Hanna Asmar is a medical professional based in Dubai. Having spent her college years in Australia, Hanna was exposed to the wonderful world of design and media when she landed a job with a top fashion house. A design enthusiast at heart, she constantly battles with her own mind on whether she should have pursued design studies as opposed to medicine. We say, it’s never too late.
INDEX is Dubai’s major interior design exhibition, an event that had been marked ‘high priority’ on my to-do list. Having just recently returned from my trip to Vienna, a city so aesthetically rich, I had a palate for design and was hungry to see what INDEX 2016 had to offer.
I stumbled upon Workspace, installations dedicated to office furniture. It didn’t take long for my eyes to gravitate to HÅG, a Norwegian brand that specializes in ergonomic business seating. This pastel display oozed out simplicity and uniqueness. It featured only two chairs but placed effortlessly against a 2D wall spread of office necessities. It is here where I met Fabiia’s Creative Director, Shija. We found ourselves bonding over the beauty of Scandinavian design. Shija’s thoughts and views were simply the inspiration I was looking for that day.
When it comes to creating an ambiance for an interior, the lighting setup can instantly set the mood. A few designs at INDEX stood out for me.
Venetian designed chandeliers by Italian manufacturer MASIERO mesmerized me with their intricate crystals and colours that elegantly danced into different shades.
The LUCTRA LED lamps designed in Germany fascinated me with their sleek industrial look. I really appreciated the human centric lighting concept behind this product, lighting that is both tastefully designed and biologically effective.
The Portuguese brand, ENVY, make lighting so uniquely with details of wood and metal in modern geometric shapes. The lamp shade caged in brass metal looks chic yet edgy. The globe shaped illumination pedestalled on clean wooden lines can become a feature statement of any space.
The pendant light by London lighting designer Charles Lethaby mimicked snowflakes with an edgy futuristic twist. The light reflecting off the aluminum finishing gives a warm golden ambience adding a vibe to any dark space. My favorite was this lamp, raw yet captivating, with the light bulb standing elegantly on eight claw-like legs.
Designed and manufactured in the UK, Original BTC also showcased geometrically shaped lighting with glass and brass framing. I found myself drawn to how these pendant lights were cohesively placed together in different heights, shapes and sizes creating multiple reflections of light.