Type

2015: Curatorial, 2019: Curatorial & design

Location

National Design Centre, Singapore

Area

270 sqm

Program

Permanent collection

Client

DesignSingapore council

Timeline

06/2014 – 03/2015, (revamp) 11/2018 – 07/2019

Partners

Pico Art International pte. ltd. (for 2015 & 2019);  Gallagher & Associates Asia pte. ltd. (for 2015 only)

Fifty Years of Singapore Design chronicles;

the development of the Singapore design scene from its early years in the 1960s.

The collection presents iconic, popular and pivotal designs that have shaped the industry, bringing together for the first time, design works gathered from the fields of Environmental Design, Fashion & Accessories, Product & Industrial Design, and Visual Communications in a fifty-year span. Along with designed objects, the showcase includes the stories that reflect the movements, trends, and values of each decade. Through the curatorial journey which included in-depth interviews and collaborations with designers, this exhibition is not merely a timeline of triumphs and milestones of Singapore’s design scene; but also a collection of personal accounts, a self-portrait of a nation’s creative sensibility and attitude set against a backdrop of changing aesthetic, and economic and socio-political climate.

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