One of the biggest annual events on the design calendar for Hong Kong, Business of Design Week (BODW) 2016 has recently concluded after a successful week
This year’s BODW Summit gathered over 60 top design professionals and executives from around the world – including a sizable group of creative experts from Chicago, this year's partner city, to share their insights and stories, and explore new ideas and trends in design, business, technology and brands. Over 100,000 guests and visitors were in attendance at the event, and the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) also hosted its annual Design for Asia (DFA) Awards Presentation Ceremony during the conference.
Running from 28 November – 3 December, the event hosted 13 sessions focusing on a range of themes, with over 20 major and concurrent exhibitions. Noted for its influential reputation as the heart of American architecture, the 'Windy City' starred as BODW 2016's partner city. Bringing to Hong Kong the 'ChicagoMade' theme and spirit, and their city's creativity icons, architects and speakers from Chicago enlightened the conference with innovative ideas on urban planning and public space renewal. The Summit also encouraged the design community in Asia to exchange their distinct concepts and rich visions with industry leaders and colleagues around the world.
At the conclusion of the event, organiser Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) announced that Italy will be next year's partner country. Renowned worldwide as a powerhouse in style and design, Italian artists and artisans have led the way in areas including décor and interior design, fashion, automobile, and architecture.
Prof. Eric Yim, Chairman of Hong Kong Design Centre and Michele Scutto, the Trade Commissioner at the Consulate General of Italy in Hong Kong, were on the stage to announce partnership between Hong Kong and Italy in 2017. Prof. Eric Yim said, "This year BODW has launched new sessions covering new upcoming themes, such as FASHION ASIA, Food and Design, Workspace and Design. BODW 2017 will continue to explore in interesting topics. So, the partner country of BODW2017, Italy, will appeal to the most amazing talents to come to Hong Kong again."