SEARCH

Stanley Wong voices concern about Hong Kong designs

by Kate Whithead on Sep 5, 2017 in Dose of Design , Lifestyle
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on Sina WeiboShare on Tencent WeiboEmail this to someone

Designer, brand consultant and contemporary artist Stanley Wong – known to many in the art world as anothermountainman – is concerned that Hong Kong design has lost its edge

"Within our creative circle I think we've lost the direction – we don't really find the uniqueness, how we stand within the boundary of China or Asia or globally because we are just doing really Westernised, other people's styles," says Wong.

Born in Hong Kong in 1960, he began working in the 1980s and says he was hugely influenced by Japanese design. The 12 "masters" who had the greatest impact on his in his early career – architects, fashion designers, film directors, artists and graphic designers – were all Japanese.

"In the 1980s Japanese design was so strong – stronger than European – and it made us enjoy another kind of Asian style," says Wong who came to international attention with his "red white blue" series, which he presented at the 51 st Venice Biennale in 2005 representing Hong Kong.

DSC_4083

Stanley Wong says his design was hugely influenced by Japanese design

The exciting creative projects, he says, are happening across the border where mainland clients are more adventurous.

"Mainland clients will say I picked you because you haven't done this before, they want a different perspective to look at their business. But a Hong Kong client will say, you must have done something similar before. They aren't making any progress at all," says Wong.

But Wong is breaking new ground in Hong Kong. This month he released his first full-length documentary film project, Dance Hong Kong. It follows three veteran dancers – Xing Liang, Mui Cheuk-yin and Yuri Ng – and was filmed with no boundaries, no stage, no form and no audience. "The dancers are my friends and the film is talking about Hong Kong nowadays, how we see Hong Kong," he says.

Photography: Dicky Liu

, , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

  • r_hjortshoj_-_noma_web-332_original

    NOMA 2.0


    The award-winning restaurant worked with BIG to create a new home and restaurant village just outside of Copenhagen’s city center

    Posted on Oct 15, 2018
    View
  • Lacime Architects

    Poetic justice


    Traditional Suzhou architectural forms are reborn in the award-winning Dajia community villas by Lacime Architects

    Posted on Oct 9, 2018
    View
  • DSC_4035

    Prison break


    Perspective takes a closer look at Hong Kong’s largest revitalisation project, Tai Kwun: from colonial-era relic to 21st-century hub for art and culture

    Posted on Oct 6, 2018
    View
  • 9. The Hall

    Run of the mills


    The Mills – a new cultural complex, creative co-working space and start-up hub pays homage to Hong Kong’s golden era in the textile industry

    Posted on Oct 4, 2018
    View
Top