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Preview: Design Shanghai launches

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As well as international design talent, the event this month will showcase a number of China’s burgeoning domestic design stars

Beyond Object

Beyond Object is a London-based brand founded by Hanhsi Chen. The company focuses on high-end desktop accessories, including tape dispensers and pencil sharpeners. Chen believes that daily objects can be designed and crafted as functional sculptures, and each object should have its own soul and uniqueness.

WUU

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Co-founded by Chen Furong in 2014, WUU is dedicated to developing furniture, lighting and accessories and has previously exhibited in Milan and at 100% Design. Some of its latest designs include the T series of lamps. This collection consists of a wall lamp, a floor lamp and a desk lamp, all composed of aluminium.

ALiTLE

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Launched just last year by the Xiamen Space Fabric Cultural Communication Company and aimed squarely at the contemporary design market, ALiTLE’s products include this Toughness chair. The team includes designer Jacky Zhang and the name derives from the idea that a little change can make a big difference.

Rooy

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Rooy is the work of designer and artist Yuan Yuan and made its debut at Milan in 2015. Its name means “as if tomorrow” and refers to Rooy’s future-facing approach, typified by this elegant, organically shaped seating system. Rooy also has the same pronounciation at Ruyi, a good luck charm made of jade.

W&S Group

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The W&S Group has been going strong for nearly 20 years and boasts a team of experienced design professionals. Its mantra is “supreme living, beyond possession” and the company – under the stewardship of its founder and design director Ben Wu – has positioned itself amid the high-end sector.

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