FDA 2017: Call for entries

About FDA

The Furniture Design Award (FDA) is an annual furniture design competition organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC). It was first launched in 1993 as the Furniture Design Competition and was renamed FDA in 2003. The Award aims to uncover budding design talents and be a reputable showcase for the unique creations of the world's best creative minds. Increasingly, the Award has become a platform for exchange and networking amongst furniture manufacturers and designers internationally.

A project of SingaPlural — an annual design festival in March which showcases the best design elements from the multi-faceted creative spectrum of advertising, architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, as well as interior, furniture, graphic and fashion design — the FDA is held in conjunction with the International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS), one of Asia's premiere furniture trade shows.

SingaPlural is also the anchor event of the Singapore Design Week.

FDA 2017

Furniture Design Award (FDA) 2017 will take on a 'free style' approach where designers are welcomed to exercise their creativity without restrictions, and demonstrate their originality through this open call for entries.

Theme: Open theme

  • No lightings (standing lamp, ceiling lamp, table lamp)
  • No accessories (vases, hooks, tableware or decorative items)

Entry Requirements

  • Open to local (Singapore) and international participation.
  • Open to participants of all backgrounds, including design students and professionals.
  • Participation is on individual basis only.
  • Entries must be original works of the entrant, who will be recognised as the sole designer of the said entries throughout the course of the competition.
  • Entries must be newly created and unpublished (never appeared in the market as a product, featured in any newspapers, magazines, exhibitions or been a winner of other competitions).
  • Entries that infringe, breach, prejudice or violate the property, interests or rights (including but not limited to contractual rights, user rights, copyright, design rights and all other proprietary and intellectual property rights) of any third party will be disqualified. Participants shall be liable for claims by such third parties resulting from the infringement. The Organiser shall not be held responsible for any infringement.

Submission Requirements

  • Detailed concept of the design with photographs or visualised sketches and renderings, including brief descriptive annotations and approximate dimensions, must be presented on A4 size in Adobe PDF format (max file size of 1Mb). A maximum of two pages per entry may be submitted. Do not include any name or form(s) of identification on the page(s).
  • Write-up of a maximum of 150 words, that should include concept, inspiration, innovations, design aspects, primary function, materials used and any additional features of the product(s).
  • Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of 3 entries per sign up.

Participation Fee / Mode of Payment

  • SGD 50.00 for local (Singapore) and locally-based designers
  • USD 60.00 for international designers

The participation fee is applicable to individual participant and is inclusive of 7% GST where applicable.

Participation fee can be made via the submission website (www.furnituredesignaward.sg). In the event that an online submission is not a viable option, kindly write in to enquiry@furnituredesignaward.sg.

Judging Criteria

  • Degree of Innovation
    • Is the design concept new?
    • How did the new design come about and what is the design process?
    • Is there innovative use of technology (including materials, construction and business models)?
  • Marketability
    • What is the potential of the product for commercialisation?
    • Does it appeal to the market that it was designed for?
  • Functionality
    • Does the concept fulfill all requirements of handling, usability, safety and product feasibility?
    • Does it fulfill a need or function?
    • Is it practical in terms of its size, weight and storage?
  • Environmental
    • What are the choice of material and the source of it?
    • Is there efficient use of material resulting in low wastage?
    • Is the process of manufacturing and production methods environmentally friendly?
    • Is the furniture ready-to-assemble, knockdown or flat-pack friendly?

FDA Grand Award

SGD20, 000 Cash, Certificate, Trophy and 12sqm exhibition booth in International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2018 / 35th ASEAN Furniture Show (AFS).

All other finalists will be given a certificate of participation.

Terms and Conditions

FDA 2017 Jury Panel

FDA 2017's panel of judges will feature prominent industry personalities and international designers from diverse backgrounds.

Patrick Chia
Patrick Chia

Patrick Chia (Chief Judge)

Founder and Director, Squeeze Design
Founding Director, Design Incubation Centre, National University of Singapore

Born in Singapore and studied Industrial Design in Australia, Patrick Chia designs have been exhibited and represented by galleries in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. Since 2002 he has collaborated extensively with the Japanese company Time and Style. In 2006, Patrick Chia was awarded The Best Breakthrough Acts by the influential international design magazine, Wallpaper*, during its 2006 Annual Design Awards.

Patrick has been appointed Jury member for various competitions and awards such as the Red Dot Design Awards, James Dyson Award, Singapore President's Design Award and the Singapore Furniture Award.

Prof ByungKil Kang
South Korea
Byungkil Kang

ByungKil Kang

General Director, Design Research Institute, Seoul Design Foundation
Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Sookmyung Women's University

Byungkil Kang was born in Seoul, Korea in 1954 and graduated from Hongik University majoring in Industrial and Furniture Design. He was awarded the Presidential prize at the Korea Design Exhibition, together with many other design competitions.

Byungkil has collaborated with corporations such as LG, Hyundai Motors, Samsung Books, Artbox, and Korea Sysmax. In addition, he has also collaborated with European Design Partnership (EDP) in designing the first generation model of the Korean high-speed train as a Design Partner to General Electric Company (GEC) Alstom. Byungkil participated as visiting scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) in USA, and has worked as Director of the Design Gallery of Seoul Arts Center. Byungkil began his career as a professor 35 years ago. He currently works at the College of Arts, Sookmyung Women's University as a Professor in the Industrial Design Department, where he is also the Dean. Simultaneously, he is working at the Seoul Design Research Institute as a Director General.

Colin Seah
Colin Seah

Colin Seah

Founder and Director of Design, Ministry of Design (MOD)

Architecturally trained in the US and licensed in Singapore, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. He also spent 4 years at the National University of Singapore's Department of Architecture researching design pedagogy and serving as design critic.

As MOD's Founder and Director of Design, Colin has been named Designer of the Year by International Design Awards USA 2010, and is a two-time recipient of Singapore's highest design accolade, the President's Design Award. He is also a two-time Grand Prize Winner of the Gold Key Award, the highest international hospitality accolade, named Hong Kong Perspective's '40 under 40 architects' and Marcus Corporation Foundation Prize 2007 ‘emerging architect with potential for greatness'. Recognised as “Rising Star in Architecture” by Monocle, Colin Seah has been invited by the Singapore Tourism Board to redefine Singapore as a destination for 2020 and beyond.

Jurgen Bey
The Netherlands
Jurgen Bey

Jurgen Bey

Co-founder, Studio Makkink & Bey

The ambition of renowned Dutch designer Jurgen Bey (1965, Soest, the Netherlands) is to see the role of the designer expanded to the most strategic function possible. As co-founder of Studio Makkink & Bey together with Rianne Makkink and a team of designers, he continues to analyse content in search for the relation of objects and their users. In their words, “town planning, architecture and landscape architecture are indissolubly connected to products and can be in symbiosis; the lamp has influenced architecture and the built home the products for the interior.”

The work includes products, furniture, interiors and public spaces and is often produced in collaboration with companies such as Droog, Royal Tichelaar Makkum and Moooi. The work of Studio Makkink & Bey has been awarded with many prizes and their vision is adopted by many colleagues and students, both within The Netherlands and abroad, through education, many lectures and exhibitions. In September 2010, Jurgen Bey has been appointed as the new director of the Sandberg Institute, a masters programme of the Rietveld Arts Academy in Amsterdam.

Shin Azumi
Shin Azumi

Shin Azumi

Founder, a studio
Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Hosei University

Shin Azumi was born in Kobe, Japan in 1965. After finishing his MA at the Royal College of Art, UK in 1994, he started working as a design unit ‘AZUMI'. He established his own office ‘a studio' in London in 2005. The clients list of ‘a studio' includes lapalma, Magis, Fredericia, Tefal, and many other international brands. In 2016, he moved his base from London to Tokyo.

Shin Azumi's work has received numerous design awards in Europe and in Japan, amongst which the Blueprint 100% Design Award and “Product of the Year” of FX International Design Award. He also took part in the jury of numerous design awards such as, iF Design Award (DE), Design Report Award (DE/IT), et cetera. His works were acquired by many international museums such as Victoria & Albert Museum (UK), Stedelijk Museum (Holland). He is a professor of Hosei University, and visiting professor of Osaka University of Arts, and Kobe Design University in Japan.

Tony K. M. Chang
Tony K. M. Chang

Tony K. M. Chang

Chief Advisor, Taiwan Design Center

Born in 1946, studied architecture at the Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU) in Chungli, Taiwan and awarded an honorary doctorate in design in 2013 — today, Chang is Chief Advisor of the Taiwan Design Center, of which he was CEO and editor-in-chief of DESIGN magazine until 2013. In addition, Chang holds talks in Asia, Europe and the USA. As a well-respected design expert, he has also worked in a consulting capacity for several decades. Chang was the founding chairman of the Taiwan Design Alliance in 2008. In 2013, he was selected — for the third time — as a member of the executive board of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID).

Procedure / Timeline

Timeline of the FDA 2017 edition

1 May 2016
Call for entries

15 August 2016, 1200 hrs, noon (Singapore time)
Submission deadline

22 – 31 August 2016
Preliminary Judging (Round 1)

  • 24 entries will be shortlisted in the Preliminary Judging by a judging panel that consists of reputable figures in the design scene.
  • Shortlisted participants will be notified on the 1st week of September 2016.

5 October 2016
Judging Interview (Round 2)

  • Short-listed semi-finalists will be required to produce scaled models of their designs and present them together with concepts and prototyping processes to the judging panel during the interview.
  • The physical scaled prototypes need to arrive SFIC office before the Judging Interview, 5 October 2016.
  • During this session, 12 out of 24 finalists will be selected.
  • Shortlisted participants will be notified on the 2nd week of October 2016.

8 March 2017
Final Judging (Round 3)

  • Finalists will have to produce prototypes of their designs, to be in time for the FDA finalist showcase at SingaPlural 2017.
  • A subsidy capped at SGD500 will be awarded by SFIC for the production of each prototype unless the finalist is already sponsored. Prototypes are to be shipped to Singapore prior to commencement of SingaPlural 2017 in March. Logistics costs to be undertaken by finalists.
  • Trip arrangements and costs to be fully undertaken by finalists.
  • Finalists will make their way to Singapore and will present their design concepts and answer questions in person, posed to them by the panel of judges.
  • From this session, FDA Grand Award Winner will be determined.

9 March 2017
Opening Ceremony & FDA 2017 Prize Presentation

  • All finalists are to attend the IFFS Opening Ceremony and Prize Presentation.

9 - 12 March 2017

  • Timing for trade: 9 – 11 March, 09:30 am – 06:00 pm and 12 March, 09:30 am – 05:00 pm
  • For public visitors: 12 March 2016, 12:00 pm – 05:00 pm
  • All finalists are encouraged to stay at their booth through out IFFS/AFS to explain to interested visitors and potential manufactures and buyers. Don't miss out this opportunity to connect and network with the trade.

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FDA 2017 submissions is now close! Thank you for your participation.

The 24 shortlisted participants will be notified via email on the 2nd week of September.

Announcement will be made on Facebook here.