Design Shanghai, Asia’s largest and most influential design fair, proudly presents a new addition to its event portfolio: Design Shenzhen. Harnessing the city’s incredible energy, Design Shenzhen will host over 200 curated brands tailored to architects, interior designers, property developers and the design-savvy public. Shenzhen will become the third city to host Asia’s leading design exhibition and will be the largest curated event of its kind ever seen in the city.
Home to the biggest architecture and design, cultural and creative communities in China, Shenzhen is a hub of cutting edge and future-focused innovation. Dubbed the “Silicon Valley of China”, Shenzhen is home to leading tech company headquarters, alongside vibrant art, culture and design businesses and institutions. Shenzhen’s energy can be witnessed in real time through the huge concentration of landmark architectural projects that have been built by prominent international and Chinese architectural firms.
The event will take place from the 1st- 4th December 2022, at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center (SZCEC), an architectural landmark of Shenzhen in the heart of the city. The city, once a fishing town in South China’s Guangdong province, is one of China’s best known economic miracles of the past 40 years. Today, its gross domestic product ranks third among Chinese mainland cities, after Beijing and Shanghai. Design Shenzhen will bring a new perspective to this design frontier city, creating a unique design exchange and resource replacement platform for the future and influential design audience group.
Zhuo Tan, Managing Director of Clarion Events Shanghai Limited, ”Design Shenzhen will join Design Shanghai and Design China Beijing to create Asia’s largest network of annual design shows. The combined events will create a continuous and comprehensive design platform and promote the vigorous development of China’s design industry.”
Raymond Wang, Show Director of Design Shenzhen, “Our aim for Design Shenzhen is to launch an exhibition in the Greater Bay Area that has an impact within Asia and on the international stage. As China’s first ‘City of Design’ designated by UNESCO, Shenzhen is undoubtedly the best place to host the cutting-edge design event. The first ‘Design Shenzhen’ will continue the professionalism of our series of exhibitions. As a brand-new exhibition, we invite industry pioneers in the fields of design, culture, creativity, etc., and look forward to bringing the vitality of design to Shenzhen this December.”
As a platform for future-focused innovation, Design Shenzhen will provide a journey into the future, spotlighting cutting-edge design and technology through global product launches, immersive installations, feature areas and talks programme that will be led by minds shaping the future of design. Design Shenzhen’s Design Forum sponsored by PPG and Duravit invites over 40 prestigious architects, designers and tastemakers to share their insights surrounded by the forum theme “Regenerative Design – Design for Wellbeing: Humanity, Sustainability, Technology”.
Some of the highlights of Design Shenzhen include “Good Design Select,” which is curated by industrial designer Xiaoxi Shi, in collaboration with the G-Mark Japan Good Design Award to showcase cutting-edge award-winning designs to Shenzhen, as well as a special exhibition titled “Back to the Oasis: Back to the Oasis”, curated by Gaetano Scintilla – an Italian designer known as the “Godfather of Colour” – to present the post-tech era.
In addition, WellConnect, curated by David Hugh, brings together furniture design, biomedical engineering, and neuroscience to help shape the future of health and wellness. Set to be one of the largest features of the show, Future Homes convene leaders from Shenzhen in the fields of interior design, home design, industrial design, art, and graphic design to create a heuristic future home space in a conceptual, cross-border, and diversified way. Neooold, curated by industrial designer Min Chen, proposes the idea of breaking the boundaries of design, art, and craftsmanship and merging them into an innovative creation. Finally, Talents, curated by Frank Chou, is an initiative and special exhibition area of Design Shanghai dedicated to supporting young designers from China, Asia, and all over the world.