Published: Sunday April 13, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday April 13, 2014 MYT 11:21:31 AM

A visual feast at the Singapore Design Week

The inaugural Singapore Design Week offered a visual feast as well as a cerebral fix for design aficionados.

YOU could get yourself 3D printed and reproduced as a mini plastic figurine of yourself. For retail therapy and design ideas, you could hop onto a free shuttle service that took you to six design shops and studios around Singapore. Or if exhibitions are your thing, you could feast your senses on wooden sculptures and furniture crafted from salvaged logs by designers who are inspired by memories of time spent in green spaces.

These were just some of the fun, stimulating activities held during last month’s weeklong Singapore Design Week (SDW). Organised by DesignSingapore Council, a government agency that promotes design, the inaugural SDW featured over 50 local and international design activities, including trade shows Maison&Objet Asia and International Furniture Fair Singapore 2014.

Held from March 10 to 16, the event attracted 57,000 participants. Offering everything from design talks and seminars to exhibitions and film screenings, SDW was open to the design community, businesses, students and the public.

Part art installation, part documentation, part archival, Collective Consciousness In 3D is a project by the Design Incubation Centre within the National University of Singapore's Division of Industrial Design. Members of the public were invited to digitise themselves in 3D using 3D scanning technology. These 3D versions of themselves were then uploaded to a website that can be viewed and from which images can be downloaded or printed into mini figurines with a 3D printer. - Design Incubation Centre
Part art installation, part documentation, part archival, Collective Consciousness In 3D is a project by the Design Incubation Centre within the National University of Singapore’s Division of Industrial Design. -- Design Incubation Centre 

Interesting highlights included the Collective Consciousness In 3D project initiated by the Design Incubation Centre, a design laboratory in the National University of Singapore.

The public was invited to digitise themselves using 3D scanning technology. The 3D versions were then uploaded to a website where the images could be viewed, downloaded or printed out in 3D.

“The response was overwhelming. We had to hand out queue numbers and advise those keen to experience technology to return in two to three hours,” said Design Incubation Centre director Patrick Chia in a press statement. “I am heartened that more people are appreciating what design can offer.”

Participants of the Design Trails: Creative Circuits programme embarked on a tour with stops at various atypical retail and design studios around Singapore town via a free shuttle service.

Part of the 30 Life Stories: Remembering Parks exhibition on the Dhoby Ghaut Green features 30 installations by Singapore designers and artists that reflect themes of park environments, communal spaces and social events. Designers breathed new life into pruned tree logs salvaged and collected from around the garden city. In this photo: Log by Rodney Loh (NextofKin Creatives). - LEONG SIOK HUI/The Star
Part of the 30 Life Stories: Remembering Parks exhibition on the Dhoby Ghaut Green features 30 installations by Singapore designers and artists. In this photo: Log by Rodney Loh (NextofKin Creatives).

One of the stops, the Foundry Store, is a homegrown retailer and producer that collaborates with international designers to create furniture and home accessories under the Foundry brand.

Participants were also given a handy map as a guide to explore the neighbourhood surrounding each stop and other design-related venues in the vicinity.

In talks like “Hello, you want to be a designer?” adroit Singaporean designers like Edwin Low, Patrick Chia and Pann Lim shared their stories of struggle and getting that first big break in the design world.

In short, it was more than just a trade fair and conferences. It is this proliferation of sui generis design retail concepts, dynamic design studios and workshops, homegrown brands that capitalise on local craftsmanship and advanced industrial processes, and a design-supportive government that make a design capital.

Sounds like Singapore is on the right track.

Fringe events during Design Week included the launch of new design brand Industry+, which collaborates with Singapore-based designers to produce furniture and home accessories. The pieces featured here include works from VW+BS, Studio Juju, Jackson Tan and Olivia Lee. Industry+ focuses on experimental production techniques, combined with artisanal craftsmanship. - The Primary Studio
Fringe events during Design Week included the launch of new design brand Industry+. The pieces featured here include works from VW+BS, Studio Juju, Jackson Tan and Olivia Lee. Industry+ focuses on experimental production techniques, combined with artisanal craftsmanship. -- The Primary Studio

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