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Hong Kong's annual Business of Design Week (BODW) has become one of
the most important design events in Asia. The most recent show, held in
December, included forum events, exhibitions, competitions and networking
opportunities, with 50-plus speakers, including architectural greats such as
2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Jean Nouvel, Toyo Ito from Japan,
Chinese-American Calvin Tsao, Hong Kong's Andre Fu and China's Pei Zhu,
plus leading European designers Matali Crasset, Jean Marie Massaud and
Mathieu Lehanneur. Through BODW, Hong Kong is positioning itself as a
bridge between Chinese culture and the Western marketplace. Says Andre Fu:
"I am a young designer who, I guess, represents Hong Kong, but has
experienced di erent cultures. I think it's key to my work that I have an
international vision, and I hope to pass that on here." Visit bodw.com.
Hong Kong and the adjacent city of Shenzhen, situated just over the Chinese border, played
host to the 2009 Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.
This year saw an influx of international and local architectural and design talent eager to
experience the city's exhibitions, events and workshops, including dozens of installations
such as Ball-Nogues Studio's collaboration with American Apparel, called Built to Wear
(pictured). The installation includes 10,000 American Apparel t-shirts. In Hong Kong,
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban built one of his signature paper-tube pavilions on the West
Kowloon waterfront, while the call went out to 'Bring Your Own Biennale' in a bid to involve
Hong Kongers in building a biennale all their own. Visit szhkbiennale.org.
Leading Chinese architect (of Atelier
FCJZ) Yung-Ho Chang's sculptural
Hulu Dinnerware Collection for JIA Inc
reinvents traditional family objec ts using
high-quality bone china. Traditionally,
Northern Chinese farmers used dried hulus
(gourds) to scoop water and wash rice. It
was this ritual with such a simple utensil
that connected everyone to the table,
symbolising harmony and a sense of home.
Yung-Ho's organic collection gives new
meaning to these formerly rustic utensils.
Available at Lane Crawford, Podium 3, IFC
mall, 8 Finance Street, Central, Hong Kong,
(852) 2118 3388. For other stockists,
MODERN MARVEL: Concept drawing of the Ar t Museum
of Yue Minjun, Sichuan, China, by architect Pei Zhu (inset).
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