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What to expect from the biggest-ever Design Shanghai next spring

It's coming back – but bigger and better

Photograph: courtesy Design Shanghai
This year hasn't even ended yet, and we've already got plenty to look forward to for next year. One of the world's major design events is coming back for its seventh edition – but bigger and better. Design Shanghai will feature dozens of exhibitions, never-seen-before installations and talks with industry leaders, all at a new location, the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center. The event isn't taking place until March next year, but that shouldn't discourage design fans from planning ahead.

The fair is expected to welcome over 500 local and international brands and over 70,000 visitors. Celebrated designer and architect Chi Wing Lo will create installations that'll be both outside the main hall entrance and scattered throughout the fair. There will also be two new sections in 2020 – 'Accessories and Objects' and 'Talent'. The latter will link young Chinese designers with industry contacts and support, helping them to progress in the market.

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Photographs: courtesy Design Shanghai

There will be an experiential exhibition of modernist masters and presentations on contemporary, industrial design and modernism from around the world. Other sections of the fair will showcase top-tier home design brands like Neuni, one of China's leading innovative materials companies. The Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai forum will present diverse content from over 80 industry leaders and influencers, with topics like 'From Sustainable Design to Sustainable Economy'. And if you're looking to actually buy a few pieces for yourself, there will be plenty of that available, too.

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Photograph: courtesy Yang Design

The first two days of the fair (Thursday 12 and Friday 13 March) are invite-only, but it's open to the general public after that. For more information about Design Shanghai, visit its official website or to purchase tickets, click here.

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