We joined the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) to promote and introduce Hong Kong’s designers and the creative ecologies to our overseas audience at the Milan Design Week 2014. Working together with curator Nille Juul-Sørensen from Copenhagen, our scope of work included: thorough curatorial research of more than 60 Hong Kong designers from various disciplines; sourcing visual materials from designers; preparing and hosting of interviews; literature writing on exhibition theme and biography of each designer; and engaging in close dialogue with Hong Kong Design Centre, overseas curator, local designers, and various external parties.
We started off the project by studying Hong Kong design history in relation to the city’s economic, cultural and social development since the 1940s. Our introduction and analysis of the three evolving roles of Hong Kong designers – problem solvers, problem finders and facilitators – at different time helped us to set the greater framework for subsequent writings on each designer thereafter. After identifying the suitable artists and designers, we coordinated with our network of writers to write up biographies, prepare interview questions, as well as handling numerous back and forth requests and correspondences.