Product Design / 40 Under 40 2015

Laura Cheung, Product Design, 40 under 40 2015
Laura Cheung
Founder, Lala Curio

Founder of home décor and lifestyle brand Lala Curio, reviving traditional ware with contemporary humour, Laura Cheung graduated from Parsons School of Design for interior design in New York, where she received the Parsons Interior Design Award. She went on to do a Master in Fine and Decorative Arts at the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. Cheung continues to curate theatrical interiors with materials and techniques culled from across cultures and across time, and debuted Lala Curio’s collection at the International Furniture Fair Singapore in 2013. The following year, she was selected to design Le Club, the private VIP lounge at Maison&Objet Asia. Prior to launching Lala Curio, Cheung was the design director of Spec Entertainment, New York, specialising in event and fashion show production. Her clients included Catherine Malandrino, Ermenegildo Zegna and GQ.
Mike Mak, Product Design, 40 under 40 2015
Mike Mak

After Hong Kong-based designer Mike Mak graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with a BA degree in industrial design in 2007, he joined Fang Studio as a designer and participated in several award-winning furniture designs. Not long after, he launched as a platform to share his design perspectives. His well-known works include Eyeclock, Moon Reach Ladder and Dear Vangogh, The Big Big Pixel series and Bookniture. In 2011, he participated in the first Beijing International Design Triennial as a Hong Kong representative, and in 2013, he won the Hong Kong Young Talent Design Talent Special Mention Award. Mak also represented Hong Kong by showcasing his contemporary Chinese design series at the first Maison&Objet Asia in Singapore last year.
Eric Tong, Product Design, 40 under 40 2015
Eric Tong
Principal designer, Eravolution

Eric Tong graduated from The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and is a multiple Trophy winner at the A&D Trophy Awards 2014, where his Zpine chair was lauded in both the Best Furniture and Best Green Product categories. Early in his career, Tong worked for Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and Future Systems, where he was hands-on in bespoke furniture and product design. At ZHA, he worked alongside Hadid herself on many competitions, including the winning design for the BMW Plant in Leipzig, Germany. The BMW Plant was later nominated and was a finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2005. In 2010, Tong founded Eravolution and its ‘design-art’ concept, specialising in innovative furniture and products. Its debut Zpine Collection won him the Shell LiveWire Grand Ideas Award in 2010 followed shortly by the One Good Chair International Design Competition Grand Prize in 2011.