HKF&DA (Hong Kong)

HK-UK: Design, Artistry and Craftsmanship


Project HK-UK: Design, Artistry and Craftsmanship is a 10-month mentorship with creative collaboration programme organised by the Hong Kong Furniture and Decoration Trade Association (HKF&DA), non-profit organization founded in 1955, to nurture young design talent and promote industry connections. It explores cross- and multicultural design partnerships through both discussions and debates, and also the design and evolution of live projects.

The eighteen unique, imaginative pieces on display cover local and global themes from architecture, jewellery, calligraphy and poetry to zen and contemporary urban lifestyles. Six HK multidisciplinary designers collaborated with six UK furniture designers, while 40 budding HK designers worked on the same themes with local design and production mentors.

The enthralling results are the coalescence of design creativity and production innovation. To name a few: 24+1 is a chic, rotating sofa-desk for a contemporary lifestyle, which defies a distinct work/life boundary; Zense is a neat, stripped-down home station with precise geometry and woodcraft. UK designers are also responding to Asian aesthetics and international trends. Among them, Clix is a foldable, portable chair that architects can carry, while Compact Mobile is a movable piece of furniture that incorporates jewellery storage, a dressing mirror and a stool, inspired by ancient Chinese jewellery boxes.