Design Shanghai 2017 kicks off - Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Design Shanghai 2017 runs from the 8th until the 11th of March – Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Shanghai 2017 -Until March 11, international and Chinese design influencers meet up at Design Shanghai, With over 400 brands and 50.000 expected visitors, the more mature fair takes place at the city’s Exhibition Center in West Nanjing Road close to the French Concession. The central pavilion hosts some of the top international furniture brands like Moroso, Magis, Hay and Vitra but also prominent Chinese design brands, galleries and designers such as Beyond Object, WUU and Frank Chou.

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The Central Pavilion – Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

In the Xintiandi creative and shopping district a design festival welcomes visitors with 18 interactive installations until March 18. “The Festival’s theme is “In Future”, putting emphasis on providing an interactive experience and giving visitors a sense of how design can break new ground.” Says the Festival curator>>>Here our top 10 exhibition in town.

Xintiandi district - Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Xintiandi district – Courtesy of Design Shanghai.


Nature’s bliss in a room.

Central Pavilion
Design Shanghai 2017 - Photo by @Tienhaolin, IG.

Photo by @Tienhaolin, IG.

An ethereal, almost suspended environment welcomes guests to discover nature-inspired designs. Delicate nets recalling leaves and plants patterns wrap the room while weaved nest-looking lights seem to float from above.


Chinese modern design reloaded.

Contemporary Design Hall, Stand E2-98
FAN chair - Courtesy of Frank Chou Design Studio.

FAN chair – Courtesy of Frank Chou Design Studio.

Neat industrial-chic is the imprint of Frank Chou‘s brand new design collection that features a metal and fabric chair, an essential side table and a single sofa with slender and smooth design. Sharp metal contours disguise a more laid-back softness.


Pink jade inspires precious furniture designs

Collectibles Hall, Stand WH-13
Studio MVW - Photo by @studiomvw, IG.

Photo by @studiomvw, IG.

Innovative Shanghai-based design duo Studio MVW took inspiration from natural forms and materials for the new Jinshi collection that celebrates the wonders of pink jade. The collection comprises a console, a side table and lightings. Streamlined curves in dusky, rose gold material palette define a delicate and essentian style.


The pioneering vision of the late architect on show.

Contemporary Design Hall, Stand E2-50 + Collectibles Hall, Stand WH-24
Zaha Hadid @ DesignShanghai Photo by @uprising_razgriz, IG.

Photo by @uprising_razgriz, IG.

Fluid lines and subtle, organic geometries. Iconic designs like the liquid glacial table and stools developed in collaboration with David Gill Gallery are on display at the exhibition Zaha Hadid Edition in the Collectible hall. The Field of Towers chess set and other new products of the by late architect’s company are on show in the fair’s Contemporary Halls.


Urban jewels and designs from Pudong creative hub.

Contemporary Design Hall, Stand C2-105
San W Gallery - Photo by @sanwgallerystudio, IG.

Photo by @sanwgallerystudio, IG.

The Shanghai-based San W Metal/Jewellery Studio showcases the work of 9 international artists and designers. The exhibition features also minimal designs by the gallery curator Kenny Yong-soo Son.


Chinese aesthetics… from Israel.

Contemporary Design Hall, Stand E2-96
Caesarstone @ Design Shanghai 2017 - Photo by @surfacemag, IG.

Photo by @surfacemag, IG.

Premium quartz surfaces leading manufacturer Caesarstone debuts its new home collection with Super House, an installation inspired by traditional Chinese aesthetics.


Jamy Yang showcases the globe trotting imprint of humans.

@Xintiandi Design Festival
"ARCHAEOLOGY OF A SUITCASE" @ Design Shanghai 2017 - Photo by, IG.

Photo by, IG.

Leading Chinese designer  Jamy Yang showcases  more  than  10  suitcases  from  all  over  the  world,  each  having a different shape and coming from a different period of time. “The installation explores  the  lifestyles  of  different  areas  and  eras  as  well  as  the  aesthetic and history of humanity”.


7 Chinese designers blend new technologies with craftsmanship.

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Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

At the Lakeville Gallery, the “New Eastern Making” conceptual exhibtion by ZIZAOSHE features seven contemporary artists and designers that interpret recycling and deconstruction in the creative process. “This exhibition opposes to the low cost Made-in-China products that invade the market and gives prove of the great potentialities of new Chinese design.” Says the curator.


A videomaopping green installation celebrating international design.

@Xintiandi Design Festival
Dragon Tree - Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

From 5.30 pm to 1 am, the verdant foliage of a Xintiandi tree will be animated with 3D mapping projections. Each individual image is carefully rendered to create a 3D effect-by using two 12,000-lumen high-resolution laser projectors. The design of dragon-tree is comprised of 14 products from international leading brands such as Cassina, Louis Poulsen and Vitra.


A responsive installation demanding physical closure.

@Xintiandi Design Festival
Plug & Play - Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Courtesy of Design Shanghai.

Plug & Hug is a multi-sensory lighting installation that invites guests to get up close and personal. Each giant bubble can be hugged, causing it to glow gently. The more love you give them, the brighter they glow.

Zaha Hadid Field of Towers chess set.

Zaha Hadid’s Field of Towers chess set.