and social responsibility upheld by Abraaj and the Royal College of Art. 

    I hold an undergraduate degree in Product Design from the MIT Institute of Design, Pune, India. 

  • Degrees

  • BA Product Design, MIT Institute of Design, India, 2011
  • Experience

  • Godrej Interio, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Ltd, Furniture Design Intern, India, 2010–11; Design Intervention Pvt. Ltd, Industrial Designer, India, 2011–14; Royal Society of Arts, Great Recovery Project, Summer Fellow, London, 2015; Fujitsu, Innovation Consultant, Royal College of Art London, 2016; Huawei, Innovation Consultant, Royal College of Art London, 2015; VISA + TATA Consultancy Services, Innovation Consultant, London, 2015
  • Exhibitions

  • SPARK, Design Days Dubai, Dubai, 2016
  • Awards

  • First prize, iMakr 3D Printing Hackathon, 2014, team representing Imperial College London