DUBAI, June 1, WAM/ The activities of the Index International Exhibition for Decoration and Interior Design, which will be held for the first time with in-person attendance after a two-year break at the Dubai World Trade Center from May 31 to 2 June, kicked off yesterday in Dubai.
The first day of the exhibition, which brings together a group of the most important experts in the sector in the world, saw thousands of visitors flock to see the latest developments in the world in the field of decoration and interior design.
The exhibition organized open seminars, networking sessions, exhibitions and interactive experiences, while guests were treated to an exceptional collection of exhibits and unique experiences in a special artwork in the form of a giant entrance entitled “The Bottleneck” designed by Kristina Zanek for design consultancy and implemented by Bond Interiors, where the sculpture draws its inspiration. From the curve of Covid-19 injuries to reveal the lifestyle before and after the crisis in front of the visitors.. and in a second entrance appears a stereotype entitled “Outside the network” that invites visitors to reflect and think .Designed by Brand Creative and built in collaboration with Design Infinity to reflect the internal struggle people have experienced over the years, Mada has three phases: the pre-Covid-19 period, the exceptional phase that the world is facing today witness, and a positive vision for the future.
The exhibition program kicked off with the Workspace Design Forum, which began its activities with a discussion session on interactive workspaces, moderated by Pallavi Dean and Catherine Athriya from Roar Company, followed by a series of design dialogues that succeeded in establishing its position on the exhibition’s agenda and addressed the problems and consequences of the economic and social crisis and the role of recovery from it in motivating the efforts of innovation and productivity.
The series hosted a host of industry heroes including Paul Bishop, Christina Zanek and George Arvanitis, as well as an in-depth conversation with Kate Enstone, founder and creative director of Blush International, about the current landscape of the residential design sector , introducing the audience to current trends in the sector.
On the second day of Index, visitors were scheduled to have more design dialogues on “Managing Design Business” moderated by Catherine Athria, Managing Director of Roar, and a session titled “The Current State of Designing Food and Beverage Spaces” with the participation from Sneha Devias, the architect and founder of Sneha Devias Atelier.
It is worth noting that the 30th edition of the event offers a customized menu of 5 unique and fruitful experiences, ranging from designer creations and panel discussions to exclusive exhibitions.
The Design Dialogues series, which has managed to establish itself on the agenda of regional design events in recent years, is launched in collaboration with Geberit, and offers the most talented, successful and creative design leaders in candid sessions to share ideas on the main issues exchange. and problems facing the sector in these exceptional times. The design expert and global design consultant led the dialogue sessions, which included 15 distinguished dialogue sessions with the participation of 50 specialized speakers.
This year’s edition will also witness the collaboration of a group of leading design companies in the region with INDEX to introduce the public to the latest inspiring and amazing trends and creations. The teams of Christina Zaniek Design Consulting and Brand Creative worked to developing distinctive models at the entrance of the exhibition to give event visitors an experience that exceeds the level of their aspirations.. and will leave These creative concepts invite guests to a state of contemplation and wonder as they cross the corridor leading to leading the launch event.
Collab, the first dedicated library of its kind in the UAE, located in the Dubai Design District, participates in Index by offering an experimental space called Rethink to display 150 creative and unique items within a temporary model that imitate their own character. The aim of the Rethink Library is to educate and inspire the engineering and design community to expand the range of materials used in their projects as they highlight ways of working with traditional and new materials with an emphasis on a responsible approach to the use of materials and standards for waste and consumption.
Architects and interior designers will be invited to explore a range of innovative materials and commercial products, and network with a range of global suppliers.
The exhibition of the College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah invites guests to discover pieces of furniture made entirely from recycled materials collected by students in collaboration with Bee’ah Waste Management Company. Encourage and inspire entire generations to an environmentally friendly and more sustainable approach.
The College of Fine Arts and Design at the University of Sharjah is committed to promoting sustainable practices and organizing initiatives to encourage interior design companies to creatively adopt the three pillars of sustainability, namely reducing consumption, reusing and recycling waste for new uses.
The INDEX exhibition returns in its new version, live and direct, with the event complying with safety and prevention measures against “Covid-19”.