Milan—Hong Kong Design

New Forms and Functions in Parallel with Italian Iconic Works

Students of PolyU Design are honoured to join the Italian design masters and students from other local universities in the ‘Milan-Hong Kong Design’ exhibition at Hong Kong Arts Centre, organized by the Italian Cultural Institute as part of the ‘Design Made in Hong Kong 2020-2021’ project.

The students who are from Years 3 and 4 of the BA(Hons) in Product Design programme led by Dr Brian Lee will showcase their design works from the SD3468 Furniture Design subject conducted in the September 2020 semester. These works were created under the brief as follows:

In the exploration of the societal needs and living patterns of micro-apartments in Hong Kong, the project aims to envision alternative scenarios on how furniture system response to our emerging challenge arose from pandemic outbreak, social distancing, limited living space, quality and sustainable living. The outcome will showcase innovative concepts on quality living in limited space which can inspire other tier-one high population cities. The project will also explore and implement advanced bamboo technology into the development of modular system design.

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About the Exhibition

Among the project "Design Made in Hong Kong 2020-2021", conceived to activate a bridge of mutual exchange between Europe and Asia in the name of design, on the occasion of the first exhibition dedicated to the project that will be held in the Hong Kong Arts Centre in the spring of 2021, it was decided to give ample space not only to the projects of the three schools and designers, but also to the design of the great Italian masters, from the 1970s to the 1990s.

A period of great experimentation and of an open gaze on the world, of turmoil and change.

In light of the recurring references to the design of the past, frequently observed during the webinars/bridges between Milan and Hong Kong, it was decided to activate a conversation not only between different countries, between emerging designers and students, but also between past and present.

And in particular between a period as dense and complex as ours and an era equally marked by great changes, which have influenced design like few other historical periods.

In this way, it seemed to us that the circle was closing: the fruition and research of hong kong schools in an open dialogue with Italian designers from today and yesterday. Within the background the market of the sector, the maximum systems of design, research and innovation and the complexity of the international situation.