DesignInspire celebrates excellence in design, global creativity and urbanovation
The blockbuster DesignInspire showcasing excellence in design will be held from Thursday to Saturday, December 7-9. Come and experience the best innovative concepts and products from around the world.
Immerse yourself in three days of inspiration
DesignInspire brings together more than 220 exhibitors from 11 countries and regions offering over 620 design objects and projects. With the overarching theme of “Urbanovation: co-create a happy city”, innovative global elites, trend-setting design brands, conglomerates, institutes and other “urbanovators” are here to illustrate how innovation and design solutions would make a significant impact on everyday life in the future. The three days of inspiration provide a window to trends and styles in Asia and beyond through an exciting array of innovative designs, ranging from architectural, digital, experience, graphics, industrial and spatial, to urban and culture. Interactive installations, design masterpieces and award-winning projects are showcased for all to enjoy.
Also, 18 InnoTalks and 15 workshops will engage the audience and elevate the community’s passion for design by providing a platform with valuable insights and first-hand experience with the professionals in the industry. Best of all, the Expo is open to the public and admission is free.
Pavilions of the world
The overseas pavilions are showcasing a broad spectrum of prominent and innovative design work, covering various disciplines from architecture to interior, branding, graphics, product to culture with a global perspective. They include countries and regions of Victoria State from Australia, Japan, Korea, Poland and Sweden to name a few.
Creative Victoria from Australia showcases industrial and graphic design, textiles and fashion, innovative solutions for interior and much more.
Japan, famous for its long history of traditional craft making and the purity of its design, features a Japanese tea room (cha-shitsu) and high-end stylish building hardware led by the Japan Building Materials Association. Tsubame-sanjo, a skilled manufacturing company that produces aesthetic hand-made metal products, will display their delicate craftsmanship.
From Korea, the Chungnam Culture Technology Industry Agency brings a variety of design and innovative digital solutions including graphic, 3D animation design and more.
Sweden is renowned for its elegant design and innovation. Come and experience its minimalist interior design concepts and interactive installations. Of note is the breakthrough innovation for the fast fashion industry presented by H&M and Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel.
Poland is globally well-known as one of the largest furniture exporters in the world. The Polish Pavilion brings together some of the country’s best indoor and outdoor furniture from Bizzarto and other manufacturers, plus sophisticated urban products interior design for visitors to appreciate.
Italy Makes A Difference
The partner country of the Expo this year, Italy has pulled out all the stops to create a spectacular country pavilion. Inspired by the idea of sea and waves symbolic of surfing through the waves of tradition, innovation and creativity, the pavilion presents over 130 latest design-driven innovations, riding on the theme of how “Italy Makes A Difference”.
The highlight of the exhibits is the stunning new Lamborghini Aventador S Roadster featuring an aerodynamic design and technological advancement shown in Hong Kong for the first time. Another icon of Italian motoring is Ducati, with their latest motorbikes designed for the future also showcased at the pavilion.
Urbanovation to the fore
Curated by HKTDC in collaboration with three local curators, the thematic pavilion is a magnet for visitors. Under the Expo theme of “Urbanovation – co-create a happy city”, it examines the interconnectedness of technology and design, and looks into how creative solutions would help resolve issues in the society, with the aim of shaping a happier, more efficient and user-friendly city for all to enjoy.
The pavilion gathers 21 innovations, creative projects, concepts and solutions created by 27 collaborators from Hong Kong and around the world with sub-themes of “Urban Residence”, “Digital Edutainment” and “People-Centric Lifestyle Products”. Under “Urban Residence”, Avoid Obvious Architects presents concepts for sustainable cities with a focus on combining art with innovation. Check out their plan for the City of Shenzhen with a game-changing transport solution and a smart city known as “WeTown” in Vancouver, planned to house 40,000 new residents within an 8-minute walkable loop. Visit the OPod demo house, an experimental, low cost, micro- living housing unit inside a concrete water pipe presented by James Law Cybertecture. Come and explore the “ImseCAVE” developed by the department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Hong Kong and “imseDOME” by Hactis and for an immersive virtual edutainment experience.
One of the big hits under “People-Centric Lifestyle Products” is ORII, the world’s first voice-powered smart ring using bone conduction technology to turn your finger into a smartphone.
Other exhibits that take Urbanovation to new heights include the Tesla electric car model X, robotics and innovative architectural solutions that showcase the smart lifestyle, smart mobility and virtual reality gaming experiences. Using the many interactive games and diagrams, you can easily explore the exhibition at your own pace.
Hong Kong Creative Force
The local creative community is well represented at the Expo. Supported by Create Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Creative Force Pavilion features more than 100 design talents from various disciplines to showcase Hong Kong’s dynamic and innovative design to explore new possibilities and innovative solutions with the concepts of “Play”, “Live” and “Inspire”.
Shop designer items
Make your last stop at the retail pop-ups where designers and brands such as Rado present their limited and deluxe edition pieces. Bring home a memento that is both functional and aesthetic.
Don’t miss this three-day inspirational experience that will be filled with many insta-worthy moments. It’s time to get inspired!
Date: December 7-8 (Thursday-Friday) 9:30am-7:00pm
December 9 (Saturday) 9:30am-6:30pm
Venue: Halls 3DE, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Admission: Free admission for all trade and public visitors