INDEX and workspace at INDEX will take place this year from 23-26 May 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Welcoming more than 30,000 architecture, design, interiors and retail professionals over four days, the shows will offer the ultimate in industry networking – with local talent and innovation tipped as the biggest trends for this year’s shows.
Commercial Interior Design meets up with dmg events to discuss the upcoming exhibitions.
Back for its 26th year and with over 320 new exhibitors including Manooi, Art De Lys, Ginger Brown and Vetreria Vistosia Srl, INDEX promises to bring the design community together in its biggest and most innovative year yet.
CID talks to Samantha Kane-Macdonald, exhibition director, about what makes Index stand out, the design industry in the region and this year’s exciting new projects.
“INDEX is an essential trade platform for international interiors suppliers to either enter the Middle East market, build on client relationships or launch new products – all these aspects are important for designers as they need to keep abreast of new suppliers, new products and of course the latest trends,” says Macdonald.
Taking into consideration that 80% of the exhibiting companies at INDEX come from overseas, Macdonald states that the Middle East remains an exciting and interesting market.
“This really highlights the international awareness of the opportunities this region presents,” she says, adding that last year the show saw 726 exhibiting companies.
This year organisers have placed much more emphasis on the show sectors to make everyone’s visit more efficient.
“If, for instance, a visitor is looking to source lighting products then they will go to Hall 8 where all the lighting companies will be located,” explains Macdonald. “We’ve enhanced the website’s online exhibitor list also so that visitors can do a more specific search and pre-select and arrange appointments with their preferred exhibitors.”
Commenting on the most important trends currently shaping the design industry, Macdonald says that this year was about the natural elements and deriving inspiration from nature.
“I think this will be even more predominant in 2017 through colour, textiles and surface textures. Technology is such a big part of our lives and we are definitely seeing more design with integrated technology too,” she concludes.
If we had only an hour, what are the must-see exhibits at this year’s edition of the fair?
“An hour is not long enough. There’s so much to see and do,” says Macdonald.
“But the top picks for me would be the Live Art display and Trend Hub in Hall 1, the ‘Discover 3D printing’ (where you can print one of your product designs) in Hall 3, the Karim Rashid / Talenti display in Hall 4, the French Luxury Pavilion in Hall 6 and of course the Lighting hall in Hall 8, as this hall always looks gorgeous.”