This year’s International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) showcased a vast array of quality furniture designers and manufactures from across the globe. Co-located alongside the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS) and NOOK Asia, there was much to see and do for all visitors. All in all, 374 exhibitors from 26 countries participated in this combination of events. The biggest news however, was the announcement of a relocation for IFFS 2019, to Marina Bay Sands.
Words: Catherine Falalis
“We have designed IFFS 2018 to be a remarkable, holistic show that offers fruitful experiences to the industry, with carefully picked brands and first-in-class content,” said Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd.
“As part of our progression into the next phase of growth, we will be shifting to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands, where we will continue to inspire greater ideas and innovative better designs.”
Set to take place from the 9th to the 12th of March, IFFS 2019, AFS and Nook Asia will move to the premium new venue and will retain existing trade buyers while also attracting a new wave of international audiences. The show aims to provide a promising environment for IFFS to promote trade and contribute to the growth of the industry.
Mr Koh addressing the move said, “Trade shows are ever evolving and through all the changes, our DNA still remains the same – to deliver top notch, design focused content, invoke innovative ideas, and to facilitate excellent business opportunities.”
“With our focused features, we’re confident that this, and the upcoming editions will inspire our trade visitors and most importantly, meet their business needs.”
This year’s IFFS saw a revolutionizing show experience. New technological features in collaboration with partner, MixGo (a Singaporean based augmented reality company), provided and interactive 4D experience of products from 13 participating exhibitors.
The show’s partnership with D5 Innovation also saw a virtual reality feature so visitors could digitally visualize living spaces with furniture from industry leading companies.
Design features of the show also included CARTE BLANCHE in collaboration with TANKE.LONDON and curated by Chantal Hamaide and directed by ARRO Studio; The Italian New Renaissance by Giulio Cappellini; The Design STARS showcase featuring ten up and coming global designers and nine complementary Design x Business Seminars.