Down to Business

25 november 2013 / design / words christopher dewolf

01-05 Renovation of Hong Kong’s Pacific Place (Images by Iwan Baan and Heatherwick Studio) by Thomas Heatherwick (Image by Elena Heatherwick); 06-09 Billie Tsien and Tod Williams for the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (Images by John Nye and Asia Society Hong Kong Center)10-13 Raas Jodhpur by The Lotus Praxis Initiative; 14 This year’s lineup of speakers, (from left) Toyo Ito (Image by Yoshiaki Tsuisui), Richard Florida (Image by Lorne Bridgman), Antoni Vives Thomas; 15 The previous edition of Detour was held in the former Wan Chai Police Station; 16 Detour 2012 Vernissage.


Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week returns with star speakers, a Belgian focus and a unique takeover of the city’s trams.

Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week has played no small part in making Hong Kong one of Asia’s design hubs, pairing an always-exciting roster of top-notch designers with the city’s renowned business savvy. Here’s what to look out for at BODW’s 11th edition, which kicks off December 2nd and runs until the 7th.

BODW Forum: The heart and soul of BODW, this three-day conference attracts thousands of designers and industry types from around the world. This year’s lineup of speakers includes Pritzker-winning architect Toyo Ito, creative economy guru Richard Florida and the deputy mayor of Barcelona, Antoni Vives Thomas. Every year, there’s a new partner country, and this year it’s Belgium, which means plenty of chances to hear from the small country’s best and brightest: architect Charles Kaisin, furniture designer Xavier Lust and influential car designer Lowie Vermeersch, to name just a few.

Detour: BODW’s easy-going spinoff festival, Detour takes a fun, populist approach to design, art and music. While previous editions have thrown open the doors to derelict buildings, including a Victorian-era jail and an abandoned police dormitory, this year’s Detour hits the streets with four specially-designed trams that include a mobile restaurant, classroom, music venue and light-sealed “black box.” Along the way are five venues stocked with design installations, workshops and special events.

HKDC Awards: Every year, the Hong Kong Design Centre organizes a host of awards for design excellence, with honors for students, lifetime achievement, design leadership and more. Last year’s Design for Asia award winners are a who’s who of top international designers, among them Thomas Heatherwick for his renovation of Hong Kong’s Pacific Place, Billie Tsien and Tod Williams for the Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the Lotus Praxis Initiative for the restoration of the Raas Jodhpur.


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