PolyU Design Annual Show 2013


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

(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.


Learn about the design concept of Spreadism and read more…

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

Free Admission

Important Announcement for JUPAS Applicants of BA(Hons) in Design

JUPAS applicants for BA (Hons) Design are now invited to confirm their Intended Choice of Discipline Study at www.sd.polyu.edu.hk/admission by 16 May 2011. Please check your email box by end of this week. Only those who have confirmed their choice of discipline study by the fixed deadline will be invited to join the admission test on 9 June 2011. Interview shortlist will be announced on 8 July.

Mr. 6, Fashion Accessories by Industrial & Product Design Student

Mr. 6 is a brand of unisex fashion accessories created by Alexis Law, a BA(Hons) in Design (Industrial & Product) year 2 student, in her Fashion Accessories class held last autumn.

In the collection, she has created 3 sets of bow ties, bow necklaces and suspenders. Inspired by the fashion style “nerd” or “geek chic”, the designer took checker, the most significant pattern of the style, as one of the design elements and leather as the main material to give the design a more sophisicated look. She also paid attention to the details of accessories, like adding buckles and buttons on suspenders to make them adjustable.

Currently, Alexis has turned the project into real business and sells the products online. She launched an online shop in her own blog – Miss 6 Design Blog, and opened a facebook page to keep her customers update of Mr. 6’s news.

The Fashion Accessories class was held in fall of 2010. Tutors included Ernesto Spicciolato, Roger Ball and Michael Leung.

more photos…

BA(Hons) in Design Non-JUPAS Application Deadline

BA(Hons) in Design
Non-JUPAS Application Deadline: 21 Feb 2011
(No further extension)


A year 2 student of PolyU interviewed Design school’s BA in Design program leader Prof Yanta Lam with tips on getting into PolyU Design. Chinese only.


採訪/撰文:理大學生大使 張慧玲 專業英語學士二年級

Prof Yanta Lam, Program Leader, BA in Design

Cultural Research

This is a lecture delivered to about 140 second-year BA(Hons) in Design students at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University in early September 2009, as part of a subject titled “Cultural Research”.

Students won InBook Awards in D&AD2009

2 student teams from the BA(Hons) in Design (Advertising) won the InBook Awards in D&AD2009.

‘InBook’ in Advertising – Integrated Category
Hubert YEUNG Hiu Fung (Year 2, 2008/09)
Tutor: Francis HUNG, CC TANG

‘InBook’ in Advertising – Viral Category
Janice CHAN, WONG Ming Lun, LAM Kam Bun (2009 graduates)
Tutor: CC TANG


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