Design

Manufacturing

Turning the tables— Shanghai

Preface

At China’s International Furniture Expo, Furniture Labo launched its Stellar Works collection. Proud to be made in Shanghai, it’s not only gaining fans abroad but also targeting discerning Chinese clients.

Carlo Forcolini, Craft, Kvadrat, OeO, SPACE Cph, Shuwa Tei/Intentionallies, Thomas Lykke, Yuichiro Hori

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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