The success of Perspective’s Secret Chair Project, showcased last December at Very Hong Kong — the city’s first independent annual creative programme — was a resounding vote of confidence for our efforts to promote and encourage upcoming leaders in art and design
In early 2013, Perspective tapped into a powerful wave sentiment of celebrating Hong Kong’s culture and heritage by launching the Secret Chair Project, an initiative which embraces the local design scene, inviting local designers to repurpose, revamp or completely restyle Hong Kong’s simple and iconic folding stool.
Using chopsticks, chalkboard and even concrete, each reinterpretation of the humble furniture item celebrates its omnipresence in the livelihoods of generations of Hong Kongers, and sparks dialogue and nostalgic memories at each exhibition. As participating designers Eric Chow, Pan Tang and Ian Louie from Outofstock comment, “The idea of revamping this stool proves once again the endless inspiration that can be found in this city.”
After launching at the Retail Asia Expo in June last year, followed by Perspective’s Design Friday (see the August 2013 issue of Perspective), the Secret Chair Project joined hands with Very Hong Kong last December to showcase 15 home-grown designer chairs in the Starstreet Precinct, Wanchai, sparking a collaborative rediscovery of the urban streetscape.
Setting out to promote culture, heritage and design in the public realm, Very Hong Kong transformed the Starstreet Precinct into a joyful, energetic mix of live events and exhibitions. In this engaging environment, the Secret Chair Project designer stools once again inspired passers-by with their creativity and introduced the fascinating stories behind the local designs. As Groundwork’s Cam Wong and Manfred Yuen, creator of Soundscape On A Chair, note, “Day-by-day, the chairs have quietly observed the bustling neighbourhood, soaking in street gossip and chatter.”