At Design Shanghai 2015, some of the most influential furniture brands, designers and art galleries gathered to develop new business opportunities but also to discover the design that is actually “created” – and not just “made”- in China. Indeed, aside the “Hollywoodian” design line-up, young emerging talents, estabilished professionals and brands exhibited how the country’s design and creative sector are evolving and exploring their own originality.
Co-founders and art directors of Design Shanghai Russ Urwin and Darrel Best say: “Having worked within the international design community for over 20 years, it is rewarding to witness the contemporary evolution of Chinese design and a new found hunger and appreciation of an individual lifestyle aesthetic”.
“Chinese traditional craftsmanship and ingenuity has been integral to design throughout history and witnessing the reinterpretation and further development of these skills is helping to shape the future of global design”.Ross Urwin has recently released interviews foreseeing also the end of Chinese production of design copycats.
A “Hollywoodian” line-up of companies, professionals and bespoke sponsors boosted Design Shanghai. Foscarini, Hay, Fritz Hansen, David Gill, Vitra and Moroso were just some of the international brands at the fair. Influential design protagonists as Arik Levi, Marcel Wanders, Neri & Hu, Aric Chen- just to mention some of them – took part at talks or exhibited the projects in the halls. Bespoke sponsors of Design Shanghai were Jaguar and Land Rover, together with Champagne Perrier Jouët, Balli, Swarovsky and more.
“Here design market is thriving and there is a new found intererest from Chinese collectors and consumers who see the value in investing in design. That’s why our most important task is to itroduce new and important tasks in China” Said Ross Urwin and Darrel Best.
In 2015, Design Shanghai doubled in size featuring more the 300 participants and welcoming over 40.000 visitors in just four days. All exhibitiors were strategically divided in three main categories – Contemporary, Classic and Collectible – in order to help Chinese and international buyers and collectors who visited the fair.