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HKTDC’s ‘RetroInnovations’ opens at Harbour City

22 November 2019 – Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), DesignInspire will be held next month (5-7 December) to showcase outstanding designs and award-winning projects, as well as providing creative solutions for the design industry. The three-day event is open to both trade and public visitors and is free of charge. As a prelude to DesignInspire, the “RetroInnovations” exhibition opens tomorrow (23 November) and runs until 1 December at the Gallery by the Harbour at Harbour City in Tsim Sha Tsui. Showcasing Hong Kong traditions and modern creativity For the show, 26 young local design talents from various disciplines − including architecture, product design and accessories/fashion design − were commissioned by the HKTDC to create a series of contemporary installations under the theme “RetroInnovations”, paying tribute to the city’s cultural traditions by reinterpreting them. During their preparations for the show, the designers experienced the essence of traditional culture and craftsmanship from the masters who helped to make Hong Kong what it is today. Architect Ming Ho said: “Traditional craftsmanship has been through a lengthy period of evaluation and accumulated wisdom, which can inspire today’s designers to explore new creative directions.” Designer Benny Lee said that he “draws inspiration from local traditions” and wanted to use traditional craftsmanship to build a connection between his artwork and the audience. Visitors to the exhibition are invited to interact with the installations and experience the ingenious way that cultural traditions have been reimagined into modern design pieces. DesignInspire opens next month The third edition of DesignInspire runs under the theme “Co-create Sustainable Cities”, aiming to promote the sustainable development of the urban environment and pay heed to the importance of preserving aspects of traditional culture. The “Hong Kong Creative Force” pavilion, sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, is a campaign to raise public awareness of local creative talents. Young Hong Kong designers are given the opportunity to promote their innovative creations to local and overseas visitors, using the platform to connect with the local business sector and international markets. The pavilion will showcase the design projects of 131 designers and 12 local institutions, featuring art installations that take inspiration from Hong Kong’s traditional handicrafts. A series of interactive events will be arranged for visitors during the event that aim to promote design and innovative thinking. They include various talks plus STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and design workshops. Visitors can also buy design products from a pop-up store at the event. DesignInspire is open to the public, with free admission over all three days. RetroInnovations Roadshow DesignInspire Date: 23 Nov-1 Dec 2019 Date: 5-7 December 2019 Venue: Gallery by the Harbour, Level 2, Harbour City, Tsim Sha Tsui Venue: Halls 3DE, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre Time: 11am-10pm Time: 5-6 Dec: 9:30am-7pm 7 Dec: 9:30am-6:30pm Admission: Free Admission: Free