Published on : Monday, March 20, 2017
INDEX Dubai, one of MENA region’s biggest interiors exhibition, will unite more designers and suppliers than ever before from May 22 to 25, 2017, at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The show positions itself as the bridge between manufacturer and procurer, bringing trade and customers together with leading suppliers of interior products from across the globe.
Now in its 27th year, the INDEX Design Series is predicted to smash last year’s record visitor and exhibitor numbers and bring close to 40,000 interior designers, suppliers, architects and project managers together.
The team behind the show has revealed scintillating plans for an all-sense tingling, spellbinding exhibition for 2017 that promises to take visitors deep into the heart of the rainforest. Bristling with fully-immersive feature experiences allowing guests to see, hear, feel, smell and even taste their way around the show, INDEX Dubai will focus on Design for the Senses, and aims to offer interior designers, architects and procurers the ultimate creative platform on which to network and source some of the finest furniture and décor found anywhere in the world.
A pride of big name celebrity designers are set to be found prowling deep in the INDEX jungle too. London style icon Henry Holland and Welsh award-winning luxury guru Bethan Gray will lead the pack, taking part in their own exclusive In Conversation seminars. Jo Hamilton – widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading interior designers and a respected public speaker, writer and broadcaster – will head-up the four-day festival’s Design Talks.
Harrods Interiors – born from the world’s most exclusive department store – will supply unrivalled luxury when they mark their first venture into the UAE with a five-star VIP Oasis set in the heart of the enormous exhibition, which is this year officially endorsed by the Dubai Design & Fashion Council.
And on top of all of that, the trade show will open its doors to consumers for the first time, hosting a dedicated night for members of the public to peruse the more than 800 expected exhibitor stands.
Samantha Kane Macdonald, event director at INDEX, concluded, “What we all love about design is how truly organic it is; it’s always changing, developing, growing, improving. That’s why it remains our passion, as there’s always something new. No place mirrors that better than the rainforest, where the most incredible colours, sounds, textures, smells and tastes combine to create this living, breathing organism that encapsulates everything designers aim to achieve. That’s what we want to achieve with our Design for the Senses theme at this year’s INDEX; an interiors environment that stimulates designers into working with new materials and in new ways – pushing the design cycle on again.”