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MIFF Webinars

Interaction and learning continues whilst sitting in the comfort of your own seat!

The MIFF Webinar series has been introduced by the MIFF organiser to continuously enrich our industry by encouraging us to keep learning and interacting during trying times.

Each episode invites guest speakers to share timely case studies based on the current market situation, and how the furniture industry can adapt to a "new normal" in order to explore more opportunities in the future.

View our upcoming and previous sessions below:

What will be the next major design trend that will be seen in residential and commercial spaces? What colours will dominate our lifestyle? What will be the key differences in trends pre-pandemic and in the new norm? Will 2022 be the year of using sustainable materials in furniture? Or is technology going to be a huge part in furniture designing?

Join the talk of the town and find out the upcoming design trends.

Speakers:

Peter Pedersen (General Manager, Market Development, Sourcebynet Pte. Ltd. Singapore)

Peter has shares more than 10 years of experience in the furniture industry with the various positions held within market development and sales worldwide. His current organisation, Sourcebynet, has also established an exceptional relationship in the Southeast Asia market for more than 10 years and together with their experience in operating in the furniture industry, Sourcebynet is the market-leading service in indoor furniture design, sourcing, and delivery.

Walter Tan (Managing Director, Elemental Republic Sdn Bhd)

Walter is an industry veteran with 27 years of experience, Walter Tan designs and develops a variety of furniture for markets all over the world. Elemental Republic is a wooden furniture manufacturer in China. He is also a furniture design consultant for a Sydney-based company. Mentor to a group of young designers called “Pattern Banyak” for the Millennials@Design showcase in MIFF in 2018 and 2019.

Lim Bo Qiang (Design Entrepreneur, Paperworks Studio & Basicology)

Bo Qiang is a design entrepreneur with interior & furniture design background, running interior design Paperworks Studio & furniture brand Basicology with his team. Initiating Malaysian original design movement with FDC team under Millennials@Design (MAD) platform, which is incubated & supported by MIFF.

Moderator:

Dr Eric Leong (Assistant Professor & Dean of Art & Design Faculty, New Era University College, Malaysia)

Dr Eric Leong (also known as 'DREL') has been a celebrity design guru for 30 years. Having presented a popular home makeover series and other lifestyle shows (aired on Malaysian television and radio), he's been deservedly crowned the “King of Design”.

Watch the recording of The Design Trend 2022 »

Eyeing to collaborate with Polish companies or export your products to the Polish market? If these are what you are looking for now, then don’t miss out the sharing from industry experts of the Polish Economic Chamber of the Wood Industry and Polish Investment and Trade Agency. This webinar will introduce the Polish wood and furniture industry, the diverse offerings of Polish furniture manufacturers, the top Polish manufacturers operating globally in the furniture branch and current trends in the sector.

Speakers:

Rafał Gruszczyński (Project Manager, Polish Economic Chamber of the Wood Industry)

A graduate in Agricultural Economics at the Agricultural University of Poland. Rafal has been working in the Chamber for 10 years, responsible for the international cooperation and market analysis. The Polish Economic Chamber of Wood Industry is one of the biggest Polish self-regulatory organizations which brings together producers of wood products.

Wojciech Chatys (Senior Consultant, Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Warsaw, Poland)

Graduated from the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. Wojciech is a well experienced senior consultant in the headquarters of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency, Warsaw, Poland.

Przemysław Zaręba (Head of Foreign Trade Office in Kuala Lumpur, Polish Investment and Trade Agency)

Graduated from the University of Economics in Katowice, Poland. Przemysław has then worked at various countries in the Southeast Asia region since 2012. In April 2018, he helped set up the Foreign Trade Office of the Polish Investment and Trade Agency in Malaysia and has supported in bridging businesses for both Polish and Malaysian companies and investors.

Watch the recording of Wood and Furniture from Poland »

In this series, Dr Eric Leong will talk to invited exhibitors from MIFF Furniverse to find out more of their brands, and business story - how they explore business opportunity in the new normal.

Speakers:

  • [Moderator] Dr Eric Leong (MIFF FDC 2021 Chief Judge | Assistant Professor & Dean of Art & Design Faculty, New Era University College, Malaysia)
  • Mr. Tey Lay Hui (General Manager, Home Best Enterprise Corp)
  • Mr. Mark Lim (Marketing Manager, Reliable Trend)
  • Mr. Ralph Ong (Managing Director, Oasis Furniture Industries)
  • Ms. Joey Yap (Assistant Marketing Manager, Oasis Furniture Industries)

Language: English

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How a day-to-day problem led to the designer solution and then turns into a business opportunity, this process involves not only design thinking but also business thinking. Let’s listen to Ms Jo Ten, COO of Stream Empire Holdings on their story of diversifying their business as Malaysia’s leading sport and leisure brands distributor into furniture line.

Speakers:

  • [Moderator] Dr Eric Leong (MIFF FDC 2021 Chief Judge | Assistant Professor & Dean of Art & Design Faculty, New Era University College, Malaysia)
  • Jo Ten (Chief Operating Officer, Stream Empire Holdings)

Language: English

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The MIFF Webinar series is back with an exciting topic that will help to enhance your marketing strategy that best adapt to the new normal. Featuring three credible speakers from different disciplines, you will get holistic perspective from a marketing expert, media & content creator, and trade buyer. Everything you need to know for your marketing needs.

Speakers:

  • Ben Veechai (VP, International Marketing & Corporate Communications – Asia Informa Markets, Hong Kong)
  • Parham Mansor Safaian (Associate Director of Product Procurement, Hmlet, Singapore)
  • Iko In (Founder, CreativeHomex, Malaysia)

Language: English

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As more countries easing the reopening of economy, businesses need to readjust the business model to fit with the new normal lifestyle. From offline to online (O2O) or vice versa, how can the adoption of this model works for businesses to succeed in this new normal?

While the world is searching for the cures of COVID-19, as an entrepreneur, are you ready to reopen your business with O2O for the new normal? Does your business ready for the new consumer behaviour?

Get all your answers from our speaker MIFF FDC Chief Judge, Dr. Eric Leong. It’s time to get your business prepared to thrive in this new era – the COVID-19 Era.

The future is no longer tomorrow, the future is now!

Speaker: Dr Eric Leong
MIFF FDC 2020 Chief Judge
Head of Interior Architecture & Design School, The One Academy, Malaysia

Dr Eric Leong is a celebrity design guru for 29 years; he is also known as DREL. A popular home makeover series and appearances on lifestyle shows aired on Malaysian television and radio have earned him the crown “King of Design”. He is also the chief judge of the MIFF 2020 Furniture Design Competition.

Language: English and Mandarin

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The impact of the global pandemic has transformed our daily lives in the long run. Social distancing gives significant shifts of consumer behaviour that can be seen nowadays. It has redefined the way we work, spend leisure time and socialise - where most of it is now done within the comfort of home. Will this new social norm create an opportunity for designers and the furniture industry to grow?

The second episode of the MIFF Webinar Series presents MIFF Furniture Design Competition (FDC) chief judge Dr. Eric Leong together with two invited design entrepreneurs to discuss how designers can help to improve the world post COVID-19. The panel will discuss what the "new normal" is and how designers can contribute to a better world through design.

Join us now to book your slot. Limited spaces are available.

Speakers:

  • Lim Bo Qiang (Design Entrepreneur, Paperworks Studio & Basicology, Malaysia)
  • Quek Kheng Long (Chief Designer and Managing Director, Johann & Joann Concepts, Malaysia)
  • [Moderated by] Dr. Eric Leong (Head of Interior Architecture & Design School, The One Academy, Malaysia)

Language: English

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COVID-19 has disrupted the global supply chain and the economies of many countries around the world. This webinar features insightful speakers from three continents and countries - China, Germany and the United States - to share their take on how the landscape has changed.

Speakers:

  • 王明亮 Wang Mingliang (Founder & Director of Shanghai Sinoexpo Informa Markets International Exhibition Co. Ltd., China)
  • Thomas Russell (Senior Editor, Furniture Today, USA)
  • Helmut Max Merkel (Editor-in-Chief, MÖBELMARKT, Germany)

Language: English

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