Japanese and Indonesian clinched top awards at international floral design competition during Singapore Garden Festival 2018
Published 22 Jul 2018
Winner of professional category, Mr Kazuhiko Tanaka received his award from Mr Sun Xue Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Home Affairs. To the right is Ms Christina Pang, President of FDSS
Winner of amateur category, Mr Muhammad Iqbal Aditya Nuryasin received his award from Mr Sun Xue Ling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Home Affairs
Singapore, 22 July 2018– A Japanese floral designer and an Indonesian designer-in-trainer received the top awards at the 11thInternational FDSS Cup – Floral Designing Competition organised by the Floral Designers Society (Singapore) or FDSS. Held in conjunction with Singapore Garden Festival 2018, the live competition on 21 July 2018 saw a total of 32 participants from 10 countries competing in the Professional and Amateur categories.
The award ceremony was graced by Ms Sun Xueling, Senior Parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Home Affairs.
“Dream come true”
Kazuhiko's chairback design, which won Best Dressed Chairback Design
Sharing his thoughts on the win, Mr Kazuhiko Tanaka said that it was a “dream come true”. For him, the competition’s use of chrysanthemums in the free-standing display was an advantage, given his familiarity with Japan’s national flower.
Aside from securing the top prize, Kazuhiko was also recognised for having the Best Dressed Chairback Design. His display featured the traditional Ichimatsu pattern – an idea that came from the checkerboard pattern of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics emblem.
Kazuhiko dreams of participating in even more international competitions, with sights set on future editions of the biennial Floral Windows to the World competition that takes place at the main SGF.
There were 12 designers participating in the professional category, which saw representation from China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. Competitors had to create three floral displays in three hours:
- A free-standing display made up predominantly of chrysanthemums
- A chair-back design on a Tiffany chair
- A hand-tied bouquet with a selection of materials only made known on-site.
Beginner’s luck for Indonesian trainee designer
Iqbal's winning floral display themed 'Balance'
Mr Muhammad Iqbal Aditya Nuryasinwas exposed to the beauty of blooms by his grandma at the age of nine. He recalled creating displays with his sisters, using flowers picked from their garden.
For the 21-year-old who only embarked on his floral design journey in 2016, his win at the International FDSS Cup was unexpected. Themed “Balance”, his display at the competition sought to remind visitors of the importance of balancing nature with city life.
The 20 floral designers in the amateur category came from countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore.They each created two displays within two hours – a free-standing piece made up predominantly of orchids and a surprise design package for which materials to be used were only made known on-site.
The creations from the FDSS Cup are on display at Singapore Garden Festival until 25 July 2018. The Festival runs till 3 August 2018.
For more information about SGF, please visit www.singaporegardenfestival.comor Facebook page www.facebook.com/SGGardenFest
Notes to the Editor
About Singapore Garden Festival
The Singapore Garden Festival (SGF) is a series of flower and horticultural shows comprising the anchor Festival and two complementary events – the SGF Orchid Show and SGF Horticulture Show. The three shows give local and international visitors more opportunities to appreciate tropical horticulture and floral artistry every year.
The mainstay SGF is amongst the top flower and garden shows on the international calendar. It is the first show to bring together top international award-winning landscape and garden designers, florists and horticulturists from around the world who are invited to the Festival to work alongside Singapore's own talented horticulturists. Singapore's geographic location makes the Festival an ideal platform to showcase horticultural and gardening products and services from the northern and southern hemispheres, as well as from Asia and New World nations. In 2014, SGF became the first festival in Asia to clinch the prestigious International Garden Tourism – Achievement of The Year Award, awarded by the Canadian Garden Tourism Council as a part of the biennial Garden Tourism Conference.
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