Now leading into its ninth year, Handmade is Wallpaper*s most proudly ambitious annual project; the creation of a ground breaking exhibition and special edition of the magazine, dedicated to the marriage of craftsmanship and design. Acting as patron and creative director, Wallpaper* cherry-picks a selection of some of the world’s finest artists, craftsmen, makers and manufacturers, commissioning unique and one-off luxury items of furniture, fittings, food stuffs, fashion and much more.

For the first time since its inception, Wallpaper* Handmade is inviting Singapore designers to contribute to its 2018 exhibition. As part of an ongoing collaboration with DesignSingapore Council (Dsg), the call-out for the Next Generation Designer is now open to all Singaporean designers around the world to create something meaningful, useful and beautiful.

The theme for the Wallpaper* Handmade 2018 Singapore call-out is Wellness and Wonder – the quest for mental and corporeal wellbeing, the long and winding journey towards a better you. With this in mind, we are looking for designers to create pieces that accessorise the cult of self-improvement, objects that exercise the cerebellum and work out the glutes, that replenish the body, jet-wash the life force and restore the innate harmony of the individual. We’re thinking brutalist cardio kit, hand-woven yoga mats, portable libraries, vitamin-pill cabinets, sculptural healing crystals, chi-realigning apparel, seasonal affective disorder-curing lighting. Got it? Good. Now… breathe out.

Feeling better? The call-out for our Next Generation Designer is for all qualified Singapore citizens and Singapore permanent residents. Designers from architecture, fashion, product design, graphic design, furniture design and industrial design, who have graduated in the last five years, are welcome to submit their best concept proposal. Only one Next Generation Designer will be selected to work with Wallpaper*, which will commission the production of the winning Wellness and Wonder concept to be showcased at Handmade 2018.

‘We launched Wallpaper* Handmade in 2010 to invite talented young designers, craftspeople and makers from all around the world to collaborate in the creation of beautiful and unique, one-off pieces,’ adds Wallpaper* Editor-in-Chief Tony Chambers. ‘With Singapore now on our radar as one of the fastest developing design destinations, Wallpaper* looks forward to showcasing and celebrating the city-state’s dynamic and creative spirit.’

The winning Next Generation Designer will be teamed up with a manufacturer of Wallpaper* magazine’s choice. Then, together with a collection of Wallpaper* Handmade Classics, the winning Next Generation creation will make its debut at Singapore Design Week in March 2018, before travelling to Milan’s Salone del Mobile in April to be exhibited with the latest Handmade pieces and finally returning to Singapore in June 2018 with a newly curated collection of Handmade On Tour pieces.

Wallpaper* Handmade is the must-attend event at the Salone del Mobile, held during Milan Design Week. With the design week attracting over 343,600 buyers, creators, retailers and journalists, and social media representatives from 165 countries, footfall at the exhibition runs into the thousands.

The winner of the Wallpaper* Next Generation competition will have their piece showcased live not only at Wallpaper* Handmade, but also in the global August issue of the magazine and on ‘This is an exceptional opportunity for Singaporean talents to demonstrate their creativity and innovation at not one, but two renowned international design platforms – Wallpaper* Handmade and the Salone del Mobile in Milan. I urge next generation designers to respond actively to the call for participation from Wallpaper* Handmade.’ says Ms Agnes Kwek, executive director, Dsg.


With selections judged on striking creativity and the most imaginative projection of Wallpaper* Handmade 2018’s ‘Wellness and Wonder’ theme, a shortlist of ten concept designs will be chosen by an esteemed panel including Wallpaper* creative director Sarah Douglas, with the winning design announced 31 October 2017.

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