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The Hot List: Our favourite finds from Index

Some of our favourite finds from the recent Index design exhibition at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Lolita. Courtesy of Art Diffusion
Lolita. Courtesy of Art Diffusion

Born in the USA

The Brooklyn-based Sentient sets out to create furniture that is "curious, questioning, aesthetically refreshing and at times deliberately spectacular". From the 13-foot-long American black walnut dining table, which is constructed from a single piece of wood, to the Long Wool sofa, which combines Icelandic sheepskin with reclaimed American oak, the Sentient collection is raw, earthy and a joy to behold.

Long Wool Sofa, www.sentientfurniture.com

Nice and easy

D.tales can always be relied upon to present some stunning piece of Scandinavian design. This time around, we loved the Bruno Easy chair, a modest-looking seat with beautiful detailing and an exposed, industrial-style copper frame.

Bruno Easy Chair, D.tales, DIFC, www.design-tales.com

French connection

It was hard not to miss the French company Art Diffusion's charming handmade sculptures. The generously proportioned figurines are made from marble powder and resin and then hand-painted in a beautiful range of colours and patterns. There are a host of sizes to choose from and each limited edition piece comes signed and numbered.

Lolita, Art Diffusion, www.deesseartiste.fr

Flying high

A Lot Of Brasil provided a much-needed dose of brand new, cutting-edge design. The Brazilian company was only launched a couple of months ago and already offers an eye-catching collection created in collaboration with well-known designers such as Alessandro Mendini and Fabio Novembre.

Bird Bench by Henrique Serbena, A Lot of Brasil, www.alotofbrasil.com

Ingrained beauty

Designer Natanel Gluska's beautifully sculpted wooden furniture was one of our absolute favourite finds - and with Philippe Starck, Karl Lagerfeld and Donna Karan all reported to be fans of his work, we know we're in good company. Often created from a single piece of wood, his handcrafted pieces are both understated and unique.

Made in Singapore chair, www.natanelgluska.com

sdenman@thenational.ae

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