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HKTDC Design Gallery Reopens at Convention Centre
Designer Showcase Helps Support Hong Kong's Booming Creative Economy

HKTDC Executive Director Fred Lam, local artist Jan Lamb and a variety of top Hong Kong designers officiated today at the reopening ceremony for the HKCEC Design Gallery outlet
From left to right are: Rocky Pun, Winson Ma, Raymond Choy, Eddie Hui, Alice Chan, Alan Chan, Jan Lamb, Fred Lam, Antony Chan, Alan Yip, Lee Chi Wing, Janice Liu, Vincent Wong & Clement Cheung
Guest of Honour Jan Lamb shows his support for Hong Kong's creative industry. The artist works with brands on crossover projects
Designer Antony Chan of CREAM moulded the symbolic, oval-shaped Design Gallery based on a nurturing concept. Eye-catching, backlit images frame the venue and vivid colours are used to enhance the displays. Products are arranged in categories on an array of shelving, including backlit credenzas, display racks, hanging shelves and trophy-like stands, all of which serve to emphasise the variety of products on offer

For every purchase of more than HK$300 at Design Gallery, customers can also purchase an umbrella designed by b.wing for just HK$100

Mime artists were also on hand to help showcase Design Gallery's innovative products, while rappers MC Jin and beat boxer Ah INK paid tribute to Hong Kong's creative sector by performing a new song
(From left to right) Picture shows Fred Lam, Alan Yip and Jan Lamb playing with an interactive toy dinosaur.

2 September 2008 - The newly renovated HKTDC Design Gallery at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) opened today with a designer flourish.

The retail shop provides an outlet for local designers to show, and sell, their products and helps support Hong Kong's critically important creative economy.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Fred Lam said that Hong Kong must expand its overseas markets to ensure that the creative economy continues to grow, adding that design was clearly part of the solution. "Design Gallery is one of the best showcases for original Hong Kong products. Talented local designers should make good use of it to develop retail markets in Hong Kong and around the world."

The HKTDC established the original Design Gallery in 1991. A second Design Gallery was opened last year at the Hong Kong International Airport's departure hall. And, said Mr Lam, there are plans to open another shop in the airport's restricted area, allowing travellers to enjoy last-minute shopping for Hong Kong-branded products before they depart.

"About 100,000 design products are marketed through our Design Galleries and associated online channels," Mr Lam said. "The services Design Gallery offers, including product consignment, gift sourcing, showcase rental and business matching, are helping designers test market response, build their brand, establish a sales network and identify business partners."

Mr Lam said the Designer's Corner, featuring the creative products of Hong Kong designers, has been expanded. "With the aid of multimedia displays, information on product concept and design, brand history and the designer's biography are available to both overseas and local consumers."

Design Gallery attracts 400,000 visitors and handles 60,000 transactions annually. "This indicates Hong Kong designs are attractive to overseas buyers and travellers, as well as local consumers," Mr Lam said.

Mr Lam also revealed that a Hong Kong design concept shop will open in Beijing next year to capture the Chinese mainland's interest in Hong Kong design.

Joining Mr Lam at today's opening ceremony were local artist Jan Lamb and Hong Kong designers Alan Chan, Alice Chan, Clement Cheung, Raymond Choy, Eddie Hui, Lee Chi Wing, Janice Liu, Winson Ma, Rocky Pun , Vincent Wong and Alan Yip.

Creative Economy Report 2008, a United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) study, listed Hong Kong as the world's third-largest creative goods exporter, with exports totalling US$27.6 billion in 2005. Design is one of the most promising areas of the creative sector, exporting US$21.8 billion in goods to the world.

About Design Gallery
HKTDC Design Gallery promotes original Hong Kong design and branded products and features 5,000 innovative products, including gifts and premiums, electronics, houseware products, toys, stationery, watches and clocks, jewellery and fashion and accessories.

The products of about 140 Hong Kong designers and brands are on display at Design Gallery, including offerings from Alice Chan, Carrie Chau, b.wing, Chocolate Rain, Giordano Concepts, G.O.D, Green G, Lucy Shih, Oregon Scientific, Viola and Vtech.

Design Gallery outlets are located at the HKCEC in Wan Chai and the Hong Kong International Airport's departure hall.

Website: www.hkdesigngallery.com
Design Gallery Photos: http://info.hktdc.com/tdcnews/0809/designphoto.htm
Designer Profiles: http://info.hktdc.com/tdcnews/0809/Designers_Profile.pdf

Media enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Media and Public Affairs Department:
Beatrice Lam     Tel: (852) 2584 4049 / 9036 0212     Email: beatrice.hy.lam@tdc.org.hk

About the HKTDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 offices worldwide, including 11 in the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, visit www.hktdc.com


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