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The most well-attended and comprehensive seminar programme in Asia

Design Shanghai, in partnership with renowned designers and brands from both domestic and international arenas, presents a robust series of design forums and workshops. This lineup includes the KOHLER · Design Shanghai Design Forum, CMF Conference, Workplace Conference, Presentation Zone, Innovation Workshop, and the Sustainable Design China Summit. These sessions are designed to bring together the advanced ideas of leading designers worldwide, offering a platform for insightful exploration of future trends through design thinking. This initiative reflects Design Shanghai's commitment to professional excellence, fostering a space where creativity, innovation, and sustainable practices are seamlessly integrated and shared with a global audience.



KOHLER · Design Shanghai Design Forum

Location: Hall 2

The KOHLER · Design Shanghai Design Forum has always been the main stage for intellectual exchanges during Design Shanghai. This year's forum, themed "The New Universal Language of Design," will feature distinguished thinkers and authoritative figures from the global design community to discuss the universal language of design.


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CMF Conference (Hall 4)

Color, materials, and finishes (CMF) play a crucial role in design. This year, Design Shanghai is launching the CMF Conference at Hall 4, where global CMF industry experts and designers will discuss the theme "The Source of Design Inspiration: CMF Aesthetics." They will share cutting-edge industry trends and guide us through the intricacies of Eastern and Western CMF design aesthetics in the realms of interior, architectural, and industrial design, allowing us to experience the fusion of tradition and modernity.

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Workplace Conference (Hall 1)

Design Shanghai, in collaboration with the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is hosting the Workplace Conference. This event will explore the theme "Reshaping the Office Experience through Design - Flexibility, Empathy, Collaboration, Innovation." It aims to provoke thought among designers and audiences about how to redefine work methods, reconstruct office spaces, and reshape diverse work experiences in the post-pandemic era.

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Innovation Workshop (Hall 3)

The Innovation Workshop focuses on the cutting-edge application of new materials and technologies in the field of design. Speakers from world-leading material production brands will gather here to share the latest achievements and creative applications in new material design.


Presentation Zone (Hall 2)

Presentation Zone serves as a dedicated stage for exhibitors to showcase their latest and most exceptional products, share emerging design trends, and provide invaluable insights into market intelligence.



Sustainable Design China Summit

Location: Hall 4

The Sustainable Design China Summit 2024 will take place in Hall 4 of the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition Center, coinciding with Design Shanghai from 19-21 June 2024. This relocation signifies a joint commitment to fostering new advancements in sustainable development. The summit will center around six pivotal themes: "Retail Renaissance: Mall Culture and Sustainability", "Well+good: Positive Impact Hospitality", "The Economics of Climate Change", "Beyond Buildings: Urban Sustainability and Smart Cities", "3D Printing in Design", and "Future Space: Where Technology and Sustainability Meet". These discussions are integral to shaping a sustainable future through the lens of innovative design.






Previous Forum Highlights

  • Infamously self-taught, Tom Dixon is an internationally renowned British Designer and Creative Director of eponymous brand Tom Dixon (est. 2002). His works are included in permanent collections at the ...
  • Having changed the face of the design industry with her East Meets West style, multi-award winning designer Kelly Hoppen is one of the most sought-after designers of her generation. Kelly’s ever-evolv ...

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