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Design Dialogues

From Japan to Hong Kong: Innovative Design in 21st Century Cities

Marketplace, G/F

Date & Time

5.12 ( Wed )19:00 - 21:00


In Japanese and Cantonese (with Cantonese simultaneous interpretation)

Online Registration

Think about how innovative designs happen, and who can bring innovative designs into our complex society?

DESIGN is a language and DESIGN is relation-building; this is why DESIGN has been an unparalleled tool for innovation and evolution.

The dialogue discloses how Japanese and Hong Kong designers cope with the complexity of the contemporary world through innovation and its corresponding process.


Eisuke Tachikawa (CEO and Founder, NOSIGNER)

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NOSIGNER is a design firm based on the principle of “social innovation design”, or design that brings positive changes to society and the future. They have been working under the name NOSIGNER, which stands for “professionals who design intangible things”. Their works transcend typical design disciplines such as graphics, products, spatial design and the web, to provide comprehensive design on business models and branding.


Shun Kawakami (CEO, artless Inc.)

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artless Inc. is an independently owned global creative agency based in Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan. Founded by Shun Kawakami in 2001, artless focuses on art and design-based advertising and branding projects, and operates globally.


Chris Cheung (Founder and Creative Director, XCEPT)

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Chris Cheung Hon Him (artist name: h0nh1m) is an artist known for installation art and audiovisual performances, and whose artistic expression depends on electronic, sound, image and creative technology in new media.

He founded XCEPT (previously XEX) in 2008 and XCEED (a new media art group) in 2013, showcasing works worldwide in various international festivals and winning awards at Reddot, TDC, GDC11, A’ Design, Golden Pin, Design for Asia awards and New York Art Director Club Young Guns 11. In 2014 he was appointed as Artistic Director and Curator of the 1st HK-SZ Design Biennale and was invited to be a guest speaker at Hong Kong’s Business of Design Week in 2016.


Otto Ng (Design Director, LAAB)

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Otto Ng studied architecture at HKU and MIT, and has worked in the UK, US and Italy where he designed smart cities and inventive architecture. Otto sees interdisciplinary teamwork as the driving force for innovation.

He cofounded LAAB in 2013, a laboratory comprising 36 architects, designers, makers, engineers, and sociologists. From public space and public art to transformative architecture and interior design, LAAB explores the relationship between people, nature and culture. Otto was named one of the “Young Guns” by the New York Art Directors Club in 2014 and was one of the “Young Game Changers Shaping Hong Kong’s Future” of Tatler’s Generation T in 2017.