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Companions in design | Tradition HK

2020-09-16 10:54:46















Three main designers from the UK inform Rebecca Lo why they love collaborating with their counterparts in HK.

British artist Morag Myerscough, identified for her putting installations equivalent to Temple of Agape in London’s Southbank, has collaborated with Hong Kong’s Ware and  Shin Wong. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

At a time when know-how drives the best way we stay to a big extent, a few of immediately’s main British designers with a Hong Kong connection appear eager to reconnect with part of their heritage that predates the technological invasion. 

For Tom Dixon — the self-taught industrial designer with an eponymous store on Hollywood Street — the problem is to succeed in new markets whereas staying true to his artistic journey. Dixon just lately revisited his roots as a bass participant in London’s 1970s music scene. Understandably, he’s not too eager on designs that enchantment solely on a visible degree.

 “As I used to be a musician earlier than I grew to become a designer, I’m very focused on sound,” says Dixon from New York. “Acoustics have at all times been huge in my interiors tasks, together with textures and room fragrances. We aren’t simply visible creatures, although we have a look at issues on screens so much. If we simply focus on aesthetics, we neglect an enormous portion of our skills and experiences — ultimately evolving into creatures with large eyes and tiny ears if we preserve taking place our current path of observing iPhones all day lengthy.” 

British artist Morag Myerscough, identified for her putting installations equivalent to Temple of Agape in London’s Southbank, has collaborated with Hong Kong’s Ware and  Shin Wong. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Tunisian-born, London-based Dixon progressed from welding furnishings for band and viewers members to working with Italian furnishings designer Enrico Cappellini on the progressive S chair within the 1980s. In 1998, he joined Habitat as head of design, parting methods a decade later as artistic director. In 2002, he arrange the Tom Dixon model of dwelling merchandise whereas concurrently branching out into inside design by the Design Analysis Studio arm of his firm. 

He has been a frequent customer to Hong Kong for the reason that final 30 years. “I nonetheless get a rush of power after I land in Hong Kong,” he says. “Attitudes have shifted from entertaining in eating places to internet hosting folks at dwelling. In fact, it’s at all times difficult as a result of restricted area most individuals have domestically. However most people’s curiosity in design has risen.” 

Dixon says that he sees a giant distinction between folks partaking anonymously in chat rooms in comparison with the private, typically serendipitous, interactions that happen throughout face-to-face conferences. “Encounters don’t occur the identical method digitally,” he argues. “Individuals have a necessity to assemble; it’s a option to refresh themselves by fascinating observations, networking and stunning encounters. I noticed that within the music enterprise, with individuals who attended live shows. The present was one a part of the fun.”  

British-born, Hong Kong-based Michael Younger designed wi-fi audio system for British sound tools model KEF. The merchandise are manufactured within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Larger Bay Space. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Holistic branding 

Born in Sunderland in northern England and based mostly in Hong Kong since 2005, industrial designer Michael Younger feels that Hong Kong’s reference to the UK has resulted in design collaborations that make his merchandise distinctive. His current partnership with British loudspeaker producer KEF is an instance of Sino-British collaboration, as KEF is owned by Victor Lo, head of Create Hong Kong and chairman of Enterprise of Design Week’s steering committee. 

“The world of product design has modified,” states Younger. “To make an impression, design needs to be built-in inside a holistic branding technique. My current merchandise are meant to be past simply type and materials. They’re designed to honor and elevate model heritage, equivalent to my audio system for KEF, or reinvent model tales, equivalent to my clay bowls for Tushan Kiln.”

British-born, Hong Kong-based Michael Younger designed wi-fi audio system for British sound tools model KEF. The merchandise are manufactured within the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Larger Bay Space. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

A stickler for element, Younger selected Hong Kong as his base as a result of its proximity to the Larger Bay Space’s factories that make the merchandise based mostly on his designs. “I work with extremely resourceful factories that produce distinctive issues,” he says. “They’ve a sensibility that doesn’t exist in Europe. It’s a distinct mindset of artistic pondering. That is the most effective place to work — I can do what I need. It was pure to open a studio right here.”

Like Dixon, Younger believes that face time is sorely missing in up to date life. “Occasions and conferences create unification, spirit and comradery of like-minded folks,” he insists, noting that occasions meant to look at and rejoice the worth of design in fashionable life are extra necessary than ever earlier than. “Industrialists, designers and entrepreneurs come collectively at design occasions, whereas producers and influencers come to embrace our {industry}. It’s inspiring.”

London-based Tom Dixon’s eponymous model of furnishings and residential decor is successful with design-conscious Hong Kong folks. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Placing and playful

London-based artist and designer Morag Myerscough says her work stays recent and related partly as a result of collaborative nature of her tasks. Recognized for his or her robust, colourful, energetic vibe, her installations help neighborhood and public interplay. Their boldness — seen in tasks equivalent to Southbank’s Temple of Agape in 2014 and Battersea Energy Station’s Energy Bridge in 2017 — provokes viewers to react. Whereas not all such responses are complimentary, Myerscough’s installations often depart an enduring impression on the viewer’s consciousness. 

 “I’m collaborating now with two good interactive Hong Kong artists, Ware and Shin Wong, on an set up referred to as Make Completely happy These Who’re Close to and These Who’re Far Will Come,” says Myerscough. “It has been an amazing expertise. We’ve not compromised — I’ve executed my factor they usually have executed theirs. The work has come collectively to type a really robust structural set up with lovely, playful content material.”  The piece goes on show in PMQ, in Hong Kong’s Central district from December 13.

London-based Tom Dixon’s eponymous model of furnishings and residential decor is successful with design-conscious Hong Kong folks. (PHOTO PROVIDED TO CHINA DAILY)

Based mostly on a Chinese language proverb, the set up refutes the concept of one-size-fits-all. “It was necessary to make a bit that is stuffed with positivity, hope and power, and produces a real smile in your face,” she explains. “Our construction displays this in its wild maximalist celebration of pleasure to the world round, drawing viewers into an intimate pale pink glowing area to deal with the very delicate responsive interactive set up by Ware.” 

Myerscough feels that private encounters by industry-specific occasions are mandatory and very important to her progress as an artist. She says they’re “nice melting pots of concepts. It is extremely stimulating to listen to totally different views in an intense time period. I’ll possible agree with some views and never with others, and that is so beneficial to develop pondering. Design conferences and occasions are inspiring for anybody to do extra of what they do — or to rethink their work and do it even higher.”

If you happen to go

Make Completely happy These Who’re Close to and These Who’re Far Will Come 

Set up by Morag Myerscough with Ware and Shin Wong 

Dates: Dec 13 – 29

Venue: PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Road, Central

www.pmq.org.hk

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