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New designs of Ikea's Frakta bag and a sofa (above) from the Ypperlig collection.
New designs of Ikea's Frakta bag and a sofa (above) from the Ypperlig collection.PHOTO: IKEA SINGAPORE
New designs of Ikea's Frakta bag (above) and a sofa from the Ypperlig collection.
New designs of Ikea's Frakta bag (above) and a sofa from the Ypperlig collection.PHOTO: IKEA SINGAPORE
A previous edition of Green Is The New Black: The Conscious Festival.
A previous edition of Green Is The New Black: The Conscious Festival.PHOTO: GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK

IKEA'S DESIGNER COLLABORATIONS

Ypperlig, the highly anticipated collaboration between Swedish furniture giant Ikea and Danish design company Hay, will be in Singapore stores from Oct 5.

Built around the idea of the "beauty of basics", this collection has about 60 pieces which include sofas, chairs, tables and homeware accessories. The pieces stay true to both companies' Scandinavian roots, featuring clean lines and minimalist silhouettes.

One highlight is Hay's remake of the iconic Frakta bag. It dresses one of the most recognised Ikea products in new colours and makes it more durable. A design has the carrier in silver with maroon straps and a weaving pattern. Each bag costs $3.90.

Prices for the rest of the pieces range between $2.90 for a set of 30 napkins and $949 for a three-seater sofa bed. Six other Ypperlig products will be launched in February.

Another item to look out for is the Delaktig, British designer Tom Dixon's multi-functional sofa that can be converted into a chaise or bed. It has a strong aluminium frame that is recyclable. The price is not yet available. Where: Ikea Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2 and Ikea Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Road


GREEN FESTIVAL RETURNS

Green Is The New Black: The Conscious Festival, a one-day event about sustainable living and socially conscious businesses, is back for its fourth run tomorrow.

It will be held at the Parkroyal on Pickering hotel in Chinatown.

Visitors can check out a marketplace, where local vendors will be selling fashion, beauty and lifestyle products that are eco-friendly. There will also be some booths selling healthy food. Banyan Tamarind Foods, for example, will serve gourmet vegetarian cuisine.

Home-grown bands will perform. For a dose of inspiration, check out Quickies, 10-minute talks by change-makers, such as Sofiya Shukhova from wildlife rescue and research organisation Acres, who will share how they are disrupting their industries.

Photography buffs should make a pitstop at the Green Warriors Exhibition, the first photography show at the festival. French fashion and music photographers Flavien Prioreau and Zoe Kovacs shot portraits of 30 eco-warriors who are using their business to do good or embody conscious living.

There are also three talks covering food and sustainability, well-being and mindfulness, and living a plastic-free life. Each talk features various local and international speakers such as film-maker and activist Craig Leeson and naturopathic doctor Andrea Paige. Where: Parkroyal on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street When: Tomorrow, 11am to 7pm Admission:Free, but the three talks are ticketed. Go to bescene.sg/event/gitnb2017thetalks to register.


CALL FOR DESIGNERS AND DESIGN STUDENTS

The Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDCS) is looking to recognise the best interior design projects in Singapore and Asia Pacific for the Design Excellence Awards 2017.

Designers will be judged under the Interior Design Excellence Awards (Idea) and can submit projects in 44 categories, including retail, hospitality and exhibition design.

Students will compete under the Spatial Design Awards (Spade) in 11 categories such as retail, workplace and public design.

This year, which marks the fifth edition of the awards, IDCS has added 12 new categories for both tracks. Notable new categories include exhibition design, sustainable design and environmental design for both interior designers and students. Professionals will also get to compete for Idea Project of the Year. Info:The submission deadline is Oct 31. For more information, go to idcs.sg/idcs-dea-singapore


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 30, 2017, with the headline 'Design News'. Print Edition | Subscribe