PolyU Design Annual Show 2013

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PolyU Students’ Design for The Future Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong

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(From lower left: Mr Manfred Yuen (PolyU Design), Mr Sjoerd Hoekstra (PolyU Design), Mr Jonas Schuermann (Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong), Mr Byron Wong (Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group), Dr Kacey Wong (PolyU Design), and Mr Horace Pan (PolyU Design).

 
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) joined hands with the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong in organising the “Hotel of the Future” competition in celebration of the hotel’s 50th anniversary.

A total of 39 year-two Environment and Interior Design students from PolyU participated in the seven-week programme from 25 March to 14 May this year, forming teams to design certain areas of the hotel, including “rooms and suites”, “lobby and reception”, “spa”, “food and beverage outlets” and “function rooms” with the theme of the next 50 years. Their designs incorporated the history of Hong Kong, the surrounding area and the design elements of this iconic hotel which ultimately presents “a sense of place” to the guests.

The shortlisted teams presented their designs to the management of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong, the Head of Design of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and the faculty of PolyU School of Design (PolyU Design) on 14 May. Lee Kwok Kwong and Mak Chu Leung were selected as the winning team. With the concept of “Spreadism”, Kwong and Leung elegantly centred on the phenomenon of Chinese ink spreading out in water and on paper. They created a multi-functional zone in the double height area of the hotel with the use of spreading-out ink stones commonly seen in Chinese paintings. The stones are used to form an exhibition area or stage for jazz performances according to the purpose of space, and to allow guests to interact with not only each other but also the space.

“I was truly impressed and delighted to see the enthusiasm of not only the students but also the professors,” said Mr Jonas Schuermann, General Manager of Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong. “What struck me the most was how the students captured the essence of the brand and were able to visually capture what luxury means to today’s affluent travellers.”

“The PolyU Design’s visionary proposals were supported with serious analysis and imagination. The students’ ideas possess ample intelligence with a refreshing sprinkle of innocence,” added Mr Byron Wong, Head of Design of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group.

The winning prize is a three-night “Travelling Scholarship” to another iconic hotel in the group, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, where the team will submit a travelling report. The eight finalist projects will be put on display from 1 July to 4 August at the Clipper Lounge and an award presentation will be held at the PolyU Design Annual Show opening ceremony in August.

Education at PolyU emphasises work-based learning experience and collaboration with the industry to help students better appreciate what they have learnt in class, so as to integrate theory with practice, to enhance all-round development and to make better career plans. The teaching team at PolyU Design who led the student project included Horace Pan, Kacey Wong, Manfred Yuen, Peter Hasdell and Sjoerd Hoekstra.

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Learn about the design concept of Spreadism and read more…

PolyU Design students earn 5 awards at Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards and Perspective Awards

With the impressive design concepts of their final year projects, PolyU Design students from Interior and Environment, and Industrial and Product Design swept five awards from two competitions as 2012 came to the end. The list of award winners is as follow:

The 20th Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards
http://www.apida.hk/2012/

Mr Tommy Yeung Kwun Ting
BA(Hons) in Design (Environment & Interior), Class of 2012
Project: Seaweedscape
Supervising tutor: Valerie Portefaix
Award: Student Category Bronze Award

2012 Perspective Awards
http://www.perspectiveglobal.com/perspective-awards

Mr Gideon Lai Ming Ho
BA(Hons) in Design (Industrial & Product), Class of 2012
Project: High Walker
Supervising tutor: Scot Laughton
Award: TROPHY (First Prize 冠軍) of Product Design, Student Category

Ms Chloe Yau Chiu Ting
BA(Hons) in Design (Environment & Interior), Class of 2012
Project: Stilt Walker-A New Cultural Hostel Experience in Tai O
Supervising tutor: Horace Pan
Award: Certificate of Excellence of Space, Student Category

Mr Tai Ka Cheong
BA(Hons) in Design (Industrial & Product), Class of 2012
Project: Sounds Amass
Supervising tutor: Benny Leong
Award: Certificate of Excellence of Product Design, Student Category

Mr SO Ho Lung, Bosco & Mr CHO Hing, Nathan
BA(Hons) in Design (Environment & Interior), Class of 2012
Project: Greenshaft (note: This is not a final-year project but an assignment on Redemptive Landscape Architecture.)
Award: Certificate of Excellence of Architecture, Student Category

Click here to read project details>>

Hugging Root, the most innovative use of space

Hugging Root, a design by Miracle Hui, Kenneth Hung and Sam Hui, year 2 students of BA(Hons) in Design (Environment & Interior), has recently received “The Most Innovative Use of Space Award” at the Nurturing Interior Design Talents competition organized by The Mira Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Interior Design Association. The competition was organized to provide a platform for future designers to showcase their talent in hotel furniture design.

Hugging Root is a furniture design project that demonstrates the most imaginative and interesting interpretation of spatial arrangement. It was selected among the projects from subject SD3531 E&I Design Studio 2.2 earlier in Oct. Special thanks to the teaching team: Horace Pan, Peter Hasdell, Sjoerd Hoekstra and Manfred Yuen.

The Hugging Root together with other award-winning projects can now be found on the 3/F of The Mira, Tsimshatsui, until tomorrow (21 Nov), and will then be showcased at the Asia Pacific Interior Design Awards gala at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre on 22 Nov.


Mr Horace Pan (bottom left) and the award-winning team

Concept and Story of the Hugging Root

Being in the Hugging Root is like living in your mother’s arms. It will always give you protection and warmth, there always feels safe. The root surrounding them will give them a feeling of being enclosed, wrapped and hugged. When they play inside the root’s openings, rest or sleep there, they can always feel embraced.

The Hugging root concept is developed with orphans in mind. The structure of the root is like the mother’s arm keeping many orphans under her arms and her arms link all together to become a big family. The Hugging root provides many spaces, pockets and places you can snuggle in, each one different and each one giving the feeling of hug whatever they are doing. It can be used as an indoor play structure or children’s furniture piece.

The Hugging root uses felt to provide a soft feeling for its users. The system of construction is developed as a soft structure through the folding of felt, layering and stitching provide strength and flexibility and allow each sitting space or pocket to be folded in a way to squeeze in or hug when someone sits there through the action of the persons weight.

Cordially inviting you to PolyU Design Annual Show 2012

PolyU Design Annual Show 2011, 1-14 June. See you soon!

The journey to good design involves the constant search of the delicate balance between simplicity and complexity, emotion and rationality, theory and practicality. At PolyU Design, students explore these major attributes before making a design decision.

Join us at the PolyU Design Annual Show 2011 to see future designers from Advertising, Digital Media, Environment & Interior, Industrial & Product, and Visual Communication disciplines turn fresh ideas into works of beauty and function.

Date: 1 – 14 June (opens daily)
Exhibition Opening Hours: 11:30 – 20:30
Opening Ceremony: 1 June 14:30 (by invitation)
Venue: InnoCentre, 72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong

Presented by over 200 graduating students of this cohort from
BA (Hons) in Design (Advertising Design /Environment & Interior Design /Industrial & Product Design /Visual Communication Design)
BA (Hons) in Digital Media
Higher Diploma in Multimedia Design and Technology
Higher Diploma in Product Innovation Technologies

www.AS2011.info
Free Admission

Members of the class of 2010 shine in international competitions

Good news from the class of 2010!

SZE Ling Lee, Linny, BA(Hons) in Design (Environment & Interior)
Her final year project “Slow Frame- a 26km urban interface”, was awarded Bilbao International Design Prize in the category of “Public Spaces” and the Grand Award winner, in the B Awards Concept Design Festival held in Spain.

SUEN Ka Hei, Catherine, BA(Hons) in Design (Industrial & Product)
Her final year project “Pierrot” won the Kitchen Tools Competition organised by World Kitchen, LLC, USA, earlier in March.

CHAN Wan Ki, CHEN Siu Wa, SUEN Ka Hei, BA(Hons) in Design (Industrial & Product)
HO Tsz Lam, SHAM Ching Man, SZE Chun Lun, TANG Yi Ka and TSE Mei Si, BA (Hons) in Digital Media
Two of the 13 finalists of Design For Asia Student Award 2010 come from the class of 2010 too. One of them is the awards-winning “Living Pixels”, a project by Chan Wan Ki (Kay), Chen Siu Wa, Suen Ka Hei (Catherine), from BA(Hons) in Design (Industrial & Product). Another finalist is the animation “Alien Duncan” by students from BA (Hons) in Digital Media, HO Tsz Lam (Ah Lam), SHAM Ching Man (Mouse), SZE Chun Lun (Denis), TANG Yi Ka (Heidi) and TSE Mei Si (Mei Si).

Congratulations to all!


Slow Frame- a 26km urban interface, by SZE Ling Lee, Linny more>>


Pierrot, by SUEN Ka Hei, Catherine more>>


Living Pixels, by CHAN Wan Ki, CHEN Siu Wa, SUEN Ka Hei more>>


Alien Duncan by HO Tsz Lam, SHAM Ching Man, SZE Chun Lun, TANG Yi Ka and TSE Mei Si view>>

Perfect closing of Annual Show 2009 (Video)

See you all in 2010!!

Perfect closing of Annual Show 2009 (Photos)

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The Show has come to an end on 13 June with everyone’s BIG Smile:)!!
The exhibitors received a lot of name cards from potential employers and supportive messages from friends.
Guys and girls, congrats to your great job!
See you next year!

A concept for ancestors to live in peace

A chat with year 3 Environment and Interior student Althea Lee on her project…

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