House Your View
Workshop with Dylan Kwok & Maarit Eskola, Designers
“For us, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center building's finest quality is the way it embraces nature within the compound that surrounds it! The forest here seems to be enchanted with an almost spiritual quality – it’s as if there were spirits and phantoms dwelling within the bushes and trees!” - Dylan Kwok, Designer
Reflecting on how humans lived in the wild thousands of years ago to modern day urbanites assisted by rapid technological advancement, participants at this workshop will re-think what minimal living is by appreciating their physical and tangible surroundings. During the workshop, they will be asked to imagine themselves micrified, then build a house with one window only and to live in it. Participants will walk around Asia Society Hong Kong Center to find a location with the best scenery for the window in their house. The workshop will encourage participants to pay attention again to neither the Internet nor their smartphones but the environment in which they live in.
Dylan Kwok is co-owner of the ground-breaking PIORA project initially began by Korean furniture designer Hyejin Ahn with waxed paper art lamps in 2006. In 2010, Dylan and Hyejin Ahn came together and refined the project by introducing non-profit workshops, exhibitions and plans for artistic installations across their series. After living abroad for 15 years, he has returned to Hong Kong for good and is now with the Design Institute for Social Innovation of at Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s School of Design. Through his exposure to different cultural settings, Dylan has developed a strong interest in the relationship between humanistic design and urban environment. Dylan received his Master’s degree in spatial design at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki, Finland.
Maarit Eskola is a Finnish interior architect, who has won numerous design competitions. Her work has received recognition in the Finnish and German media. As a designer, she is particularly interested in environmental aesthetics through the study of the history and values of surrounding landscapes and the relationships between human beings and nature. In the past year Maarit has been working both in the fields of design and paleoecology. She received her education in spatial design at Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and obtained a Master’s degree in physical geography at the University of Helsinki.
This workshop is part of the Imminent Domain Designers Workshop Series. To find out more about about the exhibition, please click here.
Hong Kong Design Centre
The Hong Kong Institute of Architects
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