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There was no dearth of junk furniture at September’s China International Furniture Expo. Some 1,900 vendors showcased everything from primary-coloured bunk beds and overly ornamented teak armoires to bland office desks and contract sofa sets. The five-day event, which filled five massive expo halls and had its own pop-up McDonald’s, swelled with over 74,000 visitors, fanning themselves to keep cool in the monsoon season heat. But it wasn’t all tack which occupied 300,000 sq m in Shanghai’s New International Expo Center in a neighbourhood called…

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