Seven Chinese architecture and design events in June

Photo of the Impermanence – 40 Years of Estúdio Campana exhibition

The Dezeen x Studio 9 talk and Danish furniture exhibition Just One Good Chair (curated by Design Republic) are among the Chinese architecture and design events featured in Dezeen Events Guide this month.

Also featured in the guide are I M Pei’s retrospective at M+ and the Campana brothers’ exhibition at the Power Station of Art.

Other events taking place during the month include Design Shanghai and the newly-released furniture collection by André Fu at Gallery Sohe.

Photo of lamp by André Fu
The Twirl Floor Lamp is made of bronze and fabric. Photo is courtesy of Gallery Sohe. Above photo is courtesy of Power Station of Art

André Fu at Gallery Sohe
18 May to 19 August 2024, Shanghai

At design exhibition space Gallery Sohe’s Shanghai venue, André Fu launches his series of bronze furniture, including lamps, console and coffee tables, and chairs.

Fu has been working on this collection for five years, utilising lacquered wood and natural marble for the furniture surfaces, reminiscent of the textures of East Asian aesthetics, such as the patterns found in Chinese landscape paintings.

The furniture series aims to merge the boundaries between art and design, creating functional pieces and collectible objects.

Photo of Just One Good Chair exhibition
Just One Good Chair presents the work of midcentury designer Hans J Wegner. Photo is courtesy of Design Republic

Just One Good Chair
20 May to 23 June 2024, Shanghai

Presented by gallery and concept store Design Republic and Danish furniture brand Carl Hansen & Son, the Just One Good Chair exhibition demonstrates traditional Danish craft through furniture designs from the past century.

The exhibition features furniture by midcentury designer Hans J Wegner, alongside works by other notable designers such as Kaare Klint, Poul Kjærholm, Vilhelm Lauritzen and Ole Wanscher.

To celebrate the exhibition, Alexander Schandorff, regional manager in Asia Pacific at Carl Hansen & Son, delivered a lecture on the design of Wegner’s CH24 Wishbone Chair.

Photo of Weaving for Something exhibition
Patterns and objects are on display at Weaving for Something. Photo is courtesy of Nantou City

Weaving for Something
25 May to 30 June 2024, Shenzhen

Located at a market in Shenzhen’s Nautou Ancient Town, Weaving for Something is an exhibition showcasing the techniques and heritage of weaving and its presence in life today.

The exhibition begins by exploring traditional bamboo weaving and displaying works by contemporary practitioners, leading to an open workshop where the public can participate in making stools.

In addition to weaving patterns and items, the exhibition includes a curated reading room with ten books on weaving techniques, lifestyle and inspiration.

Photo of furniture made from panda toys by Estúdio Campana
The exhibition is Estúdio Campana first in Asia. Photo is courtesy of Power Station of Art

Impermanence – 40 Years of Estúdio Campana
8 June to 8 September 2024, Shanghai

Impermanence – 40 Years of Estúdio Campana is Brazilian brand Estúdio Campana’s first exhibition in Asia, hosted by design gallery Friedman Benda and located in Shanghai’s Power Station of Art (PSA).

Founded by brothers Humberto and Fernando Campana, the studio explores its production processes through the display, exhibiting objects, projects, drawings and videos that represent its history, works and insights.

In collaboration with a Chinese garden designer, Estúdio Campana has also created a site-specific installation to coincide with its exhibition, showcased in PSA’s Sky Garden.

Photo of Design Shanghai fair at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center
Dezeen is hosting a panel discussion at Design Shnghai. Photo is courtesy of Design Shanghai

Design Shanghai 2024
19 to 22 June 2024, Shanghai

The 2024 edition of Design Shanghai hosts more than 700 design brands from 40 countries at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre.

As a media partner, Dezeen will host a panel discussion at the event’s forum titled “The Global Ambition of Chinese Design and How Do We Celebrate it”, moderated by Dezeen’s China editor Christina Yao.

Guest speakers include the founding partners of Atelier Tao+c, Tao Liu and Chunyan Cai; co-founder and principal architect of AIM Architecture, Wendy Saunders; and product designer and founder of Mario Tsai Studio, Mario Tsai.

Additionally, to celebrate the recent launch of Dezeen Awards China 2024, Dezeen’s business development and events manager Eva Zhao will host a workshop at the trade show with previous Dezeen Awards China winners.

Graphic for Dezeen x Studio 9: Design and Nature talk
The talk is moderated by Dezeen’s China editor Christina Yao

Dezeen x Studio 9: Design and Nature talk
20 June 2024, Shanghai

Dezeen will collaborate with furniture retailer Studio 9 to host a talk at the brand’s showroom in Shanghai.

Moderated by Dezeen’s China editor Christina Yao, the talk will explore how to apply biophilic design in architecture, interiors and product design to reconnect to nature.

Guest speakers include senior project architect at Schmidt Hammer Lassen, Jing Lin; co-founder of RooMoo Design Studio, Ray Zhang; and Asia-Pacific brand manager at Hay, Xian Zhuang.

To RSVP, scan the app code in the above photo and reserve your seat.

Photo of I M Pei with an architectural model
The exhibition presents models and photography. Photo is courtesy of M+

I M Pei: Life is Architecture
29 June 2024 to 5 January 2025, Hong Kong

Exhibited at the west gallery of M+, I M Pei: Life is Architecture is the first institutional retrospective of architect I M Pei’s life and career.

The exhibition is categorised into six sections: Pei’s Cross-Cultural Foundations; Real Estate and Urban Redevelopment; Art and Civic Form; Power, Politics and Patronage; Material and Structural Innovation; and Reinterpreting History through Design.

Together with newly commissioned photographs of Pei’s works, the exhibition showcases five architectural models made in collaboration with architecture schools at the University of Hong Kong and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

About Dezeen Events Guide

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