The 2017 edition of Design Shanghai saw record crowds drawn to the event, both at its Shanghai Exhibition Centre location and further into the city
Design Shanghai, one of Asia's leading international design events, ran from 8-11 March 2017, and further cemented its importance on the international design calendar by showcasing more than 400 leading international and Chinese brands, galleries and designers. For the first time, the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Hall and the Workplace Design Hall were presented alongside the Contemporary Design Hall, Classic & Luxury Design Hall and the Collectible Design Hall, in a reflection of current design trends and needs in the region.
Ross Urwin and Darrell Best, creative directors of Design Shanghai, said: "At the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, the heart of Design Shanghai, our aim is to maintain an equal balance of local talents and international brands, exhibiting across the five design halls, where visitors have the opportunity to enjoy an incredible selection of quality products and site-specific installations."
International brands on show at the event included: Boca Do Lobo, Zaha Hadid, Domus Tiandi, Thonet, Dyson, Antonio Lupi, Rational, Rossana, LEICHT, MAGIS and Fisher&Paykel. While brands such as Beyond Object, Frank Chou Design Studio and ziinlife represented the local design scene.
One of the biggest new initiatives in 2017 was the opening of Design Shanghai to the city, thanks to several offsite events organised in collaboration with its partners. As part of the Shanghai-wide celebration of creativity, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi district launched Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, which runs until 19 March, 2017 in Shanghai Xintiandi.
Curated by a team of high-profile designers the Festival will populate the streets of the district with a selection of 18 interactive installations and spaces. These include L'Eden by Perrier Jouet, as well as works by international and Chinese designers and artists. The festival offers both the local community and visitors the opportunity to experience and rethink design, art and creativity in a new light.
The Design Shanghai Forum in association with KOHLER and AD featured a number of designers speaking on a broad range of topics. Speakers included Karim Rashid, DB Kim, André Fu, Benjamin Hubert, Bethan Laura Wood and Paul Cocksedge.
For the first time, the Kitchen & Bathroom Design Hall and the Workplace Design Hall were presented alongside the Contemporary Design Hall, Classic & Luxury Design Hall and the Collectible Design Hall, in a reflection of current design trends and needs in the region.
Mike Dynan, show director of Design Shanghai, said: "The increase in visitors and the enthusiasm already received from the media and the public are overwhelming. We feel that the event has reached a new level of maturity, opening up the city and offering a unique platform for the international community to network, nurture collaborations and exchange ideas.”