Singapore Design Week showcases the work of over 200 designers
Promotion: Over 50 events will take place during Singapore Design Week in September 2022, which features a range of exhibitions, workshops and talks made possible by over 200 designers and creatives.
Organized by DesignSingapore Council, Singapore Design Week (SDW) is one of Asia’s biggest design festivals, returning in September after a two-year hiatus to showcase the “best of design from Singapore and beyond”. .
The design week aims to showcase Singapore‘s “distinct brand of creativity” and runs from September 16-25, 2022.
“We are delighted to unveil the all-new Singapore Design Week which will reinforce the recognition of our UNESCO Creative City of Design as a leading design hub, establish our design leadership and raise awareness of the value of design,” said DesignSingapore’s executive director. Counsel, Dawn Lim.
“Our designers have immense talent and creative courage that we can champion, and we hope festival-goers leave with genuine inspiration, meaningful connections and a fresh perspective on what Singaporean design stands for.”
“The two-year break was a good time to hit the refresh button,” SDW 2022 festival director Mark Wee also commented. “We deliberated on a stronger vision for the festival and how we could carve out a distinctive and sustainable niche by focusing on Singapore’s design strengths.”
The 10-day event will explore design through three main themes: Design Futures, Design Marketplace and Design Impact.
Design Futures will focus on the future of design and the design of the future. This theme specifically explores design through the lens of a forward-looking Singapore, “where a more positive future is prototyped for Singapore and the world”, according to the event organisers.
Design Futures will be anchored by the Design Futures Symposium titled Agency for the Future: Design and the Quest for a Better World.
Developed by MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, the symposium aims to examine the critical ways in which design is fundamental to a sustainable future.
Topics include complexity design approaches, prototypes and systems, regenerative design, and design for global and local challenges, such as aging populations, urbanization, and climate change.
“Agency for the Future: Design and the Quest for a Better World, indicates a double meaning,” Antonelli said. “On the one hand, it highlights Singapore’s unique approach, based on modelling, prototyping, testing and refining solutions for a better future, as in a design process. On the other hand, it emphasizes individual citizens, their capacity and responsibility.Who has the power to determine and shape the future?It is not just official bodies or corporations; resides in all of us, through the decisions we make and the actions we take every day.”
“Informed and responsive design can help us deal with complexity, so we can fine-tune our behaviors and maximize the power of our decisions and actions,” Antonelli continued.
Design Marketplace features a range of events, including news and Asia’s largest design fair, FIND – Design Fair Asia, in addition to a series of conferences by international designers.
FIND explores global lifestyle trends with a focus on the fast-growing Southeast Asian region.
As part of FIND, DesignSingapore Council and events brand Dmg Events will present a showcase of design talent from Southeast Asia, the first of its kind, called [email protected] which highlights the new work of over 50 established and emerging designers from Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, which focuses on the theme of materiality.
Exhibits include a lamp and chair created by Bandung designer Adhi Nugraha from reprocessed cow dung and a collection of lighting fixtures created from bio-waste by Filipino designer Stanley Ruiz.
“I see [email protected] as a unique opportunity to bring together some of Southeast Asia’s most exciting designers – from recent graduates to more established names,” said the curator of [email protected]Suzy Annette.
“Through their work, curated by their choice of material exploration and execution, I hope to showcase and celebrate the diversity of processes and practices that continue to develop in the region.”
Design Impact will showcase a range of impactful solutions that aim to solve society’s biggest problems through design and includes a range of pop-ups and exhibits.
Organized by design studio WY-TO, the Good Design Research pop-up exhibition will showcase the positive impact of good design through research and showcase prototypes from over 20 Singaporean designers.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience some of Singapore’s most “remarkable and impactful” designs through the President’s Design Award (PDA) tours, which begin during the week. PDA is Singapore’s highest honor for design projects and designers.
Singapore’s National Design Center (NDC) will also be transformed into a regenerative design showcase named N*thing is Possible, which celebrates “reuse, recycle, recreate and re-create”.
The event, which will be hosted by hospitality brand Potato Head and Dutch architecture studio OMA, will showcase a range of experiences spanning architecture, music, design, art, fashion and food.
On display will be works by Japanese architecture studio Kengo Kuma, British designer Max Lamb, design studio Toogood Design, environmental consultancy firm Eco Mantra and design studio Futura.
“Radical sustainability is woven into Potato Head’s DNA,” said Potato Head founder Ronald Akili. “We serve sustainability in an appealing way and hope to inspire our customers to embrace an environmentally conscious lifestyle by showing how it can be done without compromise.”
“We believe in sharing our learnings because that’s the way to create that ripple effect,” Akili continued.
Throughout the week, there will also be “vibrant neighborhood activations” such as #FashTag in Raffles City – a fashion-focused takeover presented by Fashion and Creative Director Daniel Boy, and Re -Route à Little India, a festival of creation of places by the winner Plus Collaboratives.
To learn more about Singapore Design Week, visit its website.
The top composite image of speakers includes portraits of (clockwise from top left): Paola Antonelli by Marton Perlaki, Yoko Choy, Tony Chambers, Suzy Annetta by Gavin Green, Ronald Akili, Daniel Boey, Tan Wei Ming, Alvin Tjitrowirjo, Vu Hoang Anh, Karyn Lim, Jim Zarate-Torres and Robert Sukrachand.
The composite image of speakers features portraits of (clockwise from top left): Paola Antonelli by Marton Perlaki, Professor Lim Siong Guan, Thomas Heatherwick, Sara Ichoka, Duleesha Kulasooriya, Michela Maga by Nebojsa Babic, Mae-Ling Lokko by Shannon Straney, Natsai Audrey Chieza by Toby Coulson, Dr. Emi Kiyota and Aaron Maniam.
Singapore Design Week takes place from September 16 to 25 in Singapore. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events happening around the world.
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