SINGAPORE: The Singapore Design Week is back and it will not only serve to showcase designs by emerging talents - this year's edition is also trying to get the public involved by allowing them to try their hand at design.
For example, the public can learn things such as designing their own coaster or cup warmer or creating their own bag charms at the Design and Make Fair located at the National Design Centre. The fair is a new addition at this year's Singapore Design Week.
As part of the fair, there will be up to 13 workshops for the public to try their hand at designing things. Such workshops last between half an hour and two hours.
All this is part of a push by organisers to bring design to the community, said executive director of DesignSingapore Council Jeffrey Ho.
“Design can begin to help someone be innovative," said Mr Ho. "The second thing is design is not just about aesthetics but it's about understanding the uses. So co-creation is something we'd like to see the public be more active in. Of course, the third thing is that basically it's about the notion of appreciation for good designs.”
MULTIMEDIA EXHIBITION MARKS DECADE OF PRESIDENT'S DESIGN AWARD
Another highlight of this year's event is a multimedia exhibition, which marks the 10th anniversary of the President's Design Award. Established in 2006, the accolade is given out to designers and design projects that have made an impact in the community.
One of the previous winners, Mr Jackson Tan, said that the design scene in Singapore has vastly transformed since he first entered the field in 1999.
Said Mr Tan: “Singapore was known as a cultural desert at that time. So if you look forward to now, 20 years later, you can see a giant leap. There's a young generation of designers that has emerged, both establishing the Singapore industry as well as moving into the global stage.”
Mr Tan, 40, won the prize in 2007 for his designs that were commissioned by clients such as Levis and MTV. He was also the creator of the SG50 logo.
The Singapore Design Week was first held in 2014 and this year's programme has been billed as the largest. More than 100 events have been lined up from Mar 8 to 20. Organisers said they expect the visitor numbers to soar to about 70,000 this year, up from last year's figure of more than 63,000.