Merci Magazine 2019 Issue 1
DESIGN PIER - Unearth Asia New York Edition
Unearth asia collectible design exhibition
Following the success of its Singapore edition, DESIGN PIER proudly partners with NYCxDESIGN to organize the second edition of Unearth Asia exhibition in New York during the Design Week.
In its latest exhibition DESIGN PIER proposes an exploration of design in Asia that plays a defining role in the richness and cultural diversity in contemporary design by rediscovering and imposing its own unique traits and origins. The exhibition presents collectible furniture and design objects curated from China, Hong Kong, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam - most of them arriving to New York for the first time.
In the selection high-end, luxury pieces flirt with eclectically bold and unexpected design objects, surprising us with their uniqueness and eccentricity.
AKIHIRO MORI | ALVIN T | AYA KAWABATA | HYFEN STUDIO | LILIANNA MANAHAN
Sasaki Architecture | TOUCHABLE BANGKOK |VU HOANG ANH
ABOUT DESIGN PIER
Design Pier is a bespoke professional design exhibition. Via its curated exhibitions, talks, events and partnership Design Pier presents leading-edge contemporary designers, brands and design related organisations with unique, high-end design pieces appealing to buyers, collectors, architects, journalists and a design and art-savvy public at large.
Besides bringing together the best of contemporary and international design talents, Design Pier’s team carefully selects the exhibited pieces around specific themes and offers a strong content with a synthetic overview on the different design trends.
DESIGN PIER at NYCXDESIGN
USAGI NY GALLERY
163 Plymouth, ST. Brooklyn
14-19 May, 2019
For more information or any enquiries, please contact
As every industry and business is undergoing significant transformation in the digital era, how can we leverage new technologies and design to increase the appeal of our products/services? Learn from world-renowned speakers at KODW 2019: Designing Digital Futures. Early-bird registration is now on: http://kodw.org/mm
Buying furniture can be a pain when there is inadequate space in your home. IKEA launched an AR app, which allows users to place 3D and true-to-scale products in their space based on room dimensions with a 98% accuracy. Now anyone can be their own interior designer of their home.
Read more: https://kodw.org/a1
Tommy Campbell (IKEA App Developer) will present his idea on the creative thinking in the Forum "Future Retail & Lifestyle", he will talk about how digital technologies can generate structural changes in the industry ecosystem and how to create opportunities under new consumption behaviour.
#KODW #FutureRetail #FutureLifestyle #IKEA #ARKit #VR #KODW2019 #DesignDigitalFutures
ABOUT KUKAN DESIGN AWARD 2019
WHAT IS KUKAN DESIGN AWARD
KUKAN Design Award is the only and the most significant spatial design award in Japan.
The role of design is changing issue imposed by an increasingly complex society and is expected to create various spatial values with entirely new approaches. Kukan Design Award aims to build the foundation for the whole design industry and inspire social circulation and valuable activities along with discoveries and creation. The purpose of Kukan Design Award is to express the power of spatial design introducing excellent design with high values from Japan to the world periodically.
Organizer: Japan Design Space Association
Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association
Sponsor: The Nikkei
Creating new values of spatial design and creating a creative society will lead to the enhancement of people's lives in culture and community.
By finding outstanding designs and excellent designers and introducing them to the world, we will expand new potentialities of spatial design.
We widely seek works that aim to create communication design in space from home and abroad.
We are looking for outstanding works from various professionals involved in spatial design such as designers, producers, creators, art directors, planners, architects, engineers, educators, researchers and others.
It is limited to works that are completed between May 1, 2018 - April 30, 2019, or projects are currently functioning.
AWARD CATEGORIES (11 CATEGORIES)
1.Exhibition, Promotional space
Exposition, Convention, Trade show, Event, Promotion campaign and others
2.Show window & visual design space
Show window, In-store display, Advertisement, Point of purchase advertisement, Signage, Graphic display and others
3.Entertainment & Creative/ Art space
Communication space with movie or lighting design, Interactive art, Installation, Monument, Object, Botanical display, Parade, Attraction, Stage direction and others
4. Shop space
Retail store, Apparel store, Specialty store, Show room, Deli/ Food store and others
5. Food space
Restaurant, Café, Bar, Japanese restaurant, Food court and others
6. Large retail shopping mall or Multiple retail space
Shopping center, Department store, Mall, Outlet store, Stores in station, Entertainment complex, Cinema complex and others
7. Service/ Hospitality space
Hotel, Inn, Resort environment, Wedding space, Ceremony hall, Spa/ Beauty salon, fitness club and others
8. Museum/ Cultural space
Museum, Science museum, Art museum, Archive center, Culture hall, Cultural exchange space, Theater, Concert hall and others
9. Public welfare/ Communication space
Sport training facility, Hospital, Clinic, School, Preschool, welfare facility, Factory, Storage, Religious facility, Station building, Airport facility, Library, Hall, Town hall and others
10. Office Space
Office, Workspace, Studio, Lobby, Entrance, Meeting room and others
11. Living Space
House, Housing complex, Public space of housing complex, Model room, Shared house, Service apartment
TYPES OF KUKAN DESIGN AWARDS
KUKAN OF THE YEAR
Works selected from the gold prize at the final jury (1 to 3 works)
11 works (Gold prize selected from each category)
11 works (Silver prize selected from each category)
11 works (Bronze prize selected from each category)
BEST 100 (Shortlist)
Works nominated for the third jury
Selected works (Longlist)
Works nominated for the second jury
Work reflecting trends and bringing innovation to our society through spatial design Work with new expression going ahead of times
Work with full of ideas and imaginations
Work considering social or local significance with balance environmentally such as universal design, considered sustainable design with social influence
Work apprehending country, regional history or culture Work expressing tangibleness and intangibleness effectively with cultural messages
Work with rich and aesthetic design with new approach of expression
Work with completely new innovative design idea
The committee will make a longlist based on the submitted works. The results will be announced to all of applicants by email. It will be announced on the website as well. (To be announced in late June)
The committee will select BEST 100 “Shortlist” based on the submitted works and make a shortlist of 10 works of each 11 category.
The results will be announced to the selected nominees of longlist by email and will be available to the public through the website as well. (To be announced in mid-July)
The nominee will prepare and submit presentation boards (2 panels in A2 size) for the upcoming third jury.
It will be an open jury. 3 works will be selected for gold, silver, and bronze prizes for the 11 categories. The results will be announced to all BEST 100 “Shortlist” by email and will be available to the public through the website. (To be announced in late August)
Winners (1-3) selected from the 11 gold prizes will be awarded as KUKAN OF THE YEAR.
It will be announced at the award ceremony scheduled in early November.
The announcement method is to be released later.
※Announcement method is announced at a later date
Open Jury Details
Date: Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
Time: To be announced later
Place: To be announced later
Live streaming: The URL is to be announced later
FOR MORE INFORMATION
PLEASE VISIT: https://compe.japandesign.ne.jp/kda/index_en.html
Contact - Inquiries about entry: email: email@example.com
OR visit Kukan Design Award office (Inside JDN office)
※Office hours Weekday 10:00 - 17:00(JST)
Asia Contemporary Art Show 2019
Presenting its 14th edition next Spring, the Asia Contemporary Art Show was founded by collector and gallery owner Mark Saunderson, along with business partners Douwe Cramer and Sarah Benecke.
The Show is held in Hong Kong during the two most important seasons for buying art, in the Spring during Hong Kong Arts Month and in the Autumn during the Fall art auction season. It is driven by three individuals who combined have over 60 years' experience in Hong Kong's media and events business, as well as the city's buzzing art scene.
An exceptional team of customer-oriented staff from Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Australia, the UK and Germany deliver a vibrant and diverse art experience for collectors and art buyers, in addition to providing great service and support for exhibitors from all around the world.
Asia Contemporary Art SHow
Conrad Hong Kong
WDR Announces World Design Rankings in Arts, Architecture and Design
WDR – World Design Rankings announced the updated design rankings of countries based on the number of design awards won at international juried design competitions and awards. United States ranked as number 1 among the 100 represented countries, followed by China, Japan, Italy, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Turkey, Taiwan, Portugal and Australia which took the top positions in 2018.
World Design Rankings
The WDR – World Design Rankings aims to provide additional data and insights to economists and journalists regarding the state-of-art in design industry. The ultimate aim of the world design rankings is to contribute to global design culture through advocating and highlighting good design. The rankings aim to provide a snapshot of the state-of-art and design potentials of countries worldwide by highlighting their creative strengths, design weaknesses and available opportunities. The “Design Business Insights” section provides a ranking of countries based on their success in diverse design fields and creative categories. Using the “Design Business Insights” section, media members and design lovers could discover leading countries for specific design sectors and get answers to their questions such as “Which country is best in industrial design”, “Which country is best in interior design?”, “Which country is the best in fashion design?” etc.
2018 Rankings Update
Three (3) New countries are included in the 2018 rankings: Botswana, Bahrain, Costa Rica. Top 10 did not change significantly this year, except for Hong Kong and Taiwan rising.
Design Business Insights
Furthermore, for each country, three additional tables for strengths, weaknesses and opportunities are listed. The table of “Design Strengths” displays dominant design fields, in which a country is highly competitive and successful; i.e. for example you could learn whether Italy is better in Fashion Design, Furniture Design or Graphic Design. The “Design Weaknesses” table display design fields that are below average in comparison to other countries. The “Design Opportunities” table display latent design categories that could be further explored by the country. Using this functionality press members and design enthusiasts could discover more about countries, and understand the importance of diverse design sectors for each country. These insights could also be used by policy makers to determine which specific design sectors or industries could need or receive government subsidies or subvention. To discover the complete list of countries included in the World Design Rankings, and to see in-depth design business insights for each country, interested parties could check the World Design Rankings at
Category Based Top Designers’ List
Parties who are more interested in the success of individual designers than countries should check the “Design Classifications” platform instead. The “Design Classification Platform” ranks designers, artists and architects in hundreds of creative fields and design categories including architecture, interior design, furniture design, fashion design, graphics design and packaging design among others. Using the “Design Classifications” platform, design enthusiasts could get answers to their questions such as “What is the best advertising design agency in the world?”, “Who is the worlds’ leading architect?”, “Who is the best Graphics designer in Japan” etc. The “Design Classifications” platform is therefore ideal for both press members to find excellent designers, artists and architects to feature, and is also a great source for businesses who are actively seeking the top talent in any given design field. Interested parties could discover “Design Classifications” and checkout category based designer rankings at
Parties who are interested only to discover top designers, artists and architects regardless of the design discipline could check the individual and overall rankings of all designers, artists and architects at the Designer Rankings website. The Designer Rankings website provides an overall score and ranking of all designers based on the number of design awards won globally, in more than hundred creative disciplines including product design, graphic design, architecture, interior design, fashion design and service design. One may call that this is the list of “Top Designers”. The Designer Rankings are accessible online at
In the past 16 years, BODW has established as a world-renowned design event in Asia, bringing numerous international design and business leaders to Hong Kong. Let’s have a look at some of the prestigious speakers at past BODWs.
Get your 30% off discount on tickets now with special promo code MD3R9WC for Merci Media readers!
Date: December 3-8
Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
#BODW #BODW2018 #ThinkCollaborateCreate #WorldDesignEvent #AsiaDesignEvent #HongKongDesignEvent #AsiaDesignForum #PaulPriestman #RoccoYim #CarloRatti #DonNorman
Every year, Dutch architect Ben van Berkel and his team at UN Studio receive a great many awards, such as the Red Dot Design Award, the iF Design Award and the Japanese Good Design Award. With experience in designing theatres in the Netherlands, Austria and Russia, they are currently taking the helm of the Lyric Theatre Complex project in our West Kowloon Cultural District. The world-class theatre, to be open in 2021, will be an inviting and vibrant space for performing art practitioners and the public alike with performance and rehearsal venues as well as restaurants, a roof garden and waterfront walkway for public use. They are also working with the Hardt Hyperloop in Europe and presented the concept design of “the station of the future”. Wonder what new elements we can find in the groundbreaking “station”? Then don’t miss the chance to meet Ben!
ABOUT MOD - MYRIAD OF DESIGN ALLIANCE
Myriad of Design Alliance (MOD) is an independent forum of events, summits, panel discussions, tours and various platforms for information exchange about creativity in the fields of interior design and architecture, product design & production, brand development, and planning. Connecting design associates from across the globe, members can enjoy quality content on interior design, architecture, design related information as well as the latest news and events from our foreign associates in Hong Kong and global.
MOD Alliance dedicated to bringing designers and architects together through an educational yet interactive program. Creativity and design are intricately linked to the connection and communication between clients and designers also from business to business. MOD aspires to bring the best results for everyone by providing the platform for open communication between our associates. MOD is a fully integrated event management located in Hong Kong and Japan, and soon to expand to global. A combination of strategic vision and a meticulous eye for detail is the key to success.
MOD endeavors to create collaboration opportunities between associates and organizations in Hong Kong, Japan, and international. To empower design professionals to hone their skills and creative development through our independent forum for creativity exchange
TIMOTHY OULTON X MOD
A FEAST FOR THE SENSES
Space is Limted!
Discover the Gough's on Gough, Timothy Oulton's first restaurant concept, followed by brunch at the gallery to explore the authentic materials and designs that inspired the restaurant's unique interior.
JCD AWARDS 2018 - ENTER YOUR PROJECTS!
Founded in 1963, the predecessor of the Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD) was once known as the Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers. The society was established under the increasing demand for improvement in commercial environmental designs prior to the Tokyo Olympics in 1964. Since then, the social and design atmosphere in Japan and around the world have changed drastically. JCD provides a professional platform to enable the exchange of ideas between commercial and environmental designers, and continues to contribute back to society through the promotion and enhancement of cultural values. JCD is an organisation that consists of interior designers, architects, spatial designers, lighting designers and graphic designers, etc., and serves as a platform for diverse individuals, both domestic and foreign, to interact and broaden their horizons on design perspectives.
In waves of change and influence, JCD has constantly produced campaigns that have continued to achieve its mission. JCD endeavours the international exchange of knowledge between members of the industry, for designers to question one’s own achievements in order to push one’s limits, to share their skills and expertise to the world, to receive high acclamation in return and to irrevocably contribute back to society.
CATEGORIES FOR PARTICIPATION & SUBMISSION
Communication design in the commercial environment includes projects in the following six (6) categories
Shops (Fashion, Specialty Stores, Delicatessens)・Showrooms・etc.
Food & Beverage Space
Public Commercial Space
Shopping Centers・Department Stores・Shopping Malls(Outlets)・Markets (Foods, FLowers, Miscellaneous Goods)・etc.
Service & Entertainment Space
Hotels(City, Resort)・Ceremony Halls(Memorial, Wedding, Funeral)・Beauty salons・Spas・Fitness Gyms・Amusement Centres・Cinemas・etc.
Culture & Communication Space
Museums・Libraries・Theatres・Forum Spaces・Concert Halls・Religious Spaces・Railway Stations・Airports・etc.
Public Living Space
Offices・Studios・Apartment Public Spaces・Health Centres・Medical Institutions・Educational Institutions・Warehouses・Factories・etc.
Entries should have been created between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018 and should currently be in operation.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS & ELIGIBILITY
Designers who held a position of responsibility for the work. Such individuals may also apply to be judges.
(Judge applicant cannot vote for his/her own work.)
Application Submission: April, 1, 2018
Submission Deadline: May 23, 2018
A maximum of five (5) Photographs
File format: JPG
Floor Plan (Drawing)
File format: JPG
Sizes and Resolution
Max:W 800 pixel x H 600 pixel OR W 450 pixel x H 600 pixel
144 DPI, 144 pixel/inch.
Up to 100 words in English (150 characters in Japanese)
Up to Max 400KB for each file | Purpose of work: Up to 20 words (Category)
※Design company name, or description is prohibited.
- Initial screening will be undertaken on the internet over a live FACEBOOK feed.
- The highest rated commercial environment designs of the year will be selected from entries to be BEST 100
- Results will be announced on JCD/MERCI (OVERSEAS - HK) website.
- If the applicant passes the primary screening, the applicant cannot submit the presentation panel before 2nd screening day, or failed to respond to the secretariat’s communication, or we cannot reach the applicant, the applicant’s submission will be automatically declined.
Works selected as JCD BEST 100 will be placed on presentation panels and judged at a live event on FACEBOOK.
1 x JCD GRAND AWARD (500,000 yen)
5 x JCD GOLD AWARD (100,000 yen)
10 x JCD SILVER AWARD
3 x JCD JURY'S AWARD
3 x JCD ROOKIE AWARD
3 x SPECIAL AWARD
[Results will be announced on JCD/ MERCI (Overseas- HK) website]
The second round of judging will also be live on USTREAM
2018 JUDGING PANEL
JURY MEMBERS FOR INITIAL SCREENING
Naoki Iijima, Tatsuo Iwasa, Katsuya Iwamoto, Keiko Uchiyama,
Toshihito Okura, Shinji Otsuka, Hideki Oda,Miki Orihara, Eriko Kasahara, Kumiko Kanome, Shigeru Kubota, Makoto Koizumi, Megumi Takahashi, Toru Tasai, Tomohisa Nagai, Katsuhiko Nagao, Yusuke Nakamura,
Shigeo Nakamura, Takeshi Hagiwara, Hiromu Hasegawa, Keiji Harada, Katsuya Fukada, Akihito Fumita, Junji Fuwa, Masami Morita,
Kenichi Yamazato, Tetsuya Watanabe
JURY MEMBERS FOR FINAL SELECTION
Hidehito Izuhara, Hiroshi Kashiwagi, Ryu Kosaka, Hitoshi Tanaka, Takeshi Nakasa , Yoichi Nishio, Ryue Nishizawa, Yukio Hashimoto
Fees for Submissions
Excluding commission on drafts sold.
The cost for TAX & copy output for the initial screening included
Payment: By Bank transfer only
※ All local and overseas Remittance charges should be paid by applicants
※ APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 23, 2017
PAYING BANK: MIZUHO BANK, LTD.
SWIFT CODE: MHCBJPJT
A/C WITH BRANCH: HONGO BRANCH
Payment recipient: Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association.
HOW TO APPLY - APPLICATION
THE FINAL JUDGING PROCESS
Will be open to the public on July 7, 2018 (Tokyo Design Center)
Fees: Entrance is Free
Address：5-25-19 Higashi-Gotanda Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Japan 1410022
USTREAM Live Distributor:
Co. Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association (JCD)
SUPPORTED BY (Japan):
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (applied)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(applied)
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) (applied)
Tokyo Design Center
co organizer(OVERSEAS - HONG KONG)
Merci Media/ MOD - MYRIAD OF DESIGN ALLIANCE
MOD - MYRIAD OF DESIGN ALLIANCE
FOR MORE INFORMATION AND DETAIL:
Co. Japan Commercial Environmental Design Association
" JCD international design award 2018 " Secretariat
5F Tokyo Design Center, 5-25-19 Higashi-Gotanda Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo Japan zip code.141-0022
ART CENTRAL 2018
Art Central, presented with Lead Partner United Overseas Bank (UOB), announces highlights from its exhibitor programme for its fourth edition, to be staged on Hong Kong’s Central Harbourfront from Tuesday, 27 March to Sunday, 1 April 2018 (VIP Preview / First Night on Monday, 26 March).
Art Central is recognised for presenting progressive art that challenges the boundaries of contemporary art, and the upcoming Fair will showcase young and dynamic artists alongside the highest quality work by established names. Building on the success of the third edition, the 2018 Fair will continue to foster discovery and discourse over an extended period of one week. This year, the fair will remain open until Sunday, 1 April, welcoming collectors to join a full weekend of art. Presented for the second year with Lead Partner, UOB, Art Central demonstrates a shared commitment to developing the local art scene in Hong Kong and encourages cultural inclusion of the wider community through outreach partnerships with local schools across the territory.
Art Central will return with 102 international galleries, with 30 new galleries joining the Fair for the first time. Maintaining the fair’s strong regional identity, over 75% hail from the Asia-Pacific and are set to showcase the best of Asian contemporary art practices.
Gallery highlights for the 2018 edition of Art Central
- Modern and contemporary art from South Korea comes to the fore with Gallery Hyundai’s (Seoul) presentation. The showcase will offer historical material from Dansaekhwa figures such as Chung Sang-Hwa and Kim Tschang-Yeul in addition to renowned contemporary forces including painter Minjung Kim and photographer Myoung Ho Lee.
- Acclaimed multimedia and installation artist Tony Oursler will be presented alongside the multi-disciplinary artist Not Vital (Galerie Forsblom, Helsinki, Stockholm), both artists have been recognised for shifting the audience experience of art in the 21st century.
- Important and canonical artist of Japanese movement Gutai will be on view at Whitestone Gallery (Hong Kong, Tokyo, Nagano, Taipei). The works of founding members Shozo Shimamoto, Atsuko Tanaka, and Sadamasa Motonaga will be shown. In addition, blue-chip Japanese contemporary artists Yayoi Kusama and Yoshitomo Nara will be presented.
- A seminal figure of post-war art, Yves Klein will be presented alongside Jesus Rafael Soto and Fernando Zobel (Galería Cayón, Madrid, Manila). The blue-chip artists have a strong secondary market and are increasingly sought after in Asia.
- Renowned Chinese artist Lv Shanchuan and Li Hongbo will be exhibited by Contemporary by Angela Li (Hong Kong). Li is known for his popular expendable paper sculptures and carved knife sculptures which embody tales inspired by the traditions of Chinese culture. Concurrently Lv comments on current affairs with his textured canvases built from newsheets and impastoed paint.
- Hiroshi Senju (Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong Kong, New York, Singapore) is internationally renowned for his monumental landscapes, created in the traditional nihonga style of painting, that uses pigments made from minerals, ground stone, shell and corals suspended in animal-hide glue. His works are in the permanent collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Asian Art Museum (USA); and widely across Japanese institutions. In parallel the rising Singaporean painter Jane Lee will be exhibited, ahead of her 2018 solo exhibition at the Hong Kong Arts Centre.
- The kinetic sculptures of Choe U-Ram will be the focus of Metaphysical Art Gallery’s (Taipei) booth. Informed by biology, mathematics, robotics and engineering, Choe’s mechanic sculptures were recently showcased in a major solo exhibition at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.
- Pharmaceutical sculptures by Damien Hirst (Paul Stolper, London) from his 2014 ‘Schizophrenogenesis’ series will be presented. A riff on the perception of concept of reality, medicine bottles, boxes, ampoules, syringes, scalpels and pills are fabricated in disorienting scale.
- Liu Bolin is most well-known for his chameleon like self-portraits in which his painted figure disappears into the environment. Danysz Gallery (Paris, Shanghai) will bring a large-scale installation, "When you see me I see you” (2017), by the artist to the Fair. Comprised of a complex circuit of screens, webcams and wires, the work provides Liu’s commentary on the pervasiveness of electronic elements in society, whilst also placing his own practice within the art historical context of China.
Solo presentations featuring contemporary artists who have received institutional support and are in the permanent collections of leading international museums, or have been included in biennales across the globe:
- Blue Lotus Gallery (Hong Kong) will present acclaimed filmmaker and photographer Wing Shya’s “Sweet Sorrow” series. A photographic ode to the desolate human condition, the works read as a techni-colour love letter to the city that raised him: Hong Kong. Also exhibitied will be a collection of unique collaged work from during his first film collaboration with Wong Kar Wai: “Happiness”. In addition portfolio sets of film stills made on the set of “In the Mood for Love” will be on available.
- The mixed media installations of Pannaphan Yodmanee (La Lanta Fine Art, Thailand) explores samsara, the Buddhist conceptions of rebirth, re-evaluating its philosophies in the contemporary age. She was most recently featured in the Singapore Biennale 2016, was awarded the 11th Benesse Prize, and will receive a commission to create a work for the Benesse Art Site Naoshima.
- Hou Chun Ming (Mizuiro Workshop, Taiwan) deconstructs the notions of patriarchy, spirituality, and eroticism in Asian culture. His graphic and print works have been shown widely across the globe in the Busan International Biennale (Korea), The Venice Biennale (Italy), Yokohama Museum of Art (Japan), and more.
- Mulyana (Art Porters, Singapore) produces colourful soft sculptures inspired by marine life. The artist experiences the act of knitting or crocheting as a form of meditation and prayer. His pieces begin their lives like small organisms, the modules slowly blooming with quiet contemplation into vividly coloured clusters. His signature yarn works were recently featured in the Singapore Art Museum.
Art Central 2018 Opening Hours:
(by invitation only)
Monday, 26 March 2018, 2pm – 5pm
Monday, 26 March 2018, 5pm – 9pm
General Opening Hours
Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 11am - 5pm
Wednesday, 28 March 2018, 11am - 5pm
Thursday, 29 March 2018, 11am - 9pm
Friday, 30 March 2018, 11am - 7pm
Saturday, 31 March 2018, 11am - 7pm
Sunday, 1 April 2018, 11am – 5pm
First Night [admit one]
Monday 26 March
$500HKD (includes a complimentary glass of Champagne)
General entry [admit one]
Tuesday 27 March - Thursday 29 March
- $230HKD advance
- [$270 onsite]
Friday 30 March - Sunday 01 April
- $270HKD advance
- [$300 onsite]
- Concession [admit one]
March 27-29 March
- $125HKD advance
- [$150 onsite]
March 30 - April 01
- $150HKD advance
- [$175 onsite]
NEW FOR 2018
Thursday Late @ Art Central
Enjoy a late night of art on Thursday 29 March and purchase entry to the Fair from 5pm -9pm at the special price of two tickets for $300HKD
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About DESIGN TRUST
an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, is pleased to announce its first collaboration with the New York-based Storefront for Art and Architecture – the influential non-profit organisation committed to the advancement of innovative positions in architecture, art and design – on its first ever appearance in Hong Kong.
Formatted as a three-day series of events, Storefront International Series: Hong Kong (Storefront IS Hong Kong) will showcase a series of events that will take place in contested sites across Hong Kong between 7th - 9th July. These events seek to address the nature of urban public life, and to highlight the challenges and opportunities faced by Hong Kong residents.
Local and global agents from various fields will present and discuss their ideas and observations about various places within the city, bringing to the forefront a larger conversation about the cultural and physical landscapes of the region.
As part of the Storefront International Series: Hong Kong, a public ideas review for Design Trust Futures Studio, DESIGN TRUST’s new flagship programme conceptualized by Co-founder and Executive Director Marisa Yiu, will also be held on 8th July.
Storefront IS Hong Kong is part of the Storefront International Series, a nomadic project that brings the experimental formats of Storefront’s events series to cities and territories around the globe. Establishing a transversal format of inquiry, Storefront International Series works with local individuals and institutions to identify and address the most pressing issues in a particular region through alternative frameworks of discussion. By bringing together agents from the fields of art, architecture, literature, politics, real estate, anthropology, economics, technology, design, and science with members of the public, the Storefront International Series aims to articulate local desires within a global context.
DAY 1: FRIDAY, JULY 7TH
Event: Reading Images Series: Transborder Territories
Time: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou
Attendance: Open to public*
Meeting point and time: East Bridge, 3/F, Hong Kong Macau Ferry Terminal at 10:45 am
Details: Participants will together look at and discuss specific images and the landscape on a ferry ride.
Strategically located in the Pearl River Delta region of southern China, Hong Kong, officially an “autonomous territory,” serves as the gateway to modern China. The border between Hong Kong and mainland China is crossed every day by thousands of people who work or study on the other side. The infrastructure of the daily commute and the service economy has developed into a third space, inhabited by migrant bodies and defined by financial and cultural exchange protocols. This transnational community represents a rich and diverse engine for the economic and cultural growth of the region. The Hong Kong-Shenzhen border will be the site for a critical discussion around questions of migration and exchange, learning from local conditions and reflecting upon geopolitical borders on a global scale.
The Reading Images Series invites participants to closely look into images and construct arguments, narratives, and observations that produce incisive readings about form, politics, gaze, and representation.
Participants: Ethel Baraona, Ole Bouman, Eva Franch, Christina Li, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Cole Roskam, Paul Tse, Evelyn Ting, Marisa Yiu
Image contributors: Merve Bedir, Laurent Gutierrez, Venus Lau, MAP Office, Stanley Wong
*Members of public are welcome to attend if they buy their own ferry tickets (First Class session HKD180) and arrange a Shenzhen visa independently. The ferry from Hong Kong to Shekou departs at 11:30 am. Please be reminded that all participants will have to depart the ferry on arrival at Shekou and independently arrange further transportation back to Hong Kong, via the ferry (1:10pm / 2:15pm / 3:35pm) or alternative border crossing.
DAY 2: Saturday, JULY 8TH
Event: Definition Series: Smallness
(Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review Session 1)
Time: 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Location: Spring Workshop , 3/F, Remex Centre, 42 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen
Attendance: Open to public (RSVP required: https://goo.gl/forms/BR6ozkEX24MMFqYH3)
Details: Definition Series: “In mid-2014, the population of Hong Kong was 7.24 million, including 7.03 million Usual Residents and 0.22 million Mobile Residents. During the period 2010 to 2014, the population grew at an average annual rate of 0.8%.” Hong Kong’s limited physical territory and its population growth have increased the development of spaces for micro-living, augmenting the already high density of the city. Definition Series: Smallness, part of the Design Trust Futures Studio Public Review, examines how “smallness,” also understood as a form of agility in the face of seemingly fixed structures, can be operative in architecture. Addressing both public and private spaces, participants will present a definition of the notion of “smallness” and its impact upon the development of the city of Hong Kong.
Design Trust Futures Studio is a new cross-disciplinary initiative. Experts in design will focus on future-oriented thinking with outcomes that are impactful to society or public space in Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. With an inaugural theme of “SMALL IS MEANINGFUL,” the exploration and research of the Design Trust Futures Studio will initiate with an examination of housing and parks in Hong Kong, and will address how space is utilised, subsequently developing a series of new prototypes of micro-parks for Hong Kong.
Definition Series: Smallness is hosted in partnership with Spring Workshop.
The Definition Series invites participants to produce their own definitions of a given term, constructing a multifaceted edifice around particular words and their contemporary usage in specific fields, contexts, and practices.
Moderator and Curator: Eva Franch, Marisa Yiu
Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong
Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai, Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Fion Zhang
Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Arnault Castel, Donald Choi, Patrick Hwang, Tat Lam, Lesley Lau, Leslie Lu, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Duncan Pescod, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Ada Wong, Eric Yim
Manifesto Series: Scale (Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review Session 2)
Time: 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre (enter on Heung Yip Rd), 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd
Attendance: Open to public (RSVP required: https://goo.gl/forms/BR6ozkEX24MMFqYH3)
The notion of scale allows us to understand relationships between space and context; born out of historical precedents and conventions of knowledge production, scale is a shifting cultural construct. Discussions about scale during the end of the last century in Europe focused on reevaluating scale in accordance with emerging infrastructural spaces and typologies. With homogeneous city models appearing worldwide, ideas of scale have been disseminated as yet another force of globalization. What scalar conditions are endemic to the contemporary reality of global metropoli in Southeast Asia and elsewhere? What can be understood from this context in Hong Kong? Manifesto Series: Scale presents seven-minute manifestos by a group of participants who will each take a position on scale in Hong Kong.
Definition Series: Smallness is hosted in partnership with Spring Workshop. The Manifesto Series invites participants to denounce a present or past condition; proclaim an alternative present, past, or future situation; and indicate a strategy or method of action.
Moderator and Curator: Eva Franch, Marisa Yiu
Design Trust Futures Studio Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong
Design Trust Futures Studio Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai, Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang
Guest Participants: James Acuna, Ethel Baraona, Arnault Castel, Donald Choi, Patrick Hwang, Tat Lam, Lesley Lau, Leslie Lu, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Suhanya Raffel, Cole Roskam, Eric Schuldenfrei, Eric Yim
DAY 3: SUNDAY, JULY 9TH
Walking Series: Legibility
Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Sai Ying Pun, Sheung Wan, Wanchai, North Point
Attendance: Open to public (Details to be confirmed)
The collective imaginary of a city is made up of recognizable icons, signs, symbols, ratios, chromatic palettes, smells, acoustic signatures, and other multiple modalities of perception. Moving through Hong Kong, from its continuous interior walkways to its sidewalks and onto the upper platforms of the city’s tram infrastructure, one perceives a city from particular types of vantage points. These perspectives, or geographies of perception, constitute an identitary signature of Hong Kong’s urban imaginary. Moreover, we now navigate the city with the aid of digital technologies that guide us each time through a different optimized experience. Our ability to read the city has shifted; neon signs are
being substituted by pop-up ads, for example. In a time where the urban and the digital are colliding, how should we read the city? What forms of experiencing the built environment are obsolete, and which are emerging? Walking Series: Legibility is a series of city tours led by local and international experts that will each render visible and legible a particular layer of the urban fabric and public life.
The Walking Series is an event that invites individuals both familiar with and foreign to a particular territory to lead a walking exercise through its streets or paths. Borrowing from examples of guided tours, the Walking Series unveils latent realities through a real-time experience of navigation and transit.
Participants: Adonian Chan, Maggie Lin, Brian Kwok, Kevin Mak, Pauline Tsang
Event: Cabaret Series: Excess (To High Density)
Time: 2:30 am - 5:30 pm
Location: Studio 9 design gallery and studio, Wong Chuk Hang
Attendance: RSVP required (prior registration needed to gain access - https://goo.gl/forms/8ruejpnszqR0JnRs1)*
Details: Excess, a fundamental term in modern aesthetic theory, enables the self but also annihilates it. The high density of Hong Kong constitutes one of its fundamental identities, but when is high density too high? Cabaret Series: Excess presents a series of performances about the costs and benefits of high-density urban living, as well as explorations on more sustainable ideas of growth and development.
Cabaret Series: Excess is hosted in partnership with Studio 9. Refreshments are kindly provided by The Coffee Academics.
The Cabaret Series develops modes of expression that engage with contemporary discourses, audiences, and physical space in a playful and humorous manner. These events aim to produce new forms of communication between speakers, performers, and spectators through provocation, seduction, and immediacy.
Participants: Shane Aspegren, Ethel Baraona, Gary Chang, Eva Franch, William Lane, Carlos Mínguez Carrasco, Thomas Tsang, Ahlaiya Yung
IDFF2017, to be held from Aug 25-29 in HKCEC Hall 3E, remains an upscale ' boutique' design event with sophisticated mood atmosphere and is excited to introduce 3 integrated elements into this year event :
1> 15 + [ Dialogue Speakers Series ] forum
Speakers list - [ Steve Leung of SLA / William Lim of CL3 / David Hoggard of PDP London / S.Yu of Zaha Hadid / I Goudsmit of OMA / E Collins of Purcells / O Ng of LAAB / T Kwan of Tino Kwan Lighting / A Rifkin of Hanson Robotics / S Chow of Benoy / S Krummeck of Farrells / Michael Ng of Foster + Partners / B Ng of Collective / C Godfrey of Hisrch Bedner/ Panel discussion from Bespoke Careers and more + ]
2> Showcase Galleries of exquisite brands : St Louis / Baccarat / Alno / Knoll / Serip / Swarovski Optik / Arissto / Seventhirity / Living Station by Panasonic / Everything Under the Sun
3> 5 Design Exhibitions
- Das Haus Asia by Wiliam Lim
- Furniture Exhibitions by 10 cc
- Chan Tea house by Alan Chan
- City of towers by Zaha Hadid
- On reading curated by Anderson Lee on architectural projects from hk, china and Taiwan
Discount Tickets ON SALE by HK Ticketing direct link : www.hkticketing.com/events/WCIDFFH0817
RETAIL DESIGN AND BEYOND
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Enjoy a discussion lead by RDI while being in the surroundings of one of the most inspring retail stores across the globe.
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 6:30pm: Registration
7:15pm Speech and discussion
7:30pm Private tour of Timothy Oulton new club
Venue: Timothy Oulton Hong Kong, 15 Gough street, Hong Kong
RDI Members: Complimentary
Non-member: HKD300 / USD40
Click here to apply for a RDI Membership
About Retail Design Institute HK Chapter
A non-profit organization founded in 1961, the Retail Design Institute represents a diverse range of professionals - and students - dedicated to creating world-class retail experiences. We promote the advancement of our industry by developing educational, career building and networking opportunities. The Hong Kong "City Center" currently represents the Asia Pacific region and is on a path to becoming a fully-fledged Chapter. Our membership includes architects, designers, art directors, developers, engineers, store planners, strategists, visual merchandisers, educators, set designers, trade partners, retailers, journalists and students of design. Join us!
For more information on RDI, please visit https://www.retaildesigninstitute.org/chapter/42
Esin workshop - tokyo
John Warwicker: What is Creativity
ESIN Hong Kong Workshop
ESIN Workshop will be running our first 5 day workshop in HK from Thursday 24th September - through to Monday 28th September (holiday weekend). Assuming this goes ahead the second HK workshop will take place from November 11th to 15th - all workshop dates and locations can be found here http://projectesin.com/en/workshop-sign-up/. The location is MakerHive (http://makerhive.com.hk/) in Kennedy Town. .
The Esin Story
ESIN Workshop will be running our first 5 day workshop in HK from Thursday 24th September - through to Monday 28th September (holiday weekend). All workshop dates and locations can be found here http://projectesin.com/en/workshop-sign-up/. The location is MakerHive (http://makerhive.com.hk/) in Kennedy Town. The visiting Creative Leaders confirmed are Joel Baumannhttp://joelbaumann.com/about/ and John Warwicker http://www.johnwarwicker.com/.
Artists, designers, architects, musicians, photographers, writers, coders, gamers, film makers, sculptors, choreographers, product makers, inventors, thinkers, explorers – just some of the people who will attend. Event booking also available here https://www.facebook.com/events/302146686576070/
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