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Tokyo Takes to "Love from Hong Kong" Lifestyle Exhibition
"Young, Energetic and Powerful, Combining Best of East and West"

Katsumi Asaba adds his name to the Hong Kong poster after visiting the "Love from Hong Kong" exhibition
 
Wong Tin Yan's signature creation is the animal sculpture made from abandoned wood
 
Innovative magazine RMM was praised by several well-known Japanese designers
 
Inspired by the brown envelope, the Hong Kong exhibition at 100% Design Tokyo emphasised love and communication
 
Exhibits at 100% Design Tokyo get the neon light treatment
 
Hong Kong's smartly printed fair catalogue took 3rd runner-up at an international design contest organised by the Tokyo Type Directors' Club
 
Sheer elegance from FAIT A MAIN
 
Lau Chi Chung's collection reflects his nostalgia for Hong Kong's past
 
Installation art from Amazing Angle
November 13, 2007 - "Love from Hong Kong" was the theme 10 Hong Kong designers showcased at 100% Design Tokyo, Japan's premier contemporary interiors event, October 31-November 4. The five-day fair attracted more than 85,000 visitors, including renowned Japanese designers Katsumi Asaba, Katsunori Aoki, Kassai Kaoru and Kazunari Hattori.

Hong Kong's lifestyle exhibition at 100% Design Tokyo was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) and featured curator Amazing Angle Design Consultants Ltd (Benny Au and Teresa Chan); fashion brand FAIT A MAIN; fashion designers Henry Lau, Ranee K, Rubi Li and Miggy Chen; multimedia designer Lau Chi Chung; graphic designer Tsang Kin Wah; sculptor Wong Tin Yan; and creative magazine RMM.

"It's not easy to express the uniqueness of 10 design approaches in such a limited space, but the Hong Kong exhibition was outstanding. I was particularly impressed with the graphic designs," said Katsumi Asaba, Chairman of the Tokyo Type Directors Club, and Creative Director, Asaba Design Co.

"Hong Kong's designs express a strong sense of pop taste quite like London's style. Both the design concept and packaging are lovely," said Katsunori Aoki, founder of Butterfly Stroke Inc. Benetton, Kose, Nike, Honda and PARCO are among his corporate clients.

"Hong Kong's design is young, energetic and powerful, combining the best of east and west," said Kasai Kaoru, art director of SUN-AD Co Ltd.

"The exhibits were innovative and creative. I particularly enjoyed the work of Amazing Angle, RMM and Tsang Kin Wah," said Kazunari Hattori, the renowned Japanese art director and consultant for Ryuko Tsushin magazine.

"I visited Hong Kong in 1992, but at that time there were not many original designs. When I re-visited the city in 2002, I found that Hong Kong designs were influenced by Japanese style. Now I would say that Hong Kong design is original, representing the distinctive style of both the designers and the city," said Takora Kimiyoshi Futori, a visual artist who has worked closely with international brand Comme des Gar?ons Homme.

A number of Japanese magazines, including IDEA and AXIS, provided highly favourable coverage of the Hong Kong designers at 100% Design Tokyo. Buyers from Mitsukoshi, Coca-Cola and TV Asahi Productions, along with representatives from a number of designer associations, also responded positively to the Hong Kong exhibition.

Hong Kong art lovers will have a chance to see the "Love from Hong Kong" exhibition early next year in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong's stylishly printed fair catalogue for the exhibition won 3rd runner-up at an international design competition organised by the Tokyo Type Directors' Club. All final entries, including 35 books and 88 posters, will be exhibited next month at Hong Kong's Minimini Gallery.

About Angle Design Consultants Ltd
Founded by Benny Au and Teresa Chan, the company specialises in graphic and character design. Its subsidiary, Minimini Gallery, opened in 2003. Their designs are collected by Museum fur Kunst und Gewerbe, Museum of Design Zurich and several other museums in Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) 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 TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC 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, please visit www.tdctrade.com

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About the TDC
Established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC) 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 TDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and Asia. The TDC 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.tdctrade.com

Renowned visual artist Takora Kimiyoshi Futori at the Hong Kong cocktail reception
   
Designer Katsunori Aoki is keen on Hong Kong's appealing pop sensibilities, from design concept to packaging
   
High on Hong Kong's graphic design approach is internationally acclaimed artist Katsumi Asaba
   
Well-known art director Kazunari Hattori (centre) likes what he sees at the "Love from Hong Kong" exhibition. Flanking him are exhibition curators Benny Au and Teresa Chan
   
Advertising guru Kasai Kaoru sees a perfect fusion of east and west in Hong Kong design
   
Artists participating in the "Love from Hong Kong" exhibition: Amazing Angle Design Consultants Ltd, FAIT A MAIN, Henry Lau, Ranee K, Ruby Li, Miggy Cheng, Lau Chi Chung, Tsang Kin Wah, Wong Tin Yan and RMM

 

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