LAUNCH PARTY: The stories behind our 11 Design for Expression canvases...

Last week, our INDEX: Design for Expression party brought together 11 of Dubai's best interior design firms for a night showcasing unique works of art.

We tasked Gensler, Bishop Design/Rogue, MMAC, Sharon Jutla Interiors, ALBAL, Sneha Divias Atelier, Pallavi Dean Interiors, WA International, Wilson Associates, GAJ and the Esra Lemmens Agency with manipulating a blank canvas into a visual representation of their design philosophies.

In essence, if each firm was a painting, what would it look like?

The designers loved the concept, fully immersed themselves in it, and brought some truly magnificent pieces to our makeshift gallery for the evening - held at the new Renaissance Hotel, Downtown Dubai.

What made the works so wonderful was how creative they all were. We had pieces that were completely unrecognisable to the original white canvas, with each firm taking an entirely different approach to designing for expression. Away from the supplied acrylic paints, our 'artists' used concrete, card, glass, cork - amongst others - to illustrate their individuality, with the canvases sliced, diced and flipped on themselves, leaving us genuinely awestruck. 

A finer showcase of the talents of these designers we could not have asked for, with the finished works enjoyed by all who attended our event - an audience which included many of our OFIS-sponsored Design Talks speakers and INDEX Architecture & Design Awards judges.

All of the pieces will be put on display at INDEX. In the meantime, please read on below to learn more about these 11 sensational design firms, and how they chose to express themselves through design...

Index Partners

  • IADA Silver Sponsor

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  • Dubai Design & Fashion Council

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  • BCFA

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  • Official Intelligence Partner

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  • Travel Partner

  • Exclusive Lanyard Sponsor

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  • Official Food & Beverage Partner

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  • Official Radio Station

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  • RAK Economic Zone Experience

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  • Official Magazine

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  • Supporting Association

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Media Partners

  • AEC Online

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  • Ceramicanda SRL

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  • CovetED Magazine

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  • Design 4 2day

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  • Dubai Blog Network

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  • e-architect Magazine

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  • Lamasat

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  • Mebelny Biznes Magazine

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  • Middle East Architect

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  • Moebelkultur

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  • Oxford Business Group


  • Textiles Para El Hogar Magazine

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  • Zingy Homes