With the support of HKETO, Brussels, the Hong Kong Design Centre is presenting "Confluence: 20+ Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong" a monumental exhibition, at La Triennale di Milano from 4-16 April 2017.
Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, officiated at the opening ceremony on 4 April.
Mr So said that Hong Kong, being Asia's world city, is well positioned for the design industries to flourish. In a place where the East meets the West, Hong Kong designers are multi-lingual and multi-cultural, which hugely assists them to prove their worth internationally.
He toured the exhibition and viewed the diverse and vibrant art pieces, including a poetic tram ride, presented by Hong Kong design talent.
The exhibition offers a holistic perspective on Hong Kong creative ecologies in 2017. The show features 20 collaborative endeavors by local designers, lending insight into the unrelenting synergy, dynamism and co-evolving ecosystems in the Hong Kong design scene.
Some of the exhibition highlights include renowned architect and furniture designer Lo Chi Wing's latest furniture collection, Elaine Ng's responsive lighting installation inspired by nature, Gary Chang's exploration of compact living, and a collection of totally unique vases that set forth a reminiscence of the history of porcelain industry in Jingdezhen by Julie Progin & Jesse Mc Lin. These exhibits demonstrate the creative edge of local designers - be they based in Hong Kong or in the diaspora. The exhibition will also be presented in Hong Kong, Seoul and Chicago in different months throughout the year.
Earlier, Mr So visited Zona Tortona, a design-related cluster in Milan, and Eataly Milan Smeraldo, which will host a sumptuous feast of Hong Kong street food as one of the peripheral events of "Confluence‧20+".
Mr So also met with the Deputy Mayor of Milan for Tourism, Sport and Quality of Life, Ms Roberta Guaineri, and the Lombardy Regional Minister of Economic Development, Mr Mauro Parolini, to brief them on the economic opportunities for Italian enterprises in Hong Kong.
Before concluding his visit in Milan on 5 April, Mr So met with representatives of the local business sector to learn about the business landscape in Milan.
Please see the attached introduction and highlights of exhibits.