The annual Taiwan Design Expo, running through Oct. 20, is staged in the southern county of Pingtung for the first time. (Courtesy of Taiwan Design Center)
The Taiwan Design Expo kicked off Oct. 5 in the southern county of Pingtung, bringing together top talents and products to showcase the country’s prowess as a global center of innovation.
Organized by the Taiwan Design Center under the auspices of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Pingtung County Government, the exhibition attracted over 200,000 people on its opening day, the most since its inception in 2003, according to PCG’s Cultural Affairs Department.
The expo is spread over several locations, with the main 6,600 square-meter space at Taisugar County Park transformed to resemble a giant supermarket. Further satellite venues are at Pingtung County Tobacco Factory and Pingtung Art Museum.
At a promotional press conference held Sept. 30, exhibition design team head Joe Fang said the supermarket concept was chosen to represent Pingtung’s status as one of Taiwan’s agricultural strongholds, giving rise to this year’s theme “Super South.”
According to Pingtung County Magistrate Pan Men-an, the theme perfectly embodies the aim of this year’s exhibition, emphasizing the importance of the cultural, agricultural and human needs of southern Taiwan. The event will help increase Pingtung’s international exposure, he added.
The annual Taiwan Design Expo has been staged in various locations across the island since its founding in 2003 to promote creative design ideas with a local twist.