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Southeast Asia’s Foremost Designers converge on EMERGE @ FIND for Singapore Design Week 2023

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Over 50 designers to present works around this year’s theme of ‘CRAFT + INDUSTRY: MAN + MACHINE’

Clockwise from top left: Stamping Chairs by THINKK Studio of Thailand; wall mounted décor by Denny R Priyatna, AIEVL Design Studio of Indonesia; and Lớp Lamps by Thomas Vincent, Bang of Vietnam are some of the bold creations showing in response to this year’s theme of ‘CRAFT + INDUSTRY: MAN + MACHINE’. Photos courtesy of THINKK Studio, AIEVL Design Studio and Bang.

Singapore, 4 August 2023: Building on the resounding success of its first edition, the Southeast Asian design talent showcase will be returning to EMERGE @ FIND from 21 to 23 September 2023, as a key event of Singapore Design Week.

Presented by DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) and supported by FIND – Design Fair Asia, EMERGE @ FIND will gather more than 50 of the region’s most exciting designers who will present pieces specially created for this year’s edition across 800 sqm of exhibition space.

Curator of the showcase, Suzy Annetta, expands on last year’s exploration of Materiality with this year’s theme, ‘CRAFT + INDUSTRY: MAN + MACHINE’. The fresh works will exemplify the diverse spectrum of work produced across the region – from the handmade and crafted, to pure industrial and/or mass production.

“Discover a collection of Southeast Asian designers and artists whose work is shaped by a variety of approaches – from a rootedness in ancient craft, to interpretations of the traditional through new materials and techniques, to methods of working that are entirely reliant on contemporary technological innovation. From fully developed to experimental, each piece is deeply considered, shining a light on the cross-currents between traditional crafts, new technologies and interdisciplinary methods,” said Annetta.

Diversity of Design Talent

Visitors can expect to see a mix of returning and new designers from six countries – Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam working across different materials and methods.

From left: Khoo V-Ho of Dad’s Wood from Malaysia works with carpenters to fashion furniture from solid wood slabs; Chini Lichangco of Chini Studio from the Philippines prefers the human touch when fashioning her lamps. Photos by: Shooting Gallery

Among the crop showing for the first time are Tan Wei Xiang from Singapore, Khoo V-Ho and Giselle Khoo of Dad’s Wood from Malaysia, Hana Surya of Threadapeutic from Indonesia, Charnon Nakornsang of Nakornsang Studio from Thailand, Chini Lichangco of Chini Studio from the Philippines, and Thanh Tam Nguyen Tran of Tam’s Studio from Vietnam, just to name a few.

Thanh, who designs and creates screens using a heat presser on nylon sheets, is looking forward to her debut. “EMERGE is a perfect launching pad for Southeast Asian designers to make a name for themselves in the design community,” said Thanh.

Fellow debutant, Lichangco, who creates lighting fixtures and table top accessories by working with local suppliers and craftsmen to showcase Filipino talent, ingenuity, and craftsmanship,  echoes the sentiment of showing at EMERGE. “What I’m presenting for EMERGE would be my KAIA Collection. I’ve always been interested in how raw texture in nature comes to life, and I wanted to create that in my pieces,” said Lichangco.

From left: Eva Natasa from Indonesia and Tiffany Loy from Singapore are among the returning designers to EMERGE who will present fresh works with new techniques at the showcase. Photos by: Shooting Gallery

Returning designers are also taking the opportunity to launch new products and present fresh ideas at the showcase: Indonesian designer, Eva Natasa, is putting a different spin on her L02 stools with the use of natural indigo dye; Singapore’s Tiffany Loy, a textile designer, will be creating smaller pieces this time, but pushing the technique and materials further; and Thailand’s Teerapoj Teeropas is creating a special collection in collaboration with artisans.

“Working with skilled craftsmen means being able to witness my designs come to life through their hands rather than just on paper. There have been many times when the lifelong skills possessed by the craftsmen helped push my designs further. It was a pleasure to exchange know-how, and this has been a true collaboration,” shared Teeropas.

“We are excited to welcome so many talented craftsmen and women to FIND this year. The diversity, creativity and inimitable artistry on display illustrates again how bright the future of design in Asia really is,” said Carl Press, Event Director, FIND – Design Fair Asia.

“Singapore has always connected people, ideas and trades as an international hub and the gateway to Asia. As the organiser of Singapore Design Week (SDW), DesignSingapore Council envisions a festival that also celebrates and champions the design talent in Southeast Asia. We’re proud to present this year’s edition of EMERGE @ FIND, and believe this showcase will propel the region further on the global design landscape,” said Dawn Lim, Executive Director of Dsg.

Admission to EMERGE @ FIND is free with registration by 20 September 2023 on FIND – Design Fair Asia’s website. For onsite registration, an admission fee of S$39 will apply.


21 to 23 September 2023
10.00am to 6.00pm    
Marina Bay Sands, Convention Centre Singapore
Level 1, Hall A
10 Bayfront Ave
Singapore 018956

About Singapore Design Week

One of Asia’s premier design festivals, Singapore Design Week (SDW) celebrates Singapore’s distinctive brand of creativity, exploring design through three defining festival pillars: Design Futures, Design Marketplace and Design Impact. 

Design Futures focuses on the design of the future and the future of design, through the lens of forward-looking Singapore – where a more positive future is prototyped for Singapore and the world. Design Marketplace uncovers lifestyle trends from across the globe, with a spotlight on the fast-growing Southeast Asia region. Design Impact inspires with innovative and impactful design solutions that tackle society’s biggest questions and create a better world by design.

Organised by DesignSingapore Council, SDW is a celebration of creativity and innovation, championing thought leadership and showcasing the best of design from Singapore and beyond in our UNESCO City of Design. 

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About the DesignSingapore Council (Dsg)

The DesignSingapore Council’s (Dsg’s) vision is for Singapore to be an innovation-driven economy and a loveable city by design. As the national agency that promotes design, our mission is to develop the design sector, help Singapore use design for innovation and growth, and make life better in this UNESCO Creative City of Design. Dsg is a subsidiary of the Singapore Economic Development Board.

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About FIND – Design Fair Asia

FIND – Design Fair Asia, a joint venture between dmg events (organiser of INDEX, Big 5, HI Design Asia) and Fiera Milano (host of the Salone di Mobile), is a combination of trade show and design fair, offering a carefully curated selection of furniture, interiors and design brands. As an anchor event of Singapore Design Week organised by DesignSingapore Council, FIND – Design Fair Asia acts as a stimulating marketplace connecting leading suppliers across furniture, lighting, décor, textiles, design technology, home K&B and surface materials with retail buyers, residential and commercial property developers, architects, hospitality professionals, interior designers, high-net-worth individuals and Asia-based FF&E contractors.

With key stakeholders such as DesignSingapore Council and Italian Trade Agency, numerous regional partner associations and supported by the Singapore Tourism Board (STB), FIND will return to the iconic Marina Bay Sands with 300 international brands, an expanded hosted buyer program and exciting on-site initiatives across 12,500 sqm of exhibition space.

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Download the full list of designers at EMERGE @ FIND 2023 here.
Download the media kit for EMERGE @ FIND here.

Media contact

Serene Lim

DesignSingapore Council
Assistant Director

D +65 6962 2063
Doreen Ang

Edelman for DesignSingapore Council
Senior Manager

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Dennis She

For FIND – Design Fair Asia
Craft Communications

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