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Design Republic Unveils Festival of Design 2023: A Celebration of Inclusive and Innovative Design

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Design Republic proudly announces the return of the Festival of Design, an influential interdisciplinary design platform that first debuted in 2016 in Shanghai. Co-founded by renowned visionaries Lyndon Neri and Rossana Hu, the Festival of Design has since evolved into a global celebration of design, promoting inclusivity, innovation, and collaboration.

Starting from November 10th to December 10th in Shanghai, China, the Festival of Design 2023 promises an unparalleled experience, bringing together design enthusiasts, professionals, and thought leaders from various disciplines. The event will feature a dynamic program comprising lectures, talks, exhibitions, and workshops, all aimed at fostering a sense of community and exchange.

At the heart of the Festival of Design is a commitment to collaborative projects and communal engagement. The event places a special focus on initiatives that embody the spirit of community, with this year’s theme, 再 “RE-,” serving as a catalyst for reevaluation, redefinition, and rediscovery in the post-pandemic world. The festival remains steadfast in its dedication to providing accessible and inclusive experiences for diverse audiences, making it a cornerstone of its mission.

The Festival of Design 2023 invites attendees to explore the theme of “RE-” as an imperative for reassessing values, redefining priorities, and rediscovering purpose through design. With a strong emphasis on inspiring young audiences and fostering dialogues between designers and architects, the festival continues to offer predominantly free experiences to the public.

This year’s lineup of keynote speakers is nothing short of extraordinary, featuring luminaries such as Anders Byriel (CEO of Kvadrat), Shay Alkalay (Co-Founder of Raw-Edges), Mark Lee (Co-Founder of Johnston Marklee), and many more. The Festival of Design promises to be a melting pot of ideas and inspiration, where creativity and innovation converge.

Highlighting the commitment to sustainability, the festival will host the ECO VISION forum, a series of events dedicated to exploring and advancing sustainable design practices. Additionally, attendees can look forward to an exclusive screening of ALFABETO MANGIAROTTI, a compelling addition to the festival’s diverse offerings.

A month-long “RE-” themed exhibition, showcasing remarkable work by BAUM, CLASSICON, KEF, KVADRAT, and others, will be held at Neri&Hu’s Design Republic flagship store through December 10th, offering a visual feast for design enthusiasts.



November 11th 9AM – 5:30PM

800 Show (800 Changde Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai)

Festival of Design 2023 unveils an exceptional lineup of keynote speakers who will illuminate the event with their unique insights. This year, we are honored to welcome distinguished minds from the world of design, including Anders Byriel from Kvadrat, Shay Alkalay from Raw-Edges, Boonserm Premthada from Bangkok Project Studio, Mark Lee from Johnston Marklee, Liu Yichun from Atelier Deshaus, Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects, Simon Frommenwiler of HHF, and Eva Prats and Ricardo Flores from Flores & Prats. The special speaker, Jurgen Bey from Studio Makkink & Bey, will also join us for the Eco Vision workshop.

This year’s Lecture on November 11th will be streamed on Festival of Design YouTube


November 11th – December 10th

10AM – 7PM, Monday to Sunday

Design Republic (511 Jiangning Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai)

Starting from November 11th to December 10th, Festival of Design 2023 will present a month-long design exhibition with the theme “再 RE-” at the Design Republic flagship store. “RE-” is a crucial prefix today because it signifies the abstract idea of “Do Again”. This themed exhibition is divided into six sections: “RE-flect,” “RE-edition,” “RE-cycle,” “RE-generate,” “RE-imagine,” and “RE-.” It explores open-ended conceptual topics and invites everyone to reflect on their approach to design, thus reinvigorating our community and environment at large. 



November 13th, 7PM

UME International Cineplex (5f, Bldg 6,123 Xingye Rd. Huangpu District, Shanghai)

Festival of Design will exclusive premiere the documentary ALFABETO MANGIAROTTI  in China in collaboration with AGAPECASA. This groundbreaking documentary explores the life and achievements of Italian architectural design master and sculptor Angelo Mangiarotti, providing deep insights into his profound thinking, innovative ideas, and the poetic essence of his works in the professional field.


November 14th, 7PM

Design Republic (511 Jiangning Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai)

Dezeen will invite architects and designers, Ken Wai, Alex Mok, Doreen Heng Liu and F.O.G founding partners Aijie Xiong and Ronghua Lei for the discussions on exporting Chinese design and engaging in overseas project implementation.


November 16th and 18th

Design Republic (511 Jiangning Rd, Jing’an District, Shanghai)

In collaboration with yehyehyeh, Festival of Design will present “ECO VISION,” a series of events dedicated to the theme of sustainability.

Scheduled for November 16th at 7PM, yehyehyeh will invite designer Jurgen Bey for a workshop titled “From ‘WATERSCHOOL’ to Bioregional Design.” On November 18th, designers from diverse backgrounds will explore topics on “Regenerative Design” (scheduled at 10:30AM) and “Co-Creating with Nature” (scheduled at 2PM).

Don’t miss the chance to be part of a transformative experience at the Festival of Design 2023, where design meets innovation, inclusivity, and community.  RSVP HERE 


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