Senior industrial designer, Boris Design Studio (HONG KONG)
Industrial designer Marco D'Adamo works on future tech projects in the areas of health and wellness, Internet of Things, smart home and smart cities. Through his career, he has developed an understanding of the need to join the requirements of the physical and digital worlds.
Like a true nerd – his own words – he has developed a special understanding of how humans interact with products and digital experience. He knows that a product is not just a product, it is an experience and experience is interaction. His technical proficiency and design skills include a wide variety of 3D modelling and rendering, project management, user experience research, and design visualisation.
Design/creative director and co-founders Yellowdot Design Studio (HONG KONG)
Ex-NASA engineer Bodin Hon brings a scientific and technology-driven approach to his work, while Dilara Kan's art and studio background adds an emotional and artistic take. Their product and retail designs are full of contrast: serious and fun, East meets West, technology meets emotion. The design philosophy is to connect the unconnected from different fields to find new ideas to solve problems and bring joy to everyday lives.
Inspired by soap bubbles, 'Memento' is a range of decorative objects, gadgets and furniture that can accompany a person for a lifetime. The collection was exhibited in M&O Paris and Salone del Mobile.Milano in 2019. Their work includes an award-winning pollution-free solar cooker, automatic soymilk maker, and jewellery retail displays.
Founder URBANCRAFT (CHINA)
Li Ximi holds a master's degree in furniture design from the Polytechnic University of Milan and a bachelor's degree in industrial design from the China Academy of Art. He worked for Italian designers Andrea Branzi and Luca Trazzi, and in China Li joined Neri&Hu, developing products for the firm and furniture brands in Europe and Asia.
Having experienced different aesthetic approaches in China and Italy, Li was drawn to exploring the synesthesia of cultures. With the establishment of URBANCRAFT and Ximi Li Design, he seeks to observe cultural elements of the world and reflect on their historical roots from the viewpoint of a Chinese designer, and to use rigorous and creative design languages.
Design manager, Lavazza (ITALY)
Lavazza corporate design ranges from domestic coffee and espresso machines to professional office machines and vending solutions, tableware, accessories and the company packaging. The in-house team handles most of the design-related activities, but also collaborates with external studios and agencies. Numerous products designed for Lavazza are already on the market and have won important design awards – among others several iF, Red Dot and German Design Awards. Many of these projects were developed with partners in the Asia-Pacific region and are currently in production in China.