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…

Advertising graduates join Hong Kong teams to compete in international awards shows

Three teams of young creatives from advertising agencies were recently selected to represent Hong Kong in leading international awards shows (Young Creative Section) this year. Each winning team was formed by two members, among which one worked on art direction, another copywriting. All of the art directors are Advertising graduates of PolyU Design.

They are:

Wong Ming Lun, Alan, Class of 2009 (Art Director, TBWA Hong Kong)

Tse Kin Wai, Donald, Class of 2010, ‘Best of Show’ (Assistant Art Director, Publicis Hong Kong)

Shum Wing Yan, Rita, Class of 2011 (Associate Art Director, JWT Hong Kong)

The teams from TBWA, Publicis and JWT will compete in the Adfest Young Lotus in Thailand in March, Cannes Young Lions in France in June, and Young Spikes in Singapore in September respectively. They went through a strict judging process by the HK4As’ team of professional judges. The achievement has laid a tremendous stepping stone for their future career and international exposure.

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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

Highlights of this year’s BODW, a must-go mega event in Hong Kong!

Business of Design Week (BODW) featuring well-renowned Brands
High class fashion brand Hugo Boss’ CEO Gerrit Ruetzel, Jil Sander Group’s Alessandro Cremonesi, Taiwan Eslite Wu Ching Yu, Founder of Classicon, and Hugo Boss’ great grandson Oliver Holy are only a few of the exclusive designers attending this year’s 2011 Business of Design Week Hong Kong. With an additional focus on automobiles, BODW has invited Audi’s Stefan Sielaff, BMW’s Adrian Van Hooydonk, Mercedes-Benz’ Olivier Boulay and Hong Kong-born Anthony Lo of Renault as part of BODW’s amazing automobile track.

Influential Designers attend Business of Design Week
Architecture, interior design and urban development play an important role in today’s society. Some of the world’s most beautiful buildings and structures are created by very people who will be traveling to Hong Kong in December. Among some of them are Danish architect Bjarke Ingels, Jurgen Mayer H. who built the Metropol Parasol in Seville, Antonio Citterio who has furnished the Bulgari Hotels and Italian designer Piero Lissoni, who has previously designed forAlessi.

Chinese designers feature their innovative works at BODW
China is the fastest growing economy in the world – and so are the Chinese designers. China has so much to offer – from traditional classic Chinese influences, to modern day, contemporary work, Chinese design is truly rising. Among some of the most successful and influential Chinese designers is Jiang Qiong Er, founder of fashion brand Shang Xia of Hermes, Wu Ching Yu, founder of Eslite Culture in Taiwan, Freeman Lau, co-founder of Kan & Lau who was responsible for the brilliant creation of the Watson’s water bottle.

Business of Design Week will cover various tracks such as Brands, Space, Communications, Automotive, Heritage, Culture & the City, Fashion & Apparel, and Products & Design.

www.bodw.com

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