Workspace at INDEX 2017 will focus on the commercial, educational, and healthcare interior markets. Its comprehensive pool of exhibitors enables the show to attract some of the biggest commercial and retail interior buyers in the Middle East, according to the exhibition’s organiser, Esha Elawadhi.
“The exhibitors and products featured at Workspace this year will illustrate the shift in office culture and how the design elements of the office and classroom are changing. The trends for workstations being more social, more eco-aware, and more calming, is slowly taking hold internationally, but Dubai and the UAE are at the forefront of the change. That says a lot about our position in the wider design community,” she says.
While Workspace 2016 may have generated approximately US $1.4bn-worth of legacy business, in order to keep up this level of success, “as design evolves, so must the exhibition”, Elawadhi explains: “This year will be more hands-on than ever before, and we have personally invited the most influential, creative, and forward-thinking members of the region’s office design community.”
Exhibitors from 19 different countries will be in the spotlight, and the OFIS Design Talks will cover topics ranging from novel manufacturing techniques, to new ways of manipulating space, light, and ergonomics o promote staff wellbeing.
“These discussions will be chaired by expert contributors from the likes of OFIS, Allen Architecture Interiors Design, and Killa Architectural Design – the firm that made international headlines last year with the world’s first fully functional 3D-printed building.”
She adds: “We have a lot of new exciting things added to Workspace this year. Show sponsors OFIS will introduce Steelcase’s first Active Learning Ecosystem, illustrating how the learning environment should no longer be passive but much more active, embracing change and the advancement of digital learning.”
This year will also be the second year of Retailspace – an area dedicated to showcasing the future of the shop floor. It also marks the second year of partnership with trend forecaster, Scarlet Opus, which explores new materials and different ways of working that can help office spaces to become more sustainable.
For Esha Elawadhi, the highlights of Workspace at INDEX 2017 will include:
- Steelcase furniture: Eight unique products, including the Less Than Five Chair from Coalesse, made entirely of carbon fibre and weighing less than five pounds
- Guialmi, office design by Favaretto and Partners: Ergonomic, simplistic structures that allow office layouts to be easily adapted
- INDEX Design Talks: More than 40 influential figures from the interior design, architecture, and retail community will debate how the office environment must change to keep up with 2017 trends.
- Retailspace: Workspace’s key retail-design pillar
- The Sedus se:works range: Helping lead the shift in office furniture, a beautiful range that combines comfort, functionality and style