The International Furniture Fair Singapore, which took place at the Singapore EXPO from March 8-11 2018, in conjunction with the Singapore Design Week, celebrated the closure with satisfaction and positive results. Despite the large number of exhibitors, 374 from 26 countries, the main feature of the fair remains, as every year, the variety of categories presented. Also ASEAN Furniture Show, now in its 35th edition, and NOOK Asia, events that take place at the same time of IFFS, counted a great number of professionals, precisely 19,196 from 89 countries.
The relocation announced by Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS, is a foretold and highly anticipated innovation for 2019: “The challenge is in finding the right balance between staying ahead, while still meeting our exhibitors’ needs. As the show continues to evolve, we will progressively reinvent ourselves to cater to the needs of our audiences.” The new location that will host IFFS 2019 will be the Convention Center at Marina Bay Sands; the exhibition will take place from 9-12 March.
“IFFS has become Asia’s premier design-led sourcing platform, with a comprehensive and diverse range of furniture and furnishing designs from all around the world- said the Minister of Trade and Industry S. Iswaran during the opening ceremony of IFFS – “With Singapore’s thriving innovation ecosystem, growing design scene, and strong linkages to the region, I am confident that the SFIC will continue its good work to support the development of the furniture industry.”
To further enrich the proposal of IFFS this year there have been several seminars (Design x Business Seminars) that have brought together experts and architects. Main attraction for visitors, the national pavilions have reached quota 15, including the new areas of France, Japan, Portugal and Turkey; also “The Italian Renaissance”, curated by Giulio Cappellini, icon of Italian design, showcased an installation dedicated to “Italian living” with the contribution of numerous Made in Italy companies; the collective CARTE BLANCHE presented in collaboration with Tanke.London/ curated by the founder of the French design magazine Intramuros, Chantal Hamaide and directed by Studio ARRO.