CREATIVE: The 13th edition of Malaysia’s ARCHIDEX 2012 (International Architecture, Interior Design and Building Exhibition) and its inaugural co-located ECO-B exhibition closed on a high note at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre last Saturday.
Both exhibitions saw an increase in exhibition space this year spread across a total of eight halls with 1,100 booths represented by over 450 companies from 11 countries. ARCHIDEX 2012 and ECO-B were jointly organised by the Malaysian Institute of Architects or Pertubuhan Akitek Malaysia (PAM) and C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd.
Besides these exhibitions, PAM’s Kuala Lumpur Architecture Festival (KLAF) 2012 also witnessed the much anticipated two-day Datum: KL 2012 representing the institute’s annual International Architectural Design Conference
drawing a full-crowd capacity at the Plenary Hall of the Convention Centre. Selected architects from all around the world expounded on the theme “Roots: Looking back, to move forward” while presenting related projects.
On a similar note, PAM’s Kuala Lumpur Design Forum (KLDF) co-organised with C.I.S Network Sdn Bhd was also a crowd-puller. Other events that drew earnest response from the crowd included the Building Industry Gala Night (BIG Nite) as well as the Architectural Tours. The Designers’ Day and Architects’ Day were celebrated at selected exhibitor booths including Quel International Sdn Bhd.
Its director Ho Lai Kuan, who has been a firm supporter of ARCHIDEX since its inception 10 years ago, used this year’s platform to showcase her newly set-up company and exhibition booth catering to developers, architects and designers.
Estimating close to 1,000 visitors to her booth, she said: “We attracted a huge interest for our award-winning transformer bed, the Optimus. You can work, eat, sleep and store (items) using this compact product which provides a space saving solution for small apartments.
The response was overwhelming from developers and individual home owners.” Quel partners an Italian manufacturer, Karati to supply Italian kitchens targetted at supplying to the Asian market.
“This year, we showcased the latest trends in Italian kitchens with an exciting mix of materials including natural wood grains and fabrics. Our Karati kitchen range targeted at developers are already well-received. Among them are developments such as Ameera SS2, Melawati 20 trees , Dedaun Jalan Ampang and Zero Lot in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.” By Yvonne Yoong