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VICTORIA REDSHAW on the elite group of ten exhibitors included in the Scarlet Opus Design Tour at Index

The Scarlet Opus Design Tour at Index, a whistlestop introduction to trendsetting products on display, was led by Victoria Redshaw, managing director at trend forecasters Scarlet Opus ( A diverse blend of products from all over the world, the tour distilled the best that Index had to offer. Here, she tells us more about the exhibitors she selected.


Ideel encapsulate antique Indian wood carvings in contemporary furniture. The juxtaposition of beautifully intricate pieces of wood set within acrylic and glass creates a successful relationship between old and new. Ideel are to be commended for the clear message in their products: to celebrate old traditions as we forge ahead into the future.


Formenti's furniture pieces are beautifully made from the highest quality materials and even the smallest details are thoughtfully finished -- whether it is precise stitching in a contrasting colour, exact quilting or the application of crystal studs. The color palette and elegant shapes of their pieces communicate subtle, confident glamour.


It takes a skilful designer to balance a respect for the old with contemporary styling. Deniz TunE* achieves this in her Neo Ottoman interior products. Her coffee tables, sofas, room dividers and mirrors are all to be greatly admired but it is her lighting that really sets my heart beating faster. Like precious pieces of jewellery they are intricate, sculptural and glamorous.


This year at Index, Coleccion Alexandra showcased a grey room set that was feminine, luxurious and subtly decadent. The intelligent use of a mix of materials and finishes including velvets and satins alongside brushed metallic wooden furniture created a chic ambience. Pearl shades were used with mink tones, pewters, warm greys and black -- a shining example of how to 'work' grey to best effect.


Portuguese company Boca Do Lobo's range of surreal pieces would make a striking statement in any interior setting. Don't be fooled by the playful nature of many of their designs though; their furniture is made to the highest standards in Portugal by a team of skilled craftsman.


JordiMilaa is a master of storytelling in the world of design. From his 'Four Seasons' lamp and 'Mountain Diva' seat to his 'Lighting Boxer' light, we were thrilled by Jordi's work and the exuberance with which he designs. We were delighted to present our coveted Scarlet Opus Star Award to JordiMilaa for his extraordinary 'Wisdom Tree' bookcase.


Visionary creative Janet Stoyel's unique patterned wire cloth is aimed specifically at architects and interior designers. With volcanic, molten and heat-affected surfaces forecast as a big trend story for 2011 and beyond, we see The Cloth Clinic's collections as an integral part of the seasons ahead.


Pacific Green's furniture was showcased at the Beautiful House Interiors stand. Pacific Green understands how important craftsmanship, integrity and green credentials are to the modern consumer. Their furniture draws inspiration from the crafts and ancient tools of the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Islands and Africa. In their pieces you can find a love of palmwood and craft skills and a deep understanding of the power of simplicity!


There is an increasing consumer desire for interior products that are rare or unique. Swedish designer Carina Sohl's leathers, hand embossed with a variety of raspberry leaves, wild foliage and grasses, capture the beauty of nature on their surfaces. All of the minute detail, fascinating imperfections and textures are preserved for eternity. Because of the nature of Carina's creative process, each piece of leather is wonderfully unique, no two are alike.


Combining the clever fusion of wood with organic forms to create innovative and exciting pieces that epitomise the essence of 'simplexity', Piegatto's products are all part of an exploration of the potential of woodC*how it can be shaped, bent, fused and manipulated to produce pieces that are ultimately extremely graceful.

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