The National Design Centre (NDC) is a treasure trove of design exhibitions, learning and resources that will inspire even the casual design enthusiast.

You can drop by the NDC to view a furniture exhibition or attend a seminar on how design can transform a business. Or maybe take your kids to an event that will challenge the little ones’ senses and extend their sense of curiosity.

Stylish shopping

If you wish to further indulge in good design, check out kapok, an offshoot of the Hong Kong-based cult lifestyle and design boutique, which is located on the ground floor. The 2,300 sq ft store stocks clothes, shoes, bags and accessories from Singapore and the rest of the world. After a session of shopping, kapok’s 50-seat cafe, which serves light refreshments, welcomes you to rest your legs.

Redesigning heritage
Besides design events, the National Design Centre in Singapore also houses a boutique, cafe and the DesignSingapore Council.

Photo by National Design Centre

The NDC occupies the 120-year-old premises of the former St Anthony’s Convent. The development of the NDC comprises the restoration and adaptive re-use of the conservation buildings, consisting of three pre-war Art Deco blocks and one post-war Modern block.

NDC is also home to the ten-year-old DesignSingapore Council—the national agency for design. The Council develops the design sector, and helps Singapore to use design for innovation and growth, making lives better.