SayDesign exhibits ‘Venture’ in design fest

SayDesign and their project titled ‘Venture – A Journey Through Culture and Nature’.

KUCHING: Sarawak Young Designer (SayDesign) is exhibiting ‘Venture’, a collection of chairs and tables by the state’s emerging designers, in Virtual Design Festival (VDF) in Milan, Italy.

The festival is the world’s first online design festival which takes place from April 15 to June 30 this year.

SayDesign was initiated by Sarawak Timber Industry Development Corporation (STIDC) in collaboration with Fakultas Seni Rupa dan Desain (FSRD) in Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB), Bandung, Indonesia.

According to STIDC, SayDesign initially planned to participate in the Ventura Future 2020 in Milan, Italy which was scheduled to happen from June 16 to 21, 2020. It is one of the events organised in conjunction with Salone del Mobile, the most prestigious furniture fair in the world.

However, due to severe Covid-19 outbreak throughout the world, the organiser had announced the suspension of the event and eventually the cancellation of the 2020’s edition of Milan’s Salone del Mobile furniture fair.

SayDesign designers in a group photo namely (from left) Robica Sapok Tingang, Nurul Hidayu Ahmad Mortadza, Rudy Edy, Mohd Sazrin Jamali, Iwan Hamdan and Calvin Renang Tumbai (seated).

“As part of the continuous PR (public relations) and communication programmes to create greater awareness on the young designers’ works from Sarawak internationally, STIDC and ITB took the opportunity to join the VDF launched by Dezeen – online architecture and design magazine, the main media partner of Ventura Future, to gain well-deserved PR opportunity to present the products to the public.

“VDF is a new initiative that will bring the architecture and design world together to celebrate the culture and commerce of the design industry, and explore how it can adapt and respond in these extraordinary circumstances,” it said in a statement yesterday.

SayDesign’s participation in the event would portray the works of six young designers who had graduated from an enhanced furniture training programme organised by STIDC in collaboration with FSRD, ITB, Bandung in 2019.

“Each piece of the furniture featured is handcrafted using materials locally sourced in Sarawak, and designed in a ‘unique character’ that can be utilised in any space,” it added.

To see and view the works of the emerging young designers from Sarawak – SayDesign, please visit

For more information on the local designers, visit their Instagram page at or email them at

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