INDEX Fairs 2017, India’s leading architectural, interiors and design show concluded its 29th Edition on June 11, 2017. The Expo was held at the Bombay Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC), Goregaon.
The key dignitaries present at the inaugural included Arti Kirloskar, Patron of the Arts and Indian Craft Heritage, Pune; Ms. Rosimar Suzano, Hon. Consul General of Brazil; Mr. Soungeun Kim, Hon. Consul General of the Republic of Korea; Mr. Niranjan Hiranandani, Chairman, NAREDCO; Mr. Mukesh Mehta, Vic Chairman, NAREDCO; Ar. Prem Nath, Architect Prem Nath and Associates, Mumbai; Ar. Reza Kabul, ARK Architect Reza Kabul, Mumbai; Mr. Dilip Dahanukar, Chairman, Dahanukar Foundation for the Arts, Mumbai; Mr. Kim, Kyewon, Chairman, Korea Federation of Furniture Industry Cooperatives, Seoul Korea; Mr. L A Khan, MD & Founder UMG INDEX Fairs, among various other players of the industry.
The four-day fair saw the participation of over 200 companies promoting 2500 brands with exhibitors from China, Korea, Turkey, Taiwan and Italy. The fair aimed to connect manufacturers and traders dealing in furniture and fittings, OEM white goods, accessories, lighting and a complete range of materials for 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.
The first day of the fair ended with the Smoking Hot appreciations awards for the architects and developers. The event was attended by prominent industry leaders and experts. The senior members of the industry like Ar. Christopher Charles Benninger, Ar. Prem Nath and Ar. Uttam Jain were felicitated for their years of work in the architecture industry. The Architects couples like Ar. Annkur Khosla and Ar. Faquih Kaif, Ar. Prashant and Hemanti Sutaria, Ar. Kalhan Mattoo and Santha Gaur Mattoo, Ar. Sanjay Puri & Ar. Nina Puri, Ar. Alan Abraham & Ar. Anca Abraham, Ar. Krupa Zubin & Ar. Zubin Zainuddin were presented for their contribution in the industry.
Index Fairs’ partnership with leading design publication IFJ has seen knowledge forums such as the IFJ seminars and focused industry meets. The seminar and panel discussion on The Workspace 2017: Deconstruction and Reconstruction of Offices boasted eminent speakers Ar. Ninad Tipnis, Ar. Kalhan Mathoo, Ar. Kshitij Limaye, Ar. Swapnil Sawant, Ar. Yatin Patel, Ar. Bharat Yamsamwar, Ar. Somnath Dutta Roy, and Dr. Abhijit Sarkar. The seminar threw light on Workspace industry in India and offered an understanding of design-based value addition in such projects.
The day three of the fair saw the launch of the IFJ Special Bamboo edition launched by Ar. Bobby Mukerjee, Ar. Conrad Gonsalves and Ar. Nitin Khillawala. The launch was followed by a musical performance by Ar. Conrad Gonsalves, Ar. Nitin Khillawala and their team members.
INDEX Fairs 2017 received an immense support from the industry as well as various professional associations such as All India Hardware Association (AIHA), Hospitality Purchasing Managers Forum (HPMF), and National Real Estate Development Council (NAREDCO).
On the successful conclusion of the INDEX Fairs 2017, Mr. L A Khan, Managing Director, INDEX Fairs said, “Index fairs have been the leading international platform for interiors, architecture, and design bringing together suppliers, buyers and manufactures to a design platform. The 29th edition looks ahead towards meeting the demand of the elite and luxury segment especially in the field of interior and the architecture industry. The show witnessed larger participation than the previous edition from India and across the globe. INDEX Fairs is a distinctive platform that gives its participants an opportunity to showcase their innovation in design industry. We expect more participation in the years to come.”