International Furniture Fair Singapore 2015. Photo: IFFS Pte Ltd
Major design events and tradeshows organised by the private sector include the annual International Furniture Fair Singapore (held in conjunction with the Asean Furniture Show, The Décor Show and The Hospitality 360). It is regarded Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design show. It has conferences and design awards for designers and design-related businesses. The annual Singapore Fashion Week, a joint private and public sector initiative, is a trade platform that promotes Singaporean and regional designers to international buyers, retailers and media. 100% Design Singapore, another internationally renowned design tradeshow, provides creators and design companies a platform to do business and exchange ideas. Singapore is the only Asian city to host Maison & Objet Asia a major international trade fair for home lifestyle and trends. The World Architecture Festival, the world’s largest international architectural event and world’s biggest architectural awards programme is held annually in October.
Designer Thomas Heatherwick, the star of New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio exhibition, Mar 2015, National Design Centre. Photo: British Council & Colossal Photos
Hidden – Unveiling Japanese Design exhibition curated by designer Oki Sato, Oct 2014, National Design Centre.
1000 Singapores: Eight Points of the Compact City exhibition in Paris, France, Jun–Sept 2015, Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine.
Singapore collaborates with countries that regard design important for economic and social development. Singapore’s MOU with Japan promotes design excellence. DesignSingapore Council developed the Singapore Good Design Mark (SG-Mark) based on Japan’s Good Design Award (G-Mark). Japan External Trade Organisation Hidden - Unveiling Japanese Design exhibition at the National Design Centre. The MOU with Denmark promotes design to improve life. Singapore was the first city to host INDEX: Award 2011 exhibition (following a premiere in Copenhagen), in conjunction with two international forums. The MOU with Korea Institute of Design Promotion develops bilateral cooperation on design. DesignSingapore worked with the United Kingdom to host Digital Fashion Week and the New British Inventors: Inside Heatherwick Studio exhibition at the National Design Centre. 1000 Singapores: Eight Points of the Compact City, an exhibition in collaboration with Cite de l’Architecture et du patrimoine, is in Paris, France, till September 2015.