Introduction, History & Mission
The Interior Design Confederation Singapore (IDCS) was established in 2003 from the merger of Interior Designers’ Association (1984) and Society of Interior Designers (1996), to represent the interests of professional interior designers in Singapore and the interior design industry. IDCS is an active member of international, regional and national industry bodies such as Asia Pacific Space Designers Association (APSDA) since 1997, and is one of the 8 founding member associations of DesignS in 2004.
IDCS is a registered society under Singapore law whose mandate is to spearhead Interior Design industry related initiatives and reinforce goals through its four committees, all overseen by elected council members. IDCS is affiliated with other leading Design bodies such as APSDA, DesignS, SFIC and government agencies such as DSG, IE, STB, BCA etc. for various design related industry related initiatives.
IDCS’ Professional Development Programme (PDP) initiatives by the PDP committee aims to serve and reach out to the interior design community in Singapore. These include over 1,600 interior design companies, over 800 interior contractors and builders, institutions offering interior design or related programmes, affiliated organisations and government agencies.
IDCS’ Design Excellence Awards (DEA) aims to be the platform to honour the Interior Design industry and its institutional landscapes with the highest accolades, not only in Singapore but also in the region. DEA will promote and acknowledge individuals and firms that have contributed significantly in good design thinking and visualising the future of spatial design. While the inception of the award for the interior design industry was in the 1990s, it was not until 2011 that the awards was renamed Design Excellence Awards and two competition tracks were introduced. The two competition tracks were named Interior Design Excellence Awards (IDEA), the category for industry practitioners and Spatial Design Awards (Spade), the category for students.
In addition, IDCS collaborates with local and international event organisers such as BEX Asia, Shanghai Design Week, HKIDA’s APIDA etc. as we seek to work together with other Interior Design bodies across Asia Pacific to elevate the levels of Interior Design standards across the region.