Mar 07, 2019 | By Louise Squire
Mar 13, 2019
By Alexei Cowan
Design Shanghai is Asia’s most prestigious and premier design event, breaking new ground in China’s ever-growing design community.
The fair is now in its 6th year showcasing new and exciting global design brands and galleries, the fair sees over 400 leading international and home-grown design talent from over 30 countries. Design Shanghai explores how eastern and western design philosophies can work together synergistically across six design sections: Contemporary, Classic & Luxury, Collectables, Kitchen & Bathroom, Workplace and New Materials & Applications. The event also featured bespoke installations, an inspirational design forum and networking events.
Design Shanghai launched the new Material & Applications Hall, that was co-curated by brand Neuni, this newly-added area celebrates the latest advancements in innovative materials, surfaces and technology for architecture, product, interior, mobility, packaging and lifestyle design projects.
Home-grown brands really impressed with their unique take on contemporary design. Over fifty Chinese designers presented their work at the Design Shanghai fair, from rising stars to more well-known brands. Experienced Yang House exhibited their experimental designs and unexpected materials, among emerging young designers such a Zhang Jun jie, Chan Shangyi and Buzao.
Chinese design studio Buzao an offshoot of Bentu Studio, launched its latest furniture range the ‘Hot collection’, which is electroplated stainless steel pieces that showcases it’s iridescent “violently psychedelic” colour palette and rainbow-hued pattern surface finish. The collection refers to the existing beauty of materials and natural imperfections. Each item is made from a series of rectangular beams, inspired by the construction of wooden pallets.
Zhang Jun Jie, designer and founder of Sozen, displayed his ‘Dialogue’ abstract metal art seat. The body of work reflects ‘flexible line’ inspired by the curves of bamboo fibres. Sozen’s design a straddles digital technology and ancient craft.
Chan Shangyi evolves her jewellery and metalworking experience into unique fabric-like textured ethereal objects, displaying handcrafted lamps and vases constructed from copper wire that glitters in the light.
Yang house is a brand that fuses Chinese humanistic spirit and German logic thinking of the leading lifestyle. Yang House introduces a series of hand-made sophisticated products for home-living and travelling, that convoy’s the message of ‘essence of beauty’.
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