Cheung Lui 張鐳

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In my 4-year study in School of Design, I spent time applying design skills learnt to toy, experience and sustainable design. Despite busy school works, I always leave time to study digital entertainment + interactive storytelling and try integrating stuffs learnt into my design process.

Turn: the work 3 Wise Monkeys: Against Digital Dementia - which I produced as my Final Year School Project. It is a work of future-focused design fiction aimed at creating rooms for debate of Digital Dementia, by using fictional scenario and physical prototypes to raise questions about possible changes of design and technology.

Projects

50+20 Collaboratory: Seesaw & Carpet Bench

A series of eight benches have been recently designed with the core theme of upcycling, echoing the "50+20 Agenda – Renewing Business Education in Asia" Conference on sustainability previously held on 16 & 17 July. Benches designed symbolise conversation and co-creation, provided seats to the participants in the conference. Two of them are highlighted below:

  • Tutor: KaCaMa Design Lab
  • Design Team: Ray Cheung, Ranger Hui, Ivy Tai, Josie Wong

Our team created two benches while participating, tutored by young designers from KaCaMa Design Lab. These benches were constructed from damaged tire and unclaimed carpets after exhibitions. The creations in representation of prac-ticality and the philosophy of “50+20” extend an invitation to connect, to talk and to share.

#1: Seesaw Bench: Tires do have a dynamic image!

"Its balanced aesthetic and contrast in shapes make it a sculptural object despite being produced from otherwise unsightly materials!"     -Yanko Design

Our team got an initial idea of lifting and lowering and focused on the interaction between people sitting on the bench, which could act as a “booster” facilitating interpersonal communication. Then we started to look for tires for our design's features of bending and rotation. After requesting around Hung Hom, several car repairing shops gave our team damaged tires, and the materials are ready for the making after cleaning and transformation.

Tires do have a dynamic image. When it matches with a see-saw idea, a new meaning is given.

#2: Carpet Bench: Breaking the convention of bench

"These benches create a strong visual impact and reinforce the issues discussed."     -50+20 Agenda

The design arises from the desire to create a bench which allows people to find their way of arranging seats for easier communication. It breaks the convention that benches are usually designed for seating in one direction. Users can sit side by side like sitting on any common type of a bench, or pull a seat away from the other part of the bench to allow face-to-face communication. Side back designs allow one’s privacy that people can turn aside from others.

Seeing tons of exhibition carpet waste being dumped into landfill, our team came up with a way to make use of the waste product in which its flexibility to create different forms fits the feature of the bench.

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In the Media

Yanko Design

i-Milk

10 Day Fest

50Plus20

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Upcycling Projects for Shangri-La: Luggage Storage System & Elephant Sculpture

PolyU Design was in collaboration with Shangri-La International Hotel Management Limited that we product design students and engineering students formed teams to create functional and beautiful design products with obsolete items from the hotels.

Themed ‘Shangri-La Re-Creates: The Search for the Best Upcycled Design’, the project selected six teams which made good use of various post-consumed materials to the final round. Our team is glad and lucky to be one of those four final winners.

    

  • Material Provider: The Shangri-La International Hotel Management Ltd.
  • Project Tutor: Brian Lee, Benny Ding Leong
  • Design Team: Ray Cheung, Ranger Hui, Ivy Tai, Josie Wong

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#1: Luggage Storage System: "Camel Carrier"

Understanding Hotel Jen’s demand of renewing the existing luggage-keeping service, Our team created a symbolic luggage storage system for short-term luggage arrangement in the lobby.

We gave ourselves a challenge in turning messy clustered luggage into an organised and decorative form, while keeping staffs' existing habits in the service.

For a friendly image, we chose camel, which is a type of animal-powered transport on land. It associates with the concept of exchange of goods in a business trip, and has a symbol of leisure activity, matching Hotel Jen’s culture.

IMPRESS. Arrival experience starts in the lobby. Within the first 15 minutes, impressing visitors with young mind is our approach, and we wish to welcome them in an energetic way. Interactions between staffs and visitors will naturally start with it in a form of icebreaker, after the request of storing luggages. A new and fun process will then be introduced.

(*Poster - How the final work is made?)

EASY-MANAGE. With the product interface, staffs efficiently check the situation of the luggages, which are well arranged by its tag pocket design. Adding luggages become much more convenient and secure with ropes equipped with number locks.

BE CLOSER. In material selection, we chose the old staff locker from Hotel Jen. Staff lockers protected staffs’ personal belongings, and we are glad to transform it for protecting guests’ belongings now. This story-telling potential, which we discovered at the beginning of the project, will enrich the story of the upcycled product itself, and also its relationships and interactions with staffs and guests in Hotel Jen.

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#2: Elephant Sculpture: "The Lost Shadow"

It was not just an award, but a chance to have our upcycled work in the real world! Our team is luckily to have one more cooperative project with Shangri-La. Shangri-La's Hambantota Resort & Spa, Sri Lanka, launched the Elephant R.U.N. (Reuse + Upcycle = New Art), which is an elephant-sculpture-making event in 2015. Our sculpture is now displaying in the resort.

Concept: In the search of elephant beauty, an image of Asian elephant inspired us that the head alone has the symbolic potential to represent the whole figure without losing most of its features. Then, it is all about visualizing and making our idea come concrete.

Done with an old material of upcycled metal mesh. We imagine this would be the feeling if Asian elephant really disappeared. The good news is, we still have hope for saving them. Carrying this hope, we name it "The Lost Shadow", indicating a speculative picture of disappearing Asian elephant in the possible future, and wish we could make people aware of that.

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In the Media

Hong Kong Economic Times (11 Feb 2015)

Apex Manual (3 Feb 2016)

Hong Kong Economic Journal (20 Feb 2016)

TVB Jade’s Finance Magazine (11 Jan)

Modern Home Magazine

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