A staggering $2.9billion of new business was generated from last year’s Index exhibition at Dubai World Trade Centre. The interiors and design show is back, expecting nearly 30,000 visitors to tour 726 exhibiting brands across 30,000 square metres, packed with cutting-edge design for the commercial, residential and hospitality sectors. DesignFix called upon Dubai’s leading interior designers and show ambassadors for the key trending styles they saw during Day 1 of Index.
Contemporary furniture, by Sharon Jutla
Sharon’s forecast of trending contemporary furniture includes retro seating with tapered legs, rounded silhouettes and low-slung backs. Tables and cabinets are more angular and solid, with boxy bodies finished with tactile materials, ranging from marble to oxidised metal. The associate director of Studio HBA, Dubai, also highlights red and orange and glimmers of metallic as key accents for the year.
Sleek kitchens and bathrooms, by Sonal Kotecha
The award-winning senior interior designer at d3-based practice Pallavi Dean Interiors highlights white and light-wood as key colours for kitchens. Stepping into the bathroom, Sonal brings our attention to sharp, angular lines defining units and spaces, as well as floating furniture. Sinks are built-in to wall mounted cupboards or perched as a bowl atop a single floating shelf, for a minimalist look.
Dramatic lighting, by Marie Laurent
Lighting design is far from shy in Marie’s trend forecast from this year’s Index exhibition at World Trade Centre. Sculptural lighting installations add opulence and intrigue; both ovoid and square silhouettes are shapes to look out for; colourful up-lighting adds drama. French designer Marie is the founder of Marie Laurent Architecture in Sharjah and Dubai, and has been voted one of the top 50 most influential designers in the MENA region. She also notes how shadows can play tricks, casting geometric patterns from stylised shades.
Architectural outdoor furniture, by Jamie Sandy
The strong architectural lines of outdoor seating collections by Fiore Rosso, Fermob and Talenti are favoured by the interior designer at Edge Design, Dubai. Hessian, taupe and white are key colours once again; ideal tones that complement the desert palms and shrubbery that thrive in our sandy gardens. Talenti’s collaboration with Karim Rashid has some quirky designs – wrought iron chairs shaped like busty women – and beautifully ergonomic rocking sun loungers, for pure comfort by the pool. If you want to add a wink of colour to your balcony terrace, Jamie suggests canary yellow and fire-engine red, popular brights for both indoor and outdoor furniture this year.