The trade show and speakers forum from 6 to 9 March 2019 is 20% bigger than in previous years and showcases well-known brands including Zaha Hadid Design. Additionally, a special space designed by Giovanni Siard and Luigi Siard displays a collection of Italian design brands bringing the West closer to the East.
The best in Chinese design is to be found at the Shanghai Exhibition Center where renown designers, architects, retailers, collectors, and private buyers are shaking hands and building relationships with emerging talents and newcomers in the industry.
More than 32 countries participate in Design Shanghai 2019. 15 large-scale installations throughout the exhibition space demonstrate the contemporary and modern approach of the trade show and the synergy between East and West.
The installation by Timothy Oulton Studio‘s ‘Apollo’ deals with space and time whereas Zhang Zhoujie’s ‘Digital Cabinet’ is a seven-meter high interactive piece of furniture, sound, and light. Equally interesting is the ‘Forest of Light’ by Serip representing iconic organic shapes and designs.
The Design Forum with world-class speakers including Tony Chi who we know well from the KOHLER Magazine No. 1, Paola Navone who recently participated in the Pecha Kucha event in India and Steven Leung who designed a kitchen for us comprises more than 30 speakers and spans over the four days of the trade show. Under the theme ‘Crafts and technology’ presenters explore automated processes, AI and other technologies in relation to creativity and design, and answer questions from the floor.
Design Shanghai is also known for its awards. The Design Shanghai 2019 awards for designers and brands recognizing best work and creations is given on March 6, 2019. The organizers continue in their fifth year with the Emerging Chinese Designer Platform that always gets a lot of attention, as does the Andrew Martin International Interior Design Awards for best in interior in the industry.
Design Shanghai is setting the tone on the show floor and in the industry in terms of design trends. The Design Shanghai trend report in collaboration with Global Design Trends partner WGSN is a great forecast for the future of design in China and abroad.
YANG Design that also designed the branded merchandise ‘Floating life’ glass series, launches the full 2019-2020 China Design Trends report with four sections: Data Craft, Slow Utopia, Virtual Landscape, and Hustle. As the show progresses, we scout out highlights and impressions from Design Shanghai 2019 to share with you in this space.
Revisit last year’s exhibition: Design Shanghai 2018