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The 2017 edition expanded to fashionable Xintiadi and attracted over 50K visitors.

Reporting a spectacular edition in 2017, Design Shanghai has followed seamlessly from its success in 2016, enhancing its status as the preeminent design event in China.

Media 10’s teams welcomed over 50,000 visitors from 70 countries - an impressive increase of 11% on the previous edition. Architects, designers, collectors, buyers, artists, property developers and key international and domestic media flocked to the Shanghai Exhibition Centre last month.

Among the record visitor numbers were 12,000 VIPs, a 35% increase from last year. Collectors and top-tier buyers visited Design Shanghai and the exclusive ‘Collectible Design Hall’, providing an incredible opportunity for business and cultural exchange at international and local level.

The ample and dedicated features also included ‘The Contemporary Design Hall’ showcasing a remarkable selection of both western and eastern, high-end home products with a wealth of products on show for the very first time. Visitors enjoyed a selection of the latest products by some of the world’s top emerging brands such as Artisan and Nikari, as well as designs by notable names, including Daniel Libeskind, Ron Arad, Tomás Alonso and Zaha Hadid.

The fastest growing international design event introduced a major new initiative for the 2017 edition opening: Design Shanghai in the City, involving several offsite events organised in collaboration with selected partners.  
As part of the Shanghai-wide celebration of creativity, Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi district have strengthened their partnership with the launch of Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi Design Festival, extending its presence throughout the fashionable and affluent Shanghai district; and bringing the best of international and local design across the city.

During the event, visitors had the opportunity to join Design Tours between Design Shanghai and Shanghai Xintiandi. The daily tours offered stops to 10 carefully selected and relevant design showrooms. Visitors could hop on and off in addition to enjoying special offers for Design Shanghai ticket holders at a vast range of restaurants and bars.

Design Shanghai also offered the perfect platform for stimulating emerging talents and recognising accomplished creatives.

The AD China Emerging Designer Award counted with a stellar judging panel including leading designers Bethan Laura Wood, Benjamin Hubert and Virginie Moriette, co-founder of Studio MVW, together with Creative Director of Design Shanghai Ross Urwin and AD China Editor-in-Chief Wang Xu.  The IDEAT Future Awards, launched in 2016, presented the best international design across nine categories during a public awards ceremony that took place during Design Shanghai’s first night late opening.

Media 10’s teams are already working on the next edition to take place from the 14th-17th March 2018 at the iconic Shanghai Exhibition Centre.

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