SIDFest to explore interior design issues in the post-COVID world
SINGAPORE – The question of interior design in a post-COVID world will be one of the major themes of this year Singapore Interior Design Festival (SIDFest), which opened at the National Design Center (NDC) on Thursday (June 17).
Things like better ventilation, better air circulation and wellness-oriented design have become more important as people spend more time at home and sometimes isolated, said Keat Ong, president. from the Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS).
“Good and efficient design will play a major role in how offices, public spaces and homes are shaped in this new normal. Our contributions and expertise will be highlighted as humanity navigates this critical moment in our history, ”he added.
These topics will be discussed during the month-long festival, at events such as the SIDS Symposium, which will be attended by both physically and virtually delegates from the International Federation of Interior Architects / Designers and the international design community. .
The topic will also be discussed at the Asia Roundtable, which will bring together industry leaders from 15 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region. It will also be explored during the Generation Next showcase, which will feature works by young Singaporeans who have been tasked with improving, rethinking and solving the problems of living with the new normal in a post-pandemic world.
Resilience of the festival despite the cancellation and postponement
SIDFest, now in its third year, was officially opened by Prime Minister’s Cabinet Minister Indranee Rajah, who is also the second Minister of Finance and National Development.
The festival was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and was postponed for a month this year after Singapore entered a heightened state of alert last month.
As such, its theme “Optimized / Optimism” aims to capture the resilience and innovative spirit of the interior design community.
“It conveys a sense of hope and focuses on the future, to explore how our local designers can elevate designs in a post-pandemic world. Even though times are tough, there is cause for optimism,” he said. declared Indranee at the opening of the festival.
Interactive and multisensory showcases for the public
SIDFest is open to the public at the NDC from June 18 to July 18, and features interactive, multisensory showcases and discussions on key emerging issues facing the design world today.
One of the highlights is the Design By Numbers showcase, in which designers use numbered plots assigned to the NDC Atrium to build large-scale living structures of varying heights and sizes.
“From experiential tunnels, a glass corridor with brushstrokes, to an installation exploring the metamorphosis of sand to quartz, everything is very varied and with very intriguing results. It will be a multisensory treat, ”said festival director Dennis Cheok.
SIDFest will also see the first SIDS 20 Under 45 Awards, which will recognize the work of some of Singapore’s most promising young interior designers. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on July 16.
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