DUBAI INDEX : Highlights from Design Talks

Milou Ket speaking at INDEX Design Talks  


INDEX and workspace at INDEX Design Talks focus on four key topics relevant to the design and architecture community: Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management, and Hospitality Design & Retailing

– Final day of INDEX takes place tomorrow, Thursday 22nd May, 11am-7pm


Dubai, May 21st, 2014 –Held at INDEXInternational Design Exhibition,the largest event for the architect and design industry in the Middle East, and workspace at INDEX, this year’s programme of Design Talksfeatures45 speakers across the two shows. The free-to-attend seminars and workshops aimed at the region’s architecture, design, retail and hospitalitycommunities covered a wide spectrum of topics relating to the interior design and architecture industry, as part of INDEX and workspace at INDEX which both started on 19th May at the Dubai World Trade Centre.


The MENA 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 topics since the show opened on Monday.


International architects and interior design trendsetters headlined the programme and shared their vision and valuable insights with the audience. Ranging from trends for luxury interiors, to how fashion influences design and the importance of illumination, the discussions focused on four main topics: Architecture, Interior Design, Project Management, Hospitality Design & Retailing


“We are delighted with both the quality and variety of speakers for this year’s Design Talks which is a result of months of hard work and research by the dmg events team,” commented Frederique Maurell, Group Event Director for INDEX and workspace at INDEX. “In putting together this programme of seminars and talks, we aim to foster discussion around some of the most relevant and timely topics in the industry – providing industry professionals with expert speakers from a wide range of disciplines. We’re pleased that for another year running we have provided this unrivalled opportunity for discussion and networking in the Middle East and thank our speakers for their inspiring sessions”.


INDEX Design Talks has featured speakers including: Matteo Bianchi, Founder and Director, Matteo Bianchi Studio; Oliver Kessler, Designer & Principal, Oliver Kessler Design; Kate Hardcastle, Co-founder, Insight With Passion; Dorian Pauwels, Executive Director, ikonhouse; Khalid Shafar, Founder & Head Designer, KHALID SHAFAR and Tanya Nicholson, Trade Manager, Kansai Plascon.


Design Talks at workspace at INDEX have featured speakers such as: Chris Seymour, Partner & Head of Property UAE, EC Harris; Jan Johnson, VP Design/Workspace Resources, Allsteel and Beatriz Cruz-Megchun, Visiting Assistant Professor, American University of Sharjah.


The Design Talks programme for the last day of the shows – Thursday 22nd May – will feature Dorian Pauwels of ikonhouse discussing the value of craftsmanship as well as BirsenTomar, Byond Design who will look at the history of the Ottoman Empire and its influence when it comes to colours, textures and styles we use in interior design. At workspace at INDEX, Juan Roldan will host New Convex Spaces in Interior Design, looking at the altering attitudes and approach of designers in changing economic situations.


INDEX 2014 and workspace at INDEX are taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The two shows will be open from 11am to 7pm on Thursday, 22nd May – the last day.


Further information on the shows and the final day of Design Talks programmes is available at and at www.workspace-index.comor on the show’s Facebook pages .

About INDEX:


The INDEX International Design Exhibition is the largest event for the architect and design industry in the Middle East. It attracts more than 700 exhibitors from 45 countries, taking place at the Dubai World Trade Centre.


For 24 years INDEX has provided a business and networking opportunity for buyers and sellers of residential interiors products and services from around the world to source an astounding array of the very latest design innovations, trends and techniques.


More than just an exhibition, the event provides attendees with unrivalled access to information, intelligence, contacts and hands on experience. Experts from around the world engage in the industry’s most topical discussions, finding design solutions, facing challenges and seizing opportunities. The show is the gateway to the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) providing both exhibitors and visitors with the opportunity to conduct serious business with like-minded professionals.


About workspace at INDEX

Formerly The Office Exhibition, workspace at INDEX is the largest commercial interiors fit-out and design exhibition in the Middle East. It is the premium showcase for high-end products and services which combine to create outstanding working environments. Organised by dmg events, the show attracts thousands of top tier architectural and interior design firms and end-users from the Middle East and beyond.


The 13th annual edition of workspace at INDEX, taking place 19-22 May 2014 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, will include a wider range of products and services to reflect the ever expanding market and different working environments across the general office/commercial, healthcare, and educational design, fit out, and upgrade sectors.


An international exhibition and publishing company, dmg events produces market-leading exhibitions and conferences for the global energy, construction, digital marketing, hospitality and interior industries, with events in the Middle East, North America, Europe and Asia.


As a leading supplier of face-to-face business information, with a customer-centric focus that localizes operations and relationships, our objectives are to keep businesses informed and connect them with relevant consumers to create vibrant marketplaces across multiple event platforms and communities.


Founded in 1989, dmg events has operated in the Middle East since 1995 and owns many leading brands such as The Big 5 construction events, ADIPEC the oil & gas exhibition and conference, INDEX the interior design exhibition and the Hotel Show. For more information visit


dmg events is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Daily Mail and General Trust plc (DMGT,, one of the largest media companies in the United Kingdom.

                                                  Milou Ket speaking at INDEX Design Talks 

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