Design Shanghai unveils new content for sixth edition

Design Shanghai returns in 2019 for the sixth edition of the fair. Focused on bringing together exceptional design, quality and inspiration, Design Shanghai is Asia’s biggest design event welcoming almost 70,000 visitors from across the world as well as some of the most recognised and established global design brands and emerging design talent from China and beyond.

For the next edition, Design Shanghai introduces a sixth design hall New Materials and Applications which showcase some of the most innovative and experimental works at the fair. This new hall joins Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectible, Kitchen & Bathroom, and Workplace design halls to make six in total showcasing over 400 design brands.  2019  will also see Design Shanghai expand its footprint at the exhibition centre by 20 per cent – offering more space for brands and exhibitions.

“Design Shanghai continues to set the standard for the design industry in Asia. As the region’s largest industry trade event we’re pleased to be able to engage the world’s best design brands with China and also celebrate the increasingly high calibre local design talent to our international audience. We recently marked the success of Design Shanghai with the start of Design China Beijing this year to engage and interact with an even wider Chinese audience.” said Mike Dynan, managing director of Media 10 China.

“Design Shanghai continues to grow in 2019  taking over more space in the Shanghai Exhibition Centre and the addition of a new design hall that celebrates the cutting edge advances in product materials and applications across design. We’re also pleased to introduce a new matchmaking system at Design Shanghai 2019 and the first The Kelly Hoppen International Design Awards that will recognise the very best in interior design across China.” said Zhuo Tan, Design Shanghai Show Director.

The fair will showcase some of the world’s best-known design brands such as Roche Bobois, Knoll, SieMatic, Zaha Hadid Design and Saint Louis who will present their latest collections as well as unique pieces for the Asian market. In partnership with the biggest international event organizer Medinit srl- Veronafiere Group, this year’s CasaMedinit Shanghai will invite designers Giovanni Siard and Luigi Siard to design the 300 square-meter space at Design Shanghai with a collection of Italian design brands.

Alongside the strong showing of international talent, Design Shanghai will also present the very best in Chinese design from emerging and established brands and designers, including Banlan, HC28, HIGHLINE, PUSU, ziinlife, Weimo and many more. Design Shanghai offers a bridge for Chinese and Western designers to meet and engage in new creative projects, bringing the best of both worlds.


For the third year, Design Shanghai will extend its reach beyond the exhibition centre with the Xintiandi Design Festival. This year’s theme Back to the Social Origin: Building Connections in the Real World explores the relationship between social interaction and design from the most basic human needs through to the use of information and data in our increasingly globalised community. Four curators – Hou Zhengguang, Sun Xinxi, Du Xinyue and Simone Chen – will interpret the theme with bespoke installations and talks during the festival. 


This year’s Design Shanghai Forum in association with Kohler will investigate the relationship between craft and technology. Regarded as the pre-eminent platform for debate about design, the Design Shanghai Forum will tackle the big questions facing design and the concepts and ideas these questions are shaping. This year’s theme: Technology, Craft and Creativity – Friends or Enemies, explores how automated processes will affect the design industry, the relationship between AI and creativity and how technology will impact on society across the world. Speakers in March will include over 40 local and international speakers including European designers Marcel Wanders, Kelly Hoppen, Lee Broom and Daan Roosegaarde while local architects and designers such as Frank Chou, Zhang Zhoujie and Jamy Yang will also join the Forum.


Design Shanghai has collaborated with Jamy Yang, founder of YANG DESIGN and YANG House, to launch the first series of Design Shanghai branded merchandise in 2019 – the ‘Floating Life’ glass series.


Design Shanghai will introduce the Kelly Hoppen International Design Awards at the fair in March next year. Selected by a jury of industry professionals and celebrating design across residential interiors, hotel interiors, restaurant interiors, commercial interiors, product design, lighting design, and architecture as well as new talent, the award aims to recognise excellence in the industry. Submissions for the award close Monday 31st January and the award ceremony will take place on 8th March 2019 at Design Shanghai.

The Design Shanghai Picks celebrate designs within the show that reflect the values of the fair including craftsmanship, artistry, technicality, innovation and cultural relevance. On the opening day of the show, a select panel of Design Shanghai veterans visit each hall and award those designers and brands who exemplify the best of Design Shanghai.

For five consecutive years, Design Shanghai partners with AD China to discover local design talents through the “Emerging Chinese Designers Platform”. In collaboration with IDEAT China, “IDEAT Future Award” will return for the third year to celebrate the best design practices and projects across the world in the year of 2018. The “Andrew Martin International Interior Design Award” will also recognise the best in the interior design industry, cementing Design Shanghai’s position as an authority in this arena.


Design Shanghai is not only showcasing the best design, but also forecasting the future of design. As Global Design Trends partner, WGSN will again present the insightful design trends with global visions. Meanwhile, YANG DESIGN will launch the full 2019-2020 China Design Trends Report with four aspects – Data Craft, Slow Utopia, Virtual Landscape and Hustle.


Official partners of Design Shanghai, including RADO, American Express, Perrier, Nespresso and Remy Martin, will bring their own unique interpretations of the ultimate design experience throughout the exhibition.

Design Shanghai will take place from 6 to 9 March.