24 - 26 MAY 2022

DUBAI WORLD TRADE CENTRE


STAND-OUT TEAMS DESIGN & BUILD THE ENTRANCES TO INDEX

INDEX invites interior design, fit-out and architecture firms to participate by creating on-the-ground design concepts and immersive installations at the 2022 edition.

In 2021, INDEX's main entrances were created by leading interior design firms and fit-out providers, "Off The Grid" designed by Brand Creative and built by Design Infinity and “The Bottleneck” designed by Kristina Zanic Consultants and built by Bond Interiors.

Watch this space for new designs coming in 2022.

TAKE A LOOK BACK AT WHAT HAPPENED IN 2021

"THE BOTTLENECK"

The design concept is ‘The bottleneck’ through which people passed during COVID and the reflections they’ve been experiencing, how life changed after COVID and the celebration of coming back together and finally meeting face to face in post-COVID life.

The gate geometry is inspired by the COVID cases curve: the parabolic shape is a strong structure shape, which we have seen a lot during pandemic time in our daily life when we kept on tracking the number of cases around the world and in our homes.

We are taking the attendees and public through a short journey of life before and after COVID, from normal to the new normal. We have seen that disruption as an opportunity and we want to deliver that experience with our design.

It's the first physical INDEX event after COVID, and you will start your visit with a small-time capsule that ends with the springs of a new season, which will guarantee that you will definitely appreciate every minute of your visit.

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"OFF THE GRID"

The creative concept behind our installation reflects the inner workings of human thought processes over three periods of time. The past (Pre-Covid) is depicted in the first area where a rigid grid and simplistic volumes of shape represent the daily grind of the past; barely making meaningful human connections which essentially rendered us blind. The second area is our current Covid world. Blindfolds are replaced with masks and the rigid grid is distorted by the tension created by our new social bubbles and the loss of freedoms.

The final area celebrates a positive outlook on the future. The volume of shapes are more complex, representing emotional development. Blindfolds and masks disappear and a moment of enlightenment ensues. The possibility of living a life you can positively enjoy as an individual whilst re-connecting to others in a more meaningful way is exhilarating. When the bubbles pop, we are transformed as we celebrate being “Off the Grid".

The installation is meant to be thought-provoking and a point for further discussion. The sheer size and volumes of space that are created are meant to envelop visitors for a short moment in time prior to engagement with others.

The portal serves as a decompression zone that allows visitors to slow down and reflect on how small we may physically be in the universe but how our thoughts form energy that is both complex and unifying for humanity. As people walk through the show, they will be able to re-engage with the piece from several angles and viewpoints, allowing people to re-evaluate their thoughts about how this makes them feel.

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WITH THANKS TO THE INDEX 2021 TEAMS