Record Numbers Attend CIFF Shanghai Hongqiao
The 44th edition of FM Industry partner event, the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF), has closed at the NECC in Shanghai Hongqiao after attracting 150,766 visitors and 1,500 plus furniture, soft furnishings and workplace solutions exhibitors.
The event hosted more than 40 conferences, forums and themed events examining new furniture and soft furnishing concepts for living and working.
Organized by China Foreign Trade Guangzhou Exhibition General Co. Ltd., and China Foreign Trade Macalline Exhibition Co. Ltd., the event has given life to an absolutely original trade fair model which has been dubbed the “exhibition and mall alliance” and combines offerings commonly associated with traditional trade fairs with concrete and immediate business opportunities.
Collaboration with both Chinese and international media and trade associations also brought together selected groups of dealers, interior designers, architects and real estate developers.
CIFF Shanghai 2019 represented the entire furniture supply chain, covering all home furniture sectors with a particular focus on Chinese design and international production, outdoor furniture, home decor, furnishing fabrics, the office, and machinery for the furniture industry.
Eighty per cent of Chinese design brands were present at the NECC, demonstrating that CIFF Shanghai is now the ultimate point of reference for quality and innovation and the designated place for defining home furnishing trends.
The presence of an ever-increasing number of foreign companies, both in the International Lifestyle Hall and in the halls dedicated to furnishing living and sleeping areas – as well as at CIFF-WMF, the sector of the fair dedicated to machinery and technologies for the furniture industry, confirms CIFF’s role as an essential platform for entering the increasingly rich and demanding Chinese market and meeting important buyers from the world’s main markets.
A continuously evolving event that aims to advance the quality of the entire furniture industry in China, offering stimulating content and inspiration to an increasingly broad target audience. The 44th edition of CIFF Shanghai hosted a series of important events, seminars, competitions, and innovative initiatives, the most notable of which included the forum Designed for Humans: From Alvaro Siza’s Modernism into the Digital Future, organised by CIFF and Aedes Architecture Forum; the 5th edition of the EAST Design Show, which highlighted fine Asian design in a cultured and refined way, combining creative and commercial aspects; and the 7th edition of the Design Dream Show (DDS), which proposed the most innovative trends, bearing witness to the value of Chinese design and promoting the local industry’s international competitiveness.
Other events which were co-hosted with the event were equally successful, including the International Architectural Design Forum, China Design Forum, Witness the Pinnacle, China Interiors & Decorations Conference, and Office Life Theme Hall.
The updated exhibition layout, reorganised to optimise professionals’ visit experiences based on their areas of interest, the constant improvement of all services, and the creation of VIP areas dedicated to matchmaking have all further contributed to making CIFF Shanghai 2019 a memorable edition.
New strategies and interesting initiatives are planned for 46th CIFF Shanghai, which will take place from September 7 to 10, 2020, and has already gained the participation of internationally recognised brands.
But for now, all eyes are on 45th CIFF Guangzhou from 18-21 March, 2020 which will focus on home furniture, home decor and home textiles, outdoor and leisure furniture, office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture, and furniture machinery and raw materials.
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