My team and I had the incredible opportunity of designing the VIP lounge at INDEX 2017, a coming together of interiors brands, hosted at the Dubai Trade Centre. An great event to be a part of, which gave us the opportunity to showcase our design capabilities in a whole new way!
A Design for the Senses at INDEX 2017
Our goal was to create a visual feast for the senses; using the intense colours and textures of nature to create a high-end immersive interior experience.
We wanted to create a space which reflected a design for the senses. More and more, we are seeing our clients request an interior which goes beyond just the visual. Our approach to design is much more holistic, we believe that effective design now needs to speak to people on multiple levels, touch, sight and scent…
Differing design elements were incorporated, we used materials from the natural world such as bamboo, natural leaf and lava stone as well as pops of intense colours and various elements to divide the space. We were also able to showcase various projects that the Harrods Interiors team has recently been involved in.
Exotic Patterns and Imagery
Patterns and imagery played a huge part in bringing our design to life. Not only did we draw on what we loved from this year’s Maison Objet in Paris and Milan Design Week but wanted to create a vibrant almost jungle-esque atmosphere and for this we looked no further than the Ardmore collection by Cole & Son. Ardmore’s charming and exuberant creations have both an unexpected narrative and a strong heritage rooted in African tradition.
We created a focal point in the middle of the lounge, with vegetation hanging from the branches of a tree. In this area we also featured the ‘Senzo Spot’ design by Cole & Son.
We incorporated the ‘Deco Panes’ wallpaper design into the lounge – a collaboration between Harrods Interiors and de Gournay. The design was inspired by the iconic architecture of the Harrods storefront, which dates back to the 19th century. Scallop shapes with intricate art deco detailing dance across the hand painted wallpaper panels, creating a non-repeating mural. It worked perfectly with the Harrods of London furniture range – marking the first time that pieces from this stunning collection were displayed outside of the British capital.
Our lighting choices were a selection of witty and wonderful designs from the House of Hackney – all inspired by nature. The Palmeral collection by House of Hackney features an explosion of palm leaves reminiscent of 1930’s Palms Springs.
A design for all the senses involves not only appealing to sight, but to touch as well. Atmosphere is created through combining a variety of textures. We used an unexpected mix of organic materials – For table surfaces and hanging light pendants, we sourced lava stone from Made e Mano – lava stone functions like ceramic but is far more durable.
We also specified pieces from the Shamsian Collection by Bethan Gray – an exceptional fusion of materials and colour and certainly speak to touch and sight.
Inspired by a vision of earth from the moon, we specified a silk rug from Edition Bougainville – the muted blues, greens and greys worked perfectly with the other organic textures.
To truly create a ‘design for the senses’, Harrods Interiors called upon the services of 12.29 to create the scent of a tropical rain forest. Founders of 12.29, Dawn and Samantha Goldworm, specialize in creating bespoke scents for brands and design events alike. 12.29 created a tropical scent exporting guests into a tropical oasis. ‘With vegetal and stemmy green notes, deep and humid woods, natural florals and fresh earth, the scent “Carnivorous Fleur”, smelled fresh and invigorating’, according to Dawn Goldworm.