Shanghai’s cool and eclectic aesthetic reflects its long-standing reputation for being China’s most international city. It is tempting to focus on Shanghai’s ultra-modern, futuristic side, but looking behind these shiny exteriors reveals a nuanced and interesting visual. Unveiling their art, we bring you the best interior designers from Shanghai.
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101 Design is led by Jennifer Lu who studied and took a Masters Degree at Interior Design from Pratt Institute of New York. Their work range has reached China in general, including Taiwan and they often tackle challenges such as residential and commercial design solutions and interior decorating. This firm counts with a team of designers, project managers, site managers, while at the same time counting with several partnerships with various factory resources of furniture and fixture manufacturing. Their design style focuses very much on balancing all the elements that compose an interior that they handle, through the balanced use of white and green elements (plants included) as well as a familiar and somewhat minimalistic style.
This Shanghai-based multidisciplinary design studio is known for tackling many challenges relating to architectural, spatial, product, and furniture design. It was created in 2013 by Ian Douglas-Jones, whose extensive experience in architecture is the essence and basis of the studio’s output. They are a firm that likes to experiment with technology and other elements, is defined as having a “polymath approach” to new challenges. With less than 10 years of experience, they have managed to earn many relevant awards, one of them being a part of A.D.’s Top 100 Most Influential Architects and Designers 2017.
B+H is another design giant that chose Shanghai as one of the places to establish an office as well as take on several interior design projects. This is another example of a design firm deeply involved with the global market, aiming to design bold and inspiring spaces for clients of several locations. B+ H has a wide range of activities for establishments such as workplaces, healthcare, hospitality, residential, retail, among many more. The team always tries to approach a new challenge with careful insight and awareness of the needs and wants of each customer, believing firmly in the power of design as a potential strength to transform economies, communities, and of course, spaces.
This multi-faceted design practice was first established by Min Chen, who is specialized in areas such as object and technological products’ design and also interior architecture. The main aim of this office is finding an ideal bonding point between tradition and modernisation as well as between east and west. Min is a person who regards design as a language with origins depth and story, and she also has the innovative idea of finding the role of Chinese language in the world of design. Her company has been featured in magazines such as wallpaper, Marie Clare, AD China, Brutus Casa, Icon and Elle Decor.
DL Architecture is a prestigious design firm based in Shanghai that has been proudly recognized in the list of the 100 best architects in China for three consecutive times. Founded by Domitilla Lepri, this firm shares two headquarters in Rome and Shanghai, completed by an incredible team of experts on architecture and interior design. Blending the culture of Shanghai and Rome, they specialise in delivering a conceptual design style for many residential, commercial, offices and hospitality projects.
DXMID it is an International interior design company that was founded by designer Ismael Abedin Ingelmo. Since the beginning, they were responsible for many designed projects, that share the most amazing high-quality features, whether its hospitality, commercial, office and residential. Their focus is established on the attention to the clients’ needs, allowing them to have a large portfolio of clients worldwide.
Furong Chen / WUU
Furong Chen created WUU in 2014, and since then it became a company focused on the developing of furniture, lighting and decorative accessories. Furong studied Integrated Design at the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts, and what led to the creation of his company consisted of a trip he took after graduating in 2012, in which he travelled with a group of friends across China in a van and interviewed local creatives for an exhibition that would lead to the creation of his firm. He has a design philosophy in which he aims to “return an object to its original essence” through design, while at the same time combining technology with traditional crafts.
HKS Architects is another global design firm present in several places such as London, Miami, Orlando, NY, Singapore, and of course Shanghai. In the case of the office located in Shanghai, aside from counting with a team of 1350 employees, since 2010, they have had an approach with several state-of-the-art design methods regarding their challenges. Among HKS’ most important accomplishments in China, we can include Aiyuhua Hospital for Children and Women, Crowne Plaza Ningbo, Suzhou Gaoxin People’s Hospital, Hualuxe Haikou Seaview, among many others. This is a company with many types of clients, and aside from commercial, hospitality and private residences, they also have aviation, education, government, and sports clientele in their portfolio.
HWCD (Harmony World Consultant and Design) is a very well-known international design practice, based in Shanghai, but with offices located in London and Barcelona. Since its creation, this company always had a goal set of creating a global practice firmly deeply rooted in the communities they tackle. With a team of over 500 design specialists, they have taken on several design projects, including urban design, commercial design, art consulting and even boutique hotels. Their style is a perfect reflection of how aware they are of the phenomenon of globalisation while at the same time tackling some elements within the cultural context of the project location.
Jemo Construction & Interior Design
Jemo Construction & Interior Design firmly believes in the strong base of living and working environment as the ultimate success for professional and personal development. Within this incredible design company, they deliver astounding projects when it comes to construction, architecture, interior, and landscape design. From commercial to residential, they are able to create stylish and functional settings.
Kokaistudios consists of a company first created by Italian architects Filippo Gabbiani & Andrea Destefanis in 2000, which would later evolve with the creation of a Shanghai office in 2002. This is the perfect example of a truly multicultural firm that has managed to establish a global presence with a series of projects in Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and North America. Their aim is to create projects that add a positive element to the environment and social fabric of the location of said challenge, be it through architecture, urban renewal, hospitality, retail, among others. They definitely have a modern and geometrical taste in regards to the locations they have tackled.
Link+Architects shares a massive need to prove that all the exterior surroundings have a big influence on the creation of eccentric and innovative settings. From functionality to exquisite projects, they deliver a large spectrum of architectural design services, from the creative side of it to its final conclusion. In order to do so, they guide every client through the whole process, paying attention to every detail. Park 1903 Mall, M50 Art Park Renovation Works, Joyway 700 are some of the best selection of works from this company.
Montigny is an International Home Decoration company that was founded by Emmanuel Gerard Andrew de Stoppani. After managing 3 factories in France with 250 workers, there is a large experience in high-quality decoration businesses around the world. They collaborate with Harvest Shanghai, where they propose a massive selection of furniture, wallpapers, curtains, lightings, decoration accessories, from the best European suppliers around the world.
Created in 1995, MRT Design is an architectural and interior design studio with a deep experience regarding retail and public projects all of which are located throughout greater China. Their work has also been mentioned in prestige publications in the country, some of them being Interior Design China, AD, Elle, id+c, and Surface. MRT Design has tackled a variety of establishments (residential, retail, restaurants, commercial, etc) and their style can either be modern and minimalistic or classic and elegant, with the special edition of some unique lighting effects in some projects.
Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu are the creators of this multitasking company, able to provide several services in areas such as architecture, master planning, branding/graphic design, and also in the design of interiors, furniture and other relevant products. Since 2004 the company has had an incredible evolution having its first office in Shanghai and opening a new one in London. Among some of their most relevant works, we can enumerate the restoration of a Shanghai theatre from the 30s, creating a hotel at the former headquarters of the Japanese army, and most recently, creating “The Unfolding Village” for the Stockholm Furniture Fair 2019.
NONG STUDIO, is a Shanghai-Milan based design studio, that always looks to create incredible and magnificent projects, with a large amount of passion and high-quality fabrics and materials. Their office is placed on an old granary factory from 1908, along the Suzhou river. Their eccentric office shares a stunning setting that features extravagant collections, art pieces and a lot of culture and architecture.
Ms. Shu Yulin is the mastermind behind Pandamart Home Decoration, a functional decoration platform. This website gives the opportunity to every client to purchase the best materials and accessories for your home. The clients’ are also accompanied by an online designer that guides every client through the whole process. No matter what kind of project the clients’ involved, this design platform is able to help every homeowner, interior designer, and decoration users.
RooMoo is an interior design studio that specialises in the design of the restaurant and residential projects. With an interior design identity based on collaboration and culture mix, they stand through their sophisticated architecture, innovative interiors, product, and interior design. They proudly share a bespoke relationship with every client, being able to provide not only the best but also the most exquisite solutions for every project. Through the whole process, they make sure to commit with the strategy to find the best materials.
Spark is a Shanghai, Singapore, and London based architecture firm, that shares a large number of services, focusing on architecture, urbanism, interior design, landscape design, research, and branding. Their goal is to establish incredible settings through an innovative, stimulating vibe that have already gained them award-winning buildings. Throughout Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, they have displayed great and eccentric buildings.
Studio Shanghai is an architecture and design studio that shares an incredible belief in the creation of habitable structures, as a functional and inspiring setting. In order to establish the most amazing displays, they balance the power of the culture, climate, physical and spiritual elements, as well as flora and fauna of the region. Studio Shanghai has designed many cities, villages, buildings, and interiors such as the Shanghai Xintiandi, the Soldier Fields Stadium in Chicago, and many more.
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