If February highlights tradition through the Chinese New Year festivities, then March brings both design and innovation to the fore. Organisers DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) has dedicated two weeks in March to showcase over 80 local and international design activities.
Now into its sixth edition, Singapore Design Week 2019 delve into design's impact across four pillars: 'Transform my business', 'Empower my community', 'Inspire my everyday', and 'Reimagine my future'. Programmes will take place from 4 to 17 March at the National Design Centre and various locations island-wide. So don your creative hat and make time to immerse in these impactful design activations.
Besides being a collaborative platform that bridges unlikely brands and creatives to push boundaries, SingaPlural also encourages the discovery of possibilities through experimentation. This year's collection is curated by Singapore-based Formwerkz Architects and Bravo, a branding and marketing agency. In addition, partnering disciplines adhere to the 'Unnatural Phenomena' theme by examining the origins and evolutions of unorthodox productions and hybrids.
SingaPlural runs from now till 17 March at the National Design Centre.
This forum, part of FORTUNE's influential conference series and led by the editorial team of both FORTUNE and Wallpaper*, continues into its second year by gathering influential industry professionals who'll discuss topics on how design can help to transform businesses and enrich people's life. Furthermore, these global business and design leaders impart their knowledge and experience to spark innovative strategies.
Centring on 'Vision, Empathy, and Scale', issues up for deliberation include: the challenge of achieving "empathy at scale"; how companies can measure the return on their investments in design; the uses (and abuses) of design in the public sector; and designers' ethical responsibilities for safeguarding personal privacy.
Brainstorm Design 2019 runs from 5 to 7 March at The Ritz Carlton Singapore.
What if you're allowed to create whatever your heart's desire and then showcase them on a prominent stage? Of course, it has to convey something. Wallpaper* handpicked and matchmake eight Singapore-based creatives including Asylum, Hans Tan and Lekker with complementary international craft studios for 'Passion Projects'—the exhibition's theme for 2019. As a result, unique one-off items like a perfectly-balanced piggy bank and an unorthodox cabinet were conceived from the designers' respective interpretation of the theme. See them up close before they get shipped to Milan for Salone del Mobile in April.
Wallpaper* Handmade runs from 7 to 31 March at the National Museum of Singapore.
This SDW mainstay programme, a tradeshow and ASEAN's leading furniture showcase, sees a portfolio of trade-focused and design-inspired brands presenting their wares suitable for urban living. In other words, here's the chance to score uncommon pieces that'll reflect your aspirations and lifestyle needs.
International Furniture Fair Singapore runs from 9 to 12 March at Marina Bay Sands. Public admission is only available on 12 March.
This newly-introduced festival sounds intimidating, doesn't it? Cast your fears aside because clans emphasise values like kinship and unity to foster a sense of community among people. Home to many Chinese clan associations, the Bukit Pasoh neighbourhood will get an 'open house' treatment that'll allow visitors to examine specially-created interactive design installations within participating clans. No surprise, each installation highlights an important clan value or story that it's in. Done with clan hopping? Proceed on to immerse in the various workshops, design talks, and live music experiences offered.
Street of Clans runs from 8 to 10 March at Bukit Pasoh Road.
Conceived and conceptualised by frequent SDW collaborator LOPELAB, Singapore Urban Design Festival (UDFSG) touches on sustainable urban development and how residents can play a part in redesigning our city. Corresponding to its 'Urban' nature, #UDFSG will spawn from an under-utilised area of a multi-storey carpark in the heart of Jalan Besar and transforms it into an experiential festival village. I kid you not. Indeed, the venue is a suitable space to hold a series of in-depth innovative discussions at sustainable development through the lens of technology in three aspects (resources, mobility, and people) while providing immersive entertainment such as live music concerts, DJ sets, and a Rooftop Roller Disco.
Singapore Urban Design Festival runs from 14 to 17 March at the multistorey carpark of Jalan Besar Sports Center.