the international furniture fair singapore 2011 and 28th asean furniture show (IFFS/AFS 2011) ended on a high note after a rousing four-day run. co-locating with deco asia 2011 and the first edition of hospitality asia 2011, the fair attracted a total of 20,873 visitors from 112 countries, marking a 20.8 per cent increase over the last edition.

the trilogy of shows welcomed a total of 128 overseas buying delegations includingtop companies like restoration hardware from usa, el corte ingles s.a from spain and nitori co ltd from japan. spot orders to the tune of USD 289 million were transacted at the fair, up from USD 270 million last year. follow-on sales from the fair are expected to top USD 3.02 billion, affirming its reputation as asia’s premiere one-stop furniture and furnishings sourcing platform.

a total of 536 exhibitors participated at IFFS/AFS 2011, deco asia 2011 and hospitality asia 2011, filling the 70,000 square metres to the brim with over 120,000 pieces of quality furniture and furnishings. in testament to the international appeal of the show, overseas exhibitors occupied over 79 per cent of the show floor, with congregation of country pavilions from china, hong kong, indonesia, malaysia, philippines, taiwan, thailand and vietnam.

IFFS/AFS 2011   international furniture fair singapore opening ceremony

opening ceremony with james goh, SFIC president and IFFS director and guest of honor mr. lee yi shyan, minister of state / ministry of trade and industry & manpower.

IFFS/AFS 2011   international furniture fair singapore

IFFS/AFS 2011   international furniture fair singapore SFIC faculty and committee members, IFFS organizers and executives, SFIC president / IFFS director james goh, guest of honor lee yi shyan (minister of state / ministry of trade and industry & manpower), andrew ng (former SFIC president) together with designboom editor anita hackethal

IFFS/AFS 2011   international furniture fair singapore IFFS award ceremony at buyer’s night

— about international furniture fair singapore/ASEAN furniture show (IFFS/AFS)

the international furniture fair singapore, held in conjunction with the ASEAN furniture show (IFFS/AFS) began in 1981 and has since grown to be regarded by industry experts as asia’s most prestigious furniture trade show. IFFS/AFS provides an effective marketing platform for regional companies to venture into global markets. as a testimony to the quality of the show, IFFS/AFS is the first asian-based international furniture fair to be accepted as a member of the elite union des foires internationales, a paris-based international authority on trade fairs. in addition, it is the only furniture trade event in singapore to be awarded the ‘approved international fair’ status by the singapore tourism board. IFFS/AFS is set to become even more comprehensive for the furniture players, with the addition of the inaugural deco asia and hospitality asia to expand the scope of the show.