Currently, international travel to China still remains highly restricted, and the outbreak of COVID-19 continues to create uncertainties for retail brands in their offline expansion and sourcing plans. In view of the situation, the organizers have decided, after careful consideration, to postpone the 7th edition of C-star (Shanghai’s International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail), originally scheduled to be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre from August 31st to September 2nd, 2021. The new date and planning will be announced in the coming weeks.
“Witnessing normally a high percentage of international exhibitors and visitors, we decide to postpone C-star 2021 during the special period in order to gain more time on travel normalization, get well prepared to welcome the fully recovered retail industry and to build a higher quality sourcing and communication platform.” said by Marius Berlemann, General Manager of Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd..
For the next edition, C-star will continue to focus on innovative solutions in five dimensions: Shop Fittings & Store Design, Visual Merchandising, Retail Lighting, Smart Retail Technology and Retail Marketing. The innovative supporting programme, including Retail Stage, H!Tech Stage, ReTailor Hub, EuroShop RetailDesign Award China, Retail Technology Award China as well as Visual Merchandising Challenge will offer the opportunity for visitors to discuss hot topics with excellent solution providers, leading retail brands, shopping mall executives and academic experts.
In the next stage, Messe Düsseldorf Shanghai will organize a series of offline networking events to share retail industry insights and build deep connections. Meanwhile, the organizer will continue to work with trade media, associations, research institutes and the EuroShop Trade Fair Family to collect the latest and most comprehensive retail information for retail professionals and publish on C-star official website, WeChat and LinkedIn so that retailers can keep up to date with the latest trends in the retail industry.
For more details about C-star, please follow C-star LinkedIn or visit the official website:http://www.c-star-expo.com/en/.
July 27, 2021
EuroShop RetailDesign Award China: Demonstrating the strength of Chinese Design
After many rounds of selection and evaluation, the 2021 EuroShop RetailDesign Award China (ERDA China) has officially announced its winners on September 1. Three Chinese design works finally won the judges over with exceptional and distinguished concepts. They are VIVINEVO Perfume Store by SODA, Huawei Chengdu Flagship Store by VEGA and ONESWEAR Columbia Circle Store by Parallect Design.
ERDA China (EuroShop RetailDesign Award China) is derived from ERDA which is one of the supporting programs of EuroShop Trade Fairs. ERDA is organized by Messe Düsseldorf GmbH and EHI since 2008 to award the most compelling store concepts from all candidates. A well-honed mix of store architecture, colours, materials, lighting and visual merchandising, the clear communication of the product range as well as direct means of appealing to customers are key criteria for the jury of experts.
As the Chinese retail industry has formed its own pattern with Chinese characteristics during its development, one set of criteria is no longer the optimal assessment for retail designs in both China and other countries, we establish ERDA China for the unique needs of the Chinese retail industry, and invite more domestic experts to join the jury and crown the outstanding store designs in China.The competition, held in China for the first time, has attracted extensive attention in the industry. Three projects emerging in several selection rounds were awarded the grand prize.
VIVINEVO fragrance art gallery
Vivinevo's core concept is "nature, romance, and art." To overturn tradition and fashion is the brand's hallmark; therefore, SODA designed the store with the brand's signature experience as the theme. The traditional sales area was downsized to one part of the experience. The entrance: SODA language—physical pixel installation. The designer collected 5000 perfume bottles and made a media structure out of them. The entrance is turned out into a colors-changing media that keeps rendering the atmosphere day and night. The main hall: a 20m length irregular curved surface with digital projection. The projected changing perfume texture renders the atmosphere of the space. The projected information adds another layer on the texture and the exhibition, delivering the related knowledge of perfume to the customers, such as history and raw materials. Synesthesia interaction: a moving image, odor, sound combined multi-sensory space. By picking up the receiver, the customers will trigger the change of background sound and the video, immerse themselves in the situation of a specific perfume while squeeze and release the odor. The synesthesia experience connects with memory and impressive the customers.
his project made a breakthrough in the design of tangible smell experience. SODA integrated several multimedia with space morphology to create an interactive environment. After completing the project, the Fragrance Art Museum soon became the new focus of Beijing Place, with a large number of posts on various social media platforms. Customers were delighted with the art museum visiting as the primary and the sales area as the secondary experience. They spontaneously post photos to share with the public. Media in various fields have also reported on it.
HUAWEI Flagship Store Chengdu
"Breaking the boundary, Coming to life" is put forward as the design theme of Huawei Chengdu flagship store. Breaking the boundary is used as a response to the brand, whose mission is to build a fully connected intelligent world, whose products are aimed at full-category, full-scenario, full-global, and full-public. Coming to life corresponds to the user, building vivid urban spaces, offering living service and social amenity for residents, creating landmark or City Exchange Center for business travelers.
The site conditions were analyzed, deconstructed and reorganized around the space concept of "Breaking the boundary, Coming to life". The site is a two-story space with a trapezoidal plane. One side faces the outdoor square with a wide view, but the form is relatively closed. One side is adjacent to the atrium of the shopping mall, with sufficient natural light and open space. Firstly, we used functional rooms to reshape the space temperament of the two entrances, making them present a welcoming situation and blurring the boundary between indoor and outdoor. Then we connected the two levels with a penetrating landscape and staircase, breaking the vertical boundary. The landscape runs through the center of the store which is naturally divided into several zones. The flexible traffic forms a closed loop of "8" around the landscape. Users can see through the floor through the landscape, which assists to strengthen the relationship between the two levels of the store.
ONESWEAR SHANGHAI SHOP
The concept of design-- Treasure hunt in the KR-π platinum mine on Sumer planet The significance of gems lies not only in their own value, but also in the process of discovery behind them. Even with cliffs, dense caves and abysses, miners are willing to explore the unknown and mysterious world, and finally get what they want.
The indoor design has altered the tedious and simple spatial form to an artwork as the main exhibition area with a variety of functions such as exhibition, communication, tourism and sales, achieving unlimited forms within limited area. Moreover, various functions coordinate with the streamlines of the whole space and then also become dynamic and continuous moving lines, providing people with refreshing experience while they are shopping. As the streamlined artwork fit in with the sales, exhibition and activities, it offers the customers more continuity and variety in terms of viewing the moving lines, and it also become a poplar site for visiting among the young group. Such method of design restructures the function layout, and create a more complete and authentic space for jewelry sales, achieving a more clear and efficient streamlines and greater space visually.
1) EuroShop RetailDesign Award China trophy and certificate which are endorsed by EuroShop.
2) A free 9sqm booth in C-star Designer Village (value RMB 25,992).
3) TWO free tickets and local travel expenses for EuroShop RetailDesign Award China ceremony.
4) Keynote speech at C-star Retail Stage, sharing their experiences and project highlights to over 500 professional retailers.
5) The project will be nominated directly for the final round of assessment of EuroShop RetailDesign Award.
6) The project team will be interviewed by official media partners, and the interview will be released on C-star official WeChat, Website, media partners’ platforms and EuroShop 3|6|5.