HKTDC's DesignInspire 2018 will be held in December – the event will again present the latest cutting edge designs. A preview of what will be on offer can be seen at special exhibitions in Times Square and Harbour City
DesignInspire, a three-day immersive experience in Hong Kong packed with innovative products, interactive installations and more, is back at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from December 6 to 8. For those seeking creative inspiration, this is a must-attend event, as top designers, design-centric businesses, institutions and emerging design talents will congregate at the event organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and held in parallel with Business of Design Week.
For a sneak peek of what's in store, RetroInnovations exhibitions will be staged this month at the Times Square Covered Piazza in Causeway Bay and at Harbour City's Gallery by the Harbour in Tsim Sha Tsui. Visitors can interact with works produced by local designers, all curated by the HKTDC, long-time supporter of home-grown talent.
This year, HKTDC has curated exhibits from emerging design talents from various disciplines including architecture and fashion design with the theme of novel and cutting-edge twists to traditional Hong Kong cultural elements. Highlights include architect Eugene Leung's 'Meow(me)tal' project where sheets of metal have been cut and fashioned into large feline-inspired creations.
The project will bring a little fun to an urban space, but also highlight the issue of animal wellness in the city. Designer and architect Adrian Lo's modern interpretation of old birdcages will also be on display. Lo employed parametric tools and 3D printing techniques to craft a complex, modern take on the traditional birdcage.
Meanwhile, Pamela Yung's love of curvature in traditional crafts such as wire art and Chinese knots has inspired her to create an art nouveau-style flower lantern. These designs will subsequently be on display at DesignInspire, where attendees can observe them along with other designs and interact with their creators at the Hong Kong Creative Force pavilion.
This year's partner city, Melbourne, will present innovative designs from the Australian city in fields such as architecture, public art, product design and design education. International pavilions will also highlight works from nearly 10 countries and regions, including China, Japan, South Korea, Poland and the United Kingdom.
Closer to home, the Urbanovation pavilion, themed Co-create a Happy City, looks at how design and technology can produce solutions to solve city problems and deliver a positive impact on people's lives – particularly relevant to Hong Kong.
November 19 to 25 at the Covered Piazza, Times Square
November 27 to December 3 at Gallery by the Harbour, Harbour City