During 5 to 18 March 2018, Singapore is turning into an even bigger design hub than it is the rest of the year. A number of festivals come together for the Singapore Design Week that is in its 5th edition and kicked off on 5 March. These events showcase the city for its creative and design activities to local and international designers, design business, students, and art and design-interested people.
Through conferences, talks, panel discussions, and workshops in different locations of the city, Singapore as the Asian center of innovation, culture, and commerce is bringing the design community from about 100 countries onto the stage. The number of events is vast and we picked out a few that we think should certainly not be missed:
Brainstorm Design by Time Inc. is the debut conferences organized by Time, Fortune, and Wallpaper*. Stars from Wallpaper’s Design Power 200 list and many more famous names will appear at the Mandarin Oriental between 6 and 8 March for discussions about globalization and digitalization and the influence of design in our everyday lives. Supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board and the DesignSingapore Council thinkers from the fields of industrial design, product design, architecture, urban planning, landscaping, graphic design, branding, fashion, software and more speak about their experiences and the latest innovations in their area. You can be assured that the presenters also have a thing or two to say about user experience, mobility, and transport, hospitality and travel.
The other event that has been successfully organized for many, many years is the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) at the Singapore Expo. It is Asia’s premier design-led trade exhibition that attracts more than 20,000 visitors per year. It includes the ASEAN Furniture Show that is in its 35th year and NOOK Asia. Those who are interested in furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors, fittings are going to be in the right place. They will learn about new technologies, designs and get the opportunity to network with their business partners and meet new players. 15 National Pavilions demonstrate the international aspect of the fair. The showcases underline the importance of the event: the New Italian Renaissance by Italian designer Giulio Cappellini and New Traditions by Chantal Hamaide. She is the founder of the French design magazine Intramuros.Apart from showing all the news and innovation, the Singapore Design Week and the other design events are a great chance to enrich people’s lives through design.