Bolstered by its performance last time around, Furniture China 2018 is preparing to launch a host of new and updated features – in addition to the events and activities seen at past editions – ahead of its return later this year. According to post-event statistics, Furniture China 2018 attracted 151,588 visitors in 2017 (an increase of 26.3% on the previous year) from 155 countries, including South Korea, Australia, the USA, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, India, Malaysia, Singapore and Canada.
One of the big new features for the 2018 edition will be the Contemporary Design Hall, while a new pavilion named E5 will run as part of the overarching goal of improving the quality and organisation of the event, showcasing new design products in a unique, contemporary setting. It means that the design halls will be located in pavilions E5, E6 and E7, increasing the total floor space to 24,000m2. Steps have also been taken to upgrade “Colour of Furniture”, located in E8B. Showcases and talks will delve into the theme of colour in furniture, while designers and industry pros will pitch bespoke ideas to meet client needs.
Running alongside Furniture China at Shanghai World EXPO Exhibition & Convention Center (SWEECC) is Maison Shanghai, whose primary focus is on home decoration. The event will showcase a wide range of elegant home accessories, as well as plenty of interesting design objects. The event boasts a total surface area of 70,000m2 and will provide a snapshot of the main trends in the home interior sector, with the third edition set to feature around 600 exhibitors across the various product categories (furniture, lifestyle, rugs, flowers, aromatherapy, decorative arts and crafts, paintings, sculpture, lighting home textiles and fabrics).
With an estimated 3500 exhibitors and thousands of products set to be on display, the four-day extravaganza of Furniture China and Maison Shanghai 2018 is once again proving itself to be a globally relevant event, supplying companies in the furniture sector with the ideal place to do business and communicate with one another.
There should be no forgetting Shanghai Home Design Week, meanwhile, which runs alongside the trade fairs every year, bringing a buzzing atmosphere to the city streets thanks to collaborations with art galleries, design studios, cafes and workshops. In total, the event will feature 50 different design-related initiatives.