The team behind the Index Design Series, officially launched for 2017 last night, has revealed its plans for an all-sense exhibition that promises to take visitors deep into the heart of the rainforest.
The 27th edition of Index will focus on “Design for the Senses” and aims to offer interior designers, architects and procurers the creative platform on which to network and source some of the finest furniture and décor.
London style icon Henry Holland and Welsh award-winning luxury guru Bethan Gray will lead the pack, taking part in their own exclusive “In Conversation” seminars. Jo Hamilton , one of the UK’s leading interior designers and a respected public speaker, will head-up the four-day festival’s Design Talks.
The show will open its doors to consumers for the first time, hosting a dedicated night for members of the public to peruse the more than 800 expected exhibitor stands.
Samantha Kane Macdonald, event director at Index, said: “What we all love about design is how truly organic it is; it’s always changing, developing, growing, improving. That’s why it remains our passion, as there’s always something new.
“No place mirrors that better than the rainforest, where the most incredible colours, sounds, textures, smells and tastes combine to create this living, breathing organism that encapsulates everything designers aim to achieve. That’s what we want to achieve with our Design for the Senses theme at this year’s Index; an interiors environment that stimulates designers into working with new materials and in new ways – pushing the design cycle on again.
“For me, finding that new ‘new’ is just so exciting. Exploring INDEX 2017 I’ve no doubt we’ll uncover it.”
The 2017 Index Design Series will take place at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 22-25 May.