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edition of UBM Index Trade Fair in Mumbai was an engaging four-day event
replete with insightful discourses, concept spaces, dynamic networking…
leader in the interiors’ sector raised its annual curtain on Oct. 13, 2016 at
the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre, Mumbai.
industry, the pro B2B platform goes much beyond its role of a product showcase.
Its adjunct activities viz., artistic spaces of the Art Enclave; latest trends in
the building industry showcased via a ‘Kudos Gallery’; and the ‘Design Contemplation
Spaces’ that presented eclectic concept spaces by leading professionals were
some of the highlights of an otherwise purely business-oriented platform.
showcased – top 3 worthy of mention are the ‘Icebed’ , which has a ‘cool’ mattress that adjusts to your body
temperature keeping it cool; perhaps even conserving electricity to some
extent; tile-skins that can transform your bathroom without the hassles of
civil work; graphic printing technology that helps you print directly on any
surface – wood, glass, wall – no limits!
the introduction of new designers and design houses – decorative lighting designers
Gl Initio from Nasik; luxury furniture from Trezure; and furniture with just the Bohemian touch from Home Sense
International, to name a few.
the masses to explore the design and architectural industry, design
contemplation is a thought-provoking initiative that gets the thinking caps on.
Ar. Sanjay Puri’s Urban Chaos brought to light the architectural mayhem that
Mumbai is, with
very few spaces that are exemplary in their architectural design. Lack of open
spaces, misuse of pavements, insufficient roads, crowded public transport,
depletion of mangroves etc., etc. that have led to a severe deterioration of
life in our city were depicted through metal scrap in a steel shell as
cantilevered light boxes highlighted significant architectural landmarks of the
challenged the perception of cardboard as a material. Broadly sectioned into
three areas – she had a captivating light installation to act as a Selfie
Point; the sensuous curves of a woman carved out of cardboard as an
awe-inspiring sculpture and a relaxing arena that housed benches culled out of
paper tubes – the underlying thought directed at the remarkable use of the
mundane ordinary resource.
And the most happy and colourful space
that questioned, “What is design?” giving you florescent-coloured post-its to
scribble your responses on – was a space designed by interior architect and installation artist, Kanika Bawa, who
works in the pursuit of reviving native art forms of India with a contemporary
twist. Adding zing to her space were her iconic Kathakali chair, the praying Yogi and a wireframe face with a
All in all, the show provided some food for creative thought
in addition to being a rich resource for those involved with the building
industry – one way or the other.