Absolute Must-Sees At The International Furniture Fair Singapore
We’ll save you the time (and legwork)—here are some of our favourites.
Up next is the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS), an annual event that will run from March 9 to 12 at the Singapore Expo. Although you won’t be able to physically purchase furniture pieces directly at the trade event, visitors do get tantalising teasers of new collections that will reach stores soon, from furniture brands based in Singapore and beyond.
Here, we speak to some of the participating brands for a peek at the trending pieces and styles that homeowners should look out for.
Ipse Ipsa Ipsum
Singapore-based furniture firm Ipse Ipsa Ipsum (which means himself, herself itself in Latin) first started as a silverware manufacturer in India. Today, the company produces handcrafted furniture accessories at its arts centre in India, in collaboration with designers from around the world. Its most recent team-up with local designer Nathan Yong was inspired by the regal grandeur and graceful arches of Indian palaces, and the country’s rich heritage of craftsmanship. Top picks include the Udaipur Sofa (seen above), a modular seating system that comes paired with side tables, as well as a matching lamp and vanity mirror.
Where to buy: 111 Middle Road, National Design Center, #03-14, ipseipsaipsum.com
Fans of elegantly minimal furniture should check out the OM by Gal Tevet pieces at the Entune Living booth. Designed by the Israeli architect, the new Strata collection was inspired by the geology term, which is used to describe layers of sedimentary rock. Clad in wood veneer and lacquered wood, these furniture pieces feature thin and thick lines, just like the varying stripes found on rocks such as sandstone.
Where to buy: 16 Tai Seng Street, Level 8, om-home.com
Halo Creative & Design
This Hong Kong-based furniture producer and distributor has brought to the Singapore fair its best-selling global range, alongside a selection of new products from its top brands including Timothy Oulton and its eponymous brand Halo Established 1976. Top picks for this year include the Bedford Sofa Collection—a modern take on a classic silhouette, with a higher seat back for active support—as well as the lightweight and intricate Nest Lighting Collection (seen above), which pair frosted bulbs with brass for a retro-inspired industrial feel.
Where to buy: More information at halocreativedesign.com.
If you’re seeking out new ways to refresh your pool deck, be sure to check out the weather-resistant pieces from this Belgian outdoor furniture brand. This year, Manutti will bring its latest San, River and Cascade collections to the fair. Must-sees include pieces from The San collection—these light, minimalist outdoor furniture pieces are the work of French designer Lionel Doyen.
This eco-conscious furniture brand marks its 10th anniversary this year, with a celebratory theme of “enlightenment” that extends to everything it does, from its new furniture pieces to its continuing green and sustainable approach to design. Expect to see wall decorations from its new Tuareg collection as well as Shelfmate (seen above), a modular shelf system with variable dimensions that can be customised based on the size of your wall and storage needs.
Based in Hong Kong, this furniture brand specialises in crafting sustainably made outdoor furniture and solar powered lighting. Highlights of the brand’s newest furniture pieces include the stackable Kose chair (seen above), which was created in collaboration with New York-based designer Karim Rashid, and solar-powered lighting pieces including the Parade beach torch and the Pose 04 table lamp.
Known for its sustainably produced furniture, the Vietnam-based design practice took inspiration from the American architect Louis Kahn for its latest collection. It marries modern industrial style with traditional craftsmanship, with its use of cast iron, sculpted concrete and authentic wood finishes. Highlights from the new collection include a ping pong table made with solid oak and padauk wood, as well as stacking benches that can be used as both shelving and seating.
Seek decor inspiration from the multi-label furniture booths such as Resource Décor from Hong Kong, which will show a curated selection of its best-selling brands for the Singapore fair. Top picks include pieces from Kelly Hoppen’s Retrospective Collection (seen above), which feature her signature neutral colour scheme revived by luxe metal hardware; Thomas Bina furniture that pair reclaimed wood and mid-century modern silhouettes; Tracey Boyd’s kaleidoscopically colourful array of seats.
The International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2017 will be held from 9-12 March at Singapore Expo. Visit iffs.com.sg for more information.