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Design Shanghai 2024 Forum Schedule


  1. 1. WGSN’s STEPIC forecasts analyse the forces that are influencing society, technology, the environment, politics, industry and creativity

    2. From the dawn of the polycrisis era to the rise of synthetic creativity, forecast the four consumer profiles and discover the sentiments that will drive purchases and brand loyalty in 2025

    3. A new emphasis on time – how we spend it, how we defy it, and how we design for consumer

  2. Annie Sloan is one of the world’s leading authorities in decorative paint effects, colour and style. ...
  3. Which comes first? The option and opportunity to change, or the desire to make a difference? How man ...
  4. The message of renowned materials experet Chris' 'Materials First' feature in the Design Shanghai ex ...
  5. Fresh from the stimulation and provocation of the 3-day Sustainable Design China Summit, our esteeme ...
  6. No one is better qualified to explore and assess the state of Sustainability in Chinese culture than ...
  7. Star-studded panel: The foregoing speakers in today's programme share their ideas, problems and solu ...
  8. This talk explores how the meaning of design language lies in its use, drawing on Wittgenstein's concept of language games. We'll examine how social space design requires understanding and applying different design rules based on unique contexts, rather than seeking a one-size-fits-all solution.

  9. 1. Designers as Brokers of Change and Identity Architects

    2. Creating User-Centric and Engaging Spaces

    3. Adapting to Complexity and Hybrid Spaces

  10. 1. Inheritance of cultural essence

    2. Optimization of physical performance

    3. Giving practical value

  11. To put it simply, these two ideas are "European thought and Asian thought," but they can also be referred to as "Christian thought and primordial thought," or "God thought and life thought." You can also do it. Currently, European thought, which has been dominant in this world, is beginning to shift dramatically to Asian thought. It is a worldview that can be called "wild thought".

    1. Geography | The geography of the Afro-Eurasian continent gives rise to two ideas. Fusion (whole) and isolation (group)

    2. Propagation | Many translated words were created during modernization in the late 19th century. That concept changed Asia.

    3. Environment | Fusion (whole) and isolation (group) seen in architecture (pillars), tools (planes), costumes (kimonos), and posture (seating).

  12. Rong Design Library is dedicated to deconstructing traditional crafts into materials and techniques, ...
  13. The language of design evolves; every convention – whether about artistic legacy, beauty or plain purpose – needs to be challenged, says Aldo. Defying perceptions about the relationship between object and human, his ‘objects fatales’ undermine fixed notions about the object as a commodity. As ‘creatures’, they invite us to engage in a conversation about their behaviour, their uncertainties, their beliefs, their native tongue.
  14. A panel discussion on the issues raised in Thomas' book with Mo Zheng of Antistatics Architecture, A ...
  15. A series of presentations this morning cover the language of design and craft, how universal that must be and how we accommodate deep historical trradition with modernity. Chen Min's NEOOOLD project is a key element in this process in China
  16. 1. History of Nishijin Textiles and HOSOO

    2. Challenges and Innovation 

    3. The Future Possibility of Craft 

  17. Christina chairs a panel of previous Dezeen Awards China winners to pin down the changing nature of ...
  18. Already a major contributor to Shanghai's urban landscape, Thomas develops his globally reputation a ...
  19. A passionate advocate of China’s culturally distinctive hospitality design, Yang Bangsheng detects t ...
  20. Originally a lighting designer, Paul Cocksedge's creativity has expanded into public art, sculpture ...
  21. At Audi, design embodies a movement that reshapes our future way of living.

    "Vorsprung durch Technik“ in design defines our unwavering commitment to innovation and design excellence to create a better future together.

    In line with our vision that good design is understood all over the world and works universally, Audi's design language transcends boundaries and directly appeals to human emotions.

    Highlighting our latest fully electric model, the Audi Q6L e-tron, and our immersive "Language of Light" installation, we demonstrate how design has the power to speak in ways that words cannot.

    1. Audi Vorsprung in design - Audi’s vision of creating a better future.

    2. Audi design philosophy & design language

    3. Communicating with the language of light – the Audi Q6L e-tron as an example

  22. The deeper impact is on our understanding of health and wellbeing, our ability to apply it to the de ...
  23. Mathew, senior partner of this world-renowned hospitality design practice, brings a new emotional po ...
  24. The industrial abstract artist and architecture-inclined fashion designer, has dedicated his life, to inquiring into the artisan-driven, industrial beautification of precious garments, objects and physical spaces.

  25. Continuing our 'sub-theme' of human emotion, the co-principal of one of Asia's most influential cons ...
  26. At last, this lyrical and insightful designer comes in person to Design Shanghai. Nada's Middle East ...
  27. Paul will talk about his extensive experience in China and share his work on some of the largest and ...
  28. Our studio is defined by the motto of "Honest Design". The Karimoku Case brand, launched in 2019 with Karimoku Furniture in Japan, continues to work with Copenhagen-based Norm Architects to create furniture for case studies for architecture and interior space. I would like to talk about the branding of Karimoku Case, which combines the essence of Japan and Scandinavia, as well as share insights into the collaboration with Norm Architects.

    1. About "Honest Design"

    2. Branding of Karimoku Case

    3. Process and insight of collaboration within Karimoku Case

  29. It’s in our DNA to invent, to innovate to look for the new. 

    How do we build innovative progressive design that can create positive growth whilst being mindful of the planet's needs?

  30. 1. The Intersection of Sustainable Development and Business Economics

    2. Urban Openness and Urban Vitality

    3. Old City Renovation and the Preservation of Urban Identity (Cultural Context)

  31. Design and architecture not only reflect on the past and present but also dream the future into being. The love for life and beauty is a universal human theme. Through physical journeys and spiritual explorations, drawing from memories steeped in tradition and culture, and tapping into the collective unconscious, Cross Vision weaves Eastern and Western influences into a universal design language. These deep cultural structures and patterns, echoing with a feeling of déjà vu, provide humanity with profound insights into life and aspirations for the future.

    Main Points: 

    1. Eastern Memories: Responding to the Future

    2. Cross Vision: Shaping a Universal Design Language

    3. Eastern Sensations: The Body as a Vessel of Memory

  32. According to the Federal Statistical Office, the average German owns around 10,000 things, while an average household in Germany 100 years ago had around 180 items.

    Far too often today we consume products without sense or reason, without questioning their meaning and usefulness.

    Fast Food, Fast Fashion and Fast Design are opposed to traditional craftsmanship and its manufacturers. 

    We must change our behavior and recognize our responsibility as designers and producers as well as consumers.

  33. During China’s rapid urbanization process, oftentimes characterized by replacing entire old neighborhood with massive new development, many contemporary buildings choose to showcase individuality instead of responding to urban environment because of the lack of urban context. This contributes to the disorder and sometimes rather chaotic overall urban image. As Chinese cities start to shift into the age of urban renewal and optimizing existing building assets, architects are presented with opportunities to reconnect buildings with urban environment through more open and context sensitive design strategies, thereby enhancing more coherent urban identity and promoting new urban lifestyles. 
  34. Our design has always regarded nature as a design inspiration, seeking elegant and innovative soluti ...
  35. It is always quite important to find or creative “differences” for our studio. I would like to talk about our design approach with some of our works and explore what can make “differences” in terms of the design in this global world. 



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