02.08.2019 00:00

History and Future - A Journey of Design

Date: 09-12 September, 2019
Venue: H4, SWEECC

A young architect created Staatliches Bauhaus, a design school with extreme enthusiasm 100 years ago. A group of educated youth have been gathered in the school. Until today, Bauhaus’ influence on modern design can be seen everywhere in the world, including in Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, and today’s China. This exhibition has three sections, and the Bauhaus which influenced the world for a whole century is the start. Then it comes to the origin of modern Chinese design, Shanghai, and finally to the international trend of the modern Chinese design. Guided by three themed spaces, three time spans and multidimensional contents, the exhibition will represent an in-depth interpretation for its audience.


Hang Jian
Professor, Doctoral supervisor
Vice President of China Academy of Art
Director of CAA Art Museums


Peter Fiell
Authority on the history and theory of design


Lu Tao



Wang Yang


1) Historical review:
Bauhaus has been devoting itself to collecting and combining all artistic creations, which almost covers all design categories and also include society, life, economy and production. The exhibition will review the stories of how Bauhaus was born and developed from 1919 to 1933 and clearly display its development process.
2)Three scenarized theme space:
Take the ‘chair’ as the clue, which is a representation and symbol of the Bauhaus spirits, to explore the stories and thoughts behind.
3)Multimedia digital art:
The history of Bauhaus not only reflects the history of art, but can also be viewed as a history of the era. The modern multimedia digital art forms will be used on the scene to show the development history and influence of Bauhaus.
Entrance - Time Tunnel

Space Display

Space Display



Wang Li


Domestic and foreign cultures blend in Shanghai and many modern trends originate from Shanghai, which makes Shanghai’s influence self-evident. Through three time spans and in various forms like historical objects, picture and words and multimedia, the exhibition will review and discuss how Shanghai design absorb, develop, adjust and innovate the global design philosophy.

Lobby - Media Area

1)1840-1949 Modern design origin
Since Shanghai was opened as a commercial port in 1842, local people’s acceptability towards imported products rose, national industry began developing and Shanghai started exploring and practicing ‘Shanghai-style’ design gradually. By today, Shanghai furniture industry and design field are still proud of Shanghai-style furniture and regard it as a banner which has a continuous influence on Shanghai design.
2)1949-1978 ‘Made in Shanghai’, the development of modernism
After the founding of the New China, the focus of design shifted from serving bourgeoisie to the people. The Bauhaus-style international design was widely accepted during that time when the industrial system was built initially.
Some well-known household supplies like Shanghai brand furniture, Shanghai brand limousine, Butterfly brand sewing machine and Forever brand bicycle all originated from Shanghai, the birthplace and design practice place of China’s modern industry. As the cradle of China’s modernism, Shanghai has played a role of bellwether in the development process of Chinese design.

Shanghai family furnishings in the 1970s, China Industrial Design Museum

3)1978-2019 The current and future trends
After the reform and opening-up, Shanghai faced a new round of design demands acting on international convention. When foreign designers entered Chinese market, Shanghai welcomed the latest international trend and a new round of reform in many fields, including materials technology, architectural design, residential model, product design and information dissemination.

1978-2018, the transition of Shanghai families’ interior decoration



Hou Zheng Guang
MA Degree of Furniture Design
The Founder of [MoreLess] Design Brand


1)New book launch
Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design: A New Wave of Creativity by Peter Fiell and his wife, the world-renowned design historians will be launched on the scene of the exhibition as a tribute literature of the 25th anniversary of China International Furniture Expo.
As an authoritative introduction of the modern Chinese furniture design, the book represents the current situation and changes during the past 20 years of modern Chinese furniture design. It contains a detailed review of the history of Chinese furniture design and shows the diversified and stylized Chinese furniture design.
Launch time : 13:00, 10 September, 2019
Venue : H4, SWEECC

Peter Fiell

Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design: A New Wave of Creativity

picture via Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design: A New Wave of Creativity

picture via Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design: A New Wave of Creativity

picture via Contemporary Chinese Furniture Design: A New Wave of Creativity

2)Display of modern Chinese furniture design
On the scene of the exhibition, some of the classic work described in the book will be shown in seven themes, which are Neo-Ming, tea culture, external cultural influence, handicraft spirits, design art, social need and sustainability and future direction. They will clearly show the new design philosophy of modern Chinese designers.
Aerial View


Tea Culture

External Cultural Influence

* Pictures are only for reference,take practicality as standard

2019 Onsite Review