First up, the Successful Design Awards are seeking submissions until July 31. This year's categories are product and service design, visual transmission, transportation, fashion design, and spaces. Currently in its seventh year, they are looking for designs that will accomplish some sort of strategic goal and would benefit both the user and society. Last year's winner was naked Stables Private Reserve, a world class resort that manages to balance luxury and sustainability - here's a pic:
We were at last year's award ceremony, and you can read all about that here. The awards are organized by the Shanghai Industrial Design Association and the Shanghai Creative Industry Center. It costs 2000rmb to enter which is a little pricey but should you win, you get to attend the award ceremony in November, be published in the Most Successful Design Awards Yearbook, and of course, a whole lot of publicity. Go here to apply or get more information.
Next is 'Dutch Design on the Move', a three part experience showcasing sustainable and innovative solutions that shape Chinese society. Hosted by Dutch Design Workspace, first, there is a themed exhibition, some possible topics being mobility, craftsmanship, public space and social design. The exhibition will feature a collection of "jewel boxes," interactive media that will display Dutch designers and their work when people open the boxes.
There will also be the Best Book Lounge, presenting more than 120 books on the best work of artists from the Netherlands. Second, there are side programs such as lectures and workshops that relate to the theme. And finally, networking opportunities, where you can be matched up according to your needs. Shanghai is one of the four stops this pop-up exhibition will make; the other places are Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong. The exhibition will be part of Shanghai Design Week from November 2-8. To get more information and to have your work presented in the exhibition, click here.
Last but not least, 100% Design Shanghai returns this year, promising leading brands showcasing contemporary interior style. Items include furniture, lighting, bathroom, kitchen, floor/wall coverings, and more. Organized by Reed Exhibitions, an estimated 180 brands from 20 different countries will be there. Highlights of this year's event include a PechaKucha, a new interactive area called Meeting Place, and keynote speaker and renowned Japanese designer, Toshiyuki Kita. The exhibition will be held from November 8-10 at the Shanghai Exhibition Center and for full details of that, click here.