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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


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


BODW 2019 | Powerful Line-up of Global Design and Business Influencers Unveiled

More than 70 international visionaries will champion the power of design and design thinking to create a positive tomorrow at Asia's leading design, innovation and brands event.

Business of Design Week (BODW), Asia’s leading event on design, innovation and brands, has announced a diverse and powerful line-up of international and regional speakers this year. More than 70 design masters and influential business leaders from over 10 countries and economies are set to inspire BODW 2019 audiences in Hong Kong from 2-7 December.

Presented by Hong Kong Design Centre in collaboration with this year’s partner country, the United Kingdom (UK), BODW 2019 is curated on the visionary theme Design the Future, Create Tomorrow. The week-long event is anchored by the BODW Summit at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, with more than 20 forums, dialogues and exhibitions running concurrently around the city.

Business of Design Week 2019 - Event Details:
Date : 2 – 7 December 2019 (Monday – Saturday)
Venue : Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Ticketing :


Business of Design Week 2019

The eagerly anticipated "Business of Design Week (BODW)" organised by Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), the flagship event in the realm of design for Hong Kong and the world, is returning this early December. BODW is organised by HKDC. This year's partner country, the UK, is known for its creative power that is spread across all sectors, making it one of the world’s greatest when it comes to “soft power”.

This time BODW will bring together some of the biggest names in British design, along with more than 70 renowned speakers from over 10 countries and cities. Together they will host 13 summits and forums for designers, business executives and the general public for a week's illuminating discussions on design today.

Pencil in your calendar if you wish to gain insight into global design trends, grasp the pulse of our times, reignite your creativity and get up to speed with the latest design management practices. Register now for the BODW 2019 early bird offer! ADF proudly supports the BODW 2019 as one of the media partners this year as well.

More info on BODW 2019 early bird offer (40% off on your ticket):


BODW 2019|Foster + Partners: Architects invited to spearhead lunar habitation

Foster + Partners, an award-winning British architectural design and engineering firm, has won the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize multiple times for their ground-breaking visions. With over 1,500 architects, the practice is responsible for many of the most recognised landmarks on earth, as well as a range of diverse and forward-thinking design projects from Washington DC’s Apple Carnegie Library and Saudi Arabia’s Haramain High Speed Rail, to OLED TV screen and designer chairs.

What’s more, Foster + Partners are now reaching for the moon. They have been invited to be part of a consortium set up by the European Space Agency to use 3D printing and robots to construct lunar habitations.Young Wei-yang Chiu, partner at Foster + Partners, will attend BODW 2019 to talk about some of the prominent projects from Foster + Partners.

Meet Young and other top architects at BODW 2019.
Register now for early bird offer (40% off on your ticket):


Thomas Heatherwick, the genius who likes to solve problems!|BODW 2019

Thomas Heatherwick (UK) is increasingly known for his high profile architectural projects. In just a few years, these projects have been awarded or completed —Zeitz MOCAA in South Africa (opened in 2017), Coal Drops Yard in London (opened in 2018), Google California Headquarters (in collaboration with BIG), Google London headquarters (in collaboration with BIG), renovation of the London Olympic venues, Vessel in New York (opened in 2019)— making him one of the hottest names in architecture today. We introduce architect Thomas Heatherwick, who will participate as a speaker at BODW 2019, a design event held in Hong Kong this December.

Meet Thomas Heatherwick at BODW 2019 organised by Hong Kong Design Centre.
More info on BODW 2019 early bird offer (40% off on your ticket):


"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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