Design experts discuss new trends at Index seminars

(MENAFN- Khaleej Times) The Index International Design Exhibition and The Office Exhibition, which close today, have provided the regional interior design and architecture community with an inspiring professional experience, organisers said. The latest editions of the region's leading trade shows for the residential and commercial interior design sector have hosted over 30 free-to-attend Design Talks sessions covering interior design hot topics since the show opened on Monday. More talks focusing on hospitality design and retail are planned for the final day today. Rattan house unveils 'Ablaq' collection Rattan House recently unveiled its Ablaq collection, the brands latest addition to the outdoor furniture category at this year's Index Exhibition. With consistent growth over the last three decades, Rattan House is one of the pioneers in the outdoor furniture industry. The Ablaq collection which is exclusive to Rattan House has been designed by renowned German designer Oliver Kessler. Shafiq Al Taher, business development director from Rattan House said: "At Rattan House, we have always catered to the needs of our customers. Our products are researched to fulfill the requirements of functionality, performance and adding an elegant touch to a space. The Ablaq collection is inspired by the tones, shapes and molds of the Arabian culture. The designs and spaciousness of these products represent an air of royalty within a client's most comfortable space â€" their home." "It was my intention to create a statement of a modern, confident and luxurious design that captures attention and allures people to understand the cultural significance of the design across the region; while enjoying the comfort of the furniture with family and friends. Ablaq is the first Rattan House furniture that was made decidedly for the Arabian high profile customer," said Oliver Kessler. "The major design lines are based on architectural elements like the pointed arch (Ablaq) or the arabesque inspired pattern, added Kessler. - Located in Shaikh Saeed â€" Hall 3, two Design Talks Theatres have been abuzz as international industry experts, including Christopher Seymour, partner and head of property & social infrastructure UAE at EC Harris; Shelley Pond, creative director of Scarlet Opus; and Matteo Bianchi, owner and director of Matteo Bianchi Studio shared insights into the latest and best in design. Morten Georgsen, the Danish designer who has created several collections for BoConcept now marketed in over 50 countries, spoke at an exclusive closed-door event organized by dmg events. Sharing more than three decades of his experience and vision for the future with the audience, Georgsen said: "Trends for the future such as urbanisation, the XL generation, single living, social and ecological responsibility are all taken into consideration when developing a new concept. The inspiration for a new design can come from different elements; it can be a new trend, a building, a city and even a logo." Georgsen also presented a case study to the Design Talks audience on why Scandinavia has become so influential in modern design. "The shortest distance between two points is a line as the shortest distance between functionalism and design's appearance is minimalism," said the designer. "The line-up of speakers is the result of long and accurate research conducted at dmg events. We selected experts from different disciplines and we are delighted with the quality of debate sparked by this year's line-up," commented Frederique Maurell, Index and The Office Exhibition event director. "Observing the products showcased by thousands of exhibitors attending the two shows, and listening to the opinions of industry gurus, INDEX and Office together provide an unrivalled opportunity for the interior design and architecture professionals in the region. No other event in the Middle East provides this breadth and depth of networking and business opportunities, inspiration and industry updates all in the course of just four days," said Maurell. The Design Talks programme for Thursday will start with the session 'The detail is in retail â€" theatre' where Kate Hardcastle, co-founder of Insight with Passion, will explore the ways to bring a shop floor to life for customers. Christian Merieau, managing director of Samuel Creations, will present the guidelines, procedures, methods and control tools necessary to manage a successful hospitality project from conception to completion. Finally, Sana Toukan, research manager for the Middle East, Euromonitor International, will lead a panel discussion around 'The Changing Face of Homes & Gardens.'

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