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Seating Ideas

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This series of artistic furniture explores the potential of recreational facilities in public space. Seating can draw people together, but can it bring more fun and experiences to users? I invited professionals in different creative sectors to bring new ideas to the parks. They include architects, stage designers, lecturers, media artists etc. Through their own interpretations of public space and seating, they created artistic furniture that gives more diversity and functionality to the public spaces. It induces general public to think about the possibilities of public space and public art. The series of artistic furniture is site specific and user-friendly, which makes them very approachable. Some of the works are located at places where artistic furniture is rarely found, such as beach, lawns and harbour fronts. Each design has its own revolutionary elements. Some use unconventional materials to create a different sensation; others use common materials and utilise them in an atypical way. No matter what approach the artists go for, the objective is to bring refreshing artistic furniture to the general public and bring new ideas to the public spaces.

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Billy Tam

BIOGRAPHY

Experienced in architectural design and project administration, Billy Tam won the HKIA Young Architect Award in 2005. Tam has keenly engaged in the development of local architectural design, especially for institution, heritage and public space. His award-winning projects include the Diocesan Boys’ School campus, revitalization of Old Tai Po Police Station into Green Hub and the Park Déco project at Cornwall Street Park. Tam was also one of the curators for the Vice Versa-Hong Kong, China Exhibition at Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition in 2006.

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Seats Well

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Ideally, we all enjoy living in prosperity and wellness towards full happiness. Attempting to pursue perfection, we invited the participation of five local artists Hikoko Ito (Hikoko Chan), Robert Wong, Eric Tong, Bryan Yeung, Thomas Chung and Fung Chi-fai. Each of them carries a distinct story-covering elderly inclusion, bottom-up design concept, urban farming, artistic renditions of Chinese characters, visual aesthetics as well as musical elements, all contributing towards Urban Wellness. Urban Wellness here translates beyond physical health, transcending into five distinct common concepts of love, consciousness, faith, aesthetics and care.

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Joshua Lau

Joshua Lau had been striving for freedom between architecture and the city, through his devotion in curation, theory, architecture, landscape, city, design, culture, art and community. With a passionate and creative heart, he had made vast effort to promote his concepts such as “Architecture is Public Art”, “Art for the Wellness”, and “Mutualism in Art”. His ceaseless effort to break through borders between different disciplines had added sparkles to a creative society, which remain beneficial to many today. Despite his sickness, Joshua had shown a positive attitude, endurance and charisma which have touched all of us. On behalf of the Art Promotion Office, we would like to express our gratitude to Joshua. He will always stay in our heart, and his ideas will continue to inspire us and to get the fire of architecture and art glowing.

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Let’s Play

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If we say the park is like the living room within our urban environment, urban furniture is the couch for urban dwellers to pause, rest and make encounters with the city. Urban furniture with utilitarian design prevails in our era of celebrating the efficiency of mass production. Their existence is however devoid of individuality of the neighborhood being served. Stereotyped parks overwhelm our urban environment and we somehow lose sight of the playfulness that they should provide.

The participating artists try to encourage visitors to be mindful of their park experience, to communicate the playfulness and potential of site-specific design to the park dwellers by focusing on the tactility of material performance and to encourage a sense of community through a series of playful urban furniture. Along the waterfront park of Kowloon Tsai Park in Kowloon City, the team of HOUR25 Production x Wheel Things Maker envisions a Checkerboard Bench, recalling the memorable past of airplanes taking off the world-famous Kai Tak Runway 13 approach above Kowloon Tsai Park during the Kai Tak Airport era. Within the urban greenery of Happy Valley Recreation Ground, One Bite Design Studio proposes TingTing, a sound mirror pod bench, playing with sense of hearing to encourage leisure chitchatting among the diverse user groups; Roy Ng addresses the oasis-like urban playground in Tai Po Central Town Square with a playful artefacts inspired by Ocean Drum playing with the healing sound of the ocean; Atelier J-AR tries to play with the 20th-century artist of Hong Kong in the transitional urban space by meeting two artworks in different era; Stefan Chui (Mr. Hammers) wants to transform the transitional urban space into a relaxing rest stop by their designs playing with daily commuters. These 5 sets of urban furniture will become the product of mass customization which caters genuine needs of each community.

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Yip Chun-hang

BIOGRAPHY

Yip Chun-hang is the Architectural Director of LAAB, a registered architect and an Authorized Person with over a decade of architectural design and project management experience. An alumnus of University of California, Berkeley United States and The University of Hong Kong, Yip represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale of Architecture and received the HKIA Young Architect Award in 2014. Besides architecture, Yip is also a plant enthusiast and seeks to integrate sustainability into different projects of LAAB. Yip taught architecture at the City University of Hong Kong and has been invited to speak at various architecture seminars.

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Plug & Play! Re-Imagineering the Park

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How park seating platform looks like if it goes above and beyond providing us unexpected visual and user experience? Five local based creative talents are invited to boost our creativity to discover and re-imagine our urban life in public parks

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Brian Lee

BIOGRAPHY

Brian Lee is Assistant Professor of School of Design and deputy leader of Asian Lifestyle Design Lab at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. He teaches and researches on tangible and interactive products, indoor and public furniture, visual cognition in design process and user interaction. Lee is active in design for active aging, projects with co-creation and participatory design approach. His interest also covers the role of artifacts and system in response to the devise of better quality of life, empowerment of communities, and promotion of sustainable living.

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Denise Chan

BIOGRAPHY

Denise Chan is a co-founder of JOINEUR, a local furniture brand that dedicated to contemporary twist on Chinese traditional craftsmanship and aesthetics. She was trained as an interior designer at the School of Design of Hong Kong Polytechnic University and received her Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts from The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2011- an experience that widened her scope, and prompted her to explore the possibilities in art and design collaboration. In 2012 to 2015, Chan was invited as a visiting lecturer at her alma mater, School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Since 2012, Chan has been active as a co-creation workshop designer and facilitator and is currently involved in multidisciplinary design, educational, public and community art curatorial projects.

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