Published on : Thursday, March 3, 2016
Top Chinese and international brands will unveil new designs and launch hundreds of never-seen-before products at Design Shanghai 2016. Asia’s leading international design event is scheduled from March 9 to 12 at one of the city’s most famous landmarks, the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.
The show is expecting more than 42,000 visitors to attend with an estimated 300 exhibitors. The four-day event will feature international design brands and galleries, as well as installations and a varied programme of events.
One of this year’s highlights is a new, bespoke version of Zotem, a dynamic installation which engages audiences in an active interplay of scale, movement and light, conceived by London-based Norwegian designer Kim Thomé for Swarovski. Originally created for the Victoria & Albert Museum, the spectacular installation is being customised for exhibition in the new venue. The art piece is evocative of a modern day totem, designed to draw eyes upwards.
Vivid geometric patterns printed on a mesh canvas, run in a continuous loop inside the framework and are illuminated in prismatic colour, reflected and refracted by Swarovski crystals to create a hypnotic visual illusion.
Designer Kim Thomé said, “I am delighted that the Zotem will be resurrected in Shanghai, more specifically, in the striking Shanghai Exhibition Centre. After all the hard work Swarovski put into making bespoke crystals for the installation, it’s great that it’s being shown to a new audience. We designed Zotem to be modular so it could be transported to different venues. It’s good to see a plan come together and to show in a new world market.”
At Design Shanghai this year, Lasvit will present Supernova by Petra Krausova. The glass kinetic sculpture magically transforms itself in both time and space. The installation is composed of clear glass elements with linear texture that creates fascinating light patterns while moving through various angles.
Supernova invites the viewer to look beyond the glass. When exploring the universe, scientists use prismatic refraction in order to identify a supernova’s composition, temperature, pressure, density and expansion. Here, it is up to the viewer to look through the glass and into the light, aware that this creative burst is likely to outshine its galaxy.
Renowned Chinese designer Jamy Yang will be presenting the “YANG HOUSE Craftsmanship” installation, at this year’s show which encourages the audience to rediscover traditional handcrafts and reflect on how Chinese tradition can blend with modern aesthetics and lifestyle.
International brands including Cassina, Vitra, Moroso, Magis, HAY, Seletti, Villeroy & Boch, Miele, ibride, Bang & Olufsen, Serip, Artisans, Bolon, Meissen, Swarovski and many others have confirmed their presence for this year’s Design Shanghai; along with leading Chinese design brands such as Domus Aurea, Mexarts, Frank Chou Design, Maxmarko, EY-products, ZiniLife, Cloisonne Shi and WUU.