A record 380,763 attendees from 166 countries visited the world’s largest furniture exhibition and FM Industry partner event, the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) in March, as it reopened to international visitors.
The event which took place in two separate “phases” from 18th to 21st March and 28th to 31st March featured 700,000 square metres of exhibition space and 4,000 exhibitors – with the number of visitors representing a 27.88 per cent increase on figures recorded in 2019 (the last edition before Covid-19 travel restrictions on overseas visitors were introduced by the Government of China).
On show this year were 10 separately themed exhibition halls dedicated to a range of furniture, soft furnishing, and materials and production plant for furniture manufacturers.
The event additionally included a programme of 125 industry conferences organised by CIFF in collaboration with renowned furniture designers, trade associations and universities, with some of the key themes discussed including accessible design, approaches to sustainability involving natural materials in manufacturing processes, and quality management.
An Office and Commercial Space across six pavilions showcased flexible and innovative solutions for workplaces with specific exhibition areas for public, commercial and healthcare facilities.
Separate exhibitor areas also featured furniture for schools and educational facilities, and care homes.
Working-from-Home also featured prominently in 2023, with exhibitors unveiling multiple new design concepts for extending the ‘world of work’ into domestic spaces.
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