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With record-breaking visitor numbers of almost 70,000, Chinese and international creativity were reunited at Design Shanghai, the first physical design show of the year after a period of unprecedented challenges in the global design community. Global business has shifted and in recognising the unequivocal strength of the Chinese market, International designers and brands such as Yabu Pushelberg, Flos, Ligne Roset, Laufen, Carl Hansen & Søn and HAY flocked to Design Shanghai 3-6 June to launch new products after a long absence of events elsewhere in the world.

Asia’s largest and leading international design event Design Shanghai celebrated its 8th year this June, expanding by 25% and showcasing more than 400 local and international brands from 30 countries and regions set across eight remarkable design sections.

Design Shanghai demonstrated how eastern and western design philosophies can work together synergistically across the eight halls: Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectibles, Kitchen & Bathroom, Workplace, New Materials & Applications, Objects & Accessories and Talents.  In partnership withAudi, Design Shanghai continues to shape and inform the global design sphere with over 1000+ first product reveals. Throughout the four day event, a record-breaking 70,000 audience of professional visitors including designers, architects, retailers, specifiers, property developers and interior professionals were welcomed at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. The world-renowned talks programme, ‘The Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Forum’ was a key highlight, this year welcoming over 150+ speakers including global thought leaders such as award-winning British architect, Thomas Heatherwick.

INTERNATIONAL BRAND HIGHLIGHTS

Many of the world’s key players in design and architecture chose Design Shanghai to launch and showcase their work, with many brands using the show for their global reveal.

Many established European brands turned to Design Shanghai to present new collections to the global market. Among them, highlights included French brands Lalique  and Roche Bobois;  Yabu Pushelberg’s lifestyle label Departo, Spanish based Lladró, Finnish glassware brand Iittala and lighting innovation company Philips.

‘This is our 8th time exhibiting at Design Shanghai, we have grown with Design Shanghai since the very beginning. I hope the show will continue to grow, and evolve more with even more brands and exhibitors coming to this world leading event.’ Roche Bobois.

Design Shanghai welcomed a range of exhibitors from Europe and Asia making their Design Shanghai debut including emerging brand Starset, French design brand Maison Dada, Shanghai based gallery Arktek World and innovative German brand Occhio. LG and BTicino both joined Design Shanghai for the first time in the New Materials & Applications Design Hall and contemporary Swiss brand Laufen made their debut in the Kitchens & Bathrooms section. Over at the Objects & Accessories Design hall, key highlights included Amsterdam based Pip Studio, Murano glassware design brand Venini and Hungarian luxury porcelain brand Herend.

LOCAL TALENT

In addition to international brands, Design Shanghai continues to be a platform to highlight and celebrate increasing numbers of exceptional Chinese design brands and designers. Key exhibitors included globally recognised design studios such as Stellar Works, Boking, PUSU,2-LA, Sun At Six, UFOU, Studio Monana and THESHAW. n the Contemporary Design Hall, Shang Xia showcased new tableware and tea sets in a curated ‘Tea Space’ in celebration of the venerable Chinese tradition. Leading China based design brand Stellar Works revealed their latest collaboration with Sebastian Herkner and first-time exhibitor U+ showcased its Shan Qiu Zhi Ge Sofa Collection. Kun Design also presented a fresh collection of outdoor furniture, lighting and interior accessories, and Shanghai Fuli Tapestry Carpets displayed a captivating collection of luxury, contemporary carpets founded on traditional techniques.

GROUNDBREAKING INSTALLATIONS

Alongside the main exhibition halls, visitors experienced innovative installations exploring groundbreaking ideas. The Seesaw Roundtable located in the Contemporary Design hall was a metaphor of harmony and balance. Created byIsabelle Peng Zhao, Isabelle aimed to explore the relationship between humans, objects and society through her installation. Kinney Chan’s installation identified just how cooking is all about colour and fragrance and different taste experiences as is design. The installation Taste of Design sought to explore this phenomenon, exploring the taste of design that we have never experienced through food. Chinese architecture studio ORIA presented Touch, an installation that reflected on society’s misplaced relationship between reality and the ideal. The misplaced circular center and perspective ladder encouraged conversation about us and real life.

LOOKING FORWARD

“We were so pleased with the results of this year’s show, it’s not just about numbers, which were better than ever, it’s really about the abundant spirit and positivity that was so evident amongst our visitors and exhibitors. Design Shanghai has always been an open and diverse event, with a tremendous range of design disciplines and products on display. It’s so heartening to know that this spirit is thriving as we look forward to a bumper event in 2022, and our forthcoming events in Beijing and Shenzhen, for which I thank each and every one of our audience, partners, sponsors, exhibitors and collaborators”, Zhuo Tan, Design Shanghai Event Director.

For more information please visit: www.designshanghai.com

EuropeanLife Magazine 2021