And overhead view of Design Society China’s first design museum

Design Society

Shenzen, China

In the late 1970s, Shenzhen was a small town and the centerpiece of China’s economic liberalization. Today it’s one of the country’s wealthiest cities, and this sprawling, coastal arts center symbolizes its coming-of-age. Of note is the unique collaboration with the U.K.’s Victoria and Albert Museum that sees exhibitions on the power of design, including pieces from the V&A’s permanent collection, take center stage. —Suyin Haynes

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