Design Shanghai returns to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from 8th to 11th March and this year teams up with Shanghai Xintiandi to curate the best of international and local design across the city.
Following the success of last year’s collaboration, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi will celebrate their partnership for the next three years with the launch of Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, a free event from 6 to 19 March in Xintiandi.
Mr Andy Zhang, general manager of Taipingqiao Project, China Xintiandi said, “We hope that the three-year strategic partnership with Design Shanghai will provide diverse inspirations to citizens and design enthusiasts and contribute to promoting the development of original design in China.”
UPM, the designers of Biofore Tea House, celebrate the immense design opportunities offered by wood and biomaterials. The installation also salutes an international team that drew inspiration from the long tradition of Chinese tea culture.
Mesh Installation – Public Bench by Zhang Zhoujie
The event’s curators this year include Song Tao, Hou Zhengguang, Du Xinyue, Hu Zeming, Tian Mengran and Deng Min. The theme, “In Future”, will showcase a selection of 18 interactive installations and spaces by international and Chinese designers and artists, offering visitors the opportunity to experience and rethink design, art, creativity and culture in a new light.
“’In Future’ puts emphasis on providing an interactive experience and giving visitors a sense of how design can break new ground. Many design events are mainly commercial – we want ours to stand out by combining art, design and brand culture in different forms and comprehensively showing the creativity of the designers,” Song Tao, curator of the festival, said.
World-renowned brands including Duxiana, hülsta, Perrier-Jouët, UPM have confirmed their presence alongside leading international artists such as Lee Lee Nam, Arnd Christian Müller, Rob Pepper and Jayson Atienza, and Chinese design brands, designers and artists such as Song Tao, Zhengguang Hou, Xinyue Du, Jamy Yang, Hung-Chun Wang, Zhoujie Zhang, ZIZAOSHE, Moreless, since 2020, Fnjiand A&Alison.