Design Shanghai returns to the historic Shanghai Exhibition Centre in March, bringing together the best regional and global design talents
Organised by Media 10, Design Shanghai is back in 2017 and is set to be bigger than ever. In just a few short years — and thanks to the record-breaking 2016 edition — the event has become one of the most highly anticipated shows on the international design calendar.
The most exciting development for this year's show is undoubtedly the new initiative that sees the event expanding its reach beyond its home of the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Several offsite events, organised in collaboration with various partners, will offer visitors the opportunity to experience Shanghai in a new light, effectively creating a city-wide celebration of design and creativity.
Design tours, business meetings and exclusive networking parties will be held over the course of the event, including the launch of the Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, an event taking place in the fashionable Shanghai landmark.
Mike Dynan, managing director of Media 10, China and event director for Design Shanghai says: "Following the overwhelming success of last year's edition, we are very proud to be bringing more and more leading international design brands to China and to reveal exciting new additions for Design Shanghai 2017. Moreover, as a result of the precious collaborations with our partners and supporters, we are expanding the development even further, taking over the city with a comprehensive programme of offsite events, installations and design tours."
The Shanghai Exhibition Centre, however, will still remain at the heart of the event, offering the perfect backdrop for world-renowned designers and architects, property developers, hotel groups, buyers, retailers, specifiers, key decision makers and journalists to meet, exchange ideas and spot trends.
Alongside the Contemporary Design, Classic & Luxury Design and Collectible Design halls, this year's edition will have two new additions. The Kitchen & Bathroom Design Hall will focus on innovations across materials, equipment and effective space optimisation; while the Workplace Design Hall will give visitors the opportunity to discover the latest innovations in office design, source new suppliers and network with relevant industry professionals.
International brands such as Magis, Driade, Visionnaire, Porada, Art Design Group, CIAC, Thonet, Antonio Lupi, Seletti, HAY, Leicht, Fisher & Paykel, Bolon, Swarovski, Alessi and Dyson will be present at the event. Alongside them, a range of Chinese designers will also show across the five design halls, including Tai Ping Carpets, Beyond Object, W+S, YANG House, Frank Chou Design Studio, ziinlife, WUU, ROOY and Benwu Edition.
In 2017, Design Shanghai hopes to bring a fresh injection of creativity and world-class design to China, reinforcing its position as a supporter of the ever-growing local design industry and building a platform to connect international and local design aficionados.
This is an excerpt from the "In the city” article from the March 2017 issue of Perspective magazine.
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