A MARCH OF DESIGN – SINGAPORE DESIGN WEEK

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A MARCH OF DESIGN – Singapore Design Week
National Design Centre 
05 – 18 March 2018

Now into its 5th edition, the Singapore Design Week (SDW) 2018 will run from 05 to 18 March 2018. The annual SDW brings together a collection of local and international design activities in Singapore. Organised by the DesignSingapore Council, the SDW is open to the design community, businesses, design students, public sector officers and the general public.

As one of Asia’s premier design festivals, SDW champions design thought leadership by bringing the design, business, and public policy worlds together to answer how they can intersect better to bring about needed innovation and solutions to build businesses, engage communities and enrich people’s lives. It is a hub where the best design talents and businesses from Singapore and Asia converge to be showcased to the world; and a platform where Singaporeans and visitors can experience the value of design through delightful activities. Through SDW, the Council hopes to enhance the synergy among our design partners, and in turn boost Singapore’s profile and attractiveness as a global city for design. This year’s feature conference is the inaugural Brainstorm Design. This event, from 6 to 8 March, is organised by Time Inc, on a three-year partnership with Dsg, with support from the Economic Development Board (EDB). Led by the editorial teams of TIME, Fortune and Wallpaper*, Brainstorm Design will bring together global thought leaders in the business, public policy, and design communities to discuss how design can help build businesses, improve sustainability, engage communities and enrich people’s lives.

 

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Brainstorm Design is expected to attract more than 200 leading international design talents, as well as C-suite executives, including chief design officers, design practitioners, Fortune 500 senior executives, government leaders, decision makers in private and public sectors, and advocates of design thinking. They will hear from more than 50 speakers including Airbnb Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Joe Gebbia, Changi Airport Group CEO Lee Seow Hiang and Heatherwick Studio Founder and Design Director Thomas Heatherwick.  

SDW will once again be anchored by SingaPlural 2018 – this time at the National Design Centre (NDC), the nexus for all things design – from 5 to 18 March. Organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and supported by Dsg, SingaPlural will bring creatives, including Gabriel Tan Studio and Rx co-lab, and brands such as Ewins, Formica and Kvadrat to explore the concept of play as an important experimental process that precedes design work. The showcase is curated by design studio Produce, which recently won the INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2017 award at the World Architecture Festival.

 

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Another exhibition not to be missed will be Wallpaper* magazine’s iconic Handmade 2018 exhibition, in partnership with Dsg. Since 2010, Wallpaper* has commissioned the best creatives and manufacturers to create original, one-off luxury items for its annual showcase. For the 2018 edition, Wallpaper* had invited young Singaporean designers to submit their concepts for an open call for the Next Generation Designer in July 2017; the winner will be announced soon. Six established Singapore-based designers have also been commissioned for the show. The seven Singapore pieces will debut at Gillman Barracks from 8 March, before being exhibited in Milan in April during the Milan Design Week.

SDW’s long-standing trade show, the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), will for the first time, partner Chantal Hamaide, founder and chief editor of French design magazine Intramuros to design the focal point of IFFS – the Piazza. Expect an exclusively-styled pop-up showroom showcasing internationally-renowned and up-and-coming brands in the global furniture, lighting, homeware and lifestyle accessories markets.

 

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