International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong 2017: Highlights

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by Valencia Tong

International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong 2017: Highlights
This year's edition of International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong 2017 (Image courtesy of IDFFHK)

Themed "Redefining Luxury", the second edition of IDFFHK showcasing works by locally and internationally acclaimed designers and architects has just closed. In case you have missed the fair that happened from 25th to 27th August 2017, we have selected some must-see designs. Check out the highlights of this year's fair!

(from left to right): Mr. Tony Yue, Chairman of Elite Sports Committee Mr. Joey Ho, Chairman of Hong Kong Interior Design Association Mr. Roger Wu, Chairman of Royal Institute of British Architects, Hong Kong Chapter Mr. Edmond Yue, Council member of HK General Chamber of Commerce Mrs. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Ms. Winnie Yue, Founder and Director of IDFF Mr. Tung Chee-hwa, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference Mr. Victor Hui Chun Fui, GBS, MBE, JP Mr. Marvin Chen, President of Hong Kong Institute of Architects Mr. Oskar He, President of Asia Pacific Designers Federation

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This year's International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong was held in partnership with IMM Cologne for the first time, and was divided into three sections: Dialogue Speakers Series, Gallery Showcases and Design Exhibitions.

Director of IDFFHK, Winnie Yue, comments on this edition of the fair, "I am extremely excited that the second edition of IDFFHK has gone far beyond our last fair in many ways. I hope young talents and the public were inspired through the delicately designed exhibitions and our signature forums by acclaimed professionals."

We take a look at the Design Exhibitions to see what the designers have created.

"City of Towers" Design Exhibition by Zaha Hadid Design

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Installation View of "City of Towers" Design Exhibition by Zaha Hadid Design

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City of Towers

City of Towers is an installation presented by Zaha Hadid Design, which showcases a selection of 3D-printed designs for high-rise buildings researched and conceptualized by Zaha Hadid Architects. This exhibition was first presented in its complete form in the UK, and has subsequently traveled to different parts of the world. The installation documents the process for the conceptualization of a tower, which includes various versions as it evolves within a project. Visitors can circumambulate the freestanding installation to view the designs up-close.

"Das Haus Asia’s ‘18m²’" Design Exhibition by William Lim

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"Das Haus Asia’s ‘18m²’" Design Exhibition by William Lim

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Das Haus Asia's '18m²'

Hong Kong is known for its high population density and tiny living spaces. With this design, architect William Lim examines the possibilities of housing in a living capsule with a floor area of 18m², and a height of 3.8m. This nano apartment, as compact as it seems, is equipped with 2 bedrooms, kitchen and bathroom. The architect hopes to respond to the context of the city in which the design fair is held, and to use creative designs to address the housing issue.

"Mr Chan Tea Room" Design Exhibition by Alan Chan

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"Mr Chan Tea Room" Design Exhibition by Alan Chan

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Mr Chan Tea Room

Designer Alan Chan has been creating designs that references tea culture. In this edition of the fair, Mr Chan Tea Room fosters connoisseurship and allows visitors to appreciate tea in a setting that provides great ambience. In his new Silk Road furniture collection, Alan Chan crafts sculptural works in dark walnut wood, which are inspired by 17th century Victorian courting bench and Asian aesthetics. He also creates black steel tea ware to heighten the experience of tea appreciation.

"Z Chair" by Antony Chan in "10cc" Design Exhibition

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"1317" by One Plus Partnership in "10cc" Design Exhibition

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10cc

Curated by Patrick Leung, 10 local designers present their designs inspired by daily life in the city of Hong Kong. In response to the rapid socio-economic changes and the notion of the "Lion Rock Spirit" imprinted in people's collective memory, the designers capture the essence of the city's nostalgia and innovation through furniture design.

"On Reading Single Family House 1.5: A Tale of Habitation in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan" Design Exhibition

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On Reading Single Family House 1.5 : A Tale of Habitation in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan

This exhibition, curated by Anderson Lee, provides insight into the dialogue between specific clients of single family houses and the architects who design the houses. Since the exhibition features architecture in three different places, the variations are juxtaposed against each other, revealing the differences due to their respective social, political, and economic constructs. Based on these factors, the public gets to know the process behind building these houses, which is usually formed in the private domain.

 

To find out more about this year's IDFFHK programme, click here.


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