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For design ideas, head to Hong Kong

Oct 01. 2018
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By The Nation

The Hong Kong Design Institute and Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education have three interesting exhibitions rolling out this month.

 World-class visionaries and innovators will be presenting ideas in various design disciplines, from multimedia and interaction design to landscape architecture and urban development, costume design and art direction.

“Not only do the exhibitions represent an extension of our diversified academic programmes, they are also a platform for us to engage with the wider public, to raise interest and arouse discussion about the importance of design in our lives,” says principal Dr Lay Lian Ong.

From October 6 to January 27, the multimedia exhibition “Interactive and Playful – Swiss Design from Zurich University of the Arts” will present 10 recent outstanding projects by students and graduates in industrial design, visual communication, sensory explorations and interactive installations. 

Highlights include the interactive kinetic light installation “Through Momentum”; and “Titan Arum”, an interactive installation of the extremely rare moment of the blooming of the largest flower in the world. “Smell Forward” is a fictional exploration of the scents of the past, present and future.

The exhibition “Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec – Urban Daydreaming” will feature urban development scenarios from October 27 to February 17. 

Borrowed from the Vitra Design Museum, the Bouroullec brothers are one of the most internationally sought-after designer duos of the decade. They won the Designer of the Year Wallpaper Design Award in 2016 and were among the judges in 2017.

The French siblings will show 20 sets of research models and animations, giving visitors a wide-ranging study of possible urban-development solutions.

“Clouds” is a half-pergola, half-vegetal shelter that doubles as a floating garden. “Pergola” is a depiction of vegetation forming a shaded pathway. 

Oscar-winning art director and artist Tim Yip will have his first large-scale solo exhibition, “Tim Yip: Blue – Art, Costumes and Memory”, from November 17 to March 31. Capturing the evolution of his artistic journey, the show will bring to life his collaborations with some of the world’s best filmmakers. 

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