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The Society of Interior Designers Singapore announced its move to launch an Interior Design Accreditation Programme by 2021 at its 4th Singapore Interior Design Awards (SIDA) on December 3. The programme will enable the accredited design professionals to build stronger trust with the clients.
The event held at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre saw a guest turnout list of 250 people in the interior design industry in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Stringent safety measures were put in place and guests were not allowed to mingle. The event was streamed “live” to reach others who are unable to attend due to the limited number of seats allowed in the ballroom.
A design convention held in the afternoon marked the start of the event, which featured seminars and design sharing sessions from keynote speakers in the interior design industry.
“I would also like to apologize to friends who were present but didn’t get the chance to punch your knuckles as the zoning requirements prohibit the crossing of zones. We will catch up soon enough I’m sure! Despite that, I am very sure everyone who came went home happy and healthy,” said Prof. Keat Ong, President of SIDS, in his Facebook post.
Guest of Honor Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office and Second Minister for Finance and National Development.
In her speech, Minister Indranee noted that the Interior Design Accreditation Programme will be a significant milestone in SIDS transformation journey to enable the accredited design professionals to collaborate and build stronger trust with the clients. Excerpts of Minister Indranee’s and Prof. Ong’s speeches here.
Keynote speaker Ar. Ong Tze Boon
Mr. Ong spoke of “The Real Virtual” touching on the basics of a successful design approach in which the ‘What’, ‘How’ and ‘Why’ in designing a product must be established from the get-go. Excerpts of his talk here.
Keynote speaker Prof. Carlos Banos, Architect, Director and Co-Founder of AIRLAB Singapore
Prof. Banos spoke of the increasing importance of Digital Design and explores 3D printing for a circular economy. He explores a series of built projects by Architectural Intelligence Research Lab (AIRLAB) which features architectural trends such as freeform design, material optimization, complex ornamentation, and systems integration in a sustainable design paradigm. Excerpts of his talk here.
Guest speaker Oscar Wezenbeek, Managing Director of Akzonoble, for South East Asia Decorative (Paints SESA)
Mr. Wezenbeek spoke of “Embracing Change in 2021 with Brave Ground”. He also touched on trending colours for interiors in the next year. Excerpts of his talk here.