Monday, December 14, 2015

Design Shanghai 2016 - Design Shanghai Continues To Bring Together the Best of International and Home Grown Talent

Top Chinese and international brands will unveil new designs and launch hundreds of never before-seen products at Design Shanghai 2016, Asia’s leading international design event sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, which opens its doors on 9th March 2016.

Design Shanghai will be returning to the stunning Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 9th to 12th March 2016. The show will welcome an estimated 300 exhibitors and more than 42,000 visitors are expected to attend the four-day event, featuring international design brands and galleries, as well as installations and a varied programme of events.

World-renowned design brands, including Cassina, Vitra, Moroso, Magis, HAY, Seletti, Villeroy & Boch, Miele, ibride, Bang & Olufsen, Serip, Artisans, Bolon, Meissen, Swarovski and many others have confirmed their presence alongside leading Chinese design brands such as Domus Aurea, Mexarts, Frank Chou Design, Maxmarko, EY-products, ZiniLife, Cloisonne Shi and WUU. Sponsors also include Domus Tiandi, Xintiandi, Perrier-Jouët and many more.
The Oriental Series by Frank Chou Design Studio
Design Shanghai is simultaneously a celebration and a reflection of the thriving creative industries market that has been emerging in China in recent years. The pace and scale of China's economic transformation has in fact provided the perfect environment for the rapid growth of the country’s creative sectors, allowing enterprise, creativity and innovation to flourish.

Over the past five years, industry revenue has been increasing at an annualised rate of 13.7% to $622.6 billion in 2015. This high growth was largely due to upstream building construction growth and the expansion of interior design enterprises through a combination of online and offline promotion. The interior design industry is expected to experience continuous rapid growth over the next five years, with revenue growing 8.3% annually to $925.8 billion.

Recent figures show that the number of interior designers in Mainland China has increased to 600,000, while the number of creative studios, including architecture practices, interior design companies and property development firms, has risen to 200,000. The total number of practitioners stands at over 10 million. Confirming the increased interest in Chinese culture, a number of high-profile and influential cultural exchange events have taken place in recent years around the world, such as the first ever UK-China Year of Cultural Exchange celebrated in 2015. This dynamism is also reflected in the large number of Chinese designers participating in the 2016 edition of Design Shanghai. More than 50% of the exhibitors at next year’s event will be local designers, including both established names and emerging talents. The growth in the number of Chinese brands taking part in the event is not only indicative of the flourishing Chinese industry but also of Design Shanghai’s desire to support the local design sector.

Design Shanghai is fast becoming a hub for the most exciting up-and-coming Chinese talent. Beijing-based Frank Chou will be back in the Contemporary Design Hall featuring his internationally well-received ‘Oriental Series’. Chen Furong, co-founder of W UU, who was awarded the Design Shanghai & AD China Emerging Chinese Designer Award at last year’s event, is also back as an exhibitor in the Contemporary Design Hall this year. Local names also include Mexmarts, Beyond Object and Derek Chen, founder of Maxmarko and winner of the ELLE Decoration International Design Award. Young designers EY Design will be displaying their ‘Moon Lamps’, which have proved extremely popular in China and abroad.

Visitors will experience world-leading designs across three halls dedicated to Contemporary Design, Classic Design and Collectible Design. Morgan Morris, co-founder of Paris-Beijing based consultancy Perfect Crossovers, returns as curator of the Collectible Design Hall, a showcase of unique limited edition design pieces from the best design galleries worldwide. Following a successful partnership in the 2015 event, the Collectible Design Hall will be sponsored by Xintiandi.

This years’ edition will see the Collectible Design Hall divided into three new sections, which will present a unique way of viewing the designers’ works.
  • Section one: Curated limited edition gallery section
  • Section two: Curated tea house section where limited edition design meets architecture
  • Section three: Curated “rooms” by leading interior designers who work with limited edition design

The Contemporary Design Hall will feature a remarkable selection of both high-end western home products and eastern designs created for DomusTiandi, a brand that returns this year as event sponsor. The Contemporary Hall will also see the launch in China of HAY’s Palissade, a brand new collection of outdoor furniture by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. The Danish brand is known for creating straightforward, functional and aesthetic design in collaboration with some of the world’s most talented designers.
Officina chair by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec for Magis
Magis, one of the leading Italian names in the design world, will be launching a full range of new designs in China, including the Cyborg chair by Marcel Wanders, the Piña collection by Jaime Hayon and Spike - The Wild Bunch shelf by Konstantin Grcic.Visitors will also enjoy a selection of the latest products by some of the world’s leading design brands such as Cassina, Vitra, Moroso, Seletti and many more.

The Contemporary Design Hall will also feature the Sweden Pavilion and the “Modern Danish” Pavilion, presented for the second year at Design Shanghai by The Royal Danish Consulate General. The latter will showcase a strong mix of some of the finest contemporary designers from Denmark, country that has in recent years developed itself into a melting pot of creativity, culture and cutting-edge design.

The Classic Design Hall will feature an outstanding selection of products by leading names, including those returning to Design Shanghai following last year’s successful edition. Brands that have reconfirmed their participation include Cole & Son – presented by Wallvision –Parker & Farr, John Myland, PY Design and Miele China. Alongside returning designers and manufacturers, leading brands will join as exhibitors for the first time. The selection include Bang & Olufsen, which joins the event as part of its 90thanniversary celebrations; Villeroy & Boch; Conker Brown; Lindsay Alker and George Smith, for the first time presenting products entirely designed in China, and manufactured in UK.

Domus Aurea will be presenting international brands such as Visionnaire, which will show products by Steve Leung Designers, a renowned Chinese design firm, and Driade, leading Italian brand and co-organiser – along with Domus Aurea – of the “Design to Fame”competition.
Zotem by Kim Thomé
Design Shanghai 2016 will feature a bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation which engages audiences in an active interplay of scale, movement and light, conceived by London-based Norwegian designer Kim Thomé for Swarovski. Originally exhibited at the V&A Museum for London Design Festival, the art piece is evocative of a modern day totem, designed to draw eyes upwards. Vivid geometric pattern printed on a mesh canvas, run in a continuous loop inside the framework and are illuminated in prismatic colour, reflected and refracted by Swarovski crystal to create a hypnotic visual illusion. The title Zotem is a word-blending of the sounds and meanings of ‘totem’ and ‘zoetrope’ – a19th century animation device that pre-dates film and gives the illusion of motion by displaying a sequence of isolated drawings that appear to move.

Sharing the same ambitions to support original design internationally and locally, Design Shanghai will also partner with Xintiandi to invite designers from home and abroad to set up two innovative and cutting-edge design installations in Xintiandi’s newly launched shopping centre THE HOUSE, ahead of Design Shanghai’s opening.

Renowned Chinese designer Jamy Yang will also be presenting the “YANG HOUSE Craftsmanship” installation, which encourages the audience to rediscover the traditional handcrafts and reflect on how Chinese tradition can blend with modern aesthetics and lifestyle.

Among the features and events at Design Shanghai 2016, the world's leading homes and lifestyle magazine ELLE Decoration will launch "Oriental Aesthetics", an interactive exhibition organised in collaboration with What’s Media Lab. The exhibition will integratevirtual reality, interactive devices and new media technology with traditional oriental elements.

Following on the success of the last year’s edition, leading publication AD China returns to Design Shanghai with the Emerging Chinese Designers Award, an unrivalled platform for emerging Chinese talents. Additionally, contemporary design and lifestyle magazine IDEAT CHINA is launching what is expected to become one of the most influential design awards of the country. IDEAT Future Award will select, present and celebrate the best international designs to the Chinese public.

The winner will be announced on 9th of March, when Design Shanghai 2016 opens its doors. This event also marks the 1st anniversary of the magazine, launched during Design Shanghai 2015.


Experienced curator and editorial director Aidan Walker returns as the Design Forum’s programme director at Design Shanghai 2016. Walker has previously developed seminar programmes for 100% Design and Grand Designs Live. The theme chosen for the 2016 conference programme is the ‘Language of Design’. The sessions will explore how design, while being rooted – like a language – in the local culture and history can engage in a dialogue with other disciplines and countries. The forum will bring together highly influential designers and creative minds from China and elsewhere internationally to explore the rapidly changing design industry. This year’s edition will welcome some of the key figures in the growing ‘maker movement’, which introduces a completely new, collaborative approach to design and manufacturing, and also famous names, both Chinese and western, whose work takes cues from the new demands of the digital era. Timeless values of the Chinese craft tradition are being re-invented and renewed with respect and sensitivity for a widely consuming market, which was almost non-existent less than a few decades ago.

Design Shanghai
9 – 12 March 2016
Shanghai Exhibition Centre
Jingan District, Shanghai, China

About Design Shanghai
Design Shanghai is China’s leading international design event, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in China’s ever-growing design community. Showcasing the best design brands from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network and establish long-term business relations with China’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers and private buyers.

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