Over 70 speakers from more than 15 countries to present at this year’s BODW Summit at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with concurrent city-wide events.
Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), co-organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and sponsored by Create Hong Kong, Business of Design Week (BODW), Asia’s leading annual design event is in full force this week. Held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event runs from 3-8 December, 2018.
This year’s summit takes on the theme of ‘Think ∙ Collaborate ∙ Create’, presented in collaboration with partner city, Melbourne, which is cited as the world’s most liveable city by the Economist Intelligence Unit for seven consecutive years (2011-2017). The event features more than 70 speakers from over 15 countries and regions to present the latest industry insights and to promote the advancement of the creative industries.
“BODW represents a core component of the Hong Kong Design Centre’s public mission to promote a good design culture and cultivate design thinking for all,” said Dr. Edmund Lee, Executive Director of HKDC. “We are thrilled to see this event grow from strength to strength since its inception in 2002 to become one of the most important events on the global design calendar.”
The week-long event will feature more than 20 events, including the BODW Summit, BODW City Programmes and a series of concurrent events, all with the aim of providing a platform for business and creative leaders to exchange ideas, network, and explore new business opportunities.
An anchor event of the week, the BODW Summit presents a stellar lineup of international speakers to share the latest industry insights and to promote the wide and strategic use of design for cities, the economy, culture and living. In addition, new sessions focusing on Digital & Design, the Greater Bay Area & Design and more, will be introduced this year.
Speakers to Watch
Creative Director ∙ Teo Yang Studio ∙ South Korea
Teo Yang started his career travelling and working in many vibrant cities, such as Amsterdam, Berlin and Los Angeles, designing luxury interiors for boutique hotels and homes. After many amazing years of learning and creating in these beautiful cities, he moved home to his beloved city, Seoul, and established Teo Yang Studio in 2009.
Over the course of his career, Yang has worked on interior design projects all over Asia, some of which have been featured in prestige media such as Vogue Living, The World of Interiors, Wallpaper*, Monocle, Design Anthology, and The New Yorker. He had the opportunity to work for and learn from the legendary designer Marcel Wanders. Yang holds degrees from The Art Institute of Chicago, and studied Environmental Design from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
Currently, Yang works as an industrial design professor at Konkuk University. Teo Yang Studio strongly believes that heritage is the key to space innovation, especially in a country where forward thinking and cutting-edge is celebrated.
DAVID FLACK & MARK ROBINSON
Principal / Founder & Practice & Strategy Manager ∙ Flack Studio ∙ Melbourne
Flack Studio, led by David Flack and Mark Robinson, is an interior architecture and design practice based in Melbourne. Established in 2014, Flack Studio works across residential, commercial and hospitality environments.
Flack is armed with experience and skill acquired in his formative years working within collaborative environments at some of Melbourne’s most esteemed design practices, while Robinson brings 20 years of experience in the film industry to the design world. Flack’s personality influences his style, and his clients welcome his approachability and ever-curious nature. Flack’s youth and tendency to embrace whimsy and freshness in everyday life brings a contemporary balance to his aesthetic, which is informed by a respect for the architecture and design of bygone eras, his regular travel adventures, and an appreciation of discovering unusual and beautiful things.
The Flack Studio aesthetic is contemporary yet respectfully classic. Its designs are bold and elegantly masculine, nodding to restrained stateliness but offset with unexpected, light-hearted elements. Holding craftsmanship in high regard, Flack and Robinson combine warm materials with clean lines, textural palettes and fine detailing. The end result is considered and welcoming spaces.
Founding Partner ∙ Neri&Hu Design and Research Office ∙ Mainland of China
Lyndon Neri is a Founding Partner of Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, an inter-disciplinary international architectural design practice based in Shanghai with an additional office in London. Neri&Hu are the Overall Winner of The PLAN Award 2018, named EDIDA Designers of the Year 2017 and Interior Designers of the Year of Iconic Awards 2017 by German Design Council, Maison&Objet Asia Designers of The Year 2015 and Wallpaper* Designers of The Year 2014.
In 2013, Neri was inducted into the U.S. Interior Design Hall of Fame. The practice was selected as the 2011 INSIDE Festival Overall Winner, won AR Awards for Emerging Architecture 2010 by Architectural Review (UK) and was one of the Design Vanguards in 2009 by Architectural Record (US).
Neri is also a co-founder of Design Republic, a modern design platform incorporating retail concept, design/cultural exhibitions and educational events. Neri received his Master of Architecture at Harvard University and his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture at UC Berkeley.
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