Global experts for design trends seminars
Dubai, September 16, 2012
Leading interior designers and architecture professionals will debate the latest issues and trends in the industry at the seminars hosted as part of the upcoming Index, a major interiors and design exhibition in Dubai.
Index Design Talks, the free to attend programme of seminars, will take place at Index, running from September 24 to 27 at Dubai world Trade Centre.
“Index will not only give visitors the opportunity of seeing the latest interiors and design innovations showcased by over 900 companies in the global interior and fit-out industry, but also a provides a platform to meet and network with industry gurus and discuss what the future might hold for the industry,” said Frederique Maurell, Index event director.
In its fifth year, Index Design Talks are one of the most popular features of Index exhibition; the free seminars are open to all visitors, with themed sessions on each day of the show on four hot topics for the design sector: Trends, Innovation, Sustainability and Business.
Sara Cosgrove, head of Interior Design for The Studio at Harrods and one of the key speakers, said: “I am delighted to be speaking at Index this year on the topic of ‘Emerging Global Trends in Interior Design’, reflecting the demographic of the audience - a global, internationally travelled and cultured audience with a keen interest in design and interiors, much like our clients at The Studio.”
“The Middle Eastern interior design industry is continuously growing and developing, and in many cases trailblazing the design scene with new trends and design nuances. For instance, I particularly like the work of Lesley and Kamelia Zaal at Al-Barari, Dubai, for their use of eclectic interiors within lush gardens.
“The global influences in the Middle East are profound and have resulted in tremendous change in design preferences, with ostentatious, ornate and highly decorative styles giving way to more contemporary, simplistic and clean design features. Furthermore, many of our Middle Eastern clients also request we incorporate trends and influences from both traditional and modern culture and design, thus the amalgam of styles is key,” she added.
Index will also host the final of the much talked-about Contemporary Majlis Design Competition, running for the fourth consecutive year. A dedicated area of the exhibition halls will feature the six Majlis’ designed by the shortlisted finalists, who were selected from more than 100 submissions from design professionals from across the globe.
“The Majlis Competition has become hugely popular among young interior designers in particular, with the winner using the title as a springboard to growing their careers and their businesses,” said Maurell.
“The number of entries has been growing year-on-year. For the Index team, it’s wonderful to be involved in discovering and supporting young and new regional talent and encouraging entrepreneurship, as well as celebrating our local culture and rich design heritage.”
As in previous years, one winner will be chosen by an esteemed panel of judges to be announced on the first day of the exhibition. A second, brand new award will be given to the ‘People’s Choice’ on the final day of the show. Visitors will be able to submit their vote during the first three days of the event. – TradeArabia News Service
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