Design Shanghai 2019 highlights the strong links between Eastern and Western design

Design Shanghai 2019. Gervasoni stand - Photo via IG, follow @gervasoni1882.

Chinese and international creatives met at Design Shanghai 2019. On show electroplated stainless steel benches, inside-out upholstered seats, furniture tuning with the new rituals of Millennials and more…

“Brexit is among the main challenges of the thriving crafts sector” says Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director of the UK’s Crafts Council

Crafts Council's Executive director Rosy Greenlees on Brexit and the UK crafts sector’s tasks. Pictured: 'Node' by Claire Linder - Exhibited by Collection Atelier D'art De France, Collect 2019, photo by Sophie Mutevelian.

Low quality fakes sold online, the need for more crafts-related courses and Brexit. At the Collect fair in London, we interviewed the Crafts Council’s Executive Director Rosy Greenlees about the opportunities, challenges and risks of one of the UK’s most dynamic sectors.

Collect 2019: 4 trends at the London international art fair for modern craft and design

COLLECT 2019. Umberto Dattola's 'Invisible Cities' Cabinet made of plywood, natural wood, gold leaf - courtesy of Collect

Collect 2019: a bejeweled shawl hijab encouraging conversation about the role of the hijab today, blown glass visuals infused with fishnets and plastics addressing to the oceans’ pollution issue and digital technologies merging with bespoke creations. Isobel Dennis, Director of Collect – The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design, highlights some of the main trends to look out for in London.

Design Indaba competition 2019 invites to vote for South Africa’s fittest design

Design Indaba competition 2019: photo from Colour field exhibition @ Southern Guild - © Southernguild.

Design Indaba competition 2019: a topsy-turvy blue love-seat, African and Bauhaus-inspired furniture and bridal colorful dresses and are among the 10 selected projects competing for South Africa’s Most Beautiful Object at Cape Town’s design week.

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital sculptures explore future forms of spatial intelligence at Centre Pompidou

ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital sculptures at Centre Pompidou - H.O.R.T.U.S. XL Astaxanthin.g by ecoLogicStudio - Photo ©NAARO.

A bulbous 3D-printed bio-architecture powered by bacteria’s photosynthesis and an algorithmically designed spatial scaffolding revealing the alien beauty of spiders’ crafts. ecoLogicStudio’s bio-digital sculptures merge Nature’s architectural imprint with synthetic technologies.

Nomad St Moritz 2019: 6 brilliant design installations plunged into the Swiss Alps

Carsten Holler's 'mushroom carpet' for Massimo de Carlo' @ Nomad St Moritz 2019.

Quilted fabrics exploring the complexity of migration, handcrafted bioplastic vessels and nun-shaped lamps. 6 inspiring design series on show at Nomad St Moritz 2019.

Nordic rounded shapes reign in Northern’s second design collection

Nordic Rounded shapes reing in Northern's new design collection. Oblong sofa by Mario Tsai - Photo by Chris Tonnesen, courtesy of Northern,

Oblong sofas, oval mirrors and spherical pendant lamps. Nordic rounded shapes bridge Scandinavian heritage and international contemporary design in Northern’s second furniture and home accessories collection.