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Knowledge of Design Week 2024 Presents “Inter/Section: Crafting Tomorrow’s Design Pursuit of Innovative Design: Fusing Craftsmanship and Technology”

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Organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), together with France, Partner Country of Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 2024, Hong Kong Design Institute and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design as Co-organisers, and Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government) as the Lead Sponsor, KODW 2024 gathers over 30 renowned industry experts, creative leaders and artisans in fields spanning exhibition design, architecture, built environments, design education and craftsmanship from around the world for a three-day event across 25 to 27 June 2024 at the W Hong Kong hotel and various offsite venues in Hong Kong.

Photo from Hong Kong Design Centre

With the theme “Inter/Section: Crafting Tomorrow’s Design”, KODW 2024 seeks to embrace the exchange of ideas and collaborations across diverse disciplines. In an interconnected world, such intersections have become increasingly essential for designers. Design integrates with artistry, technology, culture and more, fostering groundbreaking creations and unlocking untapped opportunities. It is within these intersections of wisdom, innovation and heritage that the transformative power of design unfolds in order to make positive impacts on our ever-changing society.

Drawing on France’s unique strength in craftsmanship, KODW 2024, Asia’s premier event on design knowledge exchange, gathers creators, artisans and policymakers who will envision and bring to life cutting-edge approaches through innovative designs, and showcase the fusion of aesthetics, technology and utility. As a nexus of East-meets-West, Hong Kong serves as an international design hub, enabling the shaping of the future of design and innovation.

Following the first partnership in 2009, France returns as Partner Country of Business of Design Week (BODW) again in 2024. KODW 2024 will be the inaugural flagship event under this annual partnership between France and HKDC. Additionally, France will be facilitating a series of design-related projects in Hong Kong, such as bringing Maison&Objet, the Parisian trade fair for product and interior design, home collections and fashion, to Hong Kong as part of the “Design December” initiative launching later this year. The debut of the Maison&Objet in Asia, alongside BODW 2024, seek to position Hong Kong as the premier destination of global design, culture, business and tourism in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

Prof. Eric Yim, Chairman of HKDC, says, “Design thinking and interdisciplinary collaboration can open up vast new opportunities. This is an important topic to Hong Kong society at large, as we urgently need quality design to tackle our rapidly evolving challenges. We anticipate that over the three-day KODW 2024 event, which gathers France’s design pioneers alongside numerous creative professionals from the rest of the world, will bring to us a fresh wave of inspiration through the sharing of knowledge and experience. This will undoubtedly empower the integration of design into cultural development and commercial ventures, further strengthening Hong Kong’s position as an international design hub.”

The year 2024 also marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-France diplomacy. Christile Drulhe, Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, says “On behalf of France, it is an honour for us to be the Partner Country of KODW 2024. We are very much looking forward to the creative dialogues between excellent artisans and designers from France and other incredible creators in the arts and design world, to share knowledge of cross-disciplinary design power and foster cultural exchange between East and West.”

Programme Highlights

Under the theme “Inter/Section: Crafting Tomorrow’s Design”, KODW 2024 brings together creative leaders from France and around the world to foster the exchange of ideas over a variety of key topics. In the opening keynote session, Nathalie Crini貥, CEO, Agence NC, will take the stage to explore the cross-pollination of design across disciplines and countries/ regions, sharing her experience in using scenography to harmoniously integrate retail design with interior design, having created exhibition spaces for La Galerie Dior in Paris and Cartier & Women at the Hong Kong Palace Museum in the past. Following her presentation, Laurent Ungerer, a graphic designer who previously collaborated with Picasso Museum (Mus饠national Picasso-Paris) and Louis Vuitton Foundation, will share insights regarding the creation of a new visual identity for the Notre Dame Cathedral as part of its restoration.

Mainland Chinese speakers include Dong Gong, the award-winning architect who will be speaking on the concept of built environment in spatial design; and Frank Chou, who will be sharing insights on furniture design, and the fusion of East and West practices.  Dutch designer Lex Pott, renowned for his artistry and unique focus on raw materials, will also be present to discuss his work.

They are also joined by other esteemed professionals in the following line-up:

FocusSpeakers at a GlanceCountry / Region / Location of Origin
Scenography and Exhibition DesignNathalie Crinière, CEO, Agence NCSylvie Corréard, CEOLes Arts Décoratifs (MAD)FranceFrance
Architecture and Built Environment Dong Gong, Founder & Design Principal, Vector Architects | Foreign Member, French Academy of ArchitectureShirley Surya, Curator, Design & Architecture, M+Simon Hsu, Partner, io Architects | Adjunct Associate Professor, Chinese University of Hong KongSherman Kung, Managing Director, Sherman Kung & Associates Architects Ltd.The Mainland  Hong KongHong Kong Hong Kong 
Craftsmanship and Artisans Carole Calvez, Olfactory Designer & Nose, Iris & MorphéeMathieu Bassée, Artistic Director, Studio MTXOlivier Segura, Managing Director, L’ECOLE Asia PacificPenelope Luk, Creative Director, Crafts on PeelFrance FranceHong Kong                 Hong Kong
Design EducationAlexis Georgacopoulos, Director, University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL)Rama Gheerawo, Director, The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of ArtSwitzerland United Kingdom
Transformative BrandsMarianne Lardilleux, Director of Global Retail Design, AesopAlan Chan, Founder & Creative Director, Alan Chan Design CompanyDennis Chan, Founder & Creative Director, Qeelin LimitedKwanho Li, Partner, MLKK StudioCalvin Sio, Founder & CEO, Zence Object Technology | Director of Sustainability, ChazenceFrance Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong Macau
Furniture and Product DesignKwangho Lee, Founder, Kwangho Lee Office & Kwangho Lee StudioLex Pott, Founder & Designer, LEX POTTFrank Chou, Founder & Creative Director, Frank Chou Design StudioKorea The NetherlandsThe Mainland
Communication Design and AI Laurent Ungerer, Founder & CEO, c-albumEmilios Theofanous, Creative Type Director, MonotypeFranceUnited Kingdom

KODW 2024 Programmes (25 to 27 June)

KODW 2024 boasts a lineup of face-to-face activities with over 30 sessions of forums, workshops and masterclasses, as well as meet-the-speakers and networking events, promising a diverse and interactive experience for participants. A Networking Cocktail Reception will be hosted by HKDC on 25 June, and the InnoDesign Leadership-Forum-cum-CEO Dinner will be co-hosted by HKDC and France on 26 June.

To facilitate dialogue and professional application on craftsmanship, creativity and design, the hands-on workshops and interactive masterclasses of KODW 2024 seek to stimulate inspirations through interactive learning and the exchange of successful case studies. The workshops and masterclasses on 25 and 26 June will take place at W Hong Kong, and will be led by pioneers and creative leaders from all over the world:

Workshop:

Masterclass:

  • How should Design be taught today? led by Alexis GeorgacopoulosDirector of University of Art and Design Lausanne (ECAL) (Switzerland)
  • Creative Leadership: Shaping Tomorrows Design,led by Rama Gheerawo, Director of The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, Royal College of Art (United Kingdom)
  • Building the Shape of Time, led by Dong Gong, Founder & Design Principal of Vector Architects (The Mainland)

Participants can look forward to exploring Hong Kong’s diverse creative landscape through interactive off-site workshops on 27 June:

  • The Masterclass: Alan Chan’s Inspiring Zensation Journey, hosted by Alan Chan, Founder & Creative Director, Alan Chan Design Company (Venue: CVIEW, 16/F of M+)
  • “The Secrets of Jewelry Design” Conversation,hosted by Pauline Revet, Jewelry Designer & Lecturer at L’ECOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, and Mathilde Rondouin, Art Historian & Lecturer at L’ECOLE, School of Jewelry Arts. (Venue: L’ECOLE Asia Pacific, School of Jewelry Arts at K11 MUSEA)

Stay tuned for more information on KODW 2024 and learn about the intersection of craftsmanship and technological innovation in cross-disciplinary design at 2024.kodw.org/en.

Event tickets are on sale now, visit 2024.kodw.org/en/ticketing for more details. The “Speaker Set” tickets are available exclusively during the promotion period and allow participants to network directly with KODW 2024 speakers in-person. 

The interactive design knowledge platform under HKDC, bodw+, presents new membership privileges include unlimited access to the exciting content of KODW and BODW. The online premiere of KODW 2024 will be on 17 July 2024 and members of bodw+ can review full recordings of KODW 2024 on the bodw+ website. Join bodw+ and stay abreast of what’s happening in the global design and business worlds: bodw.com/zh-hk/membership.

*Cover Photo/Thumbnail Photo from Hong Kong Design Centre

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