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No other country looks back onto such a long and rich cultural history like China. Design always played a crucial part. Yet, there is also this preoccupied image of China as the culture of copying when it comes to design and engineering. Chinese companies and designers aim to eliminate this image and make China a major player in design. This can be best seen at the 6th Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair (SZIDF) from 5 to 7 November, where many iF honored designs are exhibited and well-known designers and hosts like Hartmut Esslinger will attend. The SZIDF and the SZIDF Awards, established in 2015 and honoring the "best in best" innovations by the exhibitors, is THE industrial design highlight in Asia and is hosted by People's Government of Shenzhen Municipality. This year's theme: "Design Drives – Knowledge – Drives Design”.
iF CEO Ralph Wiegmann attends SZIDF as a judge and gives a keynote at the conference about finding uniqueness in design. He explains why China is growing to become a strong design and innovation powerhouse and what role Shenzhen plays as the next design centre: “As a "Smart Hardware Industry Silicon Valley", Shenzhen also provides unlimited possibilities for integrating "design thinking" into product innovation", he said.
Check out three reasons why Chinas design quality is growing:
And exactly this is the case with the SZIDF.
If you want to find out how innovative and quality-driven modern Chinese designs can be, check out our iF DESIGN AWARD winners from China in 2018 here.
Want to learn more? Go to the SZIDF website.