The World Interior of the Year shortlist has been announced, bringing together 2017’s best designed hotels, restaurants, offices and retail spaces.
But while the nominees hail from around the globe, there is one clear winner: China.
More than a third of the 78 finalists are based in Greater China, including 19 from the mainland, five from Hong Kong and four from Taiwan.
Among the nominees are a co-working space in Shanghai, a minimalist Beijing comic store and a sleek Japanese restaurant in the southern city of Shenzhen. At least one Chinese interior was shortlisted in each of the award program’s nine categories, which encompass residential, commercial and public spaces.
At the time of the inaugural World Interior of the Year awards in 2011, fewer than 10 percent of the finalists came from China. And all of those projects were based in Shanghai. Fast-forward six years, and cities less familiar to the international design circuit — like Hefei and Baoding — now appear on the shortlist.