It's still two months away, but Hong Kong is set to stage the inaugural International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong (IDFFHK), Asia's first luxury design, furniture and lifestyle fair, in August. More than 20 of the world's most prestigious brands will showcase their newest collections, including international heavyweights such as Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Baccarat, Lalique, Tuuci, BellaVista, FoxCat, renowned architect Zaha Hadid and Hong Kong's own Tang Tang Tang Tang.

It's been a long time coming for Hong Kong to host an event of this calibre, but with China and the rest of Asia becoming the global powerhouse for growth in the luxury sector, the timing could not have been better. The fair will display the ingenuity and creativity of who's who in design, pioneering the way that furniture, kitchen and home accessories are brought together, and inspiring an increasingly discerning public to make design a part of their lives.

WHAT: International Design Furniture Fair Hong Kong

WHEN: August 21-23, 2015

WHERE: Hong Kong

HIGHLIGHTS:

• The three-day programme includes keynote speeches and panel discussions with some of the most influential names in the industry, including Fred Clarke of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, Andre Fu of AFSO, and Lyndon Neri of Neri & Hu. As a founding member of his firm, Clarke has been responsible for important landmarks including the International Finance Centre in Hong Kong and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur. Fu graduated from Cambridge University in 2000 and founded AFSO in the same year. The boutique studio has headed a series of well-known projects, including The Upper House hotel in Admiralty.

• A pre-show VIP exhibition and reception will be held on August 20. The reception will gather the brightest minds in the industry, and will be sure to set creative juices flowing before the fair opens for private viewing on August 21, and to the public on August 22 and 23.

Stephanie Ip