Singapore Design Week 8th – 20th March 2016

Singapore joined the UNESCO Creative Cities network as a City of Design in December 2015 and their 2016 Design Week promises to be the biggest and best yet with over 100 diverse design events.

The 2016 Singapore Design Week will the cities third design week and they have ambitions to be the must-attend design event in Asia, by looking at their programme it’s easy to see why!

“The Singapore Design Week continues to give our local designers and businesses a dynamic arena to meet, collaborate and speak on all things design as well as its impact on our lives. We also want to bring design to the general public so they can understand just how large a role design plays in their lives today,” says Mr Jeffrey Ho, Executive Director of Design Singapore Council Board.

Visitors and participants can take their pick from an exciting line-up of design activities which include interactive design installations, trade shows, exhibitions, lifestyle events and craft workshops, as well as thought-provoking talks and discussions.

For the full programme check out but we’ve picked a couple of highlights below!


The signature event of the design week is a conference titled, Innovation by Design hoping to inspire deeper conversations and discussions about the role that design-led innovation plays in driving the economy and businesses. Top design leaders and chiefs of design-led businesses will share their design and innovation stories through a series of presentations at the creative symposium. Speakers include Mr Masaaki Kanai, Chairman and Representative Director of Ryohin Keikaku Co.Ltd, parent company of Japanese manufacturer and retailer, MUJI, as well as Mr Jaime Hayon, renowned Spanish designer and founder of Hayon Studio.

There are also lots of hands on events and activities including their first Design and Make Fair at the National Design Centre, a unique hands-on platform for the public to try their hand at designing and creating their own products with craft and traditional materials.


They will once again be running their hugely popular Design Trails on the last weekend of the design week. Themed “Thoughtful Designs”, visitors will experience a look at the Singapore local design scene through a journey that includes a hop-on, hop-off bus to get you around the trail! The trail features designers whose products and experiences are thoroughly considered – from its source, processes, users and context, right through to the values it upholds.

So, if you are looking for a last minute long weekend or fortnight away check out the full programme. However if you can’t nip over to Singapore you can keep up to date digitally by following the event hashtag #singaporedesignweek

Singapore Design Week is organised by the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and supported by design partners, the third edition of the SDW will take place from 8 to 20 March 2016 at the National Design Centre and other locations around the island.