Maison&Objet Asia is taking place in Singapore's Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. ©Marina Sands Bay Pte Ltd

Maison&Objet Asia is taking place in Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre.
©Marina Sands Bay Pte Ltd

(Relaxnews) – Singapore’s first-ever Design Week (SDW) is approaching, and with the two major trade platforms — theInternational Furniture Fair Singapore and the Paris-based design salon Maison&Objet Asia — hitting the city simultaneously, the Asian metropolis will find itself well and truly under the global spotlight.

Organized by the DesignSingapore Council, SDW will offer over 50 local and international design activities throughout the city, including installations, talks and designs trails. Many of the events will be open to the public.

One of the week’s central events will be SingaPlural, a multifaceted exhibit showcasing the best in national design talent across the spectrum of advertising, fashion, graphics, architecture and urban planning.

“We hope the activities will inject greater vibrancy during the Singapore Design Week and allow more people to participate in the development of the design landscape in Singapore,” said SingaPlural Chairman Simon Ong.

Additional highlights will include the inaugural Singapore Design Business Summit, where internationally acclaimed design thought leaders and business owners will share their experiences on how design value creation contributed to their business success, and the annual Value of Design Forum. The event will also see the first Singapore Good Design Award and Mark (SG-Mark) awarded for the first time.

Adults can pick up tips on how to nurture creativity in children at the ManyWaysOfSeeing seminar and exhibition, whilst the public will also be able to experience the benefits of design in everyday life through Design Trails and interactive installations.

City-based design weeks, whether official or otherwise, are becoming increasingly common throughout the world, with key design hubs such as London, Beijing and Helsinki’s events becoming increasingly popular over recent years.

Singapore Design Week will run March 10-16.