Design Conversations

Design Conversations debuts at Hong Kong Indesign 2015. This new initiative brings together best-in-category designers and thought leaders in a moderated symposium to discuss the changes, challenges, opportunities and latest directions in four areas of design. This is your chance to sit in and hear first-hand insights from globally and regionally recognised game changers. Each Design Conversations session is ticketed, with limited seats, so make sure you reserve your spot.

Design Conversations Moderator

Tamsin Bradshaw
Editor-at-Large of

Picture credit: Sabrina Sikora Photography

WorkLife: ‘Wellness in the Workplace’

The discussion on ‘Wellness in the Workplace’ becomes increasingly important as organisations look to attract the best talent and enhance the overall productivity of their workers. In this context, what are the strategies that can be deployed to make employees feel valued and supported in their health and wellbeing?

Speakers include Nigel Hobbs, CEO & Founder, Welnis Labs; Frank Leung, Founder, via architecture limited; Martha Collard, Founder, Red Doors Studio; and Claire Stephens, Local Director, Head of Consulting (China), Jones Lang LaSalle.

When - Thursday, 19 November, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Where - The Space @ 210 Hollywood Road

WorkLife is sponsored by Scandinavian Business Seating.
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Claire Stephens

Frank Leung

Martha Collard

Nigel Hobbs

PlayLife: ‘Hospitality: Making it Personal’

‘Hospitality: Making it Personal’ is a discussion that looks at how hotel and F&B design is morphing to reflect the growing desire for bespoke experiences tailored to the tastes of the individual. Here, we’ll consider how spatial design, materials and technology are developing to provide a personal experience, and the importance of creating spaces that are anything but cookie cutter.

Speakers include Greg Farrell, Executive Director, Aedas Interiors; Karen Hay, Director & Co-founder, Stickman Tribe; Alan Lo, Co-founder, Press Room Group, Duddell’s and Blake’s; and Dean Winter, Area Director of Operations, Hong Kong Hotels & China Projects Operations & Development, Swire Hotels.

When - Thursday, 19 November, 5pm – 6pm
Where - The Madison Group @ 1/F 8 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai

The Madison Group is the venue host for PlayLife.
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Alan Lo

Dean Winter

Greg Farrell

Karen Hay

LiveLife: ‘Urban Living – Rethinking our City’

The issue of livability is an important one in Hong Kong, where space is at a premium and urban density is ever on the rise. It’s increasingly relevant as the world gears up for the 2016 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. How, then, do we rethink our city to make the most of the space we have – both indoors and out? What can we do differently, and what can our government do to help?

Speakers include Paul Zimmerman, Founder & CEO, Designing Hong Kong; Parallel Lab; Peter Kindel, Director, Urban Design and Planning, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; Caroline Wuthrich Co-founder, Parallel Lab; and Dr Jackie Kwok, Associate Professor, Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design.

When - Friday, 20 November, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Where - colourliving @ 333 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai

colourliving is the venue host for LiveLife.
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Caroline Wuthrich

Dr. Jackie Yan Chi Kwok

Paul Zimmerman

Peter J. Kindel

BizLife: ‘Authentic Design – What Future?’

‘Authentic Design – What Future?’ is a discussion that delves into the issue of replicas in the furniture industry, and considers how the design community in Asia can move forward and work towards authentic design in the marketplace.

Speakers include Richard Killip, Sales Director Asia, Vitra; Kiesly Tsang, Principal & Founder, Kiesly Tsang Concepts and Design 1+1; Eve Mercier, Founder & Director, INSIGHT School of Design; and Antti Hirvonen, General Manager Asia, Tom Dixon.

When - Friday, 20 November, 5pm – 6pm
Where - The Space @ 210 Hollywood Road

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Antti Hirvonen

Eve Mercier

Kiesly Tsang

Richard Killip

William To (Moderator)