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Design Shanghai is Asia’s largest and leading international design event, breaking new ground and setting a precedent in Asia’s ever-growing design community. Drawing on Shanghai's unique art and cultural landscape, the highly anticipated event celebrates its 8th year from 6th - 9th June 2021, expanding by 25% this year and returning to the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center.

Welcoming 70,000 professionals and visitors over four days, Design Shanghai showcases more than 400 local and international brands from 30 countries and regions set across eight remarkable design sections. A highlight not to be missed is the world-renowned talks programme, ‘The Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Forum’ this year with global thought leaders including award-winning British architect, Thomas Heatherwick.

In partnership with Audi, Design Shanghai is the first show to take place this year from the Design Shanghai portfolio, which now covers three key cultural and commercial hubs in China, followed by Design China Beijing (24-27 September) and launching for the first time this December, Design Shenzhen (9-12 December). These must-see events in the international design calendar, further strengthen China's position as the world’s biggest design market. Shanghai’s innovative projects developing across the city, led by the world’s key players in design and architecture, establishes Shanghai's significance to the global design community. Harnessing the vibrancy of China’s creative capital, Design Shanghai is underpinned by this rich art, design and cultural industry who are engaging in business on a global scale. Through groundbreaking ideas, first product reveals and innovations explored through bespoke never-before-seen installations, this event shapes and informs the global design sphere.

Design Shanghai will focus on regenerative design and the role designers and design innovation plays in realising new solutions that improve our living environment.

As the Top Tier Partner of Design Shanghai 2021, the Audi Group, one of the most successful manufacturers of automobiles and motorcycles in the premium sector with its brands Audi, Ducati and Lamborghini, will be keeping up on resource regeneration and sustainable practice. With new models, innovative mobility offerings and other attractive services, Audi is becoming a provider of sustainable, individual premium mobility. Design Shanghai's Show Director, Zhuo Tan comments: “Design Shanghai is honoured to be recognised by so many partners from across the globe. 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.”

Showcasing the best design brands and galleries from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network, exchange and establish long-term business relations with Asia’s top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers, collectors, and private buyers. Design Shanghai aims to explore how eastern and western design philosophies can work together synergistically across the halls: Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectibles, Kitchen & Bathroom, Workplace, New Materials & Applications, Objects & Accessories, and Talents. An annual highlight is the inspirational design forum, with previous thought leaders including Philippe Starck, Tom Dixon and Kelly Hoppen to name a few.

A central stage for international brands, the Contemporary section will feature leading global design studios including Carl Hansen & Søn, Herman Miller, Rolf Benz,, FLOS, SLAMP, Roche Bobois, Frandsen, Ton, &Tradition, HAY, KARIMOKU, Silent Gliss and first-time exhibitors OCCHIO, USM, Maison Dada, DEPARTO, VERPAN and Ishinomaki. National Spanish Design Pavilion ICEX will showcase four brands in the Contemporary Hall including Gan by Gandia Blasco Group, Lladro,  Nomon and Tuvatextil.

In addition to international brands, Design Shanghai has always been a platform to highlight and celebrate increasing numbers of exceptional Chinese design brands and designers. Key exhibitors include luxury furniture brand Michael Strads and globally recognised design studios such as Stellar Works, Shang Xia,PUSU,2-LA, Sun @ Six, UFOU, Studio Monana, U+ and THESHAW.

Featuring a curated showcase of 20 of the best emerging designers in China today, Design Shanghai’s Talents 2021 section is on a mission to nurture the country’s next generation of design talent. The showcase continues to promote, support and recognise the extraordinary wealth of young talent that exists in China today.

In collaboration with YA SPACE (the first Memphis furniture exhibition space in China), the Collectible Design Hall will showcase extraordinary one-off pieces and limited edition works from international and Chinese designers represented by renowned design galleries. The Design Strategy Lab at YANG DESIGN will announce the latest edition of The China Design Trends Report, a trend forecast based on micro lifestyles in the Chinese market.

The annual Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Forum returns with a roster of global industry leaders, visionaries, and innovators. Over four days, this highly regarded thought leadership platform will grapple with the concept of Regenerative Design in China and beyond. Spanning design disciplines from across the world, influential speakers will be exploring the cultural shift towards Regenerative Design as a response to social and environmental needs. Keynote speakers will include Thomas Heatherwick, Sebastian Wrong, Aldo Cibic, Richard Hutten and Michael Pawlyn.

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