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LIVING Published: February 27, 2019 Updated: March 1, 2019  |  WORDS: Amirul Shazzani

Singapore Design Week 2019: Here are 8 things you can look forward to

Singapore Design Week 2019 kicks off on March 4 and will run until March 17.

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Expect a host of events planned for this year, which will mark the sixth edition of the programme.

Singapore Design Week 2019, organized by DesignSingapore Council, promises a jam-packed two weeks. The diverse programme features something for everyone, whether you’re a student, a design enthusiast, a community advocate, or even a business leader. They’ve got food and entertainment lined up too. It’s a dizzying list, that’s for sure. Here are 8 things you should get excited about.

1) Street of Clans
March 8 to 10
Bukit Pasoh Road

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Experience the spirit of community for a weekend at the historic Bukit Pasoh Road – home to many different clan houses. The formation of clans dates back to pre-war days, when communities banded together to lend a hand to fellow immigrants. Aptly named Street of Clans, this festival will open the doors to traditional clan houses such as the Koh Clan and Gan Clan. Check out interactive design installations by artists and designers at each clan house, showcasing old stories through a new medium. You can even get a personalized illustration from the Band of Doodlers, among other activities the festival has in store.

2) Wallpaper* Handmade 2019
From March 7 onwards
National Museum of Singapore, Concourse (Level 1)

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Marvel at the creations of some of the best artists, craftsmen, makers and manufacturers all in one place. This showcase curated by Wallpapaer* will feature one-of-a-kind luxury items of furniture, fittings, fashion, and more.  Unique? Definitely.

3) Singapore Urban Design Festival 2019
March 14 to 17
Jalan Besar Sports Centre multi-storey carpark

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This year, the Singapore Urban Design Festival has set its sights on new territory. The festival will take place at a multi-storey carpark in Jalan Besar. Soak up the atmosphere and experience all kinds of sensory satisfaction from inspiring talks, music and innovative design displays. Be sure to catch Masia One, Mediocre Haircut Crew and Forests performing live too!

4) SingaPlural 2019
March 4 to 17
National Design Centre, Concourse (Level 1)

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SingaPlural returns for Singapore Design Week 2019 with an exhibition themed ‘Unnatural Phenomena’. Feast your eyes on unique multi-disciplinary works, driven by three categories – changing landscapes, emerging technologies and shifting paradigms. Expect to leave with fresh perspectives on design.

5) International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS)
March 9 to 12
Sands Expo and Convention Centre, Marina Bay Sands

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One of the key events of Singapore Design Week 2019 is the International Furniture Fair Singapore. We think you’ll be wowed by furniture designs showcasing key trends, new sustainable concepts and innovative solutions. Here’s a tip: Check out the Buyers Lounge to marvel at some pieces that were featured in the popular movie, Crazy Rich Asians.

6) UNESCO Creative Cities of Design Public Forum
March 8
National Design Centre, Auditorium

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A highlight for the design community, this forum rounds up designers and educators to spotlight best practices and share experiences that can positively impact the areas of education, business, policy, and communications. No messing about here, as 30 delegates from 15 UNESCO Creative Cities of Design will be in attendance.

7) Brainstorm Design 2019
March 5 to 7
The Ritz Carlton, Milennia Singapore

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Join in the conversation as global leaders take part in a unique conference to discuss the importance and impact that links businesses, public policy, and design together.

8) Urban Interventions: Bras Basah.Bugis
March 4 onwards
Along Queen Street

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As the exhibition’s name suggests, three interactive installations will take over Bras Basah.Bugis – Singapore’s Art and Heritage district. We recommend getting your cameras out for the tree harp installations; it will certainly brighten up your Instagram feed.

For more information, check out DesignSingapore Council’s website.

Will you get in on the extensive activities lined up for Singapore Design Week 2019? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

All images: DesignSingapore Council

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