Product Design, 40 under 40, 2011

Ben McCarthy , Product Design, 40 under 40 2011
Ben McCarthy

Originally from Sydney, Ben McCarthy earned a Bachelor of Industrial Design degree from the University of New South Wales. He has worked as a freelance designer in Sydney, before moving to London where he worked at the studio of British designer Tom Dixon. He came to Hong Kong in 2007 and has been working with celebrated industrial designer Michael Young. In 2009, McCarthy was the winner of the Australian Council for the Arts Milan residency gran, and has exhibited at the Milan Furniture Fair for the past two years. Last year he took part in Hong Kong's Butcher's Deluxe design exhibition and staged a solo exhibition, 『Late Nights and Weekends', at Object Gallery, Sydney.
Billy Potts and Joseph Ng, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011 Billy Potts and Joseph Ng, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011
Billy Potts and Joseph Ng
Handsome Bag Company

Billy Potts and Joseph Ng are the founders of Hong Kong's Handsome Bag Company, a unique design firm that takes parts from old taxis and repurposes them to create new products. To date, the firm has created totes from upholstery ripped from old seats and a chair from the car's structural elements. A Hong Kong-based architect and designer, Ng graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and won second-runner up in the Hong Kong Open Academy Award 『Chair' Competition organised by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design in 2010. Potts has a background in law and shares designing duty with Ng for the company, with a utilitarian design aesthetic emphasising high functionality while maintaining conceptual substance. His work has dealt with the importance of local production and craft, local culture, urban environment and environmental sustainability.
David Ericsson, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011
David Ericsson
Void International

Swedish designer David Ericsson has a Masters degree in engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. He worked as a mechanical design engineer for Zenit Design Group, working with clients such as Sony Ericsson, Precise Biometrics and Vidilux. In Hong Kong, Ericsson is the founder of Void International, a design consultancy firm, predominantly working with Europe-based clients. Ericsson also designs, produces and markets his own products, such as Void watches, and is also a co-founder and designer for Hong Kong-based lifestyle brand Squarestreet. He is a regular lecturer on product design at the Hong Kong PolyU and conducts student critiques at the Hong Kong University school of architecture.
Jin Kuramoto, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011
Jin Kuramoto
Jin Kuramoto Studio

After studying design at the Kanazawa College of Art, Jin Kuramoto worked as an in-house designer for a major electronics manufacturer working on a variety of lifestyle products such as mobile phones, personal computers and homeware. From 2003 to 2007, he designed with the Fat design collective and in 2008, he founded his eponymous studio. The firm has received numerous awards, including the IF Design award, the Good Design award the Toyama product design competition. His works — Rock, Life Chair and Tea Set — have helped Kuramoto carve a name for himself in Japan's highly competitive design industry. He also regularly lectures at Keio University and the Kyoto University of Art and Design.
Kim Been, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011
Kim Been

Award-winning Korean designer and creative director at Beeeen&com Kim Been was named by the Korean Institute of Design Production as the 『Next Generation Design Leader' in 2006 and 2009. Having majored in industrial design at the Hongik University in Seoul, Been has worked with global brands such as Samsung, LG and Johnson Controls. Notable works include a sound-sensitive light, a clip-on drink holder, portable toaster, and mind prism, with her drink clip selected be sold through MOMA's Design Store. Been says design connects 「people to people, people to objects, objects to objects and the pieces of inspirations are woven together to form our spiritual connection」.
Mile, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011 Mile, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011 Mile, Product Design, 40 under 40 2011

This unique design collective was founded by Bandai Matsuo, an acoustic engineer, Kentaro Kai, a software engineer and Kozo Shimoyama, and interior designer, who met while they were students at the University of Tsukub. Prior to Mile, Matsuo worked for audio equipment manufacturers and in 2004 received the Good Design Award for his inner-ear headphones produced by Audio-Technica. From 2001 to 2006, Kai worked for Microsoft, after which he began developing software for an internet venture company. Shimoyama, who studied architecture, has worked as a product designer at Inax and Amp D design office. In 2008 he founded Kozo Shimoyama Design Office. In 2006 the trio jointly received the Good Design Award for their Wajima lacquer speakers, 『Something to Touch'.