Index Fairs – the only fair in the country that is exclusively dedicated to the trade as well as business in the interior and architectural industry of India – has launched its 29th edition. The Index Fairs 2017 was held at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC), Mumbai, from June 8-11, 2017.
The key dignitaries present at the inaugural event included Arti Kirloskar, Patron of The Arts And Indian Craft Heritage, Pune; Rosimar Suzano, Consul General of Brazil; Soungeun Kim, Consul General of the Republic of Korea; Dr Nahid Rashid, Minister (Commercial) for Bangladesh; Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, NAREDCO; Rajan Bandelkar, Chairman Elect, NAREDCO; Mukesh Mehta, Vice Chairman, NAREDCO; Architect Prem Nath, Prem Nath Associates, Mumbai; Architect Reza Kabul, Architect Reza Kabul, Mumbai, San Francisco; Dilip Dahanukar, Chairman, Dahanukar Foundation for the Arts, Mumbai; Kim Kyewon, Chairman, Korea Federation of Furniture Industry Cooperatives, Seoul Korea; LA Khan, Managing Director & Founder, UMG Index Fairs; amid among various other players of the industry.
The show witnessed a participation of over 200 companies promoting over 2,500 brands, including country presence from Turkey, China, Korea, Taiwan and Italy. The fair aims to connect manufacturers and traders dealing in furniture and fittings, OEM white goods, accessories, lighting and a complete range of materials, kitchen, office and hardware for contract use, with architects, interior designers, and builders, project managers and consultants, procurement heads across the hospitality, corporate and government sectors.
Index Fairs 2017 has received immense support from the industry as well as various professional associations such as All India Hardware Association (AIHA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), The Maharashtra Chamber of Housing Industry (MCHI-CREDAI), and the national associations of Interior Designers and Architects (IIID).
The event is also conducting various informative presentations on innovative and cutting-edge products to a commanding audience of 200 exclusively invited architects, designers, builders and developers, corporate and hospitality procurement professionals from across the country. Index Fairs is showcasing its trademark line up of design-led and commercial companies with a striking range of furniture, accessories and lighting.
The Workspace 2017: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Offices, a roundtable conference, saw eminent speakers such as Architect Ninad Tipnis, JTCPL Designs; Architect Swapnil Sawant, Worksphere Architects India; Architect Kalhan Mattoo, Planet 3 Studios; Shitiz Limaye, and other senior corporate procurement professionals will speak about the issues in design and sustainability in the 21st Century workplaces on June 9, 2017.
Contract, a well-established focused section for the contract market, was where architects could directly specify for projects that have a professional line-up of offerings in the kitchen and workspace segments, with impressive offerings in office from Korea and new launches from Nilkamal and Supreme industries. The Ceramics of India pavilion continued the initiative for the industry that was launched at Index Fairs in 2011.
Index Interfurn is now an institution in itself being the largest trade platform and meeting point for the entire architectural and furniture hardware industry. Specialist traders and sourcing agencies were present at Interfurn from all across India and the sub-continent to source material for retail and projects, while the industry at large took the opportunity to meet and interact at this great focused platform.
The Art Enclave, in association with Aura Art, showcased the work of artists and galleries across India with display of fine art, sculpture and photography. The India Design Pavilion is a key initiative at Index fairs 2017 to offer a focused platform to Indian designers to showcase their modern and innovative design. The Kudos Gallery salutes great work through project displays of eminent architects and builders.
The Index Design Boulevard and e! events at Index came together at the Central Design Atrium. This year, Index Fairs showcased bamboo as a material in focus, carrying ahead the concept of the IFJ Special Edition on Bamboo.
On the commencement of Index Fairs 2017, LA Khan, Managing Director, Index Fairs, said, “Index Fairs 2017 provided an exclusive platform for the interiors and design industry in India. It is the only B2B platform for the interiors and design industry in India, bringing together architects, designers, builders and suppliers in a respected and dynamic platform. Index has also drawn significant attention from buyers and international sourcing delegates from across the globe and we expect the Indian industry to benefit from this increased international presence at the Expo. We are proud to have organised 28 successful editions of the expo and are hoping for even a bigger success from this one.”