If there is one message the fifth edition of the Singapore Design Week (SDW) wants to convey, it is that design is everywhere. In doing so, the festival (5 to 18 March 2018) hopes to showcase how it impacts everyday lives.
“Ultimately, we hope our various efforts will help Singaporeans recognise the value of design and how our lives can be made better, by design. Singapore Design Week is a celebration of the many expressions of designs and a time when everyone,” said Agnes Kwek, executive director of the Design Singapore Council (Dsg), which organises SDW.
To this end, Dsg has chosen to go the direction of collaboration, working with partners locally and internationally to put together an interesting line-up for the two-week festival. “Our dream is to make this a yearly celebration that is truly owned by the design community,” added Kwek.
“We’re loving how our new way of working with industry partners has yielded many more creative ideas and hope that SDW will become the launch pad for more of these creative businesses.”
d+a recommends four SDW events you should not miss.
1) SingaPlural 2018
When: 5 to 18 March
The anchor event of SDW, SingaPlural this year will delve into how the concept of play is an important experimental process that every designer should start with. This year, it is curated by award-winning home-grown design studio Produce. Look out for exhibits by creatives including Gabriel Tan Studio and Trigger Design, and brands such as Ewins, Formica and Kvadrat.
2) Brainstorm Design
When: 6 to 8 March
How can design help large organisations improve society? That is the question asked at this inaugural conference that will be examined by more than 60 global thought leaders in the business, public policy and design communities. Sessions will be moderated by the editorial teams of TIME, Fortune and Wallpaper*.
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3) International Furniture Fair Singapore
When: 8 to 11 March
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) is SDW’s long-standing trade show. This year, for the first time, it is collaborating with Tanke to present “Carte Blanche”, a pop-up showroom designed by Chantal Hamaide, founder of leading design magazine Intramuros. Inside, expect to find a curated selection of emerging brands keen on entering the global stage, aptly named “The Piazza”.
4) District Activation
When: 10 to 18 March
Three neighbourhoods in Singapore will play host to a series of design-led activities. At District Design Dialogue in Holland Village (by HJGHER), catch pop-up concepts in the quaint Chip Bee Gardens. Drop by at the Singapore Urban Design Festival in Tanjong Pagar (by LOPELAB) where temporary installations will attempt to define urban design thinking. Finally, swing over to the Bras Basah and Bugis enclave where the National Heritage Board and Dsg has brought back Arts Sprawl.