Under the theme \u201cRetroInnovations\u201d, in the occasion of DesignInspire 2019, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council invited 26 emerging young design talents from various disciplines \u2013 including architecture, spatial, graphic, product, accessories and fashion design \u2013 to create a series of contemporary installations to re-interpret and pay tribute to traditional culture. \n\n\n\nDuring their preparations for the show, the designers experienced the essence of traditional culture and craftsmanship from the masters who helped to make Hong Kong what it is today. \n\n\n\nArchitect Ming Ho said: \n\n\n\n\u201cTraditional craftsmanship has been through a lengthy period of evaluation and accumulated wisdom, which can inspire today\u2019s designers to explore new creative directions.\u201d \n\n\n\nDesigner Benny Lee said that he \n\n\n\n\u201cdraws inspiration from local traditions\u201d \n\n\n\nand wanted to use traditional craftsmanship to build a connection between his artwork and the audience.\n\n\n\nVisitors to the exhibition were invited to interact with the installations and experience the ingenious way that cultural traditions have been reimagined into modern design pieces. \n\n\n\nA sheet of stool by Napp Studio & Architects\n\n\n\nMetal-making is one of the most traditional crafts practised from individual to factory scale in Hong Kong for the past century. High quality metal crafts are always handcrafted by masters with decades of experiences. \n\n\n\nNapp Studio & Architects, making use of the whole piece of metal without any wastage, created the piece 'A sheet of stool' which is easily flat-cut with simple machinery and without the need of factory-level equipment. \n\n\n\nBy simple engraving the carefully calculated curve on a flat metal sheet, a 3-dimensional warp is formed through bending and the flat metal piece gains its structural strength to stand on its own. \n\n\n\nThe engraving and bending of the curves require extreme care and craft that minor deviation would result in instability and imbalance of the stool.\n\n\n\nA sheet of stool by Napp Studio & Architects\n\n\n\nTricolor of Hong Kong by Ho Tsun Ming\n\n\n\nMost Hong Kong people should know what a red-white-blue (RWB) bag is, and nearly every household had used at some point as it is so durable and cheap.\n\n\n\nThis exhibit re-imagined the symbolic RWB fabric and utilized its characteristic to create a new flexible, durable furniture that could transcend between past, present & future Hong Kong.\n\n\n\nThe designer Ho Chun Ming has invited the second generation owner and craftsman Simon of \u201cMan Wo Canvas Articles & Goods\u201d \u2013 a more than 60 years family business \u2013 to join together and apply different technique of working with RWB into a set of flexible furniture. \n\n\n\nBesides, Kyo Chen, Art Director of For Fun Creative, is a renowned multi-dimensional creator in Taiwan involved in illustration, photography, design, and advertising, etc. He has authorized the use of his art fonts on this exhibit.\n\n\n\nTricolor of Hong Kong by Ho Tsun Ming\n\n\n\nA Roll of Chair by Zoe Siu\n\n\n\nDesigner Zoe Siu always likes to use Chinese knotting to make new invention (Chinese knotting has been her design language in the past 7 years). \n\n\n\nThis time she created a in between 2D and 3D Chinese knotted chair called \u201cMacrame\u201d that formed an illusion, whether you may sit on it or not. \n\n\n\nShe used some large hoses as crafting materials, which she has never used before, hoping to make a modern feeling on expressing the art of Macrame.\n\n\n\nA Roll of Chair by Zoe Siu\n\n\n\nVisit the official website of DesignInspire to see more creative projects.