Design Shanghai 2017: This year’s Design Shanghai gave visitors an eye-opening experience into the latest designs and future forward creations

Event: Design Shanghai 2017 | Location: Shanghai, China | Photos: Design Shanghai

Over 400 international and Chinese brands, galleries and designers were showcased at Design Shanghai 2017 which opened on 8th March, spanning across 4 days of design-intense highlights. Held at the historic Shanghai Exhibition Center, a major new initiative for the 2017 edition is the opening of Design Shanghai to the city, thanks to several offsite events organised in collaboration with its partners.

Making their debut this year are the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Hall and the Workplace Design Hall which were presented alongside the Contemporary Design, Classic & Luxury Design and Collectible Design halls. A new detached venue within the Shanghai Exhibition Centre was entirely dedicated to bespoke design, creating a unique VIP experience for visitors.

As part of the Shanghai-wide celebration of creativity, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi district have strengthened their partnership with the launch of Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, which opened on Monday 6th March and will run until Sunday 19th March 2017 in Shanghai Xintiandi. Curated by a team of high-profile designers, headed by Song Tao, Hou Zhengguang and Du Xinyue, as well as Hu Zeming, Tian mengran and Deng Min as joint curators, the Festival with the theme “In Future” will be filling the streets of the district for 14 days with a remarkable selection of 18 interactive installations and spaces. These include L’Eden by Perrier Jouet, as well as works by international and Chinese designers and artists. The festival offers both the local community and visitors the opportunity to experience and rethink design, art and creativity in a new light.

There’s more to the design show than just the exhibition. Beyond the pieces on display, Design Shanghai also offered professionals and the public a variety of attractions including unique collaborations and a varied programme of talks featuring world leaders in the fields of design and architecture. In all, the show was an ideal platform for business and for the exchange of expertise between world-renowned designers and architects, highly influential property developers, buyers, collectors, key decision makers and journalists.

“Returning as Creative Directors, we are proud to see Design Shanghai evolving so rapidly and becoming a Shanghai-wide celebration of the design sector and creative industries,” says Ross Urwin and Darrell Best, Creative Directors of Design Shanghai. “At the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, the heart of the Design Shanghai, our aim is to maintain an equal balance of local talents and international brands, exhibiting across the five design halls, where visitors have the opportunity to enjoy an incredible selection of quality products and site-specific installations.”

Key Highlights:

  • The Contemporary Design Hall features a remarkable selection of both eastern and western, high-end products, many of which have never been shown before. Participating brands include Boca Do Lobo, Zaha Hadid, Domus Tiandi, Thonet, House of Taiping, Magis, Moroso, Driade, HAY, Linge Roset, Seletti, Roche Bobois, Boss Design, Jan Kath, Hulster, caesarstone, bolon, JAB, Trimph, Duxiana, Oliver B, together with top local brands such as Beyond Object, Frank Chou Design Studio, ziinlife, WUU, ROOY, Benwu Edition, EY- Products, ALiTLE and Haostyle.
  • The Classic & Luxury Design Hall focuses on brands with distinctive design history and reference. Domus Aurea, Ciac Export, Art Design Group, starliving, zanatto, George Smith, Cole & Son, Vismara Design, Malerba, Sunbrella, W+S and YANG HOUSE have all exclusively chosen Design Shanghai to present their products.
    The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Hall focuses on innovations across materials, equipment and effective space optimisation, featuring a number of brands such as Dyson, Antonio Lupi, Rational, Rossana, LEICHT, Fisher&Paykel, Dupont Corian and Grado, while the Workplace Design Hall gives visitors the opportunity to discover the latest solutions in office design, source new suppliers and network with relevant industry professionals. The participating brands include Royal Ahrend, Aritco, MATSU, POBO, Kinnarps, Nimbus, Kavdrat, Shaw Contract.
  • The Collectible Design Hall, curated by Morgan Morris in collaboration with DB Kim, Special Project Manager, showcases limited edition pieces from some of the greatest design galleries and brands from across the globe. This new hall enhances the visitor experience and showcases only the highest level of global artistry and design, presenting extraordinary one-off masterpieces. Exhibitors include Louis Vuitton, Galerie Dumonteil, Zaha Hadid Designs, Studio MVW, Brand van Egmond, Eglidesign, Bernardaud and influential art dealer Frank Partridge.

“The increase in visitors and the enthusiasm already received from the media and the public are overwhelming,” Mike Dynan, Show Director of Design Shanghai shares. “We feel that the event has reached a new level of maturity, opening up the city and offering a unique platform for the international community to network, nurture collaborations and exchange ideas. Design Shanghai 2017 promises to continue to reflect the dynamism of China and is establishing its reputation as the leading design event in Asia, thanks to the continuous support of our exhibitors, speakers and partners.”

The Design Shanghai closing party took place at the YANG Design Museum on 11th March.

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