This year, in an inaugural collaboration with design consultancy TANKE.LONDON/, IFFS will present the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, an exclusive showcase of high-end, international brands presented in a creative and coherent manner.
An artist’s impression of the layout
Comprising both renowned and emerging brands, this inaugural edition of CARTE BLANCHE will see Chantal Hamaide — founder of iconic French design magazine, Intramuros — team up with founders of ARRO Studio, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth, who will manage scenography and artistic direction.
Maiden Opportunity for ARRO Studio
Often remembered for their award-winning revamp of the Clarks Originals HQ in the UK, ARRO Studio is a creative, multi-disciplinary design agency based in Paris, with activities across the globe including the UK, USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, and Morocco.
Founders of ARRO Studio, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth
CARTE BLANCHE marks two ‘firsts’ for ARRO Studio — first ever exhibition in Singapore and first collaboration with Hamaide. Commenting on their experience so far, Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth expressed, “Indeed, we are particularly glad about this opportunity! The ‘Little Red Dot’ boasts a vibrant design scene, and its fast pace and cultural setting have attracted our attention for some time now, so we were delighted when IFFS approached us. Also, we are lucky to collaborate with Chantal Hamaide. It’s an honour for us, as she has always been passionate about putting design talents in the limelight, and it’s been a pleasure to work with her.”
18 Prominent Brands to be Featured
Revolving around the theme of ‘New Traditions’, this edition’s CARTE BLANCHE will feature an outstanding selection of brands — most of them never-before-seen — hailing from China, Denmark, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Singapore, and Spain. The participating brands hand-picked by the curator include:
Grafunkt (Singapore): In an exclusive collaboration with Disney, Nathan Yong has come up with a series of four stool / side table designs available in limited runs as a Star Wars collectible edition. The pieces are modelled after iconic characters — Sandcrawler, Millennium Falcon, TIE-Fighter, and AT-AT.
Bensimon (Maison & Gallery, France): Behind France’s most cherished lifestyle brand is a set of brothers, Yves and Serge Bensimon, whose dreams of travels, adventures, and encounters have turned into a thriving company. Pictured here is a glass table lamp imagined by Israeli designer, Dan Yeffet.
Elliptic Circle (Hong Kong): A young furniture brand founded by Renaud Noret, Elliptic Circle creates and produces poetic objects, executed with the greatest care and the most refined artisanal knowledge. The “Mooncrater” lights collection was inspired by the impact made by meteors scarring the lunar ground.
Petite Friture (France): An aggregator of good design, Petite Friture features a unique selection of furniture, lighting, and accessories from various international designers. Representing the design portal at IFFS is Sylvain Willenz’s versatile lighting system — CHAINS; pendant lamps whose shape is reminiscent of a ribbed shell.
Sharing her thoughts on the eclectic ensemble of brands and items to be displayed, Hamaide declared, “In their diversity, all the selected pieces have something in common: a boundless creative streak and a tremendous amount of dedication, which each designer has put into the conception, unveiling some revered and specific know-hows. Beyond the trends and cultural expectations, this coherent body of work also evokes a dialogue between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. I believe this is the very dialogue that breathes meaning and strength into the global industry.”
Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, expressed, “An integral part of our event’s vitality is in ensuring we deliver original content and exciting showcases to the audience. The team is always open to exploring new partnerships, and those familiar with IFFS may have noticed it’s very much a part of our DNA.”