1) It’s Our 34th Anniversary This Year
The Singapore International Furniture Show started out in 1982 as the 1st specialised furniture trade show in Singapore. The show enjoyed much success over its initial years, contributing to the boom of the Singapore furniture industry.
In 1992, the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) was born. IFFS became the 1st international furniture fair in Asia to be accepted as a member of the prestigious Union des Foires Internationales (UFI), a Paris-based international body of trade fair organisers. IFFS was also classified by the Singapore Government as one of seven Mega Trade Events in Singapore, in recognition of its role in promoting trade within the region and internationally.
IFFS has evolved over three decades to become the iconic
and established trade event that it is today – the leading trade platform that connects industry players, promotes design and innovation, and continually excites with new ideas and inspiration!
Interested to know more? View the rest of IFFS’s milestones here.
2) IFFS Has Become Smaller in Recent Years…Not!
Did you know that IFFS started out with only 8,000 square metres of floor space and a modest participation of 82 exhibitors from 4 ASEAN countries? The show has blossomed since its beginnings and has grown exponentially over the years. Last year, IFFS 2015 witnessed the participation of a total of 487 exhibitors from a record number of 39 countries, and welcomed 18,836 visitors from 102 countries to the fair!
Come March, IFFS will once again return to Halls 1-6 of The Singapore Expo, occupying the same 60,000 square metres of floor space, but offering a more rewarding experience with new features and highlights! IFFS 2016 will present a total of 13 country pavilions , bringing the total country count to 27.
3) 2016 is A Year of Many Firsts
2016 is a milestone year for IFFS with the introduction of several new events and features!
For the first time ever, the lines between the outdoors and indoors will be blurred with the addition of a Garden Boulevard that clusters exhibitors with garden or outdoor offerings together in a dedicated area. Witness how design consultants use vertical gardening and greenery to make indoor spaces look like the outdoors, and get ready to be blown away by a magnificent sculpture made entirely of multiple showpieces stacked together to form a display centrepiece. Constructed with ordinary items contributed by various exhibitors, the display aims to draw a parallel between design and everyday living, and serves as a reflection of the multi-faceted nature of IFFS. You’ve definitely got to see it for yourself!
In yet another unprecedented move, IFFS makes a bold decision to break away from the spatial confines of past editions. The Décor Show will no longer be contained within one event hall but instead, the various exhibitors’ booths will stretch across all halls, lining one end of the venue. This was done in a bid to offer a seamless show experience that enables visitors to browse through both furniture and the accompanying decor items within the same hall.
And lastly, the biennial furniPRO Asia, a woodworking, furniture, and panel production exhibition for the ASEAN region, adjusted its dates to coincide with IFFS this year. With the addition of the co-located furniPRO Asia, industry professionals will benefit from a collective offering that is wider and more comprehensive, which now spans all the way from materials to equipment, services, and finished products! Expect a more holistic experience and greater value, all in a single convenient location.
4) Inspiration is All Around
As a design-led event that sits at the forefront of the ASEAN furniture exhibition circuit, IFFS aims to impress and inspire at every turn. Expect to be wowed by a series of innovative structural and interactive displays that are designed specially to invoke inspiration and create conversations. These displays will be put up across all six halls, offering surprises to attendees round every corner. A walk around the show floor is sure to spark an idea or two!
There is so much to look forward to at IFFS 2016! If you haven’t yet pre-regsistered your attendance, wait no more. Click here to pre-register today.