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Design Shanghai 2018: Who to watch

by Elizabeth Kerr on Feb 28, 2018 in Dose of Design , Lifestyle , Top Story
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Design Shanghai returns with an exploration of creative identity in an increasingly globalised world – and an in-depth look at the shifting landscape of the workplace

 

From March 14 to 17, the Shanghai Exhibition Centre once again throws open its doors to welcome Design Shanghai, Asia's pre-eminent design event. Leading international brands including Zaha Hadid Design, Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Lalique, Swarovski and Miele, as well as emerging and innovative studios, make it the year's best opportunity for networking and industry exchange, for architects, product designers, developers and retailers based in Asia and beyond.

Featuring five themed halls – Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible – and more than 40 of the brightest design minds in the world offering insights at Design Forum, the 2018 edition demonstrates why Design Shanghai has become established as one of the world's most keenly anticipated design events.

Featuring five themed halls – Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible – and more than 40 of the brightest design minds in the world

Design Shanghai 2018 with see five separate halls; Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible

Design Shanghai 2018 with see five separate halls; Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Workplace, Kitchen & Bathroom and Collectible

Designers to watch

Over the course of four days, Design Shanghai's Design Forum provides a platform for some of the world's most renowned and innovative creatives to share their insights. This year it explores the need for wholesale social change and authentic cultural identity, and how they inform each other in the global marketplace.

Frank Chou of Frank Chou Design Studio

Frank Chou of Frank Chou Design Studio

FRANK CHOU

As founder of what is widely regarded as one of China's most prominent independent design studios, Frank Chou has chosen to focus on the interplay between object and material, and the relationship between East and West to create design pieces that are the pinnacle of modern Chinese expression in a global context. Chou is best known for his Salone del Mobile SaloneSatellite Awardwinning Ping Screen and HC28's Bold Armchair, a NYCxDESIGN Awards nominee.

DB KIM

With the world's biggest hoteliers focused on Asia, South Korean interior designer, architect and product designer DB Kim will be busy for the foreseeable future. Bringing his signature cross-cultural humanism to the hospitality industry, Kim's fingerprints can be seen on the Wanda Group's luxury hotel division and its vision for the future, and on the reinvigoration of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide (for W, Westin and Sheraton).

Jiang Qiong Er, the founder of brand Shang Xia, will also present at Design Shanghai

Jiang Qiong Er, the founder of brand Shang Xia, will also present at Design Shanghai

YABU PUSHELBERG 

Emerging from Toronto to become one of the most recognisable global design brands, the multi-disciplinary Yabu Pushelberg is also one of the most collaborative, having worked in product design, lighting, textiles, architecture and interiors. Its work can be seen and felt in 16 countries, in locations as diverse as residences at Brickell House in Miami, retailing at Barneys New York, and products from Avenue Road Furniture to Czech glass and lighting brand Lasvit.

JIANG QIONG ER 

Founder, artistic director and chief executive of lifestyle brand Shang Xia, Jiang Qiong Er's bi-cultural experience (after studying in Europe for many years) can be seen in her designs – be it a porcelain teapot or a ready-to-wear tunic dress – which elegantly balance tradition and modernity, heritage and innovation. Jiang has created a truly international 21st-century brand, with her creations finding a place inside Paris's Musée Guimet and Musée des Arts Décoratifs, as well as the British Museum.

Speaker Stefano Giovannoni will speak at Design Shanghai 2018

Speaker Stefano Giovannoni will speak at Design Shanghai 2018

STEFANO GIOVANNONI

Milan-based Stefano Giovannoni is one of Italy's most successful and best-selling industrial designers, having worked with brands such as Lavazza, Alessi, Magis, Fiat, Oregon, Honeywell, and SodaStream among countless others over the course of his 30-year-plus career. The Design Plus award winner recently launched the affordable, "new generation brand" Qeeboo, the ethos of which is exemplified by his Rabbit chair.

This is an excerpt from "Shanghai in focus”, an article from the March issue of Perspective magazine.

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