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Singapore Design Week 2018 – A March of Design

February 27, 2018 Visit ASEAN No Comments Email Email

Good designs take collaboration – and this year’s Singapore Design Week (SDW), the fifth of its kind, will showcase of some of the best collaborations in Asia. It will bring together artists, designers and entrepreneurs working in industries with design works as a main driver, to showcase their products and expand business opportunities. The event is organized by Design Singapore Council (DSG), and will run from the 5th to the 18th of March at the National Design Centre and various locations across the island.

Like in previous years, the week’s anchor event is SingaPlural 2018, an event that showcases the best design elements from multi-faceted creative spectrum. It brings creative artists, including Studio Egidio Panzera and Rx-Collab and brands such as Ewins, Formica and Kvadrat to explore the concept of ‘State in Play’, the experimental process of design work. The exhibition is curated by design studio Produce, which won the INSIDE World Interior of the Year 2017 award at the World Architecture Festival, held in Berlin in November 2017. For more information, visit

Industry insiders can look out for this year’s trade feature conference, Brainstorm Design. Making its debut in Asia, the event is led by the editorial teams from three of the world’s best-known publications – TIME, Fortune, and Wallpaper*. Held from the 6th to the 8th of March at The Mandarin Oriental, Brainstorm Design will host global thought leaders across multiple industries, including 50 top executives who play vital roles in the design and business industries, such as 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, who will lead discussions on a number of topics, including how design can improve people’s lives.

The trade conference is expected to attract more than 200 leading design talents from around the world, including chief design officers, design practitioners, Fortune 500 senior executives, and government leaders. Brainstorm Design will become a hot networking platform for business opportunities in the design sector. For more information, visit:

Also happening during the Singapore Design week is the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), Singapore’s largest annual furniture trade exhibition and a must-go event in the industry trade calendar. The trade show is held at the Singapore Expo from the 8th to the 11th of March as part of the Singapore Design Week and will feature a range of furniture and other decorative accessories by brands from over 40 countries around the world. Visit for more information.

The Singapore Design week is not just for the industry’s inner circle. Lovers of architecture and cultural heritage can also enjoy the “Design X Heritage” trails, an event organized by government agencies in partnership with local creative businesses to showcase the beauty of design works and cultural values. This will run through Bras Basah, Bugis, Holland Village and Tanjong Pagar. Additionally, iLight Marina Bay will showcase a range of installation art between the 9th of March and the 1st of April 2018. Over two weekends, visitors to the light art festival will get to tour the Market of Artists and Designers (MAAD), where more than 70 creative booths will showcase original works along the waterfront promenade outside the Red Dot Museum. Complimentary presentations and workshops on artistry, craft, design, and product creation – conducted by 10 creatives from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore – will also be available.

About Singapore Design Week

The Singapore Design Week (SDW) brings together a collection of local and international design activities in Singapore. Held annually, the SDW is organized by the Design Singapore Council.

Open to the design community, businesses, design students and the general public, the SDW aims to raise awareness of good design, deepen the appreciation and understanding of design innovation and encourage the use of design for innovation and productivity. Through this platform, the Design Singapore Council also hopes to enhance the synergy among our design partners, and in turn boost Singapore’s profile and attractiveness as a global city for design.

SDW features local and international design trade shows, conferences, showcases, exhibitions and workshops that span various design disciplines. Many of the activities will take place at the National Design Centre, the hub of SDW. These activities will also provide opportunities for business, international collaboration and knowledge exchange. For more information, please

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