April 2020 – Design Shanghai, Asia’s unmissable design show, will now take place  in November in response to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, allowing greater flexibility and opportunity for both exhibitors and visitors all over the world who are planning to visit the show.  

Design Shanghai 2020 fair will run from 26 – 29 November 2020 while the venue will remain the same, the landmark Shanghai World Exhibition and Convention Centre in the Pudong District of Shanghai.


In the meantime, Design Shanghai will continue to support and engage the design community, both in China and internationally, launching a digital programme to connect with its global partners and supporters.  Later on in May Design Shanghai will again partner on XTD with two weeks of design activity taking place throughout Shanghai.



While there will be no physical fair in May, Design Shanghai is curating a special programme of digital events and initiatives, partnering with internationally renowned designers and brands on its social channels. The new digital programme will debut on May 1st with the Digital Design Forum Talks series.

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Poster for Design Shanghai Digital Forum Talks


Globally renowned designers such as Michael Young, Kelly Hoppen and Andre Fu will take part in Instagram Live interviews each Friday in May, allowing exclusive access to its worldwide design community who will be able to ask questions of these designers in real time. In addition to Instagram, Design Shanghai will publish news on other highly popular social channels in Asia including Wechat, Weibo, Yizhibo and Tik Tok, as well as Facebook and Twitter, which has over 373,000 followers in total.  Design Shanghai will also continue to communicate news about the forthcoming show through its regular newsletters which go to over 200,000 subscribers all over the world.










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Look Through New Eyes by Kokaistudios at Xintiandi Design Festival in Shanghai



The theme of this year’s Xintiandi Festival, which will run from 25th May – 8th June, was chosen before the global crisis created by COVID-19 but is now particularly timely and relevant.  For 2020, the Festival will focus on the link between people and how they connect with one another.  Designers have been briefed to realise the theme of ‘Together!’ and how communities can interact with each other within a rich and productive dialogue.


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Happy Together by MDO at Xintiandi Design Festival in Shanghai


Design Shanghai’s sister show, Design China Beijing, will take place from 24 – 27 September at the National Agricultural Exhibition Centre.  As in previous years, it will again showcase some of China’s most exciting brands as well as the latest products from leading global design brands across three design halls: Contemporary, Classic & Luxury and Accessories & Objects.




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