Design Shanghai announced 2021 lineup

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 3rd – 6th 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.

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.

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