Future Design Trends in Furniture at INDEX – Dubai

Next week Phil & I will be heading out to Dubai to prepare for the INDEX exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre where we’ll be involved with 3 features at the show including:

  • A Design Hub (stand SS1H149)
  • Seminars (stand SS1H141 next to the Design Hub)
  • A Textile Experience (stand SS3A79)

ABOVE from left to right: Mashrabiya pattern.  Dubai skyline via depositphotos.  Dubai World Trade Centre.

On the Design Hub, and during my daily seminars in the Talk Theatre, I’ll be talking through key lifestyle & design trends for 2019 and beyond.  The Design Hub will be a space where we’ll be sharing information and inspiration across the 3 days of the show relating to 3 design trends, along with products that relate to these macro trends.  By walking along our huge mural, which depicts a future view of Dubai, visitors will be able to gather key trend information relating to colors, materials, patterns and surface effects.

The Design Hub will be a particularly special space this year because of the many collaborative projects we will be showcasing, including our collaboration with Tashkeel to bring a curated selection of design led furniture from the gallery to INDEX.

ABOVE from left to right: Exterior view of Tashkeel building.  Braided Series: Chair by Latifa Saeed.

Forma: One by Rand Abdul Jabbar. ‘The Traveller’ trend color palette.

In curating the Design Hub space we have been mindful that by 2050 it is predicted there will be 9.7 billion people living on the planet (the current population is 7.6 billion).

Mass migration to urban environments will make ‘space’ itself a new luxury.  More than 50% of the world’s population already live in urban areas and that is expected to rise to 66% by 2050.  This urbanization and huge population boom will set many challenges and it will be for designers and citizens to creatively solve them together.

ABOVE from left to right: NOFU654 Wardrobe by NOFU. Crowd image via Getty.  One Park Lane, London apartments by Herzog & Meuron.  Modular sofa by Matthew Pope of Matte Furniture.

Compact living and multi-use spaces require products that are adaptable, that transform and are multi-purpose – they should be fluid just like the spaces in which they will be used.

In the Design Hub we’ll be presenting a series of products that explore the issues of micro-living, urbanization and population boom projections as well as environmental challenges and the crucial issue of Wellbeing.

All of the product designs on the Design Hub act as companions; making daily activities and interactions with the products we surround ourselves with a pleasure.  They are grounding, calming, comforting…often connecting us with the environment and cultural heritage.

ABOVE from left to right: Photos from our Design Hub at INDEX 2017.  Phil Pond presenting workplace design trends seminar at INDEX 2017.  Victoria Redshaw presenting trend seminar at INDEX.  Pattern stripes via Al Quresh Carpentry & Decoration, Flickr, and Amber Fort Screen via WikiVisually.

Join me in the Talk Theatre (SS1H141) on Sunday 16th Sept at 2pm and Monday 17th Sept at 11.30am when I’ll be talking through 2019 design trends in detail.  Or stop by the Design Hub (SS1H149) to chat through the key trends and products with Phil & I and meet some of the designers.

We look forward to seeing you at INDEX in Dubai 16th – 18th September.


Text by Victoria Redshaw

Montages by Nicola Valente

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