INDEX ready to explore Design for Expression

INDEX is gearing-up for its strongest floor of live features and participating designers yet - with the doors set to open in only two weeks' time!

The show gets underway on March 26, with the four-day festival of design promising a hugely diverse and creative catalogue of furniture, furnishing and décor suppliers, a conference schedule featuring the pinnacle of local and international design minds, and bespoke live demonstrations and experiences brought to Dubai exclusively for the show.

Event director Samantha Kane-Macdonald said: “INDEX, WORKSPACE and SURFACE Design are all about Design for Expression this year: personality illustrated through interiors.

"The show is set to welcome more than 600 exhibitors and host several brilliantly engaging features, which together will provide all the products and knowledge needed to incorporate individuality into any space.”

Included amongst those features will be the first ever Ventura Dubai; a pool of more than 40 up-and-coming and established European designers, labels and studios, chosen specifically by Dutch design agents Organisation in Design for their debut Middle Eastern Ventura Project. Dubai follows in the footsteps of Milan, London, Berlin and New York in being chosen to host one of the globally-renowned design gatherings.

The show will also introduce a new section of the floor, Made in UAE, which will connect a wide collection of as-yet undiscovered craftspeople – glassblowers, upholsterers, furniture makers et al – with the region’s leading architecture and design minds.

Samantha Kane-Macdonald, INDEX Event Director

Samantha Kane-Macdonald, INDEX Event Director

INDEX will once again run alongside WORKSPACE, the MENA region’s premium office fit-out exhibition. SURFACE Design Middle East – which replaces Middle East Covering – will join the two shows, offering a one-stop shop for design solutions for all floors, walls and ceilings. 

Covering topics that touch on each of the exhibitions, four days of OFIS-sponsored Design Talks series will welcome many of the biggest names in architecture and design from across the Middle East to discuss and debate current industry trends and topics. Acclaimed designer and British television personality Jo Hamilton returns to take part for the second year running.

Discussing the Design for Expression theme, Samantha Kane-Macdonald said: “Clients and end users have more creative input than they have ever had when dealing with interior designers, product designers and contractors, no matter what the scale of the project.

Pictured: INDEX aims to build a creative platform that both inspires and connects people. Exhibitor images (left to right) from Mineheart, AS’ART, Concept Verre and Sandalyeci

“With that, the pendulum of control has swung back to the people. The design mantra is more and more about incorporating the traits of the individual: their beliefs, their experiences, their ambitions. Never before have interiors, furniture and décor been considered such a direct reflection of those who own the space.

“Allowing scope for personal self-expression is already becoming more important when thinking about an interior space. For 2018, INDEX will critique the way we express our individuality through the products we source for our interiors, be that at work or at home.

OFIS-sponsored Design Talks: The line-up for the INDEX, WORKSPACE and SURFACE Design Middle East features many of the biggest names in architecture and design from across the region, including (from left) Justin Wells, Indu Varanasi, Christian Merieau, Maliha Nishat and Paul Bishop

“Our fresh approaches for 2018 will make our March show the most all-encompassing INDEX we’ve ever had; a design event that truly caters to the needs of every single person working in the industry, at a time of substantial growth for the region.

"Through everything we incorporate and introduce to INDEX, we aim to build a creative platform that both inspires and connects people. Our innovations for 2018 will provide just that.”

Pictured: Acclaimed designer and British television personality Jo Hamilton (left) will return to INDEX for the second year running. The show promises a hugely diverse and creative catalogue of furniture (right), furnishing and décor suppliers

Index Partners

  • African Association of Interior Designers

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Media Partners

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