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Events at idd shanghai

What you can expect at idd shanghai 2019

  • Design forum with German and Chinese designers
  • Top-class lecture programme
  • VIP opening evening
  • Cooperation with German premium brands
  • Cooperation with major furniture malls
  • Extensive cooperation with well-known Chinese media

Speaker at idd shanghai 2018

Sebastian Herkner

... was born in 1981 in Bad Mergentheim. He studied product design at the HfG Offenbach am Main (Offenbach University of Art and Design), already focusing during his studies on designing objects and furniture merging various cultural contexts, combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship in order to highlight the multifaceted beauty of the materials and draw renewed attention to small details.

Whilst still a student, Herkner did an internship with Stella McCartney in London, which helped to hone his feeling for materials, colours, structures and textures. Since founding his own design studio in Offenbach am Main in 2006, he has designed products for manufacturers such as Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Fontana Arte, Moroso, Pulpo, Thonet and Wittmann, as well as working on interior design projects and for exhibitions and museums. Since 2007 he has taught several courses at HfG Offenbach am Main as visiting lecturer. His designs have received multiple prizes, for example the 2011 German Design Award in the Newcomer category, 2015 the EDIDA Award for Best International Newcomer and Guest of Honor at imm cologne 2016.

Sebastian Herker
Jan Kath

... With his modern designs, Jan Kath is creating a completely new perspective on carpets. Guided by a bold approch in his work, Kath, originally from Bochum, combines classical elements of oriental carpets with contemporary, minimalist design.

He consciously breaks with traditional ways of seeing and throws strict rules of composition out of the window. While an entire generation once rolled up their grandmothers’ Persian rugs and exiled them from the living room, Kath’s designs are now bringing them “back to the floor.” “Nobody feels really comfortable in clinically styled apartments with highly polished concrete floors,” Kath explains. “Our carpets are an organic dotting of the ‘i’, islands of wellbeing with a healing effect in cool interiors – without destroying the overall style.” With his interpretation of the modern carpet, Kath has developed an unmistakable signature that defines style and is one of the most important carpet designers on the international stage today. His concepts have earned numerous accolades, including the Red Dot award and Carpet Design Award. More and more of his work is now appearing in museums that showcase art and design such as the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art, the Beijing International Design Triennial, Art Museum Riga Bourse, the Museum für Gestaltung Zürich and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Kath is an autodidact. The matrix for his innovative designs is formed by a relationship to carpets with deep emotional roots: he is from the third generation of a family of carpet dealers who have branches in the Ruhr District and in Berlin.

When he was just a young boy, he and his father, Martin Kath, used to visit manufacturers in Iran and Nepal. These experiences trained his eye and awakened a fundamental understanding of color combinations and proportions. At the same time, Kath never wanted to follow in the footsteps of his parents, and he never intended to continue running the business for them. In order to find his own way, he traveled through Asia and the Middle East when he was 20 years old. During this trip, he wound up, more or less accidentally, in Nepal. There, friends of his family offered him the opportunity to start working as a quality controller in their carpet production business. His “connection with the world of carpets” was reestablished. Later, Kath took control of the manufacturing process and began to produce his own designs. He finds inspiration everywhere and anytime: while looking out the window of an airplane at a soft line of clouds over the Himalayas, a colorful tablecloth in a Russian bar in New York and, most recently, the archaic industrial culture of his home, the Ruhr District. Jan Kath has developed an unmistakable signature.

Although the allure created by imperfection, erosion, and transformation plays a central role in his designs, Kath is “uncompromisingly conservative” where quality is concerned.

Jan Kath
Philipp Mainzer

... born in Germany, Philipp Mainzer studied product design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, and architecture at the Architectural Association both in London. In 1995, Philipp Mainzer co-founded the modern furniture brand e15. Having established the progressive, enduring philosophy and unique branding of e15, he has received international awards for many of his designs, which are identifying icons for e15 and part of several permanent exhibitions in museums. Parallel to the creation of e15, Philipp Mainzer practiced architecture in New York and continues to do so since his return to Germany in 2001. He is a member of the executive committee of German Design Council and regularly gives lectures on architecture, design and branding. Philipp Mainzer is creative and managing director of e15 and his architecture office PHILIPP MAINZER OFFICE FOR ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN .

Philipp Mainzer
Dick Spierenburg

... studied Architecture at the Delft University of Technology and Interior & Product Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague.

His designs are in the collections of Dutch and Italian furniture companies.

The involvement with interior design events dates back from 1995 when he started and managed three successive interior design exhibitions in Amsterdam.

In Germany he co-ordinated the design and interior showroom for leading brands, Design Post and was appointed creative consultant to imm cologne. For the 2010 edition of this international interior fair, he created Pure Village, introduced Das Haus in 2012 and re-developed the modern design sector, Pure, as a sub brand.

In January 2011 Dick Spierenburg was appointed creative director of imm cologne also creating concepts for other interior design shows like Orgatec.

Beside the work for shows and events Spierenburg studio is focusing on architectural work (private houses), the design of exhibitions (MAKK museum) and presentation spaces for interior brands like Thonet.

Dick Spierenburg
Gary Zeng

... works as the superintendent & board director of Singapore FW. GID Design Group in China.

Deputy Secretary-General of Asia Pacific Hotel Association.

Founder & board director of shanghai Langsu Investment Management Co., Ltd.

The first Chinese designer who joint design with Italy top brand –PROVASI


2016-2017 Annual cover figure of Interior Design Magazine

2016 Ten Outstanding Youth of Guang Hua Award

2015 Twelve(12) Space-Design for the people

2014 Shanghai Dragon TV- A dream renovation

2013 CCTV & Beijing Design Week- Design for the people of Twelve(12) Space

2012 The Asia- Pacific Hotel Design Association - The ten major influential man

2012 Furniture design in IF Invitational Exhibition

2010 Gold award of Ring-ic@ward International Interior Design Competitions

2010 CIID(China institute of Interior Design) Interior design competition- The

first prize design 2010- Design Gold Medal (Hotel Design)

2010 Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards, APIDA 2010

2010 Outstanding works exhibition of IAI- Award 2010

The Restaurant Space Design Outstanding Award

The Best Furniture Design Award

2009 Chinese Style- IAI 2009 Asia Pacific Interior Design Bronze Award THE RING- iC @ward

2009 China Hotel Industry Design Decoration Competition - JINTANG Sliver Prize

2007 IF Design Award

Gary Zeng
Simone Wang

... Founder of Wenhua Design Consultatnt Co. Ltd. Exceutive deputy secratary general of Shenzhen display art assocition.

2017 Guanghua Longteng Awards: Winner of the Top Ten Outstanding Young People in China's Decorative Design Industry.

As the founder of Wenhua Design Consultant Co. Ltd. Simone has more than 10 years of experience in design tracking and cooperation. She can understand various needs of customers and use her own experience to propose the most ideal design. Moreover, because of her professional background in fashion design, she often has some ideas that jumping out of conventional thinking when dealing with many programs, combining fashion elements, product materials, cultural exploration and understanding of space.

Simone Wang
Zhao Yiping

... graduated from the Department of Architecture of Hunan University.He is a council member of the Interior Design Branch of the Architectural Society of China,Iciad Interior Architects and Designers Council Hunan Branch,executive Director of Hunan Interior Design Society,deputy Director of Hunan Designer Committee.And also he is the director of Zhao Yiping Design Office.


CIID China Interior Design Competition 3rd Gold Award.

China Building Decoration Association <Building Award> Gold Award.

CIDA China Indoor Biennale 4th Seventh Gold Award.

LUXE magazine cover character.

Two-time cover character of American interior design magazine.

China's top ten outstanding young designers.

<12 rooms> Specially hired designers.

<China Design Star> Guest Tutor.

2014 China Ministry of Culture Ministry of Finance China Top 100 Young Designers.

2014 Hunan Province Interior Decoration Industry Merit Award.

2016 Best Concept Design Award for the Golden Bund Interior Design Competition (Work: Pin shuyuan).

Zhao Yiping
Francis Zhao

... who is the chairman of Yashi Phoenix Media and the chairman of the Focus Media, he is the publisher of American INTERIOR DESIGN (Chinese version). Executive director of China interior decoration association, deputy director of design committee. Former deputy secretary general of the Asian interior design association.

In 1968, he was born in Beijing, Han nationality. Graduated from Tianjin University in 1990, majored in industrial and civil architecture.

In 1994, he was awarded the national science and technology advancement award for the publication of JAPANESE MODERN ARCHITECTURE.

In 1996, he won the "China book award" for the publication of ARCHITECT LIANGSIHCENG.

In 1998, he founded the first specialty journal in home decoration design- DECORATION.

In 2000, he hosted the content of JIAJIA123, the first domestic e-commerce website.

In 2001, he began to organize the first Chinese residential interior design network competition in the industry, the Chinese interior design hand-painted performance drawing competition, and the Chinese indoor architectural photography contest.

In 2003, he presided over the editing and publication of TRAINING MATERIALS ON THE QUALIFICATION OF CHINESE INTERIOR ARCHITECTS.

In 2004, he introduced INTERIOR DESIGN magazine into China.

In 2005, he introduced the famous HOTELS magazine of the United States into China. To establish the annual cover character selection of China interior design.

In 2006, he introduced the DETAIL magazine of the German architectural detail magazine into China. Organized the "Shanghai international architecture and interior design festival" and "golden bund award". Introduce the” American design hall of fame” into China.

In 2007, he introduced the Dutch integrated design magazine FRAME to China. Founded the education and research fund of sino-us interior design, and funded college students majoring in design. Compile a hundred years of interior design. Planned and organized the "master selection assistant" activity.

In 2008, he introduced the famous Italian architectural magazines AREA into China.

Since 2009, he has planned and implemented the space design exhibition of Beijing design week "twelve".

In 2011, he participated in the review committee of guangzhou design week "golden hall award".

In 2012 ,he brought in the top private space design magazine LUXE into China.

In 2013, he planned and implemented the "China - liang zhitian tour exhibition", which is the "China tour" of interior design.

In 2014, he began planning "incredibly top-level design center" and landed the country.

In 2017, he plans to carry out the biggest and most rewarding "designer cup" home design competition in China.

Since 1990, he has worked in design media for 28 years, and has published more than 1 million professional design books and periodicals. During the period, I won the national and provincial awards more than 20 times. In the professional books, periodicals, websites, competitions, BBS and other fields, the industry has created a number of first. Various international design magazines have been introduced. I organized and organized nearly ten top design competitions and awards. Nearly 100 poor college students are funded in the design of colleges and universities. For the domestic excellent design firms to select outstanding talents over 100 people.

Franzis Zhao
Xiao Aibin

... one of the most influential designers in China. One of the founders of “Xiao Design” and “ KINGWOOD”. The creative leader of Year 2008;One of the Top Ten Chinese Model Houses Designers of year 2005; One of the Top Ten Young Interior Designers of year 2006; successively elected as Influential Designer of China Interior Design from 2011 to 2012.

He has 30 years of design experience. His villa designing style has been leading the life style and value orientation in Chinese residential market. The neo-Oriental style advocated by him has a strong Chinese cultural character. His works have been disseminated by various mainstream media and exhibited internationally, which has made him become the pioneer force of Chinese interior design. He emphasizes that design should be down to earth, continuous innovation, do not repeat others and do not repeat oneself. His design reveals the spirit of traditional culture and the breath of the new period.

Xiao Aibin
Xuesong Zhao

... Creativity is always the principle of practice. We only do the different marketing plans; We don’t want to be the leader, but we never want to be overtaken.

In 1992, at the beginning of the business, the main focus was on advertising design and marketing planning.

In 1997, once became the largest advertising integration agency in the real estate industry in Beijing.

In 1999, it became the first Internet advertising agency in the country.

In 2008, he founded the Focus Media Group in Shanghai and began to specialize in the integrated marketing and promotion of interior design and home building materials, media operations, and the planning and execution of large-scale events in the industry.

The company's main performance:

2009-2012: Planned and implemented “National Interior Wall Art Design Competition”

2012-present: Planned and executed Beijing International Design Week-12 • Public Welfare Design Exhibition

2013: Planned and implemented “Interior Design • China Tour”

Liang Zhitian National Tour Exhibition and National Tour Speech

2014: Liang Zhitian National Tour Exhibition and National Tour Speech

Yu Bin's "Middle Border View" National Tour Speech

2015-present: Planned and implemented “Interior Design • China Tour”

"Invitation Exhibition", "Famous Forum"

Experiences in participating in major projects:

China Chamber of Commerce 2014-2015 Annual Meeting

CIID 2014 Xiamen Annual Meeting

2010—2011 Guangzhou Design Week • Jintang Award

2012—2016 Beijing International Design Week • Space Class

2013-2018 Interior Design • China Tour

Xuesong Zhao