• INTRODUCTION
  • MESSAGE FROM CURATORS
  • SUZHOU
  • SHANGHAI
  • SHENZHEN
  • HANGZHOU
  • WUHAN
  • acknowledgements
  • INTRODUCTION
  • MESSAGE FROM CURATORS
  • SUZHOU
  • SHANGHAI
  • SHENZHEN
  • HANGZHOU
  • WUHAN
  • acknowledgements
MESSAGE FROM CHIEF CURATOR
Mr. Freeman Lau Siu Hong
Secretary General of Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations

Hong Kong and the Mainland began their communications and collaborations for over 4 decades since China’s “reform and opening-up” policy in 1978. Thanks to the eager impetus from Hong Kong designers and the academia in the Mainland as well in organizing and curating hundreds of inspirating and visionary exhibitions and academic exchanges over the years. It was in 1979 that two major ice-breaking journeys took place in the north and the south - the first was the “Hong Kong Designer and Educator” group led by Wong Wucius, including members Kan Tai-Keung, Lam Hin-Tong, Leung Kui-Ting, Hon Bing-Wah, Tiu Chi-Wah and Wong Hoi-To. During the exchanges, Yin Ding-bang from The Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts has initiated a 3-day in-depth lecture that fully explored the potential of future collaborations. A group consisted of 16 designers led by the Dean of the First Institute of Art and Design Lui Lap-Fun also organized  a small exhibition at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts; in which around 300 design creations from Hong Kong such as posters and packaging were displayed. The delegation members included Choi Kai Yan, Kwok Mang Ho, Lam Shun and his wife, Lui Bo-Man and Ku Chiu-Ping etc. The two exchanges had firmly laid created a strong bonding between the design industries in Hong Kong and the Mainland.

Interactions between the two regions heightened after the early efforts, especially with the hardwork by Hong Kong Designers Association between early 1980’s and late 1990’s. A lot of academic and cultural exchange activities have already taken place before the return of Hong Kong to China in 1997; and more so after the reunification. In fact, with opportunities to work closer together, there created a deeper understanding for professionals and entrepreneurs of the two regions. The rapid economic growth in the Mainland has also provided Hong Kong designers and enterprises to have the chance to open up their markets and expand their businesses; demand for Hong Kong’s design services has also skyrocketed. Despite the abundance of design talents in the Mainland, many domestic enterprises have noticed that Hong Kong designer’s competitive advantages such as international perspective, quality management and execution, therefore they have chosen to collaborate with Hong Kong designers. A number of Hong Kong design companies have also chosen to set up offices in different cities in the Mainland, a lot in Shenzhen, so as to be able to support the work of their business partners and clients in the Mainland; the industries in the Mainland and Hong Kong have come even closer together.  

This year is the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China and Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region sponsors The Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations (FHKDA) to host an exhibition series to showcase design achievements in Hong Kong over the years. The exposition touring around five major cities in the Mainland showcases success stories that are both retrospective and forward-looking.  

The curatorial panel of FHKDA has judiciously selected 43 projects that represented different forms of collaborations, reflecting innovation, integration and interpretation, to highlight the concerted efforts of creative and industrial sectors of the Hong Kong community and those in the Mainland provinces and municipalities. The exhibitions aim not only to attract the related stakeholders in the industries, but also to let the public understand how concerted efforts have created added values to the development of the design industry for the Mainland and Hong Kong over the years and in the future.  Looking ahead, it is hoped that a more in-depth understanding and collaboration can be forged; so that in togetherness, we can all contribute towards our own country’s future. 

MESSAGE FROM CURATOR
Ms. Elaine Chow
Member of Chartered Society of Designers (HK)

Industrial Design Now and Then

In a highly developed economy such as Hong Kong, traditionally manufacture-based industrial and product designs (IPD) may easily be dismissed as a sector. Difficult as it seems, traces of IPD are everywhere. One may wonder or lose track of the list, as IPD today are no longer limited to just a straight-forward "Red A" bucket or red-white-blue bag anymore. Hong Kong design has evolved and transformed itself from OEM/ODM to integrated design for experience, business and society at strategic level. The critical watershed sees IDEO’s major breakthrough against conventional scope of IPD services in early 2000.

Successful cases like OOObject, Posh, Team Green and Techtronics are shown here to demonstrate how collaboration between two cities, especially partners in the Mainland, can grow businesses and foster new developments; such stories attempt to feature and reinterpret Hong Kong’s IPD stories towards innovation, where mature product-service-system goes beyond to strategic applications.

Mr. Ron Leung
Chairman of Hong Kong Designers Association

On the vast expanse of land in China, each region’s culture not only shares the common Chinese qualities but also emanates comparable yet somewhat distinctive traits that were developed based on the respective geo-cultures. When these cultures interact and mingle with one another, fusion and conflict can occur, culminating in something that is effervescent and fascinating. 

“Design” is the most symbolic vehicle embodying humanity and culture, so when designs from different geo-cultures collaborate and come together, what impact and creativity can be anticipated?

“20…..43 Business of Hong Kong Design” has collected 43 case studies by Hong Kong designers in collaboration with various Chinese cities over a period of 2 decades since Hong Kong’s return to China in 1997 in order to conduct a close up profile of these designs. Let us take a look at the diverse categories of designs and the unique outcome that was created through the fusion of similar yet somewhat different cultures.

 

Ms. Janet Cheung
Vice-Chairman of Hong Kong Fashion Designers Association

The fashion exhibits showcase the works & efforts of Hong Kong fashion design professionals whose work have made a certain impact in Mainland China due to the longstanding & consistent design development & manufacturing process conducted by; or in collaboration with; the Chinese suppliers. These are the vibrant and dynamic examples of the influence that the Hong Kong Designers has made to the Chinese fashion scene in the last few decades.

In the 1960s, garment manufacturing was a pillar industry in Hong Kong and for over fifty years, a group of Hong Kong fashion designers had the opportunity of a “head start” with international perspectives and boundless creativity. As such, way before the new millennium, many experienced Hong Kong fashion designers headed North with their wealth of expertise. Whilst establishing their own brands and achieved their fame and success, they have also played an important role in China’s fashion development history. Through long periods of collaboration with Chinese factories, Hong Kong’s fashion designers demonstrated its usage of latest technologies and boundless creativity; broadening their China counterparts’ international vision & perspectives.

This exhibition allows the viewer to realize the examples of these success stories more closely. Various methodologies and materials have been used to express this presentation.

I wish to thank the CreateHK for funding this exhibition, as well as the individual designers for lending their creations for display. Special thanks to the Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations for organizing the “20…..43 Business of Hong Kong Design” Exhibition.

Mr. Keith Chan
Professional Member of Hong Kong Interior Design Association

As a designer who was born and raised in Hong Kong in the 1980’s, I was educated and influenced by many top Hong Kong designers when I was shaping myself to be a designer. Hong Kong designer were leading the design industry in the Chinese community for decades. I am glad that in the recent years, a lot of Chinese designer from all areas including China, Taiwan and other Asian Pacific countries are uprising to the world-class level. Many of them are spotted in the international design stages.

In the new generation, we are focusing on spreading the traditional Chinese culture to the world by merging culture and design, in order to present the tradition in a contemporary way. In the cased we chose for the exhibition, it is not difficult to find such design philosophy from the Hong Kong designers. Hong Kong, as an inter-cultural place, I am sure our designers will keep up this unique design philosophy in the future.