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Happy New Year! Join us in honouring the old and welcoming the new! For our first issue of 2019 – a double one for January and February – we’ve picked a cover image that is unmistakably Hong Kong. The light installation depicted is called Bat and Coin, by Stanley Siu’s Daydreamers Design, and is one of the 18 installations that make up the first-ever International Light Art Display, on show until February 24 and transforming Central Harbourfront into a surreal theme park of light. The design represents an outline of a bat holding a coin, an emblem widely used as signage for local pawn shops – symbolising wealth and good fortune in Chinese tradition and also a fitting motif for Chinese New Year.

Walking through what seemed like a never-ending illuminated tunnel, Siu (one of the judges of our A&D Trophy Awards), turned to me and said: “Does it lead us to the future or are we only moving away from tradition?” A pertinent question well worth pondering.

Last year may have been a challenging one for some, but it was unquestionably upbeat for Perspective. We hosted two A&D Awards ceremonies in November, adding the A&D China Awards to the A&D Trophy Awards and in the process doubling the number of winners. Our Pinnacle Award recipient was Ronald J Phillips, responsible for Hong Kong’s Murray Building completed at the end of the 1960s. You can read about the winners and the ceremonies in our A&D Awards report (page 36).

The search for talent does not stop there. This year’s 40 Under 40 Awards are now open for nominations. We welcome any young creatives from the fields of architecture, interior design, art and product design aged 40 or younger and based in Asia. Now’s the time to nominate someone – or yourself. Visit for more details.

The start of the year isn’t only for resolutions. Our Design Trends section (page 130) points the way ahead for the industry, while Design Events (page 138) tells you where you should head for your next trip.

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The height of achievement

Each year, we spend a considerable but enjoyable amount of time reviewing the best designs that Hong Kong, Asia-Pacific and beyond have to offer. The result of this process is the A&D Trophy Awards. Recognising excellence in architecture, interiors and product design for both professionals and students, the awards ceremony has grown into a must-attend event for the industry.

This year, we’ve seen a boom in the interior design category, in terms of both quantity and quality. China has topped the list, with projects not only in major metropolises such as Shanghai and Guangzhou, but also second-tier cities like Suzhou, Changsha and Wuhan. The country’s creativity has survived and thrived despite government moves to discourage the more extreme examples of architecture. Neri&Hu, headquartered in Shanghai, continues to lead the field, having been crowned last year’s grand winner. Beijing’s INS Architecture Studio, Shenzhen-based Matrix Interior Design, to name just two, are among the many practices acknowledged by the international judging panel.

Hong Kong has long been a gateway between China and the rest of the world, not only for commerce but also for ideas. Cheng Chung Design, helmed by Hong Kong-born Joe Cheng, seeks to redefine China’s hospitality scene with bold and innovative schemes for Shenzhen Marriott Nanshan Hotel and Diaoyutai Hotel Hangzhou. Designers from across Asia, as well as America and Europe, have also showcased their own strong regional influences.

One thing that all our judges agreed upon was the healthy state of the design industry, noting in particular the advances in environmentally-friendly building technology and that which takes the well-being of users into account.

It remains for us to say a big thank you to our judges, and congratulations to all our winners.

Leona Liu

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