Wednesday, October 26, 2011

INDEX 2011, a four day interior designing and architectural event started on the 22nd of October  ended on the 25th of October, with various activities for students, exhibitors, interior designers, architectures and many other professionals in this field. The official partners of the event were ISG, Tasmena and Natuzzi Furniture. 

This grand event held at World Trade centre encompassed a variety of stalls with furniture, lighting and other items showcased along with a student challenge competition.  The student challenge competition culminated into a presentation by the 8 teams on the final day where they displayed their finished products to an eager audience and the judging panel.

With much anticipation, the awards ceremony for the ‘Re-Use’ student challenge took place in the evening with Mr. Berner, the chief organizer of INDEX leading the ceremony. Mr. Berner said, “Everyone has taken part, but not everyone can win. To me, you are all winners today”.

The winner of this event were Interior Designing students from Manipal University and were welcomed on stage with joyous screams and continuous cheering from everyone present at the event for their entry a chair called “Lazy Locks”. The first runners up were the students From American Unversity in Sharjah and the second runner up prize went to the students of Zayed University.

The winners received books from Universal Publishing and a signature piece from Natuzzi Furniture - ‘sound chair’, an opportunity to re-design with the proceeds from the sales going to the Dubai Cares foundation. 

Ms. Kristina from the Tasmena group said, “Congratulations to all the participants. Everyone did a wonderful job. It was an absolute pleasure working and sharing a week with them”.

After four days of hard work and dedication, the participants all looked pleased with the results as not only did they get the experience but also a rare chance to interact with industry professionals who came to view their work. In the words of Mr. Berner, “goodbye to INDEX’11, see you at INDEX 2012!”

Report By: Qudsiya Siddiqui
Edited By:Rabab Kazi