The designers at Fictive Fingers blend traditional methods like silkscreen and block printing with contemporary techniques in their work. Their studio in Geylang is one of the stops in this year's Design Trails event. PHOTO: FICTIVE FINGERS

A highlight of this year's Singapore Design Week (SDW), Design Trails will cover eight establishments, from design studios and residences to food and beverage joints, in areas such as Joo Chiat, Jalan Besar and Geylang. Design Trails runs from March 19-20, during which, participants will visit a selected line-up of design-related businesses on specially chartered buses. Fictive Fingers is one of the stops. The owners of the studio are blending traditional methods like silkscreen and block printing with contemporary techniques.

Now in its third year, the event has been organised around the theme Thoughtful Design. Participants will be invited to venture beyond the superficial look and feel of products and experiences, and discover why and how they took the shapes they did. In an industrial building in Sims Drive, for example, participants will get to try letterpress printing on vintage machines at Papy Press studio. 

Design Trails is one of more than 110 events being held in conjunction with SDW, which is on until March 20. Other events include Singaplural, Maison & Objet Asia 2016, and the International Furniture Fair Singapore 2016.

More than half of the week's fringe activities are aimed at the public, so Singaporeans can interact with design and see it at work. Singaplural, SDW's anchor event at 99 Beach Road, will showcase more than 70 design installations with the theme "Making 'Sense' Of Design".

The public will also be able to get creative at the first Design and Make Fair, on till March 20, with workshops on glass painting, leather crafting and ceramic doll-making. And those who cannot create can shop. Over 30 Singapore-designed and Singapore-made products will be showcased across four levels.


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(First published in The Straits Times.)