The theme of micro living was celebrated at INDEX in September. The demand for tiny homes is at an all-time high, and whether the choice is made for financial cost saving purposes, to reduce carbon footprint, simpler lifestyle or to get into that particularly popular urban neighborhood we are seeing the trend grow exponentially.

With the rise in micro-living we see the need for ‘clever’ multi-purpose or flexible furniture, clever designs and layouts.

Put together by INDEX and Scarlet Opus, Design Hub focused on this trend with a selection of features from curated collections, artistic experiences, trend focused seminars and some exclusive debuts.


The Design Hub talk’s consisted of short sessions, each a burst of inspiration lasting no more than 30 min but provided our visitors with valuable advice and knowledge.

The daily talks covered these themes: Future Design Trend Talks, Experiential Design Talks, Biophilic Design and Mall Retail Merchandising.

Speakers included Wayne Taylor the founder of Space Zero, a global interior design consultancy, Victoria Redshaw of Scarlet Opus, Interface, a Dubai retail consultancy and Sticky Red Visual Merchandising.
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A wonderful international artistic collaboration between Scarlet Opus, Lawton Yarns in the UK, Ronel Jordaan in South Africa, Boxmark Leathers and Best Wool Carpets.

The innovative ‘Wool Waterfall’ installation at INDEX was made from over 100 kilograms of wool supplied and dyed by Lawton Yarns. The ‘waterfall’ flowed over leather rocks (designed and made by Ronel Jordaan using leather supplied by Boxmark Leathers). Visitors were encouraged to remove their shoes and walk through the wool fall experiencing the many different textiles all working together.

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INDEX & Scarlet Opus collaborated with Tashkeel to offer a curated selection of design led furniture that was on display in the Design Hub.

Established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel seeks to provide a nurturing environment for the growth of contemporary art and design practice rooted in the UAE. Through multi-disciplinary studios, work spaces and galleries, it enables creative practice, experimentation and dialogue among practitioners and the wider community.
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Designer Matthew Pope from the UK in a collaboration with Boxmark (Austrian Leather Manufacturer) & Scarlet Opus, had designed a high-end and high-quality flexible sofa and Boxmark has worked to produce some textures and metallic finishes never before been seen on leather. 
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In keeping with our ‘micro living’ theme and the very visible increase in veganism and vegetarianism, INDEX and Scarlet Opus had teamed up with the new start up from France called Veritable to present the ‘Veritable Micro Garden’ at the show. Planted and grown specifically for INDEX this September, this vertical self-sufficient salad and herb garden is not only perfect for micro living but any kind of low maintenance living as it requires little or no care being self-watering and mimicking the sun by providing light and heat.

About the makers of the Design Hub

Scarlet Opus is a bespoke, trend intelligence agency that offers valuable insights and reports about the future of the world of interiors. In September edition of INDEX, Scarlet Opus collaborated with renowned designers and artists from around the world to create a blitz experience called 'The Design Hub'.

Thomas Benz drives product development at BOXMARK who 
is also an INDEX exhibitor via their local distributor. BOXMARK Leather is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of high-class upholstery leathers.
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Matthew Pope is an emerging new furniture designer based in Nottingham, UK. He grew up in the South west of England and studied BA Furniture and Product Design at Nottingham Trent University. Matthew learnt a huge amount about upholstery whilst working with furniture giant, DFS.
Read the interview here >>

Ronel Jordaan is an artist, aritsan, creator of artworks, installations and bespoke peices using different textiles. She runs her own textile business called Ronel Jordaan Textiles in South Africa and had worked with INDEX in 2017.
Read the interview here >>

Helen Latham works as Head of Design for Lawton Yarns, part of the Spin Group BV. Based in Dewsbury, UK, they concentrate and specialize in making wool yarn for carpets. Helen joined the company a year ago as Product Development / Quality Manager. She has worked in textiles for the last twenty four years in mainly technical roles.
Read the interview here >>

Established in Dubai in 2008 by Lateefa bint Maktoum, Tashkeel is an art facility that seeks to provide a nurturing environment for the growth of contemporary art and design practice rooted in the UAE.
Find out more here >>

Veritable is the leading startup in urban farming; they offer innovative solutions which allow anyone to easily grow, harvest and enjoy a large range of fresh and healthy products.

Best Wool Carpets, a Dutch manufacturer of wool carpets installed carpets for the Design Hub at INDEX September 2018.


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