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40th China International Furniture Fair attracts Over 91,000 visitors.

40th China International Furniture Fair attracts Over 91,000 visitors. 0

China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai) attracts Over 91,000 visitors

The 40th China International Furniture Fair (Shanghai) (CIFF) has reported a record 91,623 visitors from 200 countries and regions who came to see the more than 2,000 exhibitors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. The attendance numbers mark a new high for CIFF (Shanghai) and represent an 8.18 percent year-on-year increase.

"This year's CIFF connected members throughout the industrial chain to mark the event's 20th anniversary," the CIFF committee staff said, "Moving forward, CIFF will continue to improve our capabilities and work to create ever-more business opportunities for exhibitors and buyers by offering innovative functions, improving product quality and optimizing service."

New Product Launches and Promising Trade Opportunities

The 400,000-square meter main exhibition hall created numerous business opportunities for both exhibitors and visitors. Daily traffic per booth reached 4,800 during the fair with an average of 9 visitors at each booth every second during the event's peak.

More than 90 percent of exhibitors have come to the fair with their latest products, with some of them hosting new product release events on-site, covering home furniture, and home decor, as well as outdoor & leisure, office, commercial and hotel furniture, furniture machinery and raw materials.

Focus on Design: Promoting Creativity in the Furniture Industry

CIFF (Shanghai) 2017 hosted more than 30 speeches, forums and events in various fields including:

  • A speech by Dr. Shan Jixiang, director of the Palace Museum
  • Award ceremony for the first Asia-Pacific Pinnacle Awards (the Pinnacles)
  • "Witness the Pinnacle" Design Forum highlighting Jonathan Adler, top U.S designer, Masayuki Kurokawa, pioneer Japanese architect and industrial designer, and Alex Shuford III, president and CEO of Century Furniture Company

About CIFF

Launched in 1998, the China International Furniture Fair's two annual fairs in Guangzhou and Shanghai have connected the Chinese furniture industry with buyers and sellers at home and abroad. The mega tradeshow has featured home decor, home textiles, furniture machinery, and raw materials, as well as outdoor, office, commercial and hotel furniture at every fair and became one of the four major furniture fairs globally.

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Two Furniture and Interior design Entrepreneurs get Selected for She Leads Africa (SLA) 2017 Accelerator Program.

Two Furniture and Interior design Entrepreneurs get Selected for She Leads Africa (SLA) 2017 Accelerator Program. 0

Two Furniture and Interior design Entrepreneurs get Selected for She Leads Africa (SLA) 2017 Accelerator Program.

Two of the nineteen female entrepreneurs that got selected into this year’s She Leads Africa (SLA) program are into furniture and interior design. The program which is in partnership with Work in Progress! Alliance (VC4Africa and Oxfam), OCP, Guaranty Trust Bank, Cointreau and Intel Corp aims to train exceptional female entrepreneurs in a 3-month Accelerator Program and it is designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest Entrepreneurs.

SLA announced that nineteen early-stage businesses have been accepted into the 2017 SLA Accelerator Program. This year, the program will hold in 3 Nigerian states – Lagos, Abuja and Kaduna. Accelerator Participants will spend the next three months working on their business strategy and growth while networking with investors and potential partners.

The ladies are:

  • Jumoke Dada; Founder and Creative Director Tǽillὸ, a Nigerian furniture and lifestyle brand that designs and manufacture furniture by harnessing traditional forms, materials, Local resources.



  • Rosemary Reis; creative director and lead carpenter Perception Consult, an interior design company with a focus on furniture manufacturing, installation and accessorizing of interior spaces.

Both of whose designs are inspired and executed by 99% Local content.

The Work in Progress Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young women and men in Egypt, Nigeria, and Somalia. The project aims to enable them to generate sustainable and living incomes – by finding regular employment or starting enterprises. Alliance partners include Oxfam, VC4Africa and Butterfly Works.

She Leads Africa has many programs aimed at supporting smart and ambitious Young African Women.

Those interested in learning more about these opportunities can join at