Design Shanghai 2014

The Premier Design showcase in China opens

by Malcolm Clark
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Design Shanghai, featuring leading international design brands, has just completed its first day at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre running until March 2nd. More than 150 world-renowned design brands have been presented to the Chinese audience of over 40,000 architects, interior designers, developers, designers and China's most affluent design conscious consumers of design lovers who queued up long before the gates opened this morning at 11 am local time to get a glimpse of the brands, 90% of which have never seen before in China.

Design Shanghai is spread into Contemporary, Classic and Collectible halls, with overall area of 10,000 square meters in the stunning, newly renovated Russian-style Shanghai Exhibition Centre. The exhibitor list includes Magis, Moooi©, Tom Dixon, FLOS, BD Barcelona Design, Alessi, Boss Design and HAY - BS Studio & HAY, many of whom are in China for the first time.

The show is a joint venture between Media 10, the UK's leading contemporary design events producer of 100% Design London, Clerkenwell Design Week as well as the Ideal Home Show and Grand Designs on Tour, and the Shanghai Art Fair Ltd.

The exhibition is also complimented by an impressive selection of curatorial content from leading western and Chinese designers. Moreover, award-winning galleries like Carpenters Workshop, Downtown Francois Laffanour, Jousse Enterprise and so on will be presented in Collectible Hall. Meanwhile, artists from both China and Europe will create art installations all over the show.

Design Shanghai will host an extensive seminar program of prolific western and eastern designers, meeting for the first time to discuss the future of design. Speakers include Isle Crawford, Michael Young, John Makepeace, Lyndon Neri, Rossana Hu and many more. Design Shanghai also works with Domus Tiandi, Pernod Ricard, Miele, Marquis de Montesquiou to build up unique bar, restaurant and VIP lounge, giving visitors a special design experience.

Based on the concept of Design Shanghai 2014 ‘West Meets East’, the lead creative of Dragon was unveiled. As a lucky symbol in China, the 'dragon', compiled of a selection of some of the world's most iconic furniture designs from Cappellini, Vitra, Boca Do Lobo, Fritz Hansen and etc., many of which will be on show at the event in 2014, symbolises ‘West Meets East’.

Three separate dragons represent each hall at the show: Contemporary Design, Classic Design and Collectible Design, creating a unique identity for each section.

Archilovers and Archiproducts are media partners of the event

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