MIT Institute of Design

Faculty Team

Associate Prof. Samson Mathai


Associate Prof. Samson Mathai

Product Design

Samson Mathai graduated from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad in the year 1993 specialising in Product Design. He joined MIT Institute of Design as a Product Design faculty.
While in Godrej Appliances Pvt Ltd, Mumbai from 1994, he was involved in industrial design development of their appliance range. The refrigerator design went through a transition to soft forms which were launched as Ultra, World Series and Pentacool.’Smartwash’ washing machines and ‘Smartcool’ range of air conditioners were also launched during this period.

From 2004 he worked with the National Institute of Design as an Associate Designer on client projects for its Integrated Design Services. In the Craft cluster development initiative for Sankheda furniture that he did for the Gujarat government through NID’s Outreach Program he determined that the development of this sector could be achieved through professional marketing initiatives and upgradation of its retail outlets.
Before joining MITID in 2007 he worked as a Product Designer in the Industrial Design and Development firm ‘DESIGNEDGE’ based in Ahmedabad. As part of this team he worked extensively on the design and development of many products, some of which are –
Executive buses for TATA Motors that were displayed in 2006 Auto fair in Delhi.
Air conditioner for Voltas Vertis with unique vertical grill.
Backlit remote control unit for Hitachi air conditioners.
Interiors of low floor tarmac buses for TATA Motors and
FUNCASTLE – a branded outdoor playing system for children.
In the last several years he has been involved in developing design pedagogy and is excited about being part of the Innovation and Design Thinking wave that is currently upon us.