IFFS 2018 Hands CARTE BLANCHE to Chantal Hamaide & ARRO Studio


Fresh Perspectives Through Partnership with TANKE.LONDON/

 Singapore, 15 February 2018 — In exactly 21 days, trade professionals from the furniture, interiors, industrial design, architecture, hospitality, and lifestyle industries will be treated to a spectacular multi-faceted experience at the International Furniture Fair Singapore (IFFS) 2018 and its co-located shows, the 35th ASEAN Furniture Show and NOOK Asia 2018, held from 8 – 11 March at the Singapore EXPO. This year, in an inaugural collaboration with design consultancy TANKE.LONDON/, IFFS will present the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, curated by Chantal Hamaide, with scenography by ARRO Studio.

Fresh Content Through Strategic Global Partnerships

Mr Ernie Koh, Chairman of IFFS Pte Ltd, said, “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. We’re delighted to have TANKE.LONDON/ come on board this year, and I look forward to seeing the curator’s vision come alive at the exhibition.”

Located in the Piazza HallCARTE BLANCHE is an exclusive showcase of high-end, international brands presented in a creative and coherent manner. 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.

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An artist’s impression of CARTE BLANCHE layout

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.

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:


  1. Bensimon (Maison & Gallery, France)
  2. Coédition (France)
  3. Colos (Italy)
  4. Designerbox (France)
  5. Elliptic Circle (Hong Kong)
  6. Grafunkt (Singapore)
  7. Maison Fragile (France)
  8. Maxdesign (Italy)
  9. Moustache (France)
  10. Petite Friture (France)
  11. Pierre Frey (France)
  12. Sammode (France)
  13. Sancal (Spain)
  14. Studio MVW (China)
  15. Studio GGSV x EGE (France x Denmark)
  16. Treku (Spain)
  17. Varian by Culture In (France)
  18. Versant Edition (France)

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.”

Industry professionals keen on visiting IFFS to view the CARTE BLANCHE showcase, as well as other exciting and exclusive highlights, should pre-register before 23 February 2018 via www.iffs.com.sg/register to enjoy free admission and to avoid waiting in line at the show.

For more information on the fair, please visit www.IFFS.com.sg or www.NOOKAsia.com.sg.


Notes to the Editor

About Chantal Hamaide

Chantal Hamaide is one of the most influential women in the French design world. In 1985, she founded the internationally acclaimed French/English language magazine, Intramuros. Both her education at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris and her extensive experience as a journalist have shaped her into the astute expert she is. As such, Chantal Hamaid has been invited to act as a juror on many prestigious occasions. For several decades, she has also been known as an ambassador of French design to the outside world.

In 2000, the « grande dame du design » was awarded the National Order of the Legion of Honour — the highest French order of merit — given by Laurent Fabius, Minister of Industry and Finance at the time.

About ARRO Studio

Founded in 2012 by Erik Arlen and Ludovic Roth, ARRO Studio is a creative, multi-disciplinary design agency based in Paris, with activities across the globe including the UK, the USA, China, Japan, France, Italy, Germany, and Morocco.

ARRO’s portfolio includes projects ranging from spatial to industrial design, spanning a wide range of distinctive projects including footwear, bicycles, skis, watches, spaces, lighting, furniture for various brands (ranging from Toyota to Lexon), and museum or showrooms scenography.

In Asia, the agency has designed acclaimed projects such as an interactive exhibition at Tokyo’s Dome City, Museum of Space for NIKE or the brand showrooms in Shanghai. Currently, ARRO Studio is collaborating with the Historical Monuments Division in Paris to create the city’s most exclusive sports club, unveiling a series of shops in Morocco, and refurbishing a 92-apartments students residence.

Dezeen celebrated the agency’s revamping of the historical CLARKS headquarters in the UK as ‘one of the 10 Best Offices of 2016’.

ARRO Studio’s NAO robot for Aldebaran (worldwide leader in humanoid robotics) and Softbank shot to fame in 2006 and 10,000 pieces have already been sold worldwide. Arguably the most famous and adorable robot in the world, it has even starred on all Suntory vending machines alongside Hollywood legend Tommy Lee Jones in Japan!



TANKE.LONDON/ is a boutique communication agency designing and amplifying great brand experiences for design and lifestyle organizations.

The brainchild of founders Javier Serrano (London), Elodie Palasse-Leroux (Singapore), and Raisy Bantoo (Paris), the design consultancy presents its first project in Asia with CARTE 2018.


About International Furniture Fair Singapore/ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and NOOK Asia

The International Furniture Fair Singapore, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Furniture Show (IFFS/AFS) and the NOOK Asia, is regarded by industry experts as Asia’s premier sourcing platform and design-led exhibition. With over three decades of experience since its inaugural event in 1981, the IFFS/AFS remains the most distinctive channel for regional and international companies to penetrate the global market.

Together, the events — IFFS/AFS and NOOK Asia — will feature a comprehensive range of furniture, furnishing, decorative accessories, interiors and fittings by a diverse portfolio of quality exhibitors, and attract a healthy and well-represented attendance of trade buyers and visitors from the entire furniture ecosystem and value chain.

To make it a holistic trade event, the various design initiatives — SingaPlural, Design STARS, International Designer Showcase, and Design Seminars — offer added depth and dimension to this Singapore-anchored trade event, raising its profile as a show not-to-be-missed in the industry calendar.

IFFS/AFS is supported by the ASEAN Furniture Industries Council (AFIC), DesignSingapore Council, International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Exhibition and Convention Bureau and SPRING Singapore.

For more information, please visit:

IFFS 2018 www.IFFS.com.sg

NOOK Asia 2018 www.NOOKAsia.com.sg

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