SZ Creative Week kicks off

Writer: Chen Xiaochun  |  Editor: Zhang Chanwen  |  From: Shenzhen Daily  |  Updated: 2022-07-26

Shenzhen Creative Week (SZCW) was unveiled at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in Bao’an District yesterday and will last until Thursday. This year’s event features over 100 art and design activities, over 200 forums covering 10 themes and new products from over 700 exhibitors.

Due to the pandemic, the organizer had postponed the event from April to July.

The event covers a net exhibition area of 320,000 square meters and is spread across 16 halls, which is equivalent to 45 soccer pitches.

Two parallel exhibitions, namely Design Dome and Dynamic Bay Festival, are being held at the same time, along with seven theme exhibitions focusing on international furniture design, international housing, public building design, lighting, interior materials and smart home.

Two visitors interact at Shenzhen Creative Week at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in Bao’an District yesterday. Liu Xudong

Design Dome features some of the world’s leading home furnishings and interior design brands, renowned artists and designers, platforms for emerging talent, talks and forums, among others.

Several of Design Dome’s inaugural exhibitors include Zanotta, Fredericia and Edra, among other Italian furniture manufacturers; Nordic design pioneer Fritz Hansen, Hong Kong-based outdoor furniture Livintwist and Swedish public infrastructure company Green Furniture Concept.

Some of the brands in the lineup are making their first appearance in China, marking their foray into the country via the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

“We have many design brands including international brands. For example, you can see here Zanotta, qeeboo, Fritz Hansen and much more. We also have some specific projects related to design,” Ana Rio, creative director of SZCW, said while introducing the international hall Design Dome to Shenzhen Daily.

Aldo Cibic, an Italian designer and an honorary professor at Tongji University, poses for a photo with wood furniture he designed during Design Dome 2022 yesterday. Chen Xiaochun

Aldo Cibic, a renowned Italian designer and a founding member of Memphis Design Movement, also presented his works at SZCW. One of his design projects at the exhibition is called “HO MENS — The new old,” which is a set of poetic wood furniture created from old wood.

“This is my new family. I was very happy when I did it. They are all ‘T’ elements, with the letter ‘T.’ So it was something of those lucky moments in life, when you have an idea that becomes true, like a miracle. The idea that makes the story logically more interesting is that this is done with the old wood. So, I called it ‘The new old,’” Cibic told Shenzhen Daily. “You have an incredible quantity of old wood, of old houses in China, so the idea is you can use as much wood as you like, while being sustainable and using the old wood to make something new.”

LZF Lamps’ exhibition booth, which caught the attention of many fairgoers, features beautifully designed lamps, and its booth design seemed to be inspired by the Palace of the Alhambra in Granada, Spain.

“LZF Lamps is a furniture brand from Spain, which was established in the 1990s. Its main feature is that all of the products are handmade and the main material is wood. The brand uses renewable wood. This is the first time for the brand to join an exhibition in China,” said Xu Simin, sales manager of Qidian (Chengdu) International Trade Co., LZF Lamps’ agency in China.