From August 21-23, Hong Kong was home to the first ever International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong (IDFFHK)
Showcasing over 40 of the world’s most prestigious brands, the event was staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre over a three day period. 23 exhibitors displayed some of the latest collections from design and lifestyle firms around the world in the 5000 sq-m exhibition space.
As the first design and lifestyle fair of its type to be held in Hong Kong, the event is sure to be an important edition to the region’s exhibition calendar. “With the rising awareness of other Asian cities, for example Singapore and Shanghai, towards exquisite design, Hong Kong must strengthen its promotion on appreciation of design. I hope, through IDFFHK, all Asian countries can be inspired for design development,” noted founder of the event Winnie Yue.
The exhibitors on show were a who's who of local and European design, including renowned leather Italian brand Poltrona Frau, the outdoor furniture German brand Dedon, exquisite French crystal house Lalique, one of the most recognised kitchen brands in Europe Alno (Germany), as well as Hong Kong's own Tang Tang Tang Tang and many more. Three Best Showcase Awards were judgds by esteemed guests and panelists, and were chosen based on their design creativity, materials and spatial quality. The winners were Baccarat, Design Commune and Zaha Hadid Architects.
Alongside the exhibition, a Dialogue Speakers Series with some of the most influential names in design and architecture complemented the fair throughout the three days. These included former head designer for Porsche, Pinky Lai, co-founder of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Lyndon Neri and partner from Foster + Partners, Michael Ng. Each talk was well received by members of the public and invited guests from the design and architecture fields.
IDFFHK also held a silent auction for the Children's Cancer Foundation with four top designers' creation of a seat for Paul Zimmerman's "Missing Seats" Campaign, including Mr. Norman Chan, founder of BTR Workshop, Mr. Steve Leung, founder of Steve Leung Designers, Mr. Frank Leung, founder of via., and Mr. William Lim, founder of CL3. The chairs were displayed in a bus stop backdrop at the fair.