Hong Kong is a dynamic, multi-cultural city known for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit. The passion of its people is only surpassed by their dedication, and it is this energy that the fourth Design Exchange Tour sought to bring forth with the ingenuity of their designers.
Hand-selected for their talent and vision, twelve emerging Hong Kong designers were invited by tour organizer Hong Kong Design Centre to share their aspirations for producing technology-driven designs with an international impact. The nine-day enrichment journey encouraged creative connections between California and Hong Kong, with a focus on the use of co-creation through design to tackle complex urban and social issues.
Through this dynamic exchange, the artful skill of these twelve designers was demonstrated through their ability to capture the synergy between technology and modern design. The way they are able to effectively weave the complex nuance of technology’s impact on all fibers of society into their creations make them twelve Hong Kong designers not to miss:
A Hong Kong native, Henry is a celebrated designer, programmer and new media artist. His independent studio, pill & pillow, has won more than 150 local and international awards – including Cannes Lions and a Webby.
A co-founder of FFIXXED STUDIOS, Fiona created a contemporary ready-to-wear label from a collaborative art project. By using a background in art and fashion, she was able to successfully establish her brand in several major international hubs including New York and Hong Kong.
A graduate of Stanford and USC, Clement is the founder and CEO of Arical, a start-up focusing on optimizing property development and architectural design. Through the use of artificial intelligence, he has devoted himself to improving the lives of others.
Born in Hong Kong, this alumna from The Chinese University of Hong Kong is the director of the Contact Design Group and the co-founder of the Contact Store. Using her passion for beauty, lifestyle and wellness, Mazing has collaborated with many well-established brands in cities such as Singapore, Italy, and Milan.
The co-founder of Creote Studio, Roy Lo is based in Hong Kong. Using augmented reality and virtual reality-based solutions, Roy is dedicated to weaving together design and technology to create new and intuitive applications to the benefit of all. His vision has won him several awards, including the internationally-recognized Qualcomm Vuforia Vision Award and the HKICT Award.
Known for her compelling lectures at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kat Luk is the general manager of eMotionLAB LTD., a holistic video solutions company. By creating motion to animate clients’ messages, Kat and her team are able to touch audiences with effective storytelling.
A Hong Kong-registered architect, Alan Cheung has over ten years of experience in New York, London and Hong Kong. As co-founder and managing director of One Bite Studio and One Bite Social, Alan advocates building places through social interconnection and is actively involved in various placemaking events in the ASEAN region.
Emily Tang is a DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award recipient and the co-founder of Studio Doozy, a healthcare and lifestyle product design studio. Emily uses her professional experience to create age-friendly products, such as the “Libue,” an award-winning toilet designed for Parkinson’s patients.
Nicholas Tsao is an architectural graduate from Cambridge University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong and winner of the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award. Currently an architectural assistant at Foster+Partners in Hong Kong, Nicholas interests include studying the spatial relationship between the body and public space.
Born in Hong Kong, Michael Leung’s talents have been recognized with the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award and Perspective Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Award. Michael has co-founded a studio in the Netherlands, where his works explore design in various disciplines, including 2D.
Born in Los Angeles and based in Hong Kong, Bodin Hon is a Chinese-American industrial designer whose work in design is internationally-recognized. As the co-founder of Yellowdot Design, Bodin’s work in product design has won him awards such as the prestigious International Compass d’oro and the James Dyson Award.
The founder of XLMS studio, Ian Hau is a Chinese-Australian architect and designer. With a focus on creating innovative environments for emerging, knowledge-based communities, Ian’s projects include the Dream Centre Shanghai and XiXi Hangzhou Wetland Park Masterplan.