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Take a seat on local “cardboard sculptor” Bartholomew Ting’s sturdy furniture.

Launching at the Visual Arts Centre on Thursday, Dec 8, Future Fair is a platform for independent designers to show off their products and ideas to industry suits, the public and fellow creatives. An initiative started by trend forecasting firm Axiology in May this year, it aims to encourage designers and enthusiasts to learn about the industry and trends, and create support and awareness for Asia’s independent design community. (Read: it’s like a networking party meets shopping market meets geek-out get-together).

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Sign up for Indonesian label Binzu Mata’s workshop to learn the Japanese Shibori technique of indigo dyeing (registration fee is $80).

A plethora of activities will be held over four days (till Dec 11), from talks, workshops, exhibitions, to – but of course – shopping. Get educated at dialogue sessions with the CEOs of companies such as ODELL Watches and Left&Right Artisan Handcraft, and pick up skills such as Japanese Shibori dyeing and wire work jewellery-making at the workshops.

Open your mind at the installations of reflective pinwheels by industrial designer-artist Andrew Loh and eco-friendly furniture by cardboard sculptor Bartholomew Ting, before opening your purses to supporting homegrown labels like Mia JC. (they make accessories that look like bicycle parts) and Forestry (for sturdy leather goods). Every purchase will help support fledgling designers, and will make a great holiday gift for your loved ones too.


Main image: Singapore furniture store Pat et Cie’s water-resistant, expandable kraft paper furniture

Like this? Then shop for more holiday gifts such as affordable minimalist watches, designer tin robots, and fauna-inspired jewellery.