Po Hing Fong alley in Sheung Wan is lined with bamboo palisades, a signature feature of Hong Kong with its prolific use of bamboo scaffolding. The alley makes an appropriate home for LAAB Architects, an architectural firm that incorporates nature, culture, society and life into its designs.
Bamboo International (Group) Co. Ltd. has been in the bamboo business for almost two decades and entered the Hong Kong market eight years ago. Its business scope ranges from product design, development and production to construction materials.
Hong Kong-born Natasha Usher attributes her fascination with interior design to a love for beautiful bathrooms. “Since I was a child, I’ve always loved craft and creative objects. I was always sketching and making things with my hands in woodwork and origami.”
Designers are not purely artists – even design with the highest artistic value needs to satisfy a client’s needs. The two factors are not mutually exclusive, however, although it might not be easy for a designer to maintain their own style. Some prioritise clients’ requests, while others stick to their own lane. Alvin Cheng, an architectural designer from Hong Kong interior design house MAD Studio, chose the former.
The power of music transcends boundaries between languages, races and professions, and so it has brought a group of musicians and designers to work together at Musician Designer – a Hong Kong-based gift design and production company. Driven by passion, the team designs gifts with a musical theme to jazz up the lives of urbanites consumed by work.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) had to think on its feet and move quickly to adapt early this year as the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to international travel and even movement between Hong Kong and Mainland China.