Crossing Cultural Borders and Markets – Designing for Today and Tomorrow


'Imminent Domain' Exhibition Lecture Series

Evening forum with architect and designer Lo Chi Wing; designer Kai-Yin Lo; designer Lee Chi Wing; and Prof. Leslie Lu, Principal, Hong Kong Design Institute (moderator)

Registration: 6:00 pm
Forum: 6:30 pm
Close: 8:00 pm

Creative and innovative design across various fields through different mediums influences our lives on a day-to-day basis. However, how do designers respond to international markets and demands for originality, beauty, functionality, lasting qualities and user-friendliness to carve a place in design distinction, sustainability and durability?  And how do they embrace and interpret inherent cultural traditions, in particular Chinese heritage to create innovative expressions that seamlessly transcend geographic, aesthetic and cultural borders? How do they provide for the life of tomorrow in driving lifestyle changes and affecting aesthetic perceptions?

Three of Hong Kong's leading international designers will conduct a lively debate over these issues which will be moderated by architect and educator Professor Leslie Lu.

Lo Chi Wing was raised in Hong Kong, and received his Master’s Degree in Architecture from Harvard University. He is a protégé of Professor Massimo Scolari, and has been actively pursuing design in Italy for almost two decades. Lo has taught at Syracuse University in New York State and was a member of the Akademie Schloss Solitude in Stuttgart. A visiting critic in several universities and a frequent speaker at design events, Lo has a multidisciplinary practice, integrating art, architecture, interior and furniture designs with exclusive projects in Milan, Athens, London, Istanbul, Yalta, Dubai, Shanghai and Beijing.

Kai-Yin Lo is one of the first Chinese designers to successfully break into the international market. She is an international brand, a pioneer in elevating semi-precious stones to become a mainstay in jewelry design, and a forerunner in re-interpreting culture and heritage into original and highly wearable art that both reflects China and Asia’s past and present and heralds the future. Kai-Yin, who studied European history at Cambridge and London Universities, has been described by the Wall Street Journal as a "Renaissance woman." She is also an author, curator, art and cultural advisor, Visiting Professor, School of Design, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing and the first Principal Guest Lecturer, Cross Culture, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. The Kai-Yin Lo lecture on Asian Arts and Culture will debut in Hong Kong in late spring, after nine successful years in New York.

Lee Chi Wing was born in Hong Kong, and received a BA in Industrial Design from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University before attending the Ecole Nationale Superieurede Creation Industrielle in Paris where he received his MA. In 1998, Lee set up Milk Design. Its main services include design consultancy for industrial and consumer products for international companies, and the conception and creation of lifestyle products.

Professor Leslie Lu (moderator) received his Master of Architecture Degree from Yale University in 1977, and was the recipient of the Japan Ministry of Culture Monbusho Scholarship 1983, where he conducted research in design and urban theory in Tokyo, Japan. Mr. Lu has practiced with Cesar Pelli and Associates, Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. During his Monbusho Scholarship research studies in Japan, he worked with Shinohara Kazuo on the design of the Centennial Hall in the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Mr. Lu has lectured and served as design critic in major international universities including Columbia University, Cambridge University, Delft University of Technology, Princeton University, Yale University, Shenzhen University, Tongji University, Tsinghua University and the Chinese University Hong Kong.

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Supporting organizations:
Hong Kong Design Centre
Hong Kong Institute of Architects

*CreateHK disclaimer
"The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region."


Event Details

Wed 27 Feb 2013
6:30 - 8 p.m.
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty, Hong Kong
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