SINGAPORE — The Society of Interior Designers Singapore (SIDS) will be holding symposiums to discuss the future of interior design in a post-Covid world as part of the Singapore Interior Design Festival (SIDFest) at the National Design Centre from 17 to 30 May.
The SIDS Symposium, together with the Asia Roundtable which features delegates from 15 Asia Pacific countries and territories, present opportunities for the international interior design community to discuss shifting paradigms in the built-environment industry.
With the global population preferring fewer physical touchpoints and becoming accustomed to doing things online, interior designers are grappling with the expansion of personal bubbles, decentralisation of workspaces and the blending of physical and virtual spaces.
“While the pandemic, in many ways, brought mankind to a standstill, it also brought out the best in us. We were forced to innovate, to create, to allow our minds to wander in ways we never thought possible or were brave enough to try," said SIDS president Keat Ong.
“SIDFest 2021, with our theme of Optimised/Optimism, pays tribute to those in our community who have embraced new habits and, through their works, created new norms. The festival and SIDS Symposium will be a celebration of this positive spirit and feature designs that reflect the optimism in our industry.”
The SIDS Symposium is supported by the International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI), and will be attended both physically and virtually by IFI delegates and the international design community.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has forced the design community to rethink how we look at spaces. With added emphasis and needs on aspects like wellness, for example, the symposium will provide a good opportunity for the international community to speak about these issues," said IFI chief executive officer Shashi Caan.
Besides the symposium, SIDFest 2021 — which will coincide with World Interiors Day on 29 May — will also feature showcases of installations and workshops in which the public can participate in.
For example, the Design by Numbers showcase at the National Design Centre will see designers using assigned numbered plots in the atrium to build large-scale inhabitable structures of varying heights and sizes. The showcase is meant to be interactive and multi-sensory, with people able to step into the installations to view and experience them.
The works of some of the most promising young interior designers will also be on show in another showcase, 20 Under 45, in which 20 of Singapore’s most influential designers under the age of 45 will be selected from a pool of entries to show off their works.
Admission to SIDFest 2021 is free.
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