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#adoboPicks | Better By Design: Things to Expect in Singapore Design Week 2019

Singapore Design Week is back bigger and better this 2019! 

Organised by the SingaporeDesign Council, SDW has become one of Asia’s premier design festivals, bringing together a collection of local and international design activities found around the city as well as creating a platform for Singaporeans and guests to experience the very best of design talents and business across Singapore and Asia.

From March 4 to 17, SDW has partnered with 70 collaborators – including 29 design practices, 10 educational institutions, 9 corporates and 8 government agencies – to create an amazing line up of programs, forums, talks, workshops, exhibitions and tours all around the city of Singapore. That’s a lot! 


No need to feel overwhelmed with the selections and events happening across the city, as you can choose a track that suits your taste and curiosity. To make the audience experience more personal and intentional, SDW has split over 80 activities into four thematic tracks: transform business (aimed for business leaders, and design, transformation and innovation leads); empower the community (aimed for community leader and aspiring change-makers); inspire the everyday (aimed for craft lovers, design enthusiasts and families); and reimagine the future (aimed for designers, students and educators).

Here’s our picks per track we are looking forward to this year’s Singapore Design Week!


International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS)

This year, the IFFS is changing tradition and moving into a new venue (Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre). Expect to see a diverse portfolio of new, exclusive and comprehensive range of design-inspired furniture and furnishings from international exhibitors at The International Furniture Fair. 

The fair runs from March 9 to 12.



UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum

Back in 2015, Singapore became a UNESCO Creative City of Design (together with Bandung, Indonesia). This year, DesignSingapore has invited representatives from the 30 UNESCO Creative Cities of Design to a public forum on March 8 to discuss and share their insights on “designing for impact in public policy, education, business and communications.”

Entry is free with registration


Wallpaper* Handmade Exhibition

This is one exhibition we cannot miss. Since 2010, Wallpaper* in partnership with DesignSingapore Council, has commissioned the best creatives and manufacturers to create original, one-off luxury items for its annual showcase in Milan Design Week.

Emerging local designers and creatives such Tiffany Loy, Hunn Wai, Lekker Architects, Chris Lee of Asylum, Lai Chan, Clara Yee, and PDA Designer of the Year 2018 laureate Hans Tan, are included in this year’s exhibition.


Conceptualised bye LOBELAB, #UDFSG aims to raise awareness for innovative design solutions and fosters a collaborative community.  It’ll be exciting how they’re going to transform a multi-storey parking lot into an area for people to connect, eat and have fun.
Follow us on Instagram and Twitter for updates this coming week as we run around Singapore and visit the various activities Singapore Design Week 2019 has got in store for us!
To see the full schedule events, click here.

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