• INTRODUCTION
  • MESSAGE FROM CURATORS
  • SUZHOU
  • SHANGHAI
  • SHENZHEN
  • HANGZHOU
  • WUHAN
  • acknowledgements
  • INTRODUCTION
  • MESSAGE FROM CURATORS
  • SUZHOU
  • SHANGHAI
  • SHENZHEN
  • HANGZHOU
  • WUHAN
  • acknowledgements

「20.....43 BUSINESS OF HONG KONG DESIGN」- WUHAN
2 November - 2 December 2017

Opening Hours:
10am - 10pm

Venue:
1/F K11 Art Mall , Guanggu New World 355 Guanshan Road, Donghu New Technology Development Zone, Wuchang District, Wuhan

Opening:
2 November

QING
#connection #collaboration #new model
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongHong Kong Federation of Design Associations
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandPROFILIA of West Germany (Far East) Ltd.
List of designer(s)Tony Lau | Wyan Yeung | Jin Xiao Sheng | Comer xu

QING (請) is a series of folding stools designed by invited designers from Hong Kong and different cities on the mainland. A project initiated by The Hong Kong Federation of Design Associations (FHKDA), under its brand NEXT by D-Twincities; it aims to foster exchange and cross-sectoral collaborations. The QING series is always presented in even numbers to symbolize the beginning of a conversation between two parties.

The name of the series - QING was created in accordance to Chinese etiquette of receiving guests. On the guests’ arrival, the host will first offer each guest a seat - “請坐”, then serve up tea before starting any conversation. The series of folding stools entitled QING (請) as seats (座) also connotes the gesture and intention of FHKDA to invite collaborations from different disciplines and sectors in different cities on the mainland and in places we visit around the region.

INNOVATION
PRO-BALANCE KITCHEN KNIVES AND TOOLS
#NEW MODEL #NEW TECHNOLOGY #SHIFT AND CHANGES
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongGOLDEN SUN HOME PRODUCTS LIMITED
List of designer(s)JIMMY NGOK-WING KWOK

Pro-Balance of Hong Kong makes Red Dot Design Award-winning weighted kitchen knives for discerning chefs and other people who cut a lot. The showcase demonstrates how the application of design thinking and user-centered approach can help to generate innovative ideas, products and/or processes. Design-led company like Golden Sun Home Products Limited, through its inventions, have shown to other enterprises that design has evolved beyond making objects. The award-winning products, like Pro-balance knives, have shown the market that making design and business work more closely together is crucial, and that design thinking is at the core of effective strategy development and organizational change. The engagement of design thinking in the business development process also reflects the importance of innovation collaboration with design and business going hand-in-hand as part of a corporate strategy.

Pro-Balance Chef’s Knife features stainless steel construction and designed with a fine cutting edge & ergonomic handle. Their line of stainless steel knives features a hollow handle design and an array of removable weights so users can customize the feel and function of their tools to suit individual preferences. The quality knife offers exclusive function – weight distribution and optimal balance. User can use for a wide range of daily tasks: chopping slicing, dicing and mincing meats or vegetables.

NEXT BY D TWINCITIES
#COLLABORATION #NEW MODEL #SHIFT AND CHANGES
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongHONG KONG FEDERATION OF DESIGN ASSOCIATIONS
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandSHENZHEN CITY OF DESIGN PROMOTION ASSOCIATION
List of designer(s)FLIP-FLAP X ESMOOTH / PLOTCREATIVE X XINLILAI DECORATION CO. LTD / ERAVOLUTION X RIGHT HOME FURNITURE / LING WONG X / START CREATE ORIGINAL / HARRISON WONG X KALTENDIN / MODEMENT X SEASON WIND / NOWHERE® DESIGN LIMITED X AMISSVIE / EDMOND WONG / X JUXI MALL / PATRICK TIN X PRIVATE LIVING / RON LEUNG X COMIX / LITTLE IMPORTANCE DESIGN CO. X SHENZHEN CITY ZHUOTING CULTURE & MEDIA CO., LTD / MR. HAMMERS X CBON / GIORMANI X 1983ASIA / GIORMANI X WOOMOO / A-FONTANE COMPANY LIMITED X MICARTSY / BEEBI PEACE X ALEX LEE / BEEBI PEACE X TOP-DESIGN / TEAMGREEN X YE JIANHUI / ALANYIP X CABBLED / GENIC EYEWEAR X WENJIN YAO / HOUSE OF AVENUES X WINNIE FONG / AMENPAPA LIMITED X FUNG LIN GARMENT (SHENZHEN) LIMITED / PROFILIA X深圳黑龍室內設計有限公司 / ATELIER J-AR X 3D MAKING LIMITED / DO INTERACTIVE X POWER WOOD / LOOM LOOP X WITH SONG / CHOCOLATE RAIN X LOOBOT / KINOX X匠意工業設計公司 / WHAT L'S X XIANJIAN GARMENT FACTORY / SOVOS X顏隆萬 / EDMOND WONG X PROFILIA / WHAT L'S X TML PORJECT / FAVEBYKENNYLI X TML PROJECT

‘NEXT BY D TWINCITIES’ is a brand that celebrates co-created efforts of Hong Kong and Shenzhen designers and enterprises, and demonstrates the successful collaborations between the two cities in design and business-matching. The first batch of co-creations under the brand not only can reflect how collaboration between Hong Kong and counterparts on the mainland can work together, it also represents a new model of business collaboration that leverages on resources of two cities; creating examples for potential partners to know of how cross-boundary and cross-sector collaboration can be achieved through strengthened understanding and exchange of knowledge. The brand aims to reflect the uniqueness of shared culture, lifestyle, preference and values. By leveraging on the geographic proximity and the resources of the two cities, the products created by the counterparts are also able to better the living of the people through design.

During The 2nd HK-SZ Design Biennale, over 30 groups of designers and brands from Hong Kong and Shenzhen were invited to work together in design and production. More than 100 products have been produced and officially released at the grand opening of the Design Biennale on 17th September 2016, as well as exhibited and sold at different outlets.

In 2017, ‘NEXT BY D TWINCITIES’ continue to collaborate with different partners, including ‘My Good Goods Creative Store’ by Macau Design Center, ‘object a’ online platform and live house & restaurant ‘1563 at the East’ etc.. The 3rd pop-up store has been opened at D2 Place Two, The Barn.

JIGZLE
#NEW MODEL #NEW TECHNOLOGY #SHIFT AND CHANGES
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongTEAM GREEN
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandSTARLITE HOLDINGS LIMITED
List of designer(s)KAT TONG, KE CUILING, HE JIANZHU

Team Green Jigzle Puzzle, as one of many possibilities, showcases how design strategy creates value for Starlite Holdings Limited (SHL), the parent company of brand Team Green. As one of the best-known printing companies in Hong Kong, SHL has established itself as an original brand manufacturer (OBM). The creation of the new product series demonstrates the collaboration between design strategist in Hong Kong and design talents in the mainland. Such collaboration is powerful and can contribute to a much greener world to shift and change how products engage the users to participate in the process of making.

The Wooden Jigzle Puzzle is a collection made from environmental friendly materials. Apart from that the products in the range is environmentally appropriate, it incorporates fine design and it is a craft that helps exercising builder’s brain and healing their soul.

MILWAUKEE FUEL AND FORCE LOGIC SERIES
#USER EXPERIENCE #MARKET EXPANSION #CROSS-REFERENCING
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongTECHTRONIC INDUSTRIES (“TTI”)
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandMILWAUKEE TOOL

The development of Milwakee power tools has demonstrated that collaborative innovation stems from the opportunity of creating new ideas, products, or services which can lead to the creation of new markets and new employment; an essential step for the renewal of any economic infrastructure. By engaging the use of user-centered approach and new technology, the set of tools in this showcase have not just created values for the brand in its existing market, but also help to show how design can create values in products and become more user-friendly.

Techtronic Industries (“TTI”) Industrial Power Equipment business unit, Milwaukee Tool, is an industry leading manufacturer and marketer of heavy-duty, portable electric power tools, accessories and Hand Tools. MILWAUKEE® leverages technology and disruptive innovation, delivering trade-based solutions to skilled tradesmen globally.

Techtronic Design in Hong Kong collaborates with Milwaukee Tool’s R&D and Product Development centre in North America and Dongguan, China. The results of this interactive collaboration is leading high-speed product development enabling the R&D, Design, and product development areas rapid response to market needs and emerging opportunities, providing a vigorous competitive advantage.

The robust collaboration is focused on three fundamentals: building complete product families around technology platforms, entering new businesses with product innovations, and providing accessories to support these product families. It also ensures that the design and engineering units in China benefit from staying abreast of worldwide consumer feedback and deliver important insights for future design opportunities.

YIDAN PRIZE
#CONNECTION #COLLABORATION #SHIFT AND CHANGES
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongDR. KAN TAI-KEUNG
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandYIDAN PRIZE
List of designer(s)DR. KAN TAI-KEUNG

By connecting the exceptional interpretation of design master Dr Kan Tai Keung from Hong Kong and the vision of the Yidan Prize Foundation, the showcase highlights an impactful visual identity can only be created through close collaboration with the engagement of Hong Kong creative talent and visionary client, by applying traditional Chinese painting skills to an outstanding (brand) name that is resounding and distinctive.

The icon is designed by internationally renowned designer Dr Kan Tai Keung. The overall concept is formed by two Chinese characters: “一” and “丹”. “一” is created with the traditional ink wash painting technique, generating an Oriental aura.

The geometric lines that go through this simple character form a door that leads to unlimited space. The red dot inside the door resembles a blooming lotus, which represents a loyal heart. It stands for the vision and big heart of an educationist’s commitment to building a better world through education.

Branding - Carpenter Tan
#connection #collaboration #shift and changes
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongTommy Li Design Workshop Limited
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandCarpenter Tan
List of designer(s)Tommy Li

The revived image of Carpenter Tan reflected the importance of timeless creation by engaging Hong Kong design master’s knowledge and expertise with years of extensive exposure and international perspective. The collaboration between the creative talent from Hong Kong and a visionary client on the Mainland constitutes to the revitalization of not just a name or brand, but traditional values that can be appreciated by the young generations. The showcase reviews that by working through understanding local traditions and injection of modern interpretation that a brand’s value can be recreated and enhanced; leading to sustainable business growth that lives beyond time.

Great courage and vision are essential for a time-honored brand to modernize its logo to keep pace with the market trend. The bravery and far-sighted she has, which defines Carpenter Tam as the ideal customer Tommy eager to work with for years. To achieve a new refreshing brand image, it’s not only contributed by the great effort of the design team, but also with the client’s foresight and determination.

INTEGRATION
UNIFORM DESIGN PROJECTS BY JANET CHEUNG
#STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT #INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH #INTEGRATED COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongCOBRA CREATION COMPANY / FASHION & UNIFORM DESIGN SERVICES
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandSHANGHAI QINGHE CLOTHING CO.,LTD. / GUANGZHOU BAIJIAYANG DRESS CO.LTD. ETC.ETC.
List of designer(s)JANET CHEUNG

Luxurious Hotels in itself is a reflection of economic, cultural character and energy of a city. Hotel staffs’ uniform design is like a hotel’s own business card, which conveys and express the IMAGE of the hotel, as well as reflects the professional ethics and entrepreneurial spirit and uniqueness of the services provided. Therefore hotel uniforms should not be the slightest sloppy, from the senior managements, down to the cleaning staffs.

Through the collaboration of the renowned Hong Kong Fashion & Uniform designer Janet Cheung and the top uniform production suppliers in both Shanghai & Guangzhou. The designed uniforms are almost all tailor-made for each hotel employee. The uniform styles are dignified, elegant, yet contemporary with clean lines & well cut shapes. The dynamic yet functional uniforms, provide professional services as well as create an ambience of confidence and cordial attitude to the hotel guests.

Contemporary and stylish yet practical clothes of clean, strong lines with much emphasis placed on finesse of cut and proportion, together with attention to details are fundamental qualities consistently found in Janet Cheung’s design collections. Her uniform design projects consistently show the stylishness and the unique culture of each of her clientele.

KAVON
#STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT #INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH #INTEGRATED COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongKL&K DESIGN / GOBELINS COMPANY LTD.
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandKAVON
List of designer(s)FREEMAN LAU / KEVIN YEUNG

The story of Kavon brand building reflects true cross sector collaboration. The creation of Kavon visual identity and the design of new fabrics and designs tells us how the reinvention of the traditional model of partnership between fashion designer, brand designer and the enterprise can create a shift in distribution, a shift in impression, and a shift in how the products can be sold and how new markets can be created. A simple branding exercise, of finely tuned orchestration of design and business activities, that suggests how professionals in the design industry and enterprises in Hong Kong and on the mainland can partner up to create a new business model for sustainable development and growth.

A famous lady fashion brand in China. Freeman used orchid to signify the exquisiteness and intelligence of female image, invited Yabu Pushelberg, an internationally renowned interior design firm, to bring forward the brand image into the flagship store as a holistic approach. Apart from having more than 200 shops in the mainland, the brand has achieved profound recognition and impact on high-class lady fashion market.

OOOBJECT
#KNOWLEDGE #INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH #INTEGRATED COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongGreen & Associates (HK) Ltd.
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandPACIFIC COFFEE COMPANY / WORLD WIDE FUND / EXCEPTION DE MIX MIND

OOObject showcases how innovative ideas and business collaboration can work together to create a more sustainable future. The partnership between OOObject and its clients show people how the knowledge can be developed through integrated approach and application of new materials. The possibility of such collaboration is endless and can contribute to a much greener world for the betterment of our next generation through the use of design and business partnerships.

Recycling is one of our OOObject’s important concepts. It does also represent our question towards recycling.

After industrialization revolution, we enter the world of automation. Goods are produced, consumed & disposed quickly and easily. No one realizes the underlying crisis, until catastrophes, spread of virus, pollutions, extinction of animals & plants comes after us.... and what should we do? What is the ultimate solution in today’s polluted society? How to achieve a green community and sustainable world?

After 7 years of researches & studies, green & associates has finally launched OOObject in 2009, in which the concepts of recycle, reuse & regenerate is applied. With new developed technology & systemic food recycling process, the whole production progress is enhanced to green without harm.

We aim to deliver the green message to everyone, especially our next generation. If not, it’s too late before the end of the days.

MATADOR COUTURE
#strategic management #interdisciplinary approach #integrated collaboration environment
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongArthur Lam
List of designer(s)Arthur Lam

The collaboration highlights that the key issue of revitalizing local industry requires design knowledge, and it is by working through understanding local traditions and cultures that designers can further excel in their creativity and contribute to solving real challenges in today’s economy.

Simple and elegant party and evening dresses especially designed for the fashionable individual.

Monster Hunt
#strategic management #interdisciplinary approach #integrated collaboration environment
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongEdko Films Limited
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandDream Sky Pictures Co., Ltd. / Shenzhen Tencent Video Culture Communication Ltd. / Heyi Pictures Co., Limited / Beijing Union Pictures Co., Ltd. / Zhejiang Star River Artiste Management Company Limited / San-Le Films Limited / Zhejiang Films & TV (Group) Co., Ltd. / Edko (Beijing) Films Limited.
List of designer(s)Raman Hui

The implementation of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) in 2003 has broadened the horizon for Hong Kong film development. Since then, Hong Kong filmmakers have since acquired rich experience in collaborating with the Mainland in joint productions. Monster Hunt is a manifestation of close collaboration between Hong Kong creative talents and experts on the Mainland. By working together, Hong Kong film industry was able to recover quickly from the downturn caused by piracy and fierce competition from overseas through the emergence of the Chinese mainland as a main export market of Hong Kong movies. With film industries of the two places engaging in closer integration at different levels and Hong Kong filmmaking retaining a brand status on some which are from the Chinese mainland, it is clear that the Chinese mainland has become more of a partner for Hong Kong in the provision of film investment and access to its fast-expanding market.

Monster Hunt is a 2015 Chinese-Hong Kong 3D fantasy action comedy adventure film directed by Raman Hui and starring Bai Baihe and Jing Boran. The film was released in China on 16 July 2015 in 3D and in countries including Malaysia, Singapore and Korea. Upon release, it became a huge commercial success, breaking numerous box office records, including as the highest-grossing film in China, before The Mermaid took the crown in 2016. The film was a major international collaboration involving Hong Kong born Raman Hui, producer and visual effects supervisor from Hollywood, and Base FX in Beijing.

LEBAAG VOYAGE
#strategic management #interdisciplinary approach #integrated collaboration environment
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongMindesign Creations Limited
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandSalt
List of designer(s)Richard Li

The showcase demonstrates how a close collaboration with partners on the Mainland has led to the creation of a well recognized nation-wide brand, and how the acute design skills and knowledge of a Hong Kong designer can expand beyond just fashion into other related products through his strong connection with his brand partner.

As a frequent traveler, Richard Li understands the importance of "Travel Light/Travel Right". He brings this concept into his design and launched the brand "Le Baag Voyage". His latest projects embrace an innovative twist to the normal --- such as convertible jackets/bags, "water-proof" travelling bags & handbags, and 3-IN-1 neck pillow, etc. which are in support of Trendy Travelling Lifestyle, as well as a more sustainable earth.

INTERPRETATION
FASHION + PAPER, SCISSORS AND ROCK
#RECONSTRUCTION #CULTURAL EXCHANGE #CROSS-REFERENCING
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongHONG KONG FASHION DESIGNERS ASSOCIATION (HKFDA)
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandLAI YUI-KWONG / LUK SHU-CHOI / LUK KEUNG-CHOI / CHOW YIN-WEN / KENNETH MO / JOSEPH TSO
List of designer(s)KOYO WILLIAM / MEIYI CHEUNG / KENNY LI / LO SING CHIN

The "Fashion + Paper, Scissors and Rock" showcase reflects the importance of exploring craft-design collaboration, and how the synergy between fashion designers and artisan groups can stimulate the development and preservation of a local craft in a sustainable and commercially viable way. The collaboration highlights that the key issue of revitalizing local industry requires design knowledge, and it is by working through understanding local traditions and cultures that designers can further excel in their capabilities and contribute to solving real challenges in today’s economy. Acting as catalysts of change, designers have the ability to help local craft industries create new innovative business scenarios.

The pieces displayed here showcases the work of four young fashion designers and artists who were invited to take part in cross-disciplinary collaboration with six groups of traditional craftsmen, creating works of fashion which showcase the culture of Hong Kong.

Koyo William Cheung collaborated with gilding master Lai Yui-kwong and created his work "Finding Balance in Life” to express the traditional Chinese philosophy of yin and yang and tai chi.

Inspired by copperware making masters Luk Shu-choi and Luk Keung-choi, as well as Cantonese opera headgear making teacher Chow Yin-wen, Meiyi Cheung created her work "Lost in Possession" without technology.

Kenny Li provided a new interpretation of Guanyin's costumes and created "The Six Hues of Guanyin" with paper-crafting master Kenneth Mo.

Singchin Lo created his work "Pass and Present" with Guangcai porcelain painting factory owner Joseph Tso by applying Guangcai patterns to fashion design and household items.

HKG 20A
#INTERDISCIPLINARY APPROACH #INTEGRATED COLLABORATION ENVIRONMENT #SHARING ECONOMY AND KNOWLEDGE
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongFREEMAN LAU
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandODM-DESIGN
List of designer(s)劉小康 / 馮之敬 / 周寶盈 / 高少康 / 張可之 / 蛙王 郭孟浩 / 張靜嫻 / 靳埭強 / 江泉記

A collaborative effort between a Hong Kong design master and an electronics company in Shenzhen, the HKG 20A watch and speaker series is a commemorative showcase that celebrates 20 years since the return of sovereignty over Hong Kong to the People’s Republic of China (PRC), where we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the establishment of HKSAR.

The watch design is based on their basic model, the time-dial shows years from 1997, 2007, 2017, up to 2047 with exactly 24 digits to replace the original 12-hour clock, and the current 20th Anniversary – 20A is marked in the middle. Emphasizing “One Country” and “Two Systems” in the foreground around the outer ring, it is a constant reminder while carrying the watch on our wrist of the 50 years of promised unchanged period in Hong Kong under “One Country, Two Systems”. We should also cherish and make good use of our time to prepare for the better future. The commemorative watch series is hence named - “A Time To Own”.

The Wireless Panel Speaker – Music.Pc series is a collaboration with odm, curated by “NoArtNoFun”, a brand founded by Freeman Lau and his friends with the wish of bringing art to daily lives and letting people share the fun of creating. A total of 10 graphic designs from 9 artists are chosen to be applied on the specially developed flat surface speaker component by odm, achieving both visual and audio enjoyment.

SINO-OCEAN TAIKOO LI CHENGDU
#USER EXPERIENCE #REVITALIZATION/RECONSTRUCTION #CROSS-REFERENCING
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongTHE OVAL PARTNERSHIP ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS, URBANISTS AND DESIGNERS
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandCHENGDU QIANHAO PROPERTY CO. LTD, JOINT VENTURE OF SWIRE PROPERTIES LTD & SINO-OCEAN LAND HOLDINGS LTD.
List of designer(s)CHRIS LAW / LIN HAO / HENRIQUE ALMEIDA / RONGHAO LI / RAY WONG / PEAKER CHU

The showcase exemplifies how architectural/spatial designers help to conceive and execute projects that can contribute to creating sustainable urban and rural development by capturing local flavors yet cross-referencing experiences and knowledge acquired in other cities. The collaboration between The Oval Partnership Architectural designers, Urbanists and Designers and Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu has demonstrated how long term growth in social and economic capital can be achieved through active revitalization and urban renewal.

The project is internationally unique and one of the very few projects in China to combine the regeneration of the city centre urban fabric with large and generous public open spaces and uses for all, revitalising a major historical and cultural neighbourhood into a modern vibrant hub as part of the metropolitan CBD.

It revitalises a historic heart of the city with innovative architectural design and commercial planning well integrated to meet today’s mainland China consumer’s aspirations with flexibility to adapt for future changes The architectural style adopted is a creative modern approach embracing local spirit and reflecting the details and language of the traditional Sichuan style without using miscontrued replicas.

Fangsuo Commune
#user experience #cultural exchange #cross-referencing
Project Organizer / Company in Hong Kong84000 Communications Limited
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandFangsuo Commune
List of designer(s)AnotherMountain Man

The designer’s expertise in creating experience and brand images in collaboration with the client’s vision has contributed to the success of the creation of Fangsuo; a truly new cultural experience for the users that embraces the beauty of the cultures of the two cities and the knowledge of the two sides of design and business of the counterparts.

Fangsuo commune is neither merely a bookstore nor a residential hall rather, it is an attitude, an opinion a bold attempt that utilizes the function of aesthetics in real life.

a place originated in china;

a platform where people embrace culture and esthetics;

a shelter where intellectuality and emotionality.

Fangsuo, a community where we learn together.

One Shenzhen Bay
#revitalization #cultural exchange #cross-referencing
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongSteve Leung Designers Ltd.
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandOne Shenzhen Bay
List of designer(s)Steve Leung

One Shenzhen Bay showcases how cross-referencing of experience and values can contribute to the creation of an enhanced lifestyle and residential experience that can be shared by people of two cities that are in close geographic proximity. The expertise of Steve Leung has worked magic on the wonderful location; the collaboration between the Hong Kong master and the developer has successfully created an outstanding example of how living standard can be raised to a new level by leveraging on the design and business sides. Collaborative effort, as demonstrated by this project, has proven to be the foundation of business success, growth, and a development of a sustainable future for Hong Kong and those cities on the mainland.

With the superior location and the stunning view, One Shenzhen Bay is the symbol of wealth and success, attracting the sophisticated upper class buyers and investors. With a contemporary approach, delicate layout and a palette of brown, the designers fully utilize the perfect location of the project to transform this 700 sq m unit into a subtle yet elegant living space.

Wulu / Bo Bo / Yu Yi
#market expansion #cultural exchange #cross-referencing
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandBeijing China World Mall / Beijing SKP / Beijing Yintai Centre / Chengdu IFS / Chongqing IFS / Hangzhou Tower / Qingdao Hisense Place / Shanghai Grand Gateway / Shanghai iapm Shopping Mall / Shanghai ifc Mall / Tianjin Hisense Plaza / Xian Shanxi Zhongda International Shopping Plaza
List of designer(s)Dennis Chan

Created in 2004 by Dennis Chan, Qeelin is an international fine jewellery brand which takes inspiration and emotional resonance from Chinese symbolism. The brand creates exquisite jewellery intended for daily wear that is meaningful, contemporary, and universal.

Named after the Qilin, an auspicious Chinese mythical animal and icon of love, Qeelin fuses unbridled creativity with excellence in craftsmanship. It brings a touch of playful-ness and surprise into the world of fine jewellery.

The brand's iconic Wulu collection revisits the legendary Chinese gourd, an auspicious emblem in Chinese tradition.

Qeelin is part of the global Luxury group Kering, which develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewellery and watches, as well as sport & lifestyle brands.

Wulu

Qeelin’s signature Wulu collection is a perfect example of jewellery that is steeped in tradition while remaining perpetually fresh and fashionable. Wulu is inspired from the hulu fruit, which is shaped like a figure eight. Hulu has been revered in Chinese culture since ancient times as the fruit that gave birth to mankind, and it is believed by many to bring about good luck and ward off evil.

Bo Bo

Bo Bo originally was created to resemble a panda. The pendant featured white and black gold, adorned with black and white diamonds. “Bo Bo”, which means “precious” in Chinese, is also a symbol of peace. Eventually, versions of Bo Bo that look like the cuddly stuffed teddy bears so cherished in western culture were created.

Yu Yi

Yu Yi comes from ‘man si yu yi’ (万事如意), which translates as ‘may your dreams come true’. If you give someone a Yu Yi lock, you are giving that person a blessing. And a lock means so much more — to lock up love, promises, memories, health, friendship, and so on. This may be the most romantic Qeelin collection in a way.

Watsons Water Bottle (special editions)
#market expansion #cultural exchange #cross-referencing
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongKL&K Design
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandWatsons Water
List of designer(s)Freeman Lau

The fast-paced marketplace requires mutually beneficial partnerships to leverage creativity, experience and resources, by looking for partnerships and collaborating externally, companies are able to innovate much more quickly and even create solutions to problems that may not be prevalent issues yet. The showcase demonstrates how brands can closely work with designers to innovate, it also tells how creative talents of different disciplines can work together to bring out new ideas and in here, a refreshing and engaging image for a brand to expand its market to the Mainland and different areas.

Focused in the past on supplying distilled water to hospitals and offices, Watsons hoped to through creative concept to enhance their authoritative status amongst the water market in HK. Freeman, through creativity and design, positioned water drinking is part of the modern living. The positioning came along with the unique bottle design grounded the leadership of Watsons water as well as increased their market share of 20%.

Chair Fun
#strategic management #interdisciplinary approach #integrated collaboration environment
Project Organizer / Company in Hong KongKL&K Design
Client / Collaborating Partner(s) in the MainlandGiormani
List of designer(s)Freeman Lau

The “ChairFun” showcase reflects the importance of exploring craft-design collaboration, and how the synergy between designer and manufacturer can stimulate the development of new, innovative fun ideas; that can also embraces the preservation of a local craft in a sustainable and commercially viable way. Acting as catalysts of change, designers have the ability to help traditional brands/enterprises create new innovative business scenarios.

For over a decade of Chairplay evolution, I have been trying to address a variety of issues, ranging from gender to communication, from social cohesion to political tension, from traditional artistry to calligraphy, all of which tend to be serious in style. Since 2009 when I collaborated with a Hong Kong furniture brand, Giormani, in the production of Piggy & Pony, I have always been clinging to the theme of “home” and as a piece of children furniture, thus coming up with the colourful range of animals. Chairs are a must-have item at home. A fun chair will not only embellish the house, but also inspire infinite imagination. It can allow endless conversation and connect every member in a family.