Hong Kong's leading conference for creatives, Business of Design Week, returns with a bigger than ever line-up of innovators – and a partnership with Italy Business of Design Week (BODW) is organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), with CreateHK as major sponsor. The week-long annual conference on design, innovation and brands runs from December 4 to 9, and will once again put the design world under the spotlight, gathering business leaders and international designers from around the world to share their opinions at a wide array of insightful programmes. Themes include Brands & Innovation, Communication & Design, Product & Design, Design for Asia, Space & Design, Culture & The City and, for the first time, Heritage & Design.
A star-studded line-up of professionals and experts from the business of architecture will be in attendance, including Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas (Studio Fuksas); professor Jacques Herzog (Herzog & de Meuron); Alberto Meda (Alberto Meda Design); Mario Bellini (Mario Bellini Architects); Sou Fujimoto (Sou Fujimoto Architects Inc.); Marco Balich (Balich Worldwide Shows); Ben van Berkel (UNStudio); Dr Paul Thompson (Royal College of Art); artist Edoardo Tresoldi; Mitja Borkert (Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.); Oscar Farinetti (Eataly) and Rocco Yim (Rocco Design Architects Ltd).
With design heritage and sustainability forming a major part of BODW'S focus, a string of designers and speakers, including Lapo Vettori (Paolo Vettori Daughter & Sons), Giulio Vinaccia (Giulio Vinaccia & Associates), Jacopo Foggini (Galleria Jacopo Foggini), musician and independent producer Zhu Zheqin aka Dadawa (KANJIAN Creation), will contribute to the Heritage & Design session.
BODW has also formed partnerships with different countries to bring cutting-edge design to the limelight. This year sees Italy returning as official partner country after 10 years, with a group of leading Italian and international designers across various fields to present at the conference and host exhibitions and seminars. With the theme Italy Makes a Difference, BODW 2017 will explore the innovations and creativity of Italian architecture, interior design, automobiles and luxury goods, as well as unlock new business opportunities for those attending.
The multi-disciplinary event provides a valuable platform for professionals across industry sectors to network, exchange ideas and explore collaborations. Programme highlights include the BODW summit, a gala dinner and networking events, as well as a fascinating roster of satellite events such as DesignInspire, deTour 2017 and Fashion Asia 2017 taking place throughout Hong Kong.
The HKDC also organises the annual DFA Awards, taking place from December 6 to 8, which recognise outstanding designs that have an Asian perspective produced by both established designers and emerging talents from Hong Kong and across the region. A presentation ceremony at the BODW gala dinner will be held on December 8 to honour this year's winners, including Japanese fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto (DFA Lifetime Achievement Award 2017), founder of Amanresorts Adrian Zecha (DFA Design Leadership Award 2017) and Hong Kong design guru Alan Chan (DFA World's Outstanding Chinese Designer 2017). For more information about this year's programme and tickets, visit here. Business of Design Week 2017 Date: December 4-9 Venue: Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre