RETHINK: A materials experience and pop-up at INDEX 202119 May. 2021
RETHINK aims to educate and inspire the design and build community by expanding their material palette and highlighting ways in which they could work with new and existing materials. Colab joins INDEX Dubai as an exhibitor.
UNIQUE, QUIRKY, CREATIVE.
Colab, the first purpose-built material library in the UAE based in Dubai Design District (d3), will be presenting an experiential space called 'RETHINK' featuring 150 unique, quirky and creative materials in the format of a materials library pop-up at INDEX, which is set to run from May 31 - June 2, 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Center. RETHINK aims to educate and inspire the design and build community by expanding their material palette and highlighting ways in which they could work with new and existing materials.
Architects and interior designers are invited to explore a range of both commercially available materials and cutting-edge innovative materials and connect with a global pool of suppliers. The focus is not just on the materials, but also the ways in which designers and contractors can relook their material specification to be more responsible with material consumption and waste.
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK...
“The idea behind RETHINK is that we’d like the architectural and design community to not only rethink the materials that they build with but also rethink their material consumption and how materials are specified. Given that the global building and construction sector accounts for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats, it is important that we, as an industry, take a closer look at materials,” said Richard Wilson, Creative Director & Founder at Colab. “We invite the industry to come visit us at INDEX to explore these innovative materials from all corners of the globe.”
COMPLETE RESPECT FOR THE ENVIRONMENT
The world’s first Carbon tile made from air pollution; a biocomposite leather alternative made entirely from organic and sustainable bacterial cellulose, grown on coconut water sourced from the coconut industry in southern India; ‘Augmented Wood' - a sustainable material with the strength profile of metal and the cost profile of low-grade wood; and an exterior cladding made from discarded building products (plastic mainly) are some of the unique materials that will be on display at INDEX. The key focus throughout is on sustainability and on materials that have been upcycled for instance or have a zero-waste factor and materials with low embodied carbon.
VISIT THE RETHINK MATERIALS EXPERIENCE AT INDEX
Launched in 1990, the INDEX international interior design trade show is the Middle East & North Africa’s largest gathering for the interiors community. INDEX is co-located with Workspace, The Hotel Show and The Leisure Show as part of Middle East Design & Hospitality Week. Access to INDEX and to the RETHINK materials experience is by advance online preregistration only, and with limited availability. Registration is free and also gives access to the other co-located events, as well as a broad variety of insights, experiences, installations, and product showcases. Get your pass online at www.indexexhibition.com.
Colab is the first purpose-built material library in the UAE. Located in Building 1b, Dubai Design District (d3), Colab is a social business venture that functions primarily as a material library and inspiration and learning center. The space aims to elevate design across the region by offering a platform to showcase the latest materials and design trends from across the globe whilst highlighting excellence in regional design as well. It also serves as a gallery, event and activation space, and networking hub in its bid to bring the entire creative community together. For more information, please visit www.colab.ae Follow us on @colab.ae.
Meet Colab at the INDEX Exhibition, 31 May - 2 June 2021 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. Register to attend INDEX, live and in-person.
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