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Top Highlights From Design Shanghai’s 8th Edition

Top Highlights From Design Shanghai’s 8th Edition

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Top Highlights From Design Shanghai’s 8th Edition

CORAIL, Contemporary Section, Image courtesy of Design Shanghai

Design Shanghai is Asia’s largest and leading international design event, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in Asia’s ever-growing design community. They celebrated the 8th edition this year from 3-6 June at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. Drawing on Shanghai's unique art and cultural landscape, the highly anticipated event expanded its capacity by 25% this year. Welcoming 70,000 professionals and visitors over four days, Design Shanghai showcased more than 400 local and international brands from 30 countries and regions set across eight remarkable design sections.

Installation view, Image courtesy of The Artling

This year, Design Shanghai partnered with Audi and was the first show to take place this year from the Design Shanghai portfolio, which now covers three key cultural and commercial hubs in China, followed by Design China Beijing (24-27 September) and launching for the first time this December, Design Shenzhen (9-12 December). These events in the international design calendar further strengthen China's position as the world’s biggest design market. Harnessing the vibrancy of China’s creative capital, Design Shanghai is underpinned by the rich art, design, and cultural industry that engage in business on a global scale. 

Installation view, Image courtesy of The Artling

Showcasing the best design brands and galleries from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network, exchange, and establish long-term business relations with Asia’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers, collectors, and private buyers. Design Shanghai aims to explore how eastern and western design philosophies can work together. This year, they synergistically displayed these philosophies across the themed halls: Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectibles, Kitchen & Bathroom, Workplace, New Materials & Applications, Objects & Accessories, and Talents. 

OCCHIO, Image courtesy of Design Shanghai

Installation view, Image courtesy of The Artling

As a central stage for international brands, the Contemporary section featured global design studios such as Carl Hansen & Søn, Herman Miller, Roche Bobois, and &Tradition. The first-time exhibitors such as OCCHIO, USM, Maison Dada, and Ishinomaki also showcased their works in the Contemporary section.

U+, Image courtesy of Design Shanghai

The Kitchen & Bathroom section showcased top-tier brands including Versace Ceramics, LAUFEN, SieMatic, Villeroy & Boch, Kohler, Stosa, Porcelanosa and AXOR. Mega Home will present MisuraEmme, Glas Italia, Agape, Dada and Living Italy will showcase Veneta Cucine, Vimar, Alta Corte, Targetti, Erre Erre Diffusion and Gruppo Tosco Marmi. The Classic and Luxury section featured brands such as  Lalique, STARSET, Medea 1905, Eichholtz, Agresti and Mylands. 

Shang Xia, Image courtesy of Design Shanghai

In addition to international brands, Design Shanghai has always been a platform to highlight and celebrate increasing numbers of exceptional Chinese design brands and designers. Key exhibitors included luxury furniture brand Michael Strads and globally recognised design studios such as Stellar Works, Shang Xia, PUSU, 2-LA, Sun @ Six, UFOU, Studio Monana, U+, and THESHAW. 

Seesaw Roundtable - Isabella Peng Zhao, Image courtesy of Design Shanghai

Alongside the main exhibition halls, visitors experienced curated sections and innovative installations. Chen Min Office has created Neooold which pairs traditional artisanal craft techniques with contemporary design. Kinney Chan’s installation identifies just how cooking is all about colour and fragrance and different taste experiences and illustrates how it parallels with design. The Seesaw Roundtable, located in the Contemporary Design hall, provided a metaphor for harmony and balance. The installation was created by Isabelle Peng Zhao, aiming to explore the relationship between humans, objects, and society. Chinese architecture studio ORIA presented an installation that reflected society's misplaced relationship between reality and the ideal.

Touch - ORIA, Image courtesy of Design Shanghai

About Design Shanghai

Design Shanghai, established in 2014, relocated to Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre in November 2020, celebrating its 7th anniversary with an expanded physical footprint and new content. Design Shanghai is one of the world's most prestigious international design events and Asia's premier design event. Set across six remarkable design sections, Design Shanghai is Asia’s largest and leading design event attracting more than 400 participating exhibitors.


Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.


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