Recently held at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Design Shanghai broke a number of records during the 2016 event
2016 was a record-breaking year for Design Shanghai, which welcomed over 46,000 visitors – a 15 per cent increase from the previous year – including architects, designers, collectors, artists and property developers between 9-12 March.
The four-day event, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover, included an exciting mix of never-before-seen designs from over 350 participating Chinese and international brands and galleries as well as installations and a varied programme of talks and events. Up-and-coming talents such as Beijing-based Frank Chou, Chen Furong – co-founder of WUU, Mexarts, Derek Chen – founder of Maxmarko, EY Design and highly acclaimed Berlin-based studio YUUE all showed at the event.
Chinese brands including Tiandi, Conti and MZGF Furniture exhibited alongside global names such as Cassina, Vitra, Foscarini, Magis, and HAY. The Sweden Pavilion and the Modern Danish Pavilion, presented for the second year at Design Shanghai by The Royal Danish Consulate General, displayed a selection of products from Scandinavia.
The AD China and Design Shanghai Emerging Designer Award – judged by Ross Urwin together with Patricia Urquiola, world renowned architect Zhang Ke, Founder of ZAO/standardarchitecture, Jiang Qiong'er, CEO of Hermès' Chinese Brand Shang Xia, and AD China Editorial Director Wang Xu – went to Benwu Studio (Best design) and Sheng Yin (Most promising designer), with the winning designer being awarded a complimentary exhibition space at Design Shanghai 2017.
2016 marked the launch of the IDEAT Future Awards, which presented the best international design across nine categories during a public awards ceremony that took place during Design Shanghai's first night late opening. Winners were judged by a panel comprising Italian designer Alberto Alessi, design icon Alan Chan, Shanghai-based artist Zhang Enli and Founder of Media 10 Lee Newton, amongst others. They included Kengo Kuma for Best Public Building, Dior for Best Retail Space and Raw Edges for Best Furniture with their Louis Vuitton Concertina chair.
Mike Dynan, Co-Founder of Media10 and Design Shanghai Director said, "We are thrilled by the success of this year's Design Shanghai. The volume and interest of visitors matched the quality of exhibitors, confirming our first choice of Shanghai as Asia's leading hub for design and creativity. Design Shanghai 2016 has proven to be a globally significant stage for showcasing local and international design and creating a platform for interaction, exchange and business, with exhibitors registering a record number of orders.”