March_ District Design Dialogue Holland Village, Design Singapore

March_ District Design Diallogue - Holland Village, Design Singapore

Based out of Paris, we are used to covering local and European wide design events, designers and exhibitions. Last year we were heavily involved with South Korean design and it was our first time dipping a toe into the water of the Asian design scene. This year the design world of a whole new country, Singapore, is opening up to us in Asia and we couldn't be more excited.

We have been invited to visit, participate in and work with the District Design Dialogue – Holland Village project at Singapore Design Week 2018 this year in March. The initiative, which is helmed by innovative local design agency Hjgher, is a series of imagined shop installations forged to showcase the local creative talent and build the local design community through workshops, events, and talks. 

Singapore, a fairly new country, may bring to mind beautiful clean and lush airports and sunny South East Asian weather and shopping... lots of shopping - but what about it's newly budding creative and entrepreneurial scene? From everything we have been seeing so far from local designers and creative agencies, it seems like the small country has a lot to offer.

Have a peek at what this creative agency has put together for this year's must-visit design event in Asia. Stay tuned as we will be covering the event online and on our Instagram next month!


February 22, 2018

event dates
March 10 - 18, 2018

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I. The Library

A house dedicated to the art of prose, print and design.

Homegrown literary collective Sing Lit Station will take up residency at The Library. Visitors are invited to walk in to start conversations, seek advice from, and watch Writers-in-Residence at work.

The Writers-in-Residence will also helm a pop-up retail bookshop with a selection of design and art books by iconic independent design bookstore, Basheer Graphic Books.  

On weekends, one of the bedrooms will feature ‘Locked in a Room With’ sessions—a ‘Live’ version of “ask-me-anything” dialogues with local, eminent creative personalities.


II. The Kitchen

A space dedicated to food, culinary design and varied taste palates.

Food heroes from all over the island will come together in The Kitchen to offer a diverse array of foods ranging from gourmet street snacks and food truck meals to local food produce as well as pop-up dinner clubs by BlackwattleBrunch Bandits, and Kenneth Foong (Cure), amongst others.

Visitors can also participate in workshops from tea appreciation, cookie and wine tastings, chocolate and whiskey pairings, and talks on food sustainability and urban farming.


III. The Runway

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Fashion installations and retail concepts by noteworthy and under-the-radar homegrown fashion labels.

The Runway is a curated round-up of brands selected for their distinctive design aesthetic and innovative concepts, some of whom are presenting pop-up retail debuts in Singapore.

The Runway will host fashion installations, craft-making workshops and a peek into the hatmaker's working atelier.


IV. The Playground

A space dedicated to nurturing young and curious minds through experiential play and experience design.

Visitors entering The Playground go through a String Maze to reach the front door. Once inside, they are greeted by Fishes in the Reef, an interactive craft installation by bespoke children’s party planners, Party Elves.

The Playground will host a series of workshops and events to bring out the creativity and imaginations of kids in the neighborhood. 


V. The Lounge

A house dedicated to living better, featuring wellness activities and lifestyle design wares by local brands.

The Lounge showcases beauty, home and lifestyle products by local brands such as The Gentle Label (botanical home cleaning essentials), ves. studio (ceramic vessels), Candles of Light (botanical fragrance atelier), Pew Pew Patches (iron on and sticker patches), amongst others.

They will host a stress relief room and also a room to get inked !


VI. The Stage

An aural sonic space dedicated to homegrown music.

The Stage is a house hosting intimate music sessions by homegrown Singaporean musicians and local artists.

In addition to acoustic sessions by singer-songwriters Glen Wee and DJ Zig Zach will curate a music line-up over the weekends of 10-11 March and 17-18 March.

The Stage will also feature sound art installations, immersive digital art shows, and DJ workshops.


VII. Eyeyah!

EYEYAH! A T-Shirt exhibition for kids. Inspired by the theme of “The INTERNET”, this walk-in wardrobe of hyper-colour imagery is the collection of over 30 artists’ work from around the world.

Curated by Steve Lawler and Tanya Wilson (formerly of Kult Magazine) this showcase launches their new publication EYEYAH!, designed to raise awareness of the dangers of the Internet.

Creativity is one of the most important skills a child needs to thrive in the future workplace. EYEYAH! aims to change perspectives and provoke new points of view about important issues such as the Internet, Environment, Anxiety and Money Matters.

Expect to see giant artworks, art prints and animations, interactive workshops.


VIII. Sole Superior

Soleul Superior, Singapore's go-to-sneaker-God is expanding their creative endeavors and celebrating the art of the innovative sneaker. You've seen those lines outside of Supreme, you know the addiction.

The Sole Superior space will play host to installations with international and home grown sneaker brands as well as commissioned artwork around the theme.


IX. say hi to_ House

An curatorial exhibition space dedicated to contemporary Singaporean design and fine art.

The say hi to_ House is a space curated by moi, Kristen de la Vallière - of the most innovative and creative local Singaporean contemporary designers and fine artists. 

In addition to a pop up gallery showcase, where local designer's work will be shown and for purchase - I will be visiting Singapore and  hosting two workshops for designers and creative entrepreneurs. The workshops will be 'Guerilla Marketing and PR for creative entrepreneurs in the Digital Age' and 'Crafting Your Digital Presence: The Art of Visual Storytelling'.


X. Blackout

A house of revolving activities, this eclectic design house focuses on immersing the five senses through design.

The Blackout House will include a pop-up tattoo studio by Vagabond Ink, an electronic music line-up curated by DJ ZigZach, and experiential installations by food anthropologist Brunch Bandits and event game designers, Curious Chimeras.

Look out for the pop-up magical apothecary inspired by North African souks, filled with herbal potions, snacks and salves made from locally foraged ingredients.

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Where ?


DDD Holland Village - Design Singapore
Holland Village and Chip Bee Gardens neighborhood
Singapore 278265

Dates_ March 10 - 18th, 2018

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