Design Shanghai 2015: East meets West at China's leading design fair

Published 10:05 AM ET, Fri March 27, 2015
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The Dragon Chronophage clock from inventor John C. Taylor is more of an art piece than a timepiece. It speeds up and slows down periodically, so it's only correct every five minutes. Courtesy Design Shanghai
In "Virgin Mary and Son of God" by X+Q (Chinese sculpture duo Qu Guangci and Xiang Jing), the Virgin Mary represents Western culture, and the Son of God -- the "Little Fat Man" in her arms -- represents China. Courtesy Design Shanghai
Prologue, which was created by London-based designers Fredrikson Stallard in collaboration with Swarovski, is 13 feet in diameter and encrusted with more than 8,000 crystals. Courtesy Design Shanghai
Marcel Wanders are displaying pieces made in collaboration with Baccarat and Christofle, as well as limited edition pieces from his own Personal Editions collection.

One Minute Delft Fragile Fingers, which references Chinese blue-and white-ware from the Ming Dynasty, is one of Wanders' Personal Editions.
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Shanghai studio Design MVW -- a collaboration between Chinese designer Xu Ming and French architect Virginie Moriette -- fuses traditional Chinese and European aesthetics. Courtesy Design Shanghai
Bally will erect a 6 ft x 9 ft Jean Prouvé Demountable House to celebrate the concept's 70th anniversary. (The vintage chairs displayed are by Pierre Jeanneret.) Courtesy Design Shanghai
Scottish designer-makers Method Studio will showcase a set of three trunks handcrafted over 600 hours from a single oak tree. Courtesy Design Shanghai
Frank Chou Design Studio, who will be showing their latest furniture collection, aim to balance Eastern and Western design influences. Courtesy Design Shanghai
Shanghai's MRT Design has launched a line of furniture made of architectural materials, like this concrete table. Courtesy Design Shanghai