Postpone Announcement

C-star 2021 will be postponed

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.

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July 27, 2021

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Coffeelin opens in Happy Valley, Hong Kong


From August 31 – September 2, 2021, C-star - Shanghai's International Trade Fair for Solutions and Trends all about Retail - is set to return to present future retail developments, explore leading retail design concepts and source from the newest shop designs.


Source: Coffeelin


Italian café by day, cocktail bar by night, Coffeelin is a Milanese-style all-day establishment designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio, that brings the coffee culture of Milan to Hong Kong’s quaint and trendy neighbourhood, Happy Valley.


The 900 sq. ft. coffee-to-cocktail destination celebrated its official grand opening in June 2021 as the first and sole distributor of the famed Italian GRISO coffee beans in Asia, bringing authentic Milanese-style coffee to Hong Kong.


These influences gave the designers the opportunity to reimagine Milan’s history and culture by infusing the space with bespoke hand-made Milanese design elements from local and international artists, amplifying the brand’s GRISO coffee monopoly position.


With a narrative concept that marries various design elements of Milan from the 20th century with a refreshing new approach to complement the GRISO coffee variations, snacks and innovative late-night cocktails, Coffeelin is designed to be the new coffee-to-cocktail hub of the neighbourhood.


Source: Coffeelin


Its fluid transition from out- to indoor with its dog-friendly al fresco seats, plants and Memphis-style wall paintings, turn the hidden gem into the centrepiece of Happy Valley which is famed for its warm and welcoming flair as well as renowned veterinarians. An atmospheric enclave that brings coffee and cocktail enthusiasts together to experience the authentic taste and culture of Milan. Yet it is established for and inspired by its neighbourhood – an ode to Hong Kong’s quaint district of Happy Valley.


The counter-height coffee and cocktail bar marks the heart of the venue with its dark green tiles and antique Memphis-style mirrors with an antique finish that not only reflect vintage Italy but also the customers themselves, and visually extend the space through reflection.


Following the stairs that pay homage to Milan’s popular interior design of the ‘20s and ‘30s, the venue offers an intimate private room with more wall paintings and comfortable seating for groups, as well as curtains that add a sense of privacy in particular during cocktail hour. From floor to ceiling, the venue incorporates design elements of Milan’s past and present to create uniquely refreshing yet nostalgic vibes with its patterned marble floor, Milanese tables in hardwood walnut and terrazzo stone top, and factory pendant lights that take inspiration from Milan in the 1960/70s.


Exceptional design highlights also include the custom-made Memphis graphics that create a rhythmic design pattern throughout the space from its facade outside to the walls inside, designed by JJ Acuna / Bespoke Studio and applied by Elsa Jeandedieu Studio together with Venetian plaster finishing on the walls.


Hand-painted graphic works further define the space with coffee terms and menu items written on the nostalgic mirrors by local artist Katol Lo, while an exterior timber signage with GRISO’s logo was customized by Hong Kong artist Start-from-Zero.



Dear Visitor ,
Visitor registration for C-star 2019 will be available in October 2018. Thank you!