Design Shanghai once again proved to be a remarkable highlight of the year
The sixth edition of Design Shanghai took place from March 6 to 9 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Once again, it was a record-breaking show, welcoming more than 68,000 architects, interior designers, developers, retailers, private collectors and design aficionados – a 20 percent increase on the previous year.
Over the past six years, the fair has served as an important platform for showcasing in-demand design brands and up-and-coming talent, with the backdrop of a rapidly evolving design scene in China and other parts of Asia. "We are very humbled by the fact so many designers and brands see Design Shanghai as an important platform to launch their business in China," said Zhuo Tan, show director, Design Shanghai. "We feel a huge responsibility to promote these talents."This year, the New Materials and Applications design hall made its debut and more than 30 brands flexed their creative muscles with cutting-edge materials and innovations. More than 400 international and homegrown brands were on display in the Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectible, Kitchen & Bathroom, and Workplace design halls, exploring the synergy between Eastern and Western design aesthetics.
The event featured a number of bespoke creations, including the Apollo 'spaceship' by British brand Timothy Oulton (pictured right), inspired by the 1960s and '70s moon landings. The exterior's stainless-steel structure is the same size as the original Apollo Command Module and the lavishly decorated interior has black leather seats and red silk.
More than 400 international and homegrown brands were on display in the Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectible, Kitchen & Bathroom, and Workplace design hall
At the highly anticipated forum, more than 50 speakers discussed the relationship between craft and technology, a timely subject that fitted well into the context of the fair, which included a particular spotlight on digital design.
The highlight of the sessions was 'Design Shanghai Picks', where a panel of expert judges chose 31 outstanding brands and products in six design categories for their concept, craftsmanship, technology and cultural references. Those picked challenged views on the relationship between contemporary design and sustainability. The judging panel comprised a line-up of respected industry veterans including Zhou and creative directors of Design Shanghai, Darrel Best and Ross Urwin.In response to the ever-increasing popularity of the show, the 2020 edition of Design Shanghai will move to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Centre, where the exhibition area will be increased to 36,000sqm.
THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED AS "REACHING NEW HEIGHTS”, AN ARTICLE FROM THE MAY ISSUE OF PERSPECTIVE MAGAZINE.