INDEX awards Best Contemporary Majlis Designer


Ivan Parati from Uniconsult wins the 4th Contemporary Majlis Design Competition

Winner of People’s Choice Award to be announced on Thursday 27th September 2012

 Ivan Parati took the Jury’s Award, beating five other projects displayed at the show with his Majlis. The People’s Choice Award – introduced for the first time this year – will be assigned on the last day of the show, Thursday 27th September, with the winner selected by visitors at the region’s largest and longest running interiors and design exhibition.

SandPaper, the winning Mjalis designed by Ivan Parati, resembles the appearance of a natural landscape using one of the most sustainable materials available, recycled paper corrugated cardboard. The smooth curves of the dunes are stylized applying a geometrical tessellation directly taken from Islamic pattern construction. The flowing domestic landscape is composed by six different modules that can be rearranged in several ways. The aim of the project is to create a sophisticated yet cheap domestic complete interior with a strong environmental consciousness and clear cultural and traditional values.

Ivan Parati said “I am extremely honoured to receive this award; it came as great surprise to me. The completion was extremely challenging, yet a great experience and opportunity; I want to thank the jury for having selected my design and my students at Ajman University for their help in the production of the Majlis”.

Running for the fourth consecutive year at INDEX, the Contemporary Majlis Design Competition tasks the region’s design talents with creating a modern and innovative concept for the traditional Arabic meeting and social space. The six final projects – realized by Saniya Chughtai; Kurt Peter Hanzlik; Esadore International’s Designers Theodora Kioussis, Isabella Magalhaes and Agata Kurzela; Marie Laurent; Ivan Parati; and Sara Al Zahrani – which are all on display at INDEX, were shortlisted from more than 100 submissions from across the Middle East.
This year’s jury is composed of Sinmar Al Said, winner of last year’s INDEX Contemporary Majlis Design Competition; Pallavi Dean, Design Director of Pallavi Dean Interiors; Selina Denman, House & Home editor at The National newspaper; Rob Canning, Retail Area Manager for Four Frontiers; and Richard Wagner, a Sustainability Consultant and Partner of Wanders Architects and Director at AIA Middle East.

Commenting on the winning design, Pallavi Dean, design director of Pallavi Dean Interiors and member of the jury said: “All the final designs were of such a superior quality and it was hard for the jury to reach a unanimous decision. The design of Ivan Parati was selected for the meticulous attention to details, the use of recycled waste materials and the innovative way of using cardboards for sittings”.

The six final designs for the Contemporary Majlis Competition are on display at INDEX in Hall 6 of the Dubai World Trade Centre for the duration of the show. For the first time ever, this year candidates have two chances of winning with a second award – the People’s Choice Award – given to the design that collects the most votes from INDEX visitors. All visitors can submit one vote and the most popular project will be announced on the final day of INDEX 2012, Thursday 27th September, at 2pm.


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