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HKTDC holds DesignInspire 2020

DesignInspire, an annual creative showcase presented by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), is a celebration of world-class designs by global creative gurus, trending brands and design academies and institutions.

This year, DesignInspire will lead a virtual journey for industry elites and the public from December 3-9, 2020. Under the theme “Design for Good”, it will ponder how design can contribute positive energy to us, the community and the business world. This one-week virtual experience will feature an engaging showcase of designer projects, brilliant designer stories, fun interactive experiences and a range of inspiring talks and creative workshops. ADF proudly supports DesignInspire 2020 as a media partner.


BODW 2020 : Beyond virtual. LIVE global

In times of change and ambiguity, this year’s BODW is curated on the theme VISION 20/21 and is about finding clarity in uncertainty. BODW 2020 is happening virtually from November 30 to December 5, 2020. Registration is now open. Early bird offer available till November 3. ADF(NPO Aoyama Design Forum) proudly supports BODW 2020 as a media partner.


KODW 2020 | Livestream Session Recordings Now Available

Knowledge of Design Week (KODW) 2020 officially concluded its successful debut as a virtual event. Livestreamed from Hong Kong over four days (26 to 29 August), KODW 2020 connected innovative leaders with the global community through over 15 thematic sessions, interactive remote workshops and an exclusive online community and networking platform.

KODW 2020 invited more than 40 local and international speakers to share their experiences in braving the new normal and critically relevant insights about emerging cross-industry trends.

By becoming virtual as well as more international this year, KODW attracted around 10,000 audiences from Hong Kong, Mainland China and overseas. The audiences from different time zones joined the virtual event to take part in discussions, conversations and workshops.

Anyone who missed KODW 2020 or would like to revisit the free thematic sessions can now watch them on-demand before 30 September at


KODW 2020 Goes Virtual Meeting Global Experts to Explore the New Normal

Hong Kong Design Centre’s (HKDC) major annual event, Knowledge of Design Week (KODW), will make its debut as a virtual event for international audiences this year. Under the theme “Designing Digital Futures”, KODW 2020 will be held from 26 to 29 August 2020 to explore how digital transformation and human-centric design can help us navigate uncertainty and thrive in the pandemic world. Meet over 40 international forward-thinking leaders and innovators in one virtual event. Free Community and Network platform are accessible to all the participants.

Period: 26 - 29, August 2020
Place: Vertual


DesignTech Hub | DesignTech for Future

"DesignTech for Future", a white paper for the world after COVID-19, was created by DesignTech Hub, which is attended by Zaha Hadid Architects, PwC and other global architecture and design firms and consulting firms.

With the pandemic, all critical issues and limits of the city have come to surface, DesignTech Hub suggests this is the right moment to give society a policy document for a new start, providing a series of new guidelines for social life, new models for the spaces we live in.

This white paper initiates a debate over how design, together with technology, can play a fundamental role in tracing the path from "before" to "after" COVID-19, drawing the image of the new world we want to live in and take care.


ADF joins the Fuorisalone Digital

ADF has joined the new digital platform "Fuorisalone Digital", released by

The Milano Salone (Salone Internazionale del Mobile) canceled its 2020 edition, but the "Furio Salone" official site holds the "Fuorisalone Digital" from 15 to 21 June 2020.

ADF exhibits the "ADF Milano Salone Design Award 2020" winning piece, "CYLINDER x MATERIAL" designed by Rie Aruga, which was scheduled to be showcased at the "Fuori Salone" during the Milano Design Week.


Fuorisalone Japan launched! Join the Fuorisalone Digital!

Since 2003, has been the reference platform for Fuorisalone, an event that together with the Salone del Mobile defines the Milan Design Week.

The Salone del Mobile.Milano cancelled its 2020 edition, but Milan Design Week doesn’t stop and is going to introduce, from 15 to 21 June 2020, its brand new digital platform Fuorisalone Digital.

As a spin-off of the main brand, a brand new project called has been launched, so visible worldwide, but strictly dediacted to the Japanese public. It will be a digital platform intended to communicate - with the typical Italian design thinking - the best of Japanese design, creativity and lifestyle, starting from an online Index and Agenda of Japanese Design. will also promote (to the Japanese public but also to the international audience) the best of design Made in Japan on stage in Milan during the Design Week, aiming to create a cultural and commercial link between the two cultures. will launch the Fuorisalone Digital project which starts from 15 to 21, June 2020, where all the figures who join Fuorisalone Japan before 7 June 2020, are offered the opportunity to create your own digital event page on, for free.

Join the Fuorisalone Digital by filling out the registration form from "Details". The registration is free of charge.


ADF acknowledged a media partnership with HKTDC for DesignInspire

NPO Aoyama Design Forum (ADF) has acknowledged a media partnership with the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) for DesignInspire, the exhibition of design and innovation, held by every December. Through the media partnership, we will work together to proceed with the activities aimed at the development of the design industry, and we will convey beneficial information to everyone and try to lead to the development of the design industry.

【About DesignInspire - Exhibition of design and innovation】
Organised by HKTDC, DesignInspire, opens for both trade and public, is an inspiring platform for global creative elites, design brands, design associations and institutes to showcase their creativities. An array of interactive installations, novel ideas, design products and projects is featured.

【About the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC)】
HKTDC is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub.


Design Shanghai 2020

"Design Shanghai" will be held from November 26th to 29th, 2020. ADF proudly supports "Design Shanghai" as a media partner this year as well.

Design Shanghai is one of the world's most prestigious international design events and Asia's premier design event. Constantly breaking new ground, it has set a precedent in China's ever-growing design community. Showcasing the best design brands and galleries from across the globe, Design Shanghai provides a unique and exciting platform to network and establish long-term business relations with Asia's top architects, interior designers, property developers, retailers and private buyers.

Design Shanghai will move to Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center from 26-29 May, 2020, celebrating its 7th anniversary with exciting new content. Set across six remarkable design sections, Design Shanghai 2020 is set to be the biggest and best yet.

Date : 26-29 November, 2020
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center

■Official sites
Design Shanghai:
Design China Beijing:



NPO Aoyama Design Forum (ADF) attended the MIID Annual Ball and Awards Night 2019 as one of the award sponsors for this noteworthy celebration at the Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, on November 22nd, 2019. It was the glorious and glamorous Malayan film industry like it’s 1956. This event was organized by the Malaysian Institute of Interior Designers (MIID). MIID has hosted various award programs recognizing and celebrating different interior designers across Kuala Lumpur and beyond. It is their honor to recognize each of the award recipients for their many accomplishments.


"Japanese Materials" at MATERIAL IN TIME - METAL -| PMQ / THE LAB

A design exhibition on the theme of “Japanese materials”at“MATERIAL IN TIME - METAL-” will be held from 29 Nov(Fri) to 31 Dec(Tue), at a creative facility in Hong Kong, PMQ and from 4 Jan(Sat)to 19 Jan(Sun) at THE LAB.
Kaori Akiyama, the founder of STUDIO BYCOLOR, which is known for various creations with designs that express the appeal of colors and materials, launched this exhibition, as a platform to communicate Japanese creativity to the world through “materials”. Last year's first “MATERIAL IN TIME -PAPER-” was attended by more than 2,000 visitors, and the two exhibited works received the DFA Asian Design Award *.
* DFA Asian Design Award: The largest design award in Asia organized by the Hong Kong Design Center.

The main theme of this exhibition is “metal”, which is based on “exhibition”, “sales” and “talk session with local creators(Canceled due to Hong Kong situation)” of works and products by companies with unique technologies selected from Japan and up-and-coming designers. 8 works of designers and companies will be on display and products of 8 brands will be sold at ARTS & CRAFTS STUDIO in PMQ and THE LAB, one of Asia’s first sustainable lifestyle select shop.

DATE 【Exhibition 1】29 Nov(Fri)−31 Dec(Tue) 11:00-19:00
    【Exhibition 2】4 Jan(Sat)−19 Jan(Sun) 11:00-21:00
                  PMQ Hong Kong H401 BLOCK B
    【Exhibition 2】THE LAB / MIRA PLACE


Business of Design Week 2019 Summit, DFA Awards Presentation Ceremony and Fashion Asia Hong Kong to be Cancelled

In view of the current situation in the city, Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) announced today the cancellation of this year’s Business of Design Week (BODW) Summit (2-7 December 2019), DFA Awards Presentation Ceremony (4 December 2019) and Fashion Asia Hong Kong programmes (3-10 December 2019).
The decision to cancel these programmes was made after consultation with key partners and the Department for International Trade (DIT) of the United Kingdom (UK), the partner country of BODW 2019.

Participants who have purchased tickets for the BODW Summit and Fashion Asia Hong Kong: Fashion Challenges Forum will be fully refunded. For details of how to obtain a refund, please check and


ADF Art Gallery Project vol.7|My images of Yoshio Nakajima

ADF (NPO Aoyama Design Forum) launched the “ADF Art Gallery Project” to support young artists. The 7th edition of this exhibition will be held with the exhibition “My images of Yoshio Nakajima” by Sakae Okatomi, who is an active photographer, from November 26th to 30th, 2019.

Period From Nov. 26th to Nov. 30th, 2019
Hour 9:30 - 19:00 (*Saturday 12:00 - 17:00)
Venue GARDE Gallery
Address Minami Aoyama 5-2-1 ALLIANCE Building 4F, Minato, Tokyo Japan

*Yoshio Nakajima's Biography


"1% for Art " Exhibition Curated by Design Pier at the Designart Tokyo 2019

Design Pier proudly partners with DESIGNART TOKYO to curate and organize the Design Week’s main event joining the "1% for Art" program and presenting a diverse array of highly creative design objects by design studios from the Asian continent.

Period : October 18th - October 27th, 2019
Venue : World Kita Aoyama Building



The second "MATERIAL IN TIME" will be held on PMQ, Hong Kong!

"MATERIAL IN TIME" is a platform for integrating both the wealth of materials supporting Japanese traditional arts and crafts and new materials created through advanced research and development with design and communicating them to the world. Following on from “paper” last year, this year ’s theme is “metal”.

Various kinds of metals smelted from mines. Please take a look at how it was sublimated into various works and products by Japanese creativity.

Period : December 13 (Fri)-16 (Mon), 2019
Venue : PMQ元創方
No.35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong



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