Shanghai 2019 – Asia’s leading international design event takes over the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and the Xintiandi district with a creative festival. The sixth edition of the fair attracts over 400 international brands from 32 countries and over 700.000 professionals from around the globe.
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“We’re seeing increasing interest from some of the most respected global design brands who are responding to the region’s growing appetite for world-class design.” Says Zhuo Tan, Design Shanghai Show Director.
At the Shanghai Exhibition Centre, Chinese and international design brands present the best and latest products across five design sections including Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Kitchen & Bathroom and Workplace. “This year’s Design Shanghai embarks on a new frontier with the introduction of the New Materials and Applications section,” comments Zhuo Tan. Here, Chinese brand Buzao‘s experiments with electroplated stainless steel to create a series of psychedelic furniture.
Knoll, Poltrona Frau, Slamp, Gervasoni and Swarovski are among the international brands returning to Shanghai. Leading Shanghai-based design brand Stellar Work brings a strong presentation to this year’s show with new collections launching in the Contemporary Design Hall and a special exhibition of reissued vintage pieces by iconic Danish designers.
The Manifesto Cabinet by Zhang Zhoujie is a 16-feet interactive sound and visual display installation at the entrance of Design Shanghai exhibition hall. As a pioneering digital artist, Zhoujie has been exploring ways humans can interact with computer. The totem is programmed to have its own characters and certain way of digesting information. Audience can send their thoughts in text message to Manifesto Cabinet via scanning QR code, the Cabinet will process the information and read it out in its own tone.
AD China showcases the work of Chinese rising talent at the Emerging Chinese Designer Platform exhibition. Chinese creative millennials “freely absorb from other cultures but also engage with a diversity of new issues and questions on technology, sustainability and contemporary living habits,” say at AD China.
Nowadays compulsive ‘posting’ on social media, globalization and copyrights international rules vs the design originality are among the key issues of the Xintiandi Design Festival.
Located in the famous creative district of Shanghai, the event showcases exhibitions, talks and installations curated by Zhengguang, Sun Xinxi, Du Xinyue and Simone Chen and tuning with the theme “Social Origin: Building Connections in the Real World”.