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INDEX Design Series 2016

…For me, INDEX is an iconic fair. I associate interior design, INDEX and Dubai, all in one sentence.

Pallavi Dean

(owner of Pallavi Dean Interiors and double award winner of Middle East Interior Design & Architecture Awards 2016)

INDEX Design Series, connecting the world with the Middle East design community, took place from 23-26 May 2016 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The events were officially opened by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance and Industry of the UAE, on Monday 23 May, and welcomed over 3,000 architecture, design and interiors professionals across the four-day annual event.

This year’s shows were even more successful with an additional 350 exhibitors compared to 2015, bringing the total to over 1,000 suppliers. On top of this, a whole host of new show features were introduced which proved to be extremely popular, such as the INDEX Design Innovation Forum. Visitor figures also increased by 7 percent in comparison to 2015’s event, welcoming 34,400 attendees in total.

Workspace at INDEX, the home of commercial interior design, completed its 16th edition, attracting thousands of top tier architectural & interior design firms and end-users over the course of the event. This year’s show featured an even larger range of exhibitors and products.

The 2016 winners of the fourth edition of the Middle East Interior Design and Architecture Awards and of the INDEX and Workspace at INDEX Product Design Awards were also announced, as well as the 12 winning projects selected by a judging panel for the INDEX Product Design Awards.

Highlights of the show included:

  • The “Discover” workshop, in association with Pro-Technology, featured experts sharing their knowledge on a hugely popular trend – 3D printing. Designers submitted their own designs into a competition for the chance to win their very own 3D printer. The competition was a great way to stay on top of the 3D printing trend, following His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai’s recent announcement which stated: “Our key goal is to ensure that 25 per cent of buildings in Dubai are based on 3D printing technology by 2030”.
  • The INDEX Contemporary Furniture Design Competition in association with Home Outfittersgave designers the chance produce a piece of furtniture and sell through a luxury interiors retailer. Mishaal Rozina Merchant from Studio Ecomorph was announced as the winner for the Weave Lounge Chair concept. 
  • Retail Design Competition – the National Academy awarded the winning entry of the competition, lamHeels Retail Store by Rosha Ehsan, a Masters in Interior Design.
  • The Middle East Interior Desgin and Architecture Awards (MEIDAA) and workspace at INDEX Product Design Awards recognised 28 winners at a glittering gala dinner across professionals within the industries.

Projects recognised as the most outstanding at the MEIDAA Awards included: Lock, Stock and Barrel, Broadway Interiors (Best Bar, Café, Lounge & Club Project); GE Middle East Aviation Technology Center, Allen Architecture Interiors (Best Corporate Space – Large) and Talent Consultancy Office, Pallavi Dean Interiors (Best Corporate Space – Small).

Some of the most innovative products awarded at the INDEX Product Design Awards included: Smoke, Designed by Joe Columbo – Arnolfo Di Cambio (Decorative Accessories); WoodVision: The Compass Table, Flyvision Trading and Cegano SmartTable designed by CP Design Team, C+P Moebelsysteme (Desks and Tables).


The 2016 winners of the Middle East Interior Design and Architecture Awards and of the INDEX and Workspace at INDEX Product Design Awards were also announced at an exclusive awards ceremony at Cavalli Club Dubai, following the opening of both events at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

The two competitions, now in their fourth editions, reward outstanding interior design projects across the Middle East and North Africa, as well some of the world’s best product designers with products on display at either INDEX or Workspace at INDEX exhibitions.

Out of more than 66 submissions, the judging panel shortlisted 32 projects and 21 products, among which 18 winners were recognised at the gala celebration.

The INDEX 2016 Figures:

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