FurnitureORIGINS is a collaboration initiative between NAFA and King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand for the fourth consecutive year. This learning exchange focused on developing skills in design professionalism and entrepreneurship and establishing a network between students from the two countries.
Three earlier collections will be on display alongside the new 2017 collection, which is titled ‘Back to Basics’. Mentored by three established designers – Krit Phutpim and Pote Nilsa-ard from Thailand, as well as George Soo from Singapore, students from both schools worked together to create ideas for a new furniture design collection with Thai manufacturers, Hawaii Thai and Deesawat. The first initiative began in September 2014, where design work was carried out both in Singapore and Bangkok, with the final designs prototyped in Thailand.
In this latest installation, a total of 16 students participated, eight of whom major in Furniture & Spatial Design as part of NAFA’s 3D Design programme, and another eight students who major in Industrial Design and Interior Architecture at KMUTT’s School of Architecture and Design.
In conjunction with the exhibition, the following design clinics and workshop will be held on 10 and 11 March 2017:
2pm: Design Conversations - Everyday Scenes of Rural Living
Ms Duangkamol Limwongse, Lecturer for the Interior Architecture programme at the School of Architecture and Design, KMUTT, will share a collection of inspirations for craft design beyond shape and form.
4pm: Design Conversations - Designing with Purpose
Mr George Soo, Founder of Fliq will provide insights into how we can learn to be enterprising and to design with purpose.
6pm: Mini-Craft Workshop
Led by the 2017 participants from KMUTT and NAFA, visitors will get to participate in the design process and have a hands-on experience in weaving a gift that they can take home. All materials will be provided.
FurnitureORIGINS 2017 is part of a slew of activities under Singapore Design Week 2017.