Future of Asia Design

27 AUGUST 2013, SHANGHAI – The Singapore Tourism Board (STB) and Singapore Exhibitions and Conventions Bureau (SECB) organised the inaugural Future of Asia Design, a joint creative networking session discussing the prospects and development of Asian design.

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Held at The Bridge 8 Phase II, the event was supported and attended by more than 60 international design leaders, associations and government agencies. Andrew Phua, STB’s Director of Exhibitions & Conferences, opened the session with a welcome address before handing over the microphone to the other four guest speakers: Tai See Siang, President of Design Business Chamber Singapore (DBCS) and Chairman of DesignS; Andrew Pang, Vice Chairman of Singapore Furniture Industry Council’s (SFIC) Design Advisory Panel; George Budiman, Founder and Chairman of the Asian Creative Industries Alliance (ACIA), and Paul Finch, Deputy Chairman of the UK Design Council and Programme Director of the World Architecture Festival (WAF).

The five industry experts covered topics ranging from Asia’s growing design landscape, the latest global trends shaping the industry and the possibility of collaborations and business opportunities with their Chinese counterparts through various meaningful platforms and channels.

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Lee Siang shared DBCS’s manifesto and vision for Singapore by 2020 through his presentation, The New Chapter of Design and the Chamber’s key initiatives to engage the design community, such as the Singapore Design Summit, Singapore Good Design Mark (SG Mark) and Singapore Design Class.

The networking session was well-received by the attendees, which included the Architectural Society of Shanghai,  Shanghai Institute of Architects, Shanghai Creative Industry Association, Shanghai Industrial Design Promotion Association, China Academy of Art, China Industrial Design Association, China National Furniture Association, interior design and architecture-related enterprises, providers, professionals and entrepreneurs.

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