DesignShanghai2020 – This year, all major international fairs across the globe have been canceled, downsized or went virtual; but that didn’t happen in Shanghai. “Even though the show was affected by the pandemic at the beginning of the year and was postponed twice, we made it happen and it is larger than ever, which is a testament to the resilience and ambition of the design community and market in China.” Said Zhuo Tan, Director of Design Shanghai. We collected some of the best shots of furniture, installations and exhibitions on show.
At the entrance of the fairs, visitors were welcomed by the Audi pavilion, the main sponsor the the event presented also its e-tron concept unveiling its holistic approach to electrification. Design Shanghai partnered with Gallery All to curate Collectible Design section. This year’s exhibitors included Friedman Benda, Gallery Sohe and The Future Perfect, featuring works by Reinaldo Sanguino, Campana Brothers, Stephanie Bachiero and Chinese designers Zhipeng Tan, Daishi Luo, Hua Wang, Studio Buzao and Zhoujie Zhang.
Studio Monana, a first-time exhibitor at Design Shanghai, has been working with a wool felt factory in Hebei Province that was stuck with large quantity of inventory during the first few months of COVID19. Mona He, founder of Studio Monana, taught the workers at the factory to weave the wool felts into smaller objects and engaged a blacksmith from Hunan Province to make metal parts for support. The booth displayed indoor entertainment and exercise equipment such as badminton nets and chess tables made of these excess materials.
Designer Frank Chou curated the Talent section. Within a large white tent, 8 up and coming Chinese designers and studios from various backgrounds shared their respective design methodology and inspirations alongside the products.
Despite the travel restrictions, international brands sustained their presence at Design Shanghai with their Chinese teams on the ground. Brands from Italy, Portugal, Norway, Denmark, Czech, Spain, Finland and the UK all had a prominent presence.
All photos: courtesy of Design Shanghai.