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By Furniture News Jun 27, 2013

Furniture Design Award 2014 calls for submissions

The highly anticipated annual Furniture Design Award (FDA), organised by the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC), is seeking for submission entries for FDA 2014.

FDA is an annual furniture design competition which seeks to uncover the best design talents, both locally and internationally. Apart from providing an avenue for designers to express their creativity, the FDA can also act as a springboard for future career opportunities within the design industry. 

This year, in a bid to take the challenge up a notch, the organisers have introduced a free style theme where designers are welcome to explore their imagination and demonstrate their originality through this open call for submissions. Winning entries will be showcased and presented at SingaPlural 2014, held in conjunction with International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2014/ 31st ASEAN Furniture Show, The Décor Show 2014 and The Hospitality 360⁰.

"Over the years, we have received many creative and unique entries from a wide spectrum of designers of various ages and nationalities," says Mr Simon Ong, Chairman of Design Development, SFIC. "The Furniture Design Award has served as a platform to propel designers in their careers as well as maintain the dynamism and vibrancy of the furniture design industry. This year, SFIC has decided to do without a theme for the Furniture Design Award and we look forward to even more innovative ideas from aspiring designers across the globe.”

At the 21st edition of the FDA, the organisers have made the decision to encourage an open call for submissions, providing designers with the freedom to explore their imagination and to create furniture that not only appeals aesthetically, but also represents the designers as unique individuals.

Mr. Piotr Saladra, FDA 2013 Grand Award Winner from Poland, says: “Apart from being able to showcase my works to a larger audience, the Award gave me the opportunity to compete with other designers from all over the world, an experience that encouraged me to challenge myself further. I am honoured to have emerged as Grand Award Winner at the FDA 2013, amongst other talented and distinctive designers. Through an open call for submissions this year, I believe that FDA 2014 will see even more creative entries from a growing number of designers.”

"The Furniture Design Award has served as a platform to propel designers in their careers as well as maintain the dynamism and vibrancy of the furniture design industry."

The FDA 2014 will consist of two categories; Students and Designers. The Students category is open to any student studying in local or international arts and design institutions and the Designers category welcomes participants worldwide. In addition, the FDA 2014’s panel of judges will comprise of prominent industry personalities and international designers. Entries will be judged based on several criteria including creativity, functionality, environmental and most importantly, originality.

Since its inaugural launch in 1993, the FDA has been regarded by industry experts as one of the most premier platforms for furniture manufacturers and designers to network and learn from each other.  In 2013, FDA celebrated its 20th anniversary and saw winners from countries such as Poland, China, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore. FDA 2014 is supported by DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, SPRING Singapore, American Hardwood Export Council, and DesignS.

Registration for FDA 2014 closes on 1 September 2013.  Entries can be entered online, with a full list of categories, deadlines and award criteria also available on the website. 

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