International Furniture Fair Singapore 2011 was held from 9 to 12 March at the Singapore Expo at Changi. Featuring 534 exhibitors from 24 countries, the event showcased a diverse mix of design styles and concepts. Highlights included D’Space and Platform showcasing designs from budding young talents under the theme ‘No Boundaries’; as well as discussions at the Furniture Design Forum led by award-winning designer Naoto Fukasawa, Belgian architect and ‘total designer’, Vincent Van Duysen and sales head for Italian furniture brand Moroso, Marco Cappellin.
Also on exhibit were designs produced in a 3-day design workshop ‘Design Inevitable’. Held prior to the event, the workshop conducted by Mr Fukasawa offered 20 Singapore-based designers the rare chance to work with the master and develop minimalist interpretations of their own. Some of the designs produced included:
Above: 1. Bed by Ang Xinwei; 2. Tiptoe Dining Chair by Yang Tah Ching; 3. Twins by Len Lim.
Shortlisted finalists of Furniture Design DNA‘s design competition 2011 also had their work on display. Winners were announced on Wednesday.
Above: In the Designer Category 1. WIND Screen/Shelf by Jerry Low (Grand prize); 2. Igloo Stool by Page Tan (Merit); 3. Sprout Table by Sharina Bi Abdul Rashid (Merit).
Above: In the Student Category 1. Sheep Chair by Tzu-Chi (Grand prize); Liseta Bookcase by Samir Wadekar (Merit); 3. You’ve Got Mail by Nur Sabeela Binte Abdul Karim (Honorable Mention). Images via TodayOnline.
Walking around the exhibits, stands featuring eco-friendly products and furnishings using recycled/reclaimed materials really stood out. One which gained a lot of attention was D-Bodhi‘s Street Art concept (which incidentally also won Best Stand for Category C – stands of 200sqm and above). Expanding on its range of eco-friendly furnishings using materials such as reclaimed teak wood and brushed iron, the brand launched its new d-Blue collection of recycled jeans fabric furniture that included everything from poufs and lounge chairs to coffee tables. A personal favourite of mine was Sharda Exports which featured hand-tufted and woven carpets, rugs and pouf coverings. I especially love their sock carpet featured below.
Other interesting exhibits included moods for wood featuring an assortment of metal framed silhouette furniture; lendaiyan and an air-filtering air lamp by wa francis chu from dream lab one as featured on DesignBoom; and cascade light by Ango.
Find out more about the IFFS here.