Unsupported browser

You are using an outdated browser. Please upgrade your browser to improve your experience.

Sign up for an Award

Participate with your entry in one of our professional or student awards.

Sign up for an award

Sign up for a Profile

Create your own profile and publish it in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE.

Sign up for a profile

Learn more:

iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE

Present your project for free and win your share of EUR 50,000 in prize money.

Publish your project

Celebrating year One for the iF design center Chengdu

20 exhibitions, more than 50 renowned designers despite the pandemic – our iF team takes stock of the innovation hub for the creative scene in one of China's fastest growing cities.

The iF design center Chengdu celebrates its first anniversary. Twelve months ago, more than 400 guests from across the world celebrated the new design venue in the capital of Sichuan province in Southwest China. Today, even while dealing with the impact of the pandemic, people keep on coming.

With the design center, iF has realized its vision to create a world-class innovation hub for the design and creative industry in China. Since then, 20 exhibitions took place in five exhibition areas at large. 30 design events attracted guests and speakers from home and abroad, among them more than 50 renowned designers. General Manager Serena Lin is pleased: "With these exhibitions and activities, a new design hub has taken shape. We are glad of the opportunity to bring cutting-edge design studios to Chengdu and, at the same time, show design fascination to the world."

Team members of the iF design center Chengdu (from left to right): Hannah Chou, Jing Li, Joe Xiao, Yvonne Huang, Serena Lin, Nara Zhao, Ken Chen.

Team members of the iF design center Chengdu (from left to right): Hannah Chou, Jing Li, Joe Xiao, Yvonne Huang, Serena Lin, Nara Zhao, Ken Chen.

The iF design center Chengdu is located in Jingrong Inno-Hub Hi-Tech Zone Chengdu and covers a total of 4.000 square meters on two floors.

The iF design center Chengdu is located in Jingrong Inno-Hub Hi-Tech Zone Chengdu and covers a total of 4.000 square meters on two floors.

Despite the pandemic, the iF design center Chengdu has been able to host more than 20 exhibitions within one year of existence. Companies and design studios such as Miniso Design (see in the picture), Xiaomi Design or Mossi Design were showcased in the in total five exhibition areas.

Despite the pandemic, the iF design center Chengdu has been able to host more than 20 exhibitions within one year of existence. Companies and design studios such as Miniso Design (see in the picture), Xiaomi Design or Mossi Design were showcased in the in total five exhibition areas.

Settled companies were invited in October 2020 to have a small salon where they took the chance to determine opportunities for cooperation.

Settled companies were invited in October 2020 to have a small salon where they took the chance to determine opportunities for cooperation.

The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD exhibition shows this year’s high-quality student conceptual works since September, corresponding to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It invites everyone to take notice of social and environmental issues driving our societies.

The iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD exhibition shows this year’s high-quality student conceptual works since September, corresponding to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. It invites everyone to take notice of social and environmental issues driving our societies.

Products and projects from the Chinese winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 were curated and devided into nine trend areas, ranging from smart home to healthy living and holistic nature - just to name a few.

Products and projects from the Chinese winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020 were curated and devided into nine trend areas, ranging from smart home to healthy living and holistic nature - just to name a few.

The iF Design Talk in June 2020 with Natt Leung (Co-founder of 8ight Pro Studio) and Yue He (Design Director at Nreal Technology Limited) was among the most well accepted design activities.

The iF Design Talk in June 2020 with Natt Leung (Co-founder of 8ight Pro Studio) and Yue He (Design Director at Nreal Technology Limited) was among the most well accepted design activities.

The iF design café has been upgraded in August 2020.  The various design activities will be accompanied by different styles of food, drinks and cocktails, such as the German style “iF Beer Garden” event in August.

The iF design café has been upgraded in August 2020. The various design activities will be accompanied by different styles of food, drinks and cocktails, such as the German style “iF Beer Garden” event in August.

  • 01/08

One event with the most positive feedback from the audience was, as Serena reports, the iF Design Talk in June 2020 which supported the iF DESIGN AWARD exhibition.

Natt Leung, Co-founder of 8ight Pro Studio, and Yue He, Design Director at Nreal Technology Limited, were invited. Their works won the iF DESIGN AWARD 2020. "This design sharing turned to be great", Serena says and continues, "Although only one speaker could attend the session in person and the other one via the screen, the distance couldn’t hinder the communication between all participants who were craving for new knowledge."

As well as being an active meeting place to share current design topics of the world, this is a design center which offers working space. According to Serena, the demand is high – till now, six domestic design companies occupy eight out of nine offices. As soon as the post-pandemic time comes, Serena and her team will once again attract overseas design firms to establish their business in the Chinese market.

They all can benefit from leisure space, meeting rooms and, in this summer, the guests and office workers even had the chance to enjoy an atmospheric Bavarian beer garden outside the iF design café. Serena says: "The iF Beer Garden was an event which attempted to put everyone in a feel-good-mood in summertime providing quality beer, sausages and other German traditional food. We will keep holding similar events to bring you new experience about design and life in our space."

For the future, Serena promises to continue where they left off in 2020 and to enliven the design industry in Chengdu: "What has not changed are the enthusiasm for work and the pursuit of a better life."

iF design center Chengdu in detail

Would you like to book this design center for your own event, exhibition or meeting? Find out more information in our service area.

Currently on show in the iF design center Chengdu, Tue-Sat 10am-5pm:

1. iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD 2020 (until 31 Mar 2021)
2. In the post-epidemic era, how can design create a better world? (until 31 Mar 2021)
3. Legend of Reed - TsaiLin Yang Jewelry Exhibition (22 Dec 2020-16 Jan 2021)

(published in December 2020)