Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Design Forum

DSHeroBanner

background

 

The most well attended and comprehensive seminar programme in Asia

As one of the best attended and comprehensive seminar programmes in Asia, Kohler Exquisite x Design Shanghai Design Forum brings together the world’s most pioneering minds, making it a unique platform for networking with Asia’s most influential design professionals. Over four days at the fair, the design forum will present inspiring and diverse content from over 100 design industry leaders and influencers.

Design Forum Theme

Design Forum Theme

Regenerative design comes to China – and the world

The world needs regenerative design and the radical re-assessment of values it demands. Sustainable design is no longer enough. Regenerative design goes beyond conventional sustainable design. Sustainability is about reducing harmful negatives; regenerative design is a positive approach that restores ecosystems, builds resilient communities, generates more clean energy than we use, and makes buildings and products that instead of using less carbon, actually positively take carbon out of the atmosphere. 

Chinese traditions, both in ancient beliefs about the unity of humanity and nature, and the building crafts for wooden construction which are undergoing a modern resurgence, have already laid the foundations for the new attitudes inherent in regenerative design. 

We come to ‘redesigning design’. Having worked for a generation to respond to the sustainability imperative, designers are now grappling with a whole new mode of thought; regenerative design demands ‘systems thinking’, the new version of ‘design thinking’. It sees us humans as part of the natural system, and we design as part of nature, to create resilient and equitable systems that integrate the needs of society with the integrity of nature. We don’t do things to nature, taking from it; we design with it, giving back what we take and balancing the system. 

In 2021 the three editions of the Forum for the Design Shanghai family – in Shanghai in June, Beijing in September and Shenzhen in December – will explore different aspects of this huge cultural shift. The Design Shanghai Forum is proud to represent thought leadership – and present thought leaders – from both Chinese and global design. You cannot afford to miss it.

Aidan Walker, Forum Programme Director, Design Shanghai / Design China Beijing / Design Shenzhen

Speakers

Speakers

Schedule

Schedule

Forum News

Loading
  • The work of Jiani Zeng & Honghao Deng, working in San Francisco, is guaranteed to make you gasp. Does 3D printing really look like this?    
  • Breathtakingly beautiful work inspired by nature and driven by love of humanity.    
  • Co-founder of English design 'editeur' Established & Sons revives his roots in fine art.    

View All

Speakers 

Speakers 

Schedule

Schedule

Innovation Workshop

 

Now is the time to rethink our purpose and use the power of innovation to build a better future for our communities, businesses and the planet. Boost your creativity and get inspired by leading innovators, designers, creatives, entrepreneurs and dreamers at Design Shanghai Innovation Workshop.

 

 

Presentation Zone

 

Presentation Zone supports the Design Shanghai Forum with curated presentations from our exhibitors on new and exceptional products, developments in design trends and insights into market directions.

 

 

Speakers

Speakers

Schedule

Schedule

logos

Stay Connected

Sign up to get all the latest updates about the show:

I'm interested in:

    Exhibiting            Visiting