Embodying fluidity in design, the Philippine exhibitors of Index Dubai 2018 are set to showcase a diverse selection of lifestyle and design pieces that rallies for self-expression and individualism at the Dubai World Trade Centre on March 26-29, 2018.
As the pendulum of control swings back to the clients and end-users, there is a significant demand for items that provide buyers with an avenue of self-expression, those that allow the incorporation of personal beliefs, experiences, and ambitions.
This is reflected in the central theme of Index Dubai 2018, Design for Self-Expression. It permits for a more versatile show in which there is creative freedom among its exhibitors to explore new avenues of design that are personal and yet open to the needs of buyers.
“Index Dubai 2018 is an opportune platform for our artisans to get a better grasp of their own niche as artists as they showcase their works as an expression of themselves and connect on a creative level among international audiences,” said Department of Trade and Industry Undersecretary Nora K. Terrado.
“Other than world-class quality, there is a distinctness in our products that comes from every artisan putting their own expression in their works. There is no doubt that these products will connect with buyers from all over the world,” Terrado added.
For this participation, five local fashion companies will brave the predominantly home trade show to compliment the other five furniture and furnishings participants.
Beatriz will bring an abstraction of the tropics with a capsule series of vibrant and graphically shaped casual cuff and clutch bags with the company’s signature texture.
Whereas Lally Dizon Design Concepts will showcase a more exotic collection featuring bold-colored hand bags, clutches, and cuffs made from crocodile and python skins and accented with 24k gold plater brass and semi-precious stones.
All intrinsically handmade by local artisans, Mele + Marie’s collection of bags, clutches, and jewelry evoke a more classic feel, a reflection of the company’s view of the beauty of life.
From Carabao horns and nails to coco beads and capiz shells, Arnel Papa has become a master in transforming natural indigenous materials into bespoke internationally renowned handcrafted jewelries that elicit an earthy rawness, a trademark of his personal designs.
Betis Crafts Inc. is an expert in ornate hand-crafted Gmelina and Mahogany wood loose furniture encompassing living, dining, and bedroom pieces that showcase world-class quality and sustainability.
Sustainability and social responsibility is among the advocacies of the Philippine delegates. Fashion accessory company Larone develops pieces that are all made of natural plant fibers and accented with natural hand-made materials like shell and brass.
Atelier-a by Cebu Fil Veneer Corporation caters to modern aesthetics, an exemplar of modern cosmopolitan lifestyle that puts importance in the restrained use of materials and the application of austere beauty.
Cebu-based home décor company Arden Classics has been a constant in many international shows and continue turn heads with their unique products that transforms legally procured shells and metals into works of whimsical art.
Recyclable and sustainable, Yvette’s Bags and Beads collection utilizes the traditional crochet method to turn straws and other indigenous materials into finely made bags.
Nature’s Legacy has myriad of products, including furniture, home and fashion accessories, and outdoor and garden, provokes conscientious thoughts and environmental responsibility to its consumers.
The Philippine delegates will be presented under the LifestylePhilippines brand led by the Center for International Trade Exhibitions and Missions, DTI’s export promotions arm.
Since its launch in 1987, INDEX has been connecting architects, interior designers, developers, and procurement professionals with the latest brands and trendsetting start-ups, as the biggest international figures in the interior furnishings and fit-out scene.
It prides itself as the largest gathering for the design community in Middle East and North Africa. In 2017 alone, INDEX gathered more than 800 exhibitors and over 34,000 attendees.
INDEX covers six sectors: Architecture & Design City; Accessories & Homeware; Cabinets, Closets & Storage; Furniture & Furnishings; Lighting & Technology; Sleep & Textiles.