Creativity continues to push the boundaries of design in Asia, and a new fair plans to affirm Singapore’s reputation as the region’s design centre. From 22 to 24 September, the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre will host the inaugural FIND (Furniture, Interiors and Design) Design Fair Asia, one of the many events held during the upcoming Singapore Design Week.
Organised by Dubai-based international exhibitions company dmg events in collaboration with Italy’s prominent trade fair organiser Fiera Milano – host of the prestigious Salone del Mobile – FIND will present a vast collection of curated brands, agencies, designers and galleries from around the world.
Both physical and virtual visitors can explore the future of furniture, design and interiors, and interact with prominent designers, industry leaders and project developers.
Prominent industry figures Tony Chambers and Yoko Choy will curate FIND’s content. Chambers is the founder of creative agency TC & Friends and former editor-in-chief of Wallpaper*, while Choy is the creative consultant and China Editor of Wallpaper*. Contemporary interior architect Andre Fu will join them on FIND’s global advisory board, while Interni Magazine’s editor Gilda Bojardi acts as curator and collaborator.
FIND will host approximately 500 brands across the weekend. Confirmed exhibitors include local light specialist Million Lighting, architectural lighting brand Erco and designers Bull & Stein, known for their oversized fruit sculptures made of precious materials. Interior concept studio Art + Abode is also showcasing one-of-a-kind art pieces by France Gaggioli.
The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is also lending its support to strengthen Italian design in Asia. A few notable Italian brands will showcase their work. Milan-based ADI Design Museum will present industrial design’s most established accolade – the Compasso d’Oro awards. An Italian capsule collection curated by ADI’s director Andrea Cancellato will be on display.
Besides Italy, there will also be countries like India, Sweden and Spain presenting their design and culture sensibilities. But we’re looking forward to the exhibition dedicated to promising South-east Asian creators.
FIND is created in partnership with DesignSingapore Council and Singapore Tourism Board, as part of their efforts to promote the country’s creative culture. Mark Wee, DesignSingapore Council’s Executive Director, believes that FIND is a fitting event to mark the return of Singapore Design Week after a two-year hiatus.
“As the first new design fair to emerge from the neo-pandemic era, we are confident that FIND will present a forward-thinking design experience that also highlights the immense creativity and talent of Southeast Asia,” he says.