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Revisit the Amazing International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018Thursday 22 March 2018
Revisit the Amazing International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 ⇒ The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2018 (IFFS 2018) concluded yet another successful edition from 8 to 11 March at the Singapore EXPO and CovetED was there to witness it all. The highly-anticipated fair, along with the co-locating 35th ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS) and NOOK Asia 2018, attracted over 19,196 trade professionals from 89 countries representing the furniture, furnishing and interior design industries.
Since its inaugural edition in 1981, IFFS has served the furniture industry as a choice sourcing platform in Asia. This year, the fair featured a comprehensive portfolio of 374 exhibiting companies from 26 countries, which put up an inspirational showcase of design-rich and innovative pieces. The Singapore government recognised IFFS’ continuing efforts at pushing Asian and international furniture trade. Speaking at the IFFS 2018 Opening Ceremony, guest-of-honour S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, said “IFFS has become Asia’s premier design-led sourcing platform, with a comprehensive and diverse range of furniture and furnishing designs from all around the world”. Iswaran continued, explaining that with “Singapore’s thriving innovation ecosystem, growing design scene and strong linkages to the region, I am confident that the SFIC will continue its good work to support the development of the furniture industry”.
“The trade exhibitions scene and exhibitors’ needs are always evolving and we need to keep up with the times by embracing change”, shared Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd. “The challenge is in finding the right balance between staying ahead, while still meeting our exhibitors’ needs. As the show continues to evolve, we will progressively reinvent ourselves to cater to the needs of our audiences”.
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Industry professionals left the fair with satisfaction about the quality of connections and conversations exchanged during the event. “This is our first participation and we’re very happy with the results”, expressed Chirag Jain, Director of Just Wood. “As a manufacturer and exporter of Indian wooden furniture, my main objective is to meet importers and distributors who are keen on bringing our products to their markets. We managed to meet people from literally all over the globe, including buyers from the ASEAN region, Europe, Americas and Australia. We are 100 percent certain of returning for the next edition”.
The fair’s focus on design was demonstrated through its feature areas, displays and knowledge sharing seminars, and visitors looking for content-rich features were treated to a variety of inspiring, engaging and immersive showcases that sparked conversations across the show floor. Popular feature areas captured visitors’ attention with their classy and sleek displays. These included the record-breaking 15 Country Pavilions – which featured the debut of four new pavilions from France, Japan, Portugal, and Turkey –, The Italian New Renaissance – curated by Italian design icon Giulio Cappellini – and CARTE BLANCHE, presented in collaboration with TANKE.LONDON/.
At the IFFS 2018 Opening Ceremony, the organisers announced that, as part of its rejuvenation efforts, IFFS 2019 will relocate to the Sands Expo and Convention Centre in Marina Bay Sands (MBS). Set to take place from 9 to 12 March 2019, the fair expects attendance from a new wave of participants and exhibitors alike.
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