Design Just Got Real

16th December 2014,

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For the first time ever, IDCon 2014 presented a panel of renowned international designers who shared their insights about how design is a catalyst towards building a better environment.

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Held for the first time in October at Zebra Square, Kuala Lumpur, IDCon 2014 brought together the best talents in the design field, offering local design enthusiasts an inspirational experience. Attended by approximately 800 people, the audience comprised interior designers, architects, design professionals, key industry players as well as students from different colleges.

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“It has always been our vision and dream to bring the best of design to Malaysia,” says Iko In, Founder of iNcredible Media. “The realization of our very first IDCon 2014 is a culmination of our many years of experience in the design publishing field and our passion for creating new platforms for local and international designers to share their insight and inspiration.”

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This very first instalment featured Karim Rashid as the conference’s key speaker along with Australian architect Chris Bosse, Pongthep Sagulku from Bangkok and Tul Lekutai from Chiang Mai. From forecast and trends to creative inspiration and career advice, these esteemed speakers shared their insights on current issues that affect creative professionals and how designers played an important role in the betterment of our world and society.

The seminar sessions started with Pongthep Sagulku who gave an account on the “Current Experience for the Modern Traveller in Hotel Design” followed by Tul Lekutai from Chiang Mai as he discussed the role of design in the aging society in his presentation, “Aging Society – An Inconvenience Truth of Thailand in these Few Decades.” [cont… ≥]

As the two speakers from Thailand wrapped up the morning session, all attention was turned to the Judging Event of the My Favourite Interior Designer (MFID) – Office Edition 2014. An ID Corridor was set up right next to the seminar hall where this year’s Top 50 office interior design entries from local designers were displayed. Over 100 judges from different industries were invited to vote for their favourite office projects – some chose to vote online while others took time and effort to attend the Judging Event on that day. From here, the votes were collected and winners will be announced in 2015.

As the day moved on, the seminar hall opened for its afternoon’s session with Chris Bosse taking the stage to share with his point of view about how “Man, Technology and Nature (create) Synergy in the Urban Environment”. Finally, Karim Rashid took the spotlight as the fourth and final speaker, discussing what design truly is and about how “Design is Changing the World”.

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In between seminar sessions, mini workshop sessions and presentations on different interior products were also carried out by MFID main sponsors – including Nippon Paint, Floor Depot, Novel, Silestone, Goodnite, NSB and Wilsonart. The sponsors offered a concise but informative overview on their products and how they can be effective solutions for different interior design requirements.

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In conjunction with this design-focused event, My Favourite Interior Designer (MFID) – Residential Edition 2014 Awards was also keyed in as a prime highlight of the day. Carried out right after Karim Rashid’s session, the prize presentation ceremony created a lot of excitement as the Top 20 and Top 10 winners were announced and awarded one by one. A photo session commenced and many of the winning designers were filled with excitement as the Award served as a viable springboard that would assist them in taking their careers to the next level.

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As a grand finale for IDCon 2014 an After Party session was held at the same venue, where invited guests can mingle with IDCon’s key speakers, top interior designers and key industry players.

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