Last Saturday, we checked out the annual Singapore Indesign furniture exhibition. Rather than an expo hall crammed with booths that restricted the space each brand could have, the furniture was showcased at each of their respective showrooms. If you’re wondering how hot and humid it must’ve been, shuttle services were provided, so we travelled in air-conditioned comfort on a minibus from showroom to showroom.

The event also showcased some brands’ latest furniture releases, including Louis Poulsen’s Autumn/Winter collection for 2016.  Here’s a list of what we found particularly interesting at the show.

1
EDL and ip:li Architects at Space

Space is home to various designer furniture brands, namely B&B Italia, Flos, and Moooi. During Singapore Indesign, the laminate and architecture firms distorted the façade of the furniture showroom, presenting Dematerial. The installation was made out of reflective metallic paper, creating a pixelated effect that was inviting and intriguing.

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2
Sunbrella

Sunbrella specialises in creating amazing canvas and upholstery fabrics, made to sustain fading and degradation from sunlight and chemical exposure. Made specially for the event, upholstered cubes were suspended from the ceiling. The rainbow-coloured installation had an opening, allowing visitors to sit on a bench beneath the cascading cubes.

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3
Kreon

At the entrance of Kreon’s showroom, a display of cloud lights hung behind blue and black lines of stretchy cords. From different angles, the blue strings could be seen better, creating a mesmerising effect that prompted visitors to move from side to side for a good look at the illusion.

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4
Schiavello

Located around the bend of Magazine Road, furniture shop Schiavello was an eye-catching space with its custom-made vertical gardens and inventive office cubicles. It also had a library stocked with textiles and magazines crucial to its designs. European furniture brand bene office was also present to display its comfortable seats, work desks and an electronic drawing board, where visitors could draw on both paper and wall with a special pen.

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5
Waam Studio x Polybuilding x Kokaine

Singapore Indesign also featured the official launch of Jié , a new furniture brand. The label is a collaboration by homegrown design companies Waam Studio, Polybuilding and Kokaine. It’s named after the Mandarin word for “unite”, and is inspired by its founders’ combination of skills and specialised materials (rare stones and rattan). Its products are one-of-a-kind pieces that possess both elegance and quality.

Image credit: Indesign Singapore