Trading Places: Studios in Macau and Singapore take part in design exchange

Foreign Policy Design organises its second creative exchange in nearly ten years, with 14 studios swapping work across two cities.

Date
5 January 2023

From 6-16 January The Swap Show will kick off in Singapore. The exhibition follows the same premise of Foreign Policy Design’s first international creative exchange back in 2014, when four Singaporean studios and agencies traded work with Barcelona studios Hey Studio, Mucho, Lo Siento and Two Points. Almost ten years later, Foreign Policy is hosting another; this time work from seven Singaporean studios will be swapped with studios in Macau.

For Foreign Policy, The Swap Show is “designed to showcase and celebrate creative work internationally”, or as the tagline neatly puts it: “Because sharing is good”.

From Singapore, you will find work from HolyCrap, a family art collective who last year launched the excellent Blood Sweat and Tears, celebrating ten years of creating zines together as a family. Meanwhile, projects from contributor Swell includes publications exploring the the history of book destruction, censorship and repression and an investigation into the histories and trajectories of Asian horror in art, popular culture and cinema. Darling Studio, The Candidate, Currency and Roots will also take part, studios and design practices who work across branding, art direction and print. Foreign Policy has also contributed a collection of projects.

The first segment of The Swap Shop began in Macau during Design Week, when seven studios kicked off the creative interaction. These include Chiii Design, Indego Design, Loksophy Design, Tick Design, Todot Design, Untitled Macao and Wwave Design. The Swap Show will run until 16 January at the Figment Shophouses, Singapore.

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Loksophy Design: Macau Design Week (Copyright © Loksophy Design, 2022)

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Foreign Policy Design: The Swap Show (Copyright © Foreign Policy Design, 2023)

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Indego Design: Macau Design Week (Copyright © Indego Design, 2021)

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Holycrap: Rubbish Famzine (Copyright © Holycrap)

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Foreign Policy Design: The Swap Show (Copyright © Foreign Policy Design, 2023)

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Foreign Policy Design: Tiger bao (Copyright © Foreign Policy Design)

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Untitled Macao: Dino Burger (Copyright © Untitled Macao)

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Foreign Policy Design: The Swap Show (Copyright © Foreign Policy Design, 2023)

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Foreign Policy Design: The Swap Show (Copyright © Foreign Policy Design, 2023)

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Liz Gorny

Liz (she/they) joined It’s Nice That as news writer in December 2021. After graduating from the University of Bristol, they worked freelance, writing for independent publications such as Little White Lies, Indie magazine and design studio Evermade.

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