Asia’s leading annual design event returns for its 11th edition from the 2nd to 7th December, 2013, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year, the conference will feature the “Belgian Spirit”, focusing on Belgium’s international importance at the highest level of design and creativity. In selecting Belgium as this year's BODW’s partner country, the forum aims to showcase the highly influential Belgian and Flemish perspective in exhibitions, forums and programs, as well as their key role in the growing business of design, innovation and branding. BODW is a unique platform for sharing knowledge on design issues and is driven by exchange among participants.
Her Majesty Queen Mathilde of Belgium has chosen Hong Kong as her first overseas destination since she ascended the throne in July 2013.
K-Bench by Charles Kaisin for Vange
S Table by Xavier Lust for MDF Italia
Welded by Alain Gilles for Bonaldo
More than 20 key Belgian designers will attend the forum to share unique insights, including: world-renowned architect Charles Kaisin who conceptualized the controversial K-BENCH for Belgium furniture company Vange, furniture designer Xavier Lust who specializes in innovative and simple world class furniture art pieces like his S TABLE for MDF Italia and Red Dot Design Award 2013 designer Alain Gilles for his table WELDED manufactured by Bonaldo.
The Japanese Pavilion by Toyo Ito
Stones by Stefano Giovannoni for Vondom
Other internationally renowned speakers include: Richard Florida, writer and urban studies theorist, who was hailed the "Voice of Innovation 2010" by BusinessWeek, Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito, who also won a golden lion at the 13th Venice Architecture biennale for Japanese Pavilion - Home for All, Italian industrial designer maestro Stefano Giovannoni, who has designed the VONDOM series STONES and three-time Golden Compass Award winner Matteo Thun whose projects, like the Winery Longen-Schlöder, embody his sustainable concept of the 3 zeroes (zero km, zero CO2, zero waste) share their experience and insights in transforming cities by design.
Winery Longen-Schlöder by Matteo Thun
The Hong Kong Design Centre has been the organizer of Business of Design Week (BODW) since 2002. It is an annual international event aimed at promoting design and strengthening ties between the design and business communities. Each year, BODW attracts design and business elites from around the world to Hong Kong. The world's attention is drawn to current design issues through various exhibitions, international forums and outreach activities tailored to provide designers, business leaders, educators, SMEs and the public with communication opportunities to build strong business and commercial development. It is a world-class platform for the exchange of ideas, and an internationally renowned annual design event.