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Things take a decidedly Indian direction in the September issue of Perspective, as we focus on the subcontinent's design scene. For a nation with such a rich and diverse heritage, it's no surprise that elements of India's tradition are referenced in designs, and creatives are highly mindful of the context in which they place their buildings. With ancient temples and state-of-the-art buildings, as well as traditional materials and new and high-tech procedures, India's young and highly talented architects and designers have a rich palette to work with. The result is a thriving design sector that is now a recognised force worldwide. Speaking of talent, Perspective's A&D Trophy Awards and China Awards, to be held this autumn, celebrate and indeed encourage the best in the worlds of architecture, interior design and product design. At the time of going to press, more than 500 entries had been received for these awards – a record high, all the more impressive when one considers that the China Awards are only in their second year. The period for entry and judging process have closed, but there's plenty of time to think about entering the 2020 awards. September in Hong Kong brings a welcome break from the summer heat and rain, and for many the Mid-Autumn Festival marks the start of better times. Moon cakes, the traditional fare of the festival, come in many shapes and flavours and their packaging is equally diverse. Local design firms and brands compete at this time of year to out-do one another with eye-catching and innovative boxes. Students from Savannah College of Art and Design, Hong Kong joined forces with the Ritz-Carlton Hong Kong to produce moon cake boxes that are as much a treat for the eyes as their contents are for the taste buds. It's a reminder, albeit a whimsical one, that during these troubled times Hong Kong can turn both to its roots and its 21st-century talents to look to the future with hope. Happy Mid-Autumn Festival to you all.

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