1. Bethan Gray: Shamsian Collection
“Cultural referencing is at heart of my design philosophy. Through my travels and research I’m inspired to create original contemporary pieces that resonate with global, as well as local, audiences. I’m particularly drawn to the graphic nature of Islamic art and craft.”
2. Henry Holland
After graduating from the London College of Printing with a BA in journalism, Henry Holland was catapulted into the fashion limelight. Now in its 10th year, House of Holland is firmly established in the international fashion arena and in January 2012 was awarded a two-season fashion forward sponsorship.
One of Britain’s most exciting designers, Henry has carried his fashion philosophy seamlessly into his interior endeavors. The 33-year-old is making his INDEX debut just two months after the launch of his second interiors range with British décor giants Habitat, following the remarkable success of his debut line a year earlier. His style is famed for being bold and brash, featuring bright colours and a range of textures and patterns.
“I see a lot of synergies between fashion and homeware – both in print as well as fabrication and techniques. For me the process is not completely alien but a learning experience of working in different scales, different formats and in different materials.”
3. Creative Director, Jo Hamilton
Jo Hamilton, creative director at Jo Hamilton Interiors, is widely regarded as one of the UK’s leading interior designers, noted for her confident grasp of colour, intelligent use of space and luxury aesthetic. She is also a respected public speaker, writer, design commentator, property finder and broadcaster.
“The theme Index is taking this year is an exciting one. Nature is a great starting place for any design and offers a wealth of inspiration on colour, texture and light…People understand they need to physically light a space but often mood lighting is missed out. It’s really important to be creative here. Nature uses layer after layer of texture and the results are beautiful.”
Bethan, Henry and Jo will be appearing as a keynote speakers at the OFIS sponsored Design Talks at this years INDEX Design Series.
Fore more information go to www.indexdesignseries.com