Promotion: Design Shanghai returns to present a host of Chinese and international brands alongside a cultural programme exploring how design can have a positive impact on people and the planet.
Taking place from 3 to 6 June at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center, Design Shanghai will present over 400 local and international brands across eight different sections.
The trade show will be complemented by a range of installations, exhibitions and the return of its annual talks programme, which this year explores the topic of regenerative design.
Regenerative design is an idea that looks for ways that buildings and products can have a positive impact on the environment, rather than simply seeking to minimise the damage.
"As we move towards a post-covid era, in response to an increasing demand for higher-quality developments and a focus on quality of life and the environment we live in, this year, Design Shanghai will focus on regenerative design and the role designers and design innovation plays in realising new solutions that improve our living environment," said Design Shanghai director Zhuo Tan.
Named The Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Forum, the talks programme features a global lineup of designers including Sebastian Wrong, Aldo Cibic, Richard Hutten, Michael Pawlyn and Thomas Heatherwick.
The cultural offering extends to a series of exhibitions and installations by designers such as Kinney Chan and Isabelle Peng Zhao, and architecture studio ORIA, which will present an installation called Touch exploring the relationship between reality and the ideal.
Chinese designer Chin Min has also curated an exhibition called Neooold, which will present the work of 12 artists, designers and makers whose work straddles the worlds of traditional artisanal craft and contemporary design.
The main Design Shanghai trade show aims to explore the synergies between eastern and western design.
Ligne Roset will present key pieces while fellow French brand Roche Bobois will launch a brand new furniture collection called Corail. USM Haller will showcase its World of Plants collection for the first time.
The international brands will be joined by a host of Chinese exhibitors including Shang Xia, PUSU, 2-LA, UFOU, Studio Monana, THESHAW and first-time exhibitor U+.
Design Shanghai will also showcase one-off, limited-edition and collectable design presented by galleries including Ya Space, the first exhibition space in China dedicated to Memphis design.
Design Shanghai's Talents section also returns to spotlight emerging local talent.
Curated by designer Frank Chou, with judges including Aric Chen and Wang Xu, the platform presents work by 14 promising young Chinese designers.
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We are also sponsoring a cafe/bar designed by Hong Kong designer Michael Young at the show. Details will be announced soon.
Design Shanghai takes place from 3 to 6 June at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.
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