Asia’s leading annual design event returns for its 11th edition from the 2nd to 7th December, 2013, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year, the conference focusing on international design trends of highest level of creativity and innovation adds Belgium as their partner country. This year's forum aims to showcase the highly influential designers from around the world focusing on partner country Belgian and Flemish perspective in exhibitions, forums and programs, as well as its key role in the growing business of design, innovation and branding.
Key guests include ,Anne Chapelle, CEO of the esteemed fashion brands Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann which have taken the world by storm.
Other designers and guests attending include the world-renowned architect designer Charles Kaisin who conceptualized the controversial K-bench making him under the spotlight across the globe, influential and prestigious graphic conceptualist Thierry Brunfaut, unique furniture designer Xavier Lust whose worshipful world-class art pieces are showcased in museums across Europe, Flemish automobile legend Lowie Vermeersch who designed numerous stunning concept cars, including the Ferrari 458 Italia and Maserati Birdcage, Red Dot Design award 2013 – Best of the best winning designer Alain Gilles for his Welded Table designed for Bonaldo.
Other big names are 'King of Mida design' Stefano Giovannoni, also known as the designer of the best selling Alessi series “Girotondo family”. The three-time Compasso d’ Oro Award winner Matteo Thun from Italy, he is widely recognized as a designer that strives for longevity and sustainability. Multi-disciplinary Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde, who has won the Design for Asia Award and China's Most Successful Design Award. Poland's intriguing editorial and typography artists Artur Frankowski and Magdalena Frankowska, and the youngest architect, Sou Fujimoto, to accept the invitation to design a temporary structure for the Gallery.
Organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) since 2002, the week long conference brings the global design community‘s best minds to Hong Kong, offering industry experts and executives a chance to network and share innovation and ideas. The gathering also encourages artists and businesses to unleash the power of design by focusing on their vital relationship and complex interplay.
In addition to the three day forum, special events around the week include the popular Detour public exhibits and displays, the BrandAsia Forum, the DesignEd Asia Conference, the Technology For Design seminar, as well as the annual Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) Awards Gala Dinner.
Select list of BODW 2013 speakers
Charles Kaisin, a Belgian Architect designer who specializes in creating useful daily objects from recycled materials with a contemporary design. His recent project in Bruessels |The Fantasies of Charles, his table and his guests” which presents a surrealistic dinning place with a forest setting took everyone by surprise.
Alain Gilles, a Brussels born designer whom is also a several international award winner such as Henry Van De Velde Label, the Design for Asia Golden Award, the Good Design award for the Big Table.
Lowie Vermeersch is a Flemish automotive designer. He is the Founder & Creative Director of Granstudio. He was the Design Director of Pininfarina with notable design works including Pininfarina Sintesi, Alfa Romeo 2uettottanta, Pininfarina B0 and Pininfarina Nido. His works in emerging markets such as the Chinese JAC B18 and the Brilliance Splendor SW, both presented at Beijing Auto Show in 2008.
Artur Frankowski and Magdalena Frankowska, the Founding Partner of Fontarte. They deliver intriguing art and design projects from Poland including art direction, editorial design and custom typography for arts, such as “poster from the future” for MoMA in Warsaw.
Anne Chapelle, enlisted bvba32 within the United Nations Global Compact program and the CEO and owner of the companies of the fashion brands Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann.
Stefano Giovannoni, he was awarded as “Champion of Super and Popular of the years 2000” (Alberto Alessi), “King Mida of design” (Cristina Morozzi) and “Most bankabke designer” (Eugenio Perazza, Magis). His design comes across industrial products, furniture, kitchen, bathroom ware, domestic appliance, electronics products and automotive.
Daan Roosegaarde, an artist and innovator with projects ranging from fashion to architecture. He is also a winner of renowned awards such as Most Innovative Leader of TIM Award, China’s Most Successful Design Award, Charlotte Kohler Award and Media Architecture Award.
Xavier Lust, a Belgian designer who is famous in his curved lines in his architectural and furniture designs that emphasis simply but original lines. He is well known in generating a unique technique enabling to fold and curve steel without using a mould.
Matteo Thun, he obtained ADI Compasso d Oro Award for design excellence three times. In 2001, the 'Side Hotel' he designed in Hamburg was selected as Hotel of the Year. In 2004, the 'Vigilius Mountain Resort' won theWallpaper Design Awards while in 2005 the 'Radisson SAS' in Frankfurt became the 'best hotel opened in the year' in the Worldwide Hospitality Awards.
Thierry Brunfaut, a graphic conceptualist. In addition to being cofounding the influential firm Base Design, he authored the book "Work For Money, Design For Love" outlining his creative philosophy.