Since the mid-1990s a definable movement in contemporary Chinese furniture design has been growing and evolving and has currently reached such creative critical mass that it is now possible to speak of it enjoying a ‘moment’. This exhibition celebrates this moment by showcasing the pioneering work of designers associated with what has become known as New Chinese Design.
Meanwhile, the first definitive book on contemporary Chinese furniture - Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design: A New Wave of Creativity by Charlotte and Peter Fiell with Zheng Qu, is going to be officially launched at Furniture China Expo and the Maison Shanghai 2019. Selected works from the book will be presented in the ‘Contemporary Chinese Furniture’ section in the ‘History and Future’ exhibition at the same time.
History and Future: From Bauhaus to Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design
9-12 September 2019H4, Maison Shanghai, Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center
As the market leader in China’s furniture-related exhibitions, China International Furniture Expo (Furniture China) is playing the role of hastening the speed of the new wave of design. By adhering to the policy of “Export Orientation, High-end Domestic Sales, Original Design and Industry Guidance”, Furniture China provides an excellent platform for furniture showcasing and trade which covers home furniture, furnishing, raw materials, etc. with exhibitors hailing from all over the world and visitors increasing year by year. Now Furniture China has become one of the largest show of its kind with strong international influence in the world.
As Furniture China expands, a new trade show dedicated to home decor was established as Maison Shanghai. It stands in the perspective of modern aesthetics to offer intelligent interior decorative products of daily life, with exhibitors showcasing innovative product designs in sectors including home decorations, lifestyle, crafts, carpets, textiles, lighting, home fragrance and floral art.
Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design
Design plan of Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design exhibition
In the ‘Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design’ exhibition, we invited Peter and Charlotte Fiell to select over 50 pieces of works that best represent the New Chinese Design, and categorised them into 5 main themes: Cultural References, Neo-Ming, Craft Spirit, Design Art and Future Horizons.
Cultural References - Hou Zheng-Guang for MoreLess
Cultural References - Derek Chen for Maxmarko
Neo-Ming - Jerry Chen for Chunzai
Craft Spirit - Jeff Dayu Shi for Dragonfly Design Center
Craft Spirit - Hong Wei for Wei
Design Art - Zhang Zhoujie for Endless Form