The 2018 MIFF Industry Seminar Series, presented by UBM Malaysia, brings the latest insights and discussions with top designers from across Asia and Europe.

This is a fantastic opportunity to hear first-hand from the professionals who work with different cultures and geographies from China to North America and tap into their experience that can be applied to your business growth.

Mark your calendar and save the dates.

Coming Soon! The list of seminars at MIFF 2018 will be released at a later date. The list below are industry seminars that were held during from MIFF 2017.

2017 Design Trends

  • 8 March 2017 • 10:30am - 11:45am
  • Bilik Perhentian, Level 3, PWTC
  • Shinichi Mitsuki, MITSUI Designtec Co Ltd, Japan

Shinichi Mitsuki is an award-winning designer and Head of Design Management with Mitsui Designtec, a subsidiary of Mitsui Home Co Ltd based in Tokyo. Well-known for his unique perspectives and clear comments, he plays an important role in design direction and concept work on interior fields and works in a range of fields such as space design direction, product development consulting and branding.


Value-Adding Strategies in Furniture - Use of Imported Wood Resources

  • 9 March 2017 • 10:30am - 11:45am
  • Bilik Perhentian, Level 3, PWTC
  • Professor Dr Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

Professor Dr Jegatheswaran Ratnasingam is a leading expert in the field of furniture manufacturing & management (FMM) with 15 years of experience in the Asian industry. He has published extensively and has many overseas consulting assignments, especially in the ASEAN region.


Impact of Design: The Interior Designer Community and the Furniture Industry

  • 9 March 2017 • 11:45am - 1:00pm
  • Bilik Perhentian, Level 3, PWTC
  • Enrico G. Cleva , ec&co, Italy

Enrico G. Cleva is an architect, interior designer and international consultant. He is a strategic consultant for two major industry associations - the American Society of Interior Designers and Interior Designers of Canada - and a regular speaker on interior design trends and markets in Italy, Canada and Asia. A graduate of Politecnico di Milano, Enrico founded ec&co in 2005 and designed the global office for international publishing company Moleskine in Milan. ec&co merged with the international firm Work Architects, using Milan as a base for international clients.


India's Timber Legality Assessment & Verification Scheme – "Vriksh"

  • 9 March 2017 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
  • Bilik Perhentian, Level 3, PWTC
  • Rajesh Rawat (Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts, India)

3 Men and Design

  • 10 March 2017 • 10:30am - 12:30pm
  • Bilik Perhentian, Level 3, PWTC

What's next for Malaysian Furniture Design?

Philip Yap, PYD Associates, Malaysia & China

Philip Yap is an award-wining designer with 30 years of experience and deep insights into the Chinese market. He is the founder of PYD Associates and divides his times between his offices in Malaysia and China. In 2015, he launched the exclusive Chinese fusion brand, Tang Tang. Philip has been the Chief Judge of the MIFF FDC Competition in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

The Furniture Wonderland

Dr Eric Leong, The One Academy, Malaysia

Dr Eric Leong is a design celebrity with 26 years of experience. He is a popular choice for series' of home makeover ideas, interior decoration and lifestyle shows aired on Malaysian television, and is known as the King of Decoration. He is Head of Interior Design at The One Academy, a leading art and design college, and Principal of its Penang campus. He is a judge of the MIFF Furniture Design Competition.

The Quality of Design

Tommaso R. Masera, Masera Design, Italy

Tommaso Masera is the co-founder and Chief Designer of Masera Design based in Shenzhen, China, that specialises in watch design, furniture design and product design. He has a Master's degree in industrial design from Milan Polytechnic University and worked in Brazil and Italy before he became Design Manager of Shenzhen Furniture Association in 2007. He set up Masera Design in 2011 and the firm is part of a network of Italian studios based in Italy that supports design for international projects.


Global B2B eCommerce Opportunities for the Furniture Industry with Alibaba.com

  • 11 March 2017 • 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Bilik Perhentian, Level 3, PWTC
  • Jamilah Ibrahim, Matrade Lifestyle Unit, Malaysia
    Md Hafizi Yusof, Matrade e‐trade Unit, Malaysia
    Adeline Tan, PanPages Online Sdn Bhd, Malaysia