An exterior view of the Red Dot Design Museum

Red Dot Design Museum’s diagonal struts and glass facade overlook iconic Marina Bay.

An exhibition that began in Germany in 1955 as a showcase of industrial products, the Red Dot Design Museum has just moved to the banks of Marina Bay, and is primed to be the premier venue in Asia to experience and enjoy good design.

Marina Bay is now the home of design

First established along Maxwell Road in 2005, Red Dot Design Museum moved in 2017 into a building that used to be the Marina Bay City Gallery. A full glass façade with strong geometrical form and large overhanging roofs, the new Red Dot Design Museum is one of the Marina Bay area’s most iconic structures.

The Marina Bay City Gallery was refurbished by local architect Lee May Ann, who was also in charge of redesigning the old traffic police headquarters into the former Red Dot Traffic Building. Avid collectors will be thrilled by the plethora of trinkets displayed in its museum shop. What’s more, this constantly transforming exhibition space continues to host its regular flea market, the Market of Artists And Designers, popularly referred to as MAAD, where the best of homemade and local designer products—authentic pieces of Singapore—can be taken home for inexpensive prices.

Popular local wares of the MAAD market include books by Epigram Books, perfumes by Freda’D and apparel by local designer Max Tan. Look out for details of upcoming MAAD events here.

Showcasing interactive exhibits that will engage both adults and children, the Red Dot Design Museums in Germany and Singapore today are the largest displays of contemporary design in the world. Walk among the creations of thought-leaders that have clinched the coveted Red Dot Award, then step into a virtual reality system that will transport you to the German Red Dot Design Museum.

Exhibit of the IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE lamp by Jun Mitani, exhibited at the Singapore Red Dot Design Museum

Jun Mitani designed this lamp for Artimede Lighting using a mathematical programme.

Be illuminated by the ideas of design houses like Artimede Lighting, whose IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE lamp was designed by Jun Mitani using a mathematical programme.In this museum, you can also admire Belgian firm Dark NV’s bestselling Spacewalkerlamp,whose humanesque sculpture received the Red Dot Award for Product Design in 2011.

Local Red Dot recipients on display include local arts students Jonathan Saphiro Salim, whose Waist Bowl is less prone to spillage and is easy to hold even when containing hot liquids. Nur Faranismah binte Rusni’s board game raises awareness for the black market organ trade, while Ronald Tan’s rice cooker can either cook rice or make crispy toasted rice snacks from leftover rice.

All encompassing innovation
Red Dot Museum Exhibit Interior: “A Preview of the Future – Red Dot Award: Design Concept”

“A Preview of the Future - Red Dot Award: Design Concept” comprises of the hundreds of cutting-edge designs.

Straddling the financial district and majestic Marina Bay Sands™ compound, the Red Dot Design Museum’s permanent exhibition, “A Preview of the Future - Red Dot Award: Design Concept”, initiates guests into the mindset of good design.Showcasing more than 345 award-winning design concepts, this exhibition includes the &Y01, a wheelchair that plays music in novel ways.

Glimpse into the future of design through exhibits like a wallet by local firm KIN Studio that sorts your notes and coins, as well as a scooter that gets commuters to and from train stations safely but quickly. Experience interactive concepts and prototypes, which have been selected from among thousands of entries.

Furniture from Hitch at the Red Dot Design Museum café, operated by Food Anatomy

Dine among furniture by award winners in the museum’s Cafe Bar.

After peering into the brilliant minds of design’s frontrunners, unwind at the museum’s café, which purveys innovative dishes themed on design, and quench your thirst with local coffee or craft beer, both of which are meant to reflect Red Dot’s support of ‘indie’ craftsmanship.

Conclude your stroll in the shoes of cutting-edge designers with refreshments in the museum’s Cafe Bar, which uses Red Dot-awarded furniture, flooring, ceiling and lighting. Soak in the essence of design while lounging in this artisanal café run by local F&B company Food Anatomy, which even employs a sound system that clinched the sought-after Red Dot seal of approval.