The world we all live in continues to evolve and if things surrounding us are lagged behind, then our standard of lifestyle will thus be greatly affected. Luckily there are always some exceptional individuals around the world who are so gifted with tremendous talents in better shaping the way we live. And innovative ideas are united at “Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow” in Hong Kong, which is open from today through March 31, 2013 at Asia Society Hong Kong Center.
Curated by the famed Mori Art Museum Director, Fumio Nanjo, 12 award-winning local designers from various backgrounds like lighting, architecture, interior design, jewellery, and fashion.
Having worked with such contemporary tycoons as Anish Kapoor, Damien Hirst and Norman Foster, lighting designer Arnold Chan founded Isometrix, which has offices in both Hong Kong and London. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s dictum, ‘the correct and masterly play of masses brought together in light’, Arnold redefined light as a creative tool that enhances the sense of spatial flow within the three dimensional interior of buildings. Some of his world-famed installations are that for the Walker Art Center, and the recent one for Mariko Mori’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, entitled Rebirth.
The same accomplished in architecture / interior, cL3 Founder and Managing Director William Lim is celebrated for the strong Chinese influence in his architectural and design pieces and public art installations, of which the recent one incorporated traditional Chinese craftsmanship in form of bamboo scaffolding.
Famously named “World’s Leading Chinese Designer” by the Hong Kong Design Centre in 2012, Anthony Lo is now one of the most respected and sought-after car designers and serves Renault as Vice President of Exterior Design. There are other young names not to be missed – pioneering urban bee keeper Michael Leung, acclaimed LED lighting artist Teddy Lo, Yeung Chin, fashion designer known for his creative flair in the reconfiguration of body shape through his clothing design; as well as Elaine Young, whose LAByrinth is a biotech brand blending DNA elements, microscopic images and technologies into fashion. These highly talented designers are pushing the boundaries of our imaginations beyond the traditional means and creating technological innovations that are driving lifestyle changes and affecting our aesthetic perceptions. Good design is built on solid concepts based on our vision and comprehension of the world around us. Contemporary designers must set their unique sights squarely on the future. In doing so, they must evaluate not only how we will live, but also how we should live from every possible angle.
The exhibition aims to leverage the potential of Hong Kong design through presenting the work of leading local designers across different fields. Visitors are expected to see the latest masterpiece of each designer at the historical site of the former explosive magazine compound at the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and to appreciate how the city is drawing on a deep pool of past cultural inspiration to empower imminent lifestyle.
Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow January 31 – March 31, 2013
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive Admiralty