Highlights of Design Shanghai 13.03.15

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The second edition of the Chinese design fair takes place in the city's Exhibition Centre at the end of the month. Here are some exhibitors worth seeking out at this year's event

Frank Chou Studio
Restshore Chair

Chinese consumers have been slow to support homegrown design talent, typically favouring big names from the West. But with stars such as Neri & Hu on the rise, there are encouraging signs for the new generation, such as Beijing-based Frank Chou. Chou set up his studio in 2012 after breaking through China's firewall to publish his work on Facebook. His collection currently consists of ten pieces including Restshore Chair (pictured), the sinuous Angela Chair and Line Shelf, a metal storage tower.

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Nika Zupanc
Cabinet for Sé

Sé will be exhibiting in the collectible design hall, bringing Collection III by Nika Zupanc to the Asian market. The Slovenian designer is known for creating contemporary furniture with feminine themes, luxurious detailing and a sumptuous use of metal, fabric and marble – her pieces should make a good match for both Eastern and Western markets. Also on show are pieces from the previous two collections, by Jaime Hayon and Damien Langlois-Meurinne.

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CTRLZAK
Hybrid for Seletti

Brand founder Romano Seletti was one of the first to see the potential of design business in China, making his first trips in 1972 to establish trading and artisanal relationships in the East. Typical of Seletti's tongue-in-cheek style is the Hybrid series by Milan studio CTRLZAK: cups, bowls and plates in fine porcelain that juxtapose Eastern and Western traditional styles, reflecting on the exchange of aesthetics in an era of global production.

 

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