After Sarah and I presented SIT UP at the UseLess Conference this morning, we headed back to the exhibition space for the UseLess Sessions. [re]design's "Design Your Own Seat" session invited visitors to follow in the footsteps of yesterday's workshop participants, and take up the challenge to design the 17th SIT UP seat... with the incentive of a lovely [re]strategies booklet to take away for further inspiration.

Hannah with participants in "Design Your Own Seat"

Our gallery wall soon filled up with new sustainable seating ideas (right)... Design Your Own Seat concept sketches
Jason and I ran a sustainable design workshop today in partnership with the Singapore Furniture Industries Council. The 33 participants included furniture and product designers, manufacturers, and students from NAFA where the workshop was held.

In the morning we introduced the [re]strategies tool – and got everybody's heads spinning with some quickfire Rapid Relay exercises.

After lunch the challenge was to design the '17th seat" to add to the SIT UP selection – using the [re]strategies and SIT UP book for inspiration.

Workshop participants hard at work

Groups took turns to present their ideas (right). On the wall behind you can see the hundreds of sketches generated in the morning's Rapid Relays.

Contenders for the "17th seat" included a reclaimed rug stiffened into a seat with bioresin, a hammock-style recliner made with discarded bicycle inner tubes, and an intriguing new use for hair clippings...

A workshop group presents their "17th seat" idea

SIT UP previews this evening at Utterubbish: A Collection of UseLess Ideas, the feature event of the Singapore Design Festival 2007. Utterubbish integrates a multidisciplinary exhibition, a conference, talks and workshops, a publication and a shop, all highlighting the role of design in creating a sustainable future. Alongside [re]design, exhibitors include c Artecnica - Design with Conscience, COLORS , Design&Disasters, GOMI, Jonathan Harris, Marti Guixé, KesselsKramer - DO, and thomas.matthews.

Utterubbish is part of the Festival Hub at City Hall (right), which also houses ArchiFest (Singapore's Architectural Design Festival) and exhibitions of Brazilian and Korean design. 


City Hall – the hub of Singapore Design Festival

Here's the SIT UP space at Utterubbish (right). It made a nice change to arrive and find the whole exhibition already set up for us – all we had to do was insert a DVD... SIT UP exhibition interior view
We arrived in Singapore today (me from London, Sarah and Jason taking a shorter hop from Shanghai). Our home for the next 5 days is this imposing edifice – at 70 storeys, the tallest building in south-east Asia (we're on the 34th and 42nd floors with views of the harbour). It's just down the road from the Utterubbish exhibition, where SIT UP is showing. Temperatures here are 30C, even now in the rainy season – quite a contrast from wintry Crystal Palace...

Our home in Singapore