For the first time, Interior Lifestyle China will import Ambiente’s ‘Talents’ showcase from Frankfurt to the Shanghai fair.
Young designers will showcase their innovative design concepts and introduce avant-guard household products from October 12-15 at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre.
One of the participants, Anika Engelbrecht from Germany, is eager to show her “Individuals” project, a series of glass objects with patterns ranging from glacier landscapes sandblasted into drinking glasses to fence-like holes that add new functions to a vase.
“It will be a unique experience to go to a country I have never been to before and see how they react to my designs,” said Engelbrecht.
French designer Margaux Keller will present a collection of objects inspired by human behaviour. Among her products are glass bottles to help finish the last drop, ceramic plates that can be licked with fingers, a wooden tray for aperitifs with ceramic bells that allows one to “take the last piece of cake” as well as other design products.
Other participants include: Miguel Fiores Soeiro from Portugal, Stephane Choquet from France, Jimmy Chang from Taiwan as well as Xiao Tianyu, Chen Darui and Xu Gongwei from China.
There is also a special “Shine Shanghai 3” platform which groups Shanghai’s top designers from different professional backgrounds who design a theme through purely subjective and independent design.
This year’ s theme “True Lies” will be interpreted by using crystal glass, which embodies both truth and lies, for innocence and maliciousness, both love and vanity, and both honour and obscurity. Among the designers involved in this showcase are Hou Zhengguang, Ding Wei among others.
In addition to a number of designer driven programmes are more than 250 exhibitors from 12 countries and regions including pavilions with products made and designed in Germany, France, Italy, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Interior Lifestyle China 2011 is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Ltd.