Wallpaper*, with the DesignSingapore Council, is looking for its Next Generation Singapore Designer

May 16, 2018

The winner gets an unmissable opportunity to exhibit at

Singapore Design Week 2019 and Milan Design Week 2019

alongside seven established Singapore designers



Squeezy Lamp by Edmund Zhang  

 Squeezy Lamp by Edmund Zhang, Wallpaper* Next Generation Singapore Designer


Singapore, 15 May 2018 – Wallpaper* is on the lookout for its Next Generation Singapore Designer for its Handmade 2019 exhibition. The competition, which is open to all qualified Singapore citizens and permanent residents wherever they are in the world, will close on 30 June 2018. (More details in the Annex.)


Wallpaper* is extending the invitation to Singapore designers, as part of an ongoing partnership with the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg).


Talent from the fields of architecture, fashion, product design, graphic design, furniture design and industrial design, who have graduated in the last five years, are welcome to submit their best concept proposals.


For the submission entry, Wallpaper* is asking designers to send in portfolios of their best work and proposals for the redesign or re-imagination of an everyday object. This is an item that may have been regarded as an unappreciated thing of beauty or dismissed as an aesthetically overlooked, under-used functional classic.


Only one Next Generation Singapore Designer will be selected to work with Wallpaper*. As part of the winner’s package, Wallpaper* will pair the winner with a manufacturer of Wallpaper’s choice to create a prototype of an original design tailored to the Handmade 2019 theme.


In addition to the Next Generation Singapore Designer, Wallpaper* will be identifying seven established Singapore-based designers to produce original works for Handmade 2019. Together with the Next Generation Singapore Designer’s prototype, the special Wallpaper-commissioned Singapore pieces will make their debut at Singapore Design Week in March 2019, together with a collection of Handmade Classics.


The eight Singapore pieces will then travel to Milan in April, to be part of the must-attend Milan Design Week, to be exhibited with the latest Handmade projects. They will finally return to Singapore in June 2019 with a new range of Handmade On Tour pieces.


“We started Wallpaper* Handmade nine years ago to invite talented designers, craftspeople and makers from all around the world to collaborate in the creation of beautiful and unique, one-off pieces,” said Wallpaper* Brand & Content Director Tony Chambers. “Wallpaper* is proud to showcase and celebrate the Singaporean talent – now on a regular basis – and work with emerging designers such as Edmund Zhang, the winner of our 2018 call out.”


Last year, Wallpaper* picked industrial design graduate Edmund Zhang as its inaugural Next Generation Singapore Designer. His design, the Squeezy Lamp, is a delightful LED desk lamp that illuminates when squeezed. Six established Singapore-based designers were also invited to design products that debuted at the Singapore Design Week 2018 and were shown at Milan Design Week 2018.


“We were thrilled to see our Singapore designers’ creations presented alongside some of the best international talents at Wallpaper* Handmade 2018. They made us proud. This partnership with Wallpaper* gives us an exceptional stage to spotlight Singapore design to the who’s who of the design industry. To our talented young designers out there, don’t miss this opportunity to be considered as the Next Generation Singapore Designer. Surprise us with your imagination!” says Mark Wee, Executive Director, Dsg.


Aside from the exhibitions, the winner of the Wallpaper* and Dsg competition will have his/her work showcased in Wallpaper* magazine and on



As part of the ongoing collaboration between Wallpaper* and Dsg, the 2018 Wallpaper* Handmade On Tour exhibition will officially open to the public on 12 Jun 2018 at the Gillman Barracks. Replacing the previous exhibition of Wallpaper* Handmade Retreat, this new exhibition is a distilled collection of 22 one-off pieces from Handmade 2018. The collection arrives hot in Singapore – the first and only stop – from its debut at the Milan Design Week.


Event: Handmade on Tour 2018


Date:   12 June 2018 – 26 August 2018


Venue: Gillman Barracks, 9 Lock Road, Singapore 108937







Only one (1) entry to the competition is allowed per person.


Please send computer renders, sketches, CAD drawings, photographs, descriptions or mood boards of your design concept to [email protected]


All files should be sent as a jpeg or PDF file and should not exceed five (5) MB.

All elements of your entry must be submitted as one file; partial entries will not be accepted.


Please accompany your entry with the following information: name, email, contact details, country of residence, date of birth, profession and a short biography listing experience and degree qualifications. Please also include your portfolio.


All entries must be received by 30 June 2018. Late entries will be invalid. Proof of sending will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Receipt of entries will not be acknowledged.


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Written on : 16 May 2018

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