Mr Dick Powell, co-founder of Seymourpowell, says that the next phase of growth in Asia is for manufacturers to transform themselves into brand owners. “Then there will be a pressing need to innovate…a need that becomes their responsibility rather than someone else’s,” he says.
Ms Lei-Mei Julia Chiu sharing her story on Japanese craftsmen.
Citing the example of Japanese craftsmen innovating to create successful modern lifestyle products, Ms Lei-Mei Julia Chiu, president of Icograda (International Council of Communication Design), explains how the traditional craftsmen re-invent themselves, whilst remaining true to their craft.
Other speakers at the Forum were Mr Bhanu Inkawat and Mr Paul Finch. The forum on 3 August was the second of two forums jointly organised by the DesignSingapore Council and the Urban Redevelopment Authority. The first forum on 1 August covered the topic “Architecture & Design for a Green City”.