What makes a design great or a building a landmark? Look at the Morpheus, Macau's latest offering in the luxury hospitality sector, featured on the cover of this issue. Its free spirit, expressed through its organic exoskeleton structure, is what sets it apart – another legacy of the late architect Zaha Hadid.
There may be no definite answer to what makes good design, but innovation certainly helps. Self-taught British product designer Tom Dixon told those gathered at a media lunch in Hong Kong that he's hoping to develop a motorcycle prototype. I wouldn't be surprised if he's also creating a customised car or a bicycle, given his bold imagination. The same goes for British interior designer Katharine Pooley, also featured in this issue, whose flair for design is inspired by her adventures around the globe.
Much of this issue celebrates the next generation of talent. The global design industry is intriguing and forever evolving, and though spearheaded by big names, it is also in need of a new breed to drive it forward. We take a look at the graduate and master's degree exhibitions from the architectural departments of The University of Hong Kong and Chinese University of Hong Kong and, judging by the results, there are already stars in the making.
At Perspective, we are in the business of recognising the best in design and nurturing talent. Last month, we held judging sessions in our offices for the upcoming A&D Trophy Awards' student categories. The judges – all leading figures in the design industry – were highly impressed by what they saw.
We also hosted the 40 Under 40 Awards in May to acknowledge aspiring design talents in Hong Kong and Asia. We were encouraged to see that some of the recipients have already taken on exciting new projects. Architectural category winners Shuyan Chan, Bob Pang and Kevin Siu from local firm AaaM have created a visually arresting installation at PMQ, entitled Cuddle Bubble, that features 'soap bubbles' and clouds. And interior design category winner Dennis Cheung's Studio RYTE has launched a modular furniture system for cats called CATSSUP, a vertical cat 'tree' for Hong Kong's small homes. There are bound to be more exciting developments from these and other designers. Watch this space.