'Design Shanghai, a four-day event which has quickly established itself as one of China's leading international design exhibitions, is welcoming about 300 exhibitors and 60,000 visitors.
'Among the big international names featured on the program are Bally, Moroso, Vitra, Magis, Richard Brendon and David Gill, all of whom have set up exuberant displays.
'John C Taylor's Dragon Chronophage clock, with its vast, gold-plated face, is an eye-catching presence, as well as Paul Kelley's acrylic, brass and steel furniture.
'Scottish designer-makers Method Studio are showcasing a bespoke set of three trunks that were lovingly handcrafted over 600 hours from a single oak tree from the Scottish Highlands.
'But the disc-shaped sculpture, named Prologue, is expected to draw the most attention, as it has never before been shown on mainland China.
'It is the brainchild of Swarovski and the London-based designers Fredrikson Stallard, and was produced to mark the 15th anniversary of the Swarovski Waterschool, a water park in Austria intended to raise awareness of the preciousness of water.
'The sculpture's shape is said to represent a "cycle of infinite potential". And the notion of "infinite potential" is at the heart of the Design Shanghai project.'