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Business of Design Week goes Orange

If you're into celebrity designer spotting, the Business of Design Week opening in Hong Kong next week boasts an impressive lineup of international speakers. The Netherlands is the partner country for 2008 so events and speakers will mostly centre around Dutch projects and collaborations between The Netherlands, China and Hong Kong.

By Editor Design.nl /asdf 04-12-2008

Exploring the theme of "Open Minds," Business of Design Week 2008 seeks to contribute to further strengthening the position of Chinese and international creative sectors through sharing the successes of Dutch design.

With a seriously impressive line-up of international speakers, the Business of Design Week (bodw) opens next week in Hong Kong, running from 8 December to 13 December 2008. The aim of the event is to encourage international businesses to focus more on the relationship between business and design. The partner country for 2008 is The Netherlands, so not surprisingly, major Dutch design and architecture names will be speaking at the special three-day design forum.

The rock star line-up of Dutch speakers includes Marcel Wanders, Winy Maas, Marlies Dekkers, Ben van Berkel, Renny Ramakers, Irma Boom, Hella Jongerius and Rem Koolhaas. The international line-up boasts some of the world's top designers including Kazuyo Sejima, Michael Young and Shigeru Ban. Topics range from Design & Product and Technology, Culture and the City to Design & Communication to Earthquake proof design.

Alongside the main event at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre are satellite exhibitions, workshops and activities throughout the city as part of a program called DETOUR. Highlights include:

Tangible Traces: Dutch Architecture and Design In The Making
An exhibition by Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAi) featuring the works of industrial designer Hella Jongerius, fashion designer Alexander van Slobbe, textile designer Claudy Jongstra, spatial designer Frank Havermans and the architects of Onix.

Pecha Kucha
Hong Kong vs The Netherlands

Design EX 08
In collaboration with the Stedilijk Museum, Amsterdam Fashion Institute and The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague, this public programme of events brings the creativity of the Netherlands to the heart of Kowloon in a series of exhibitions, seminars and performances that incorporate the fields of architecture, fashion, graphic, interior and interactive designs as well as a touch of the cross-cultural.

Dutch Fashion Soiree
A stylish and exclusive salon programme introducing the Hong Kong fashion community to the best of upcoming Dutch fashion labels which are expanding into the Asian markets.

Best Dutch Book Designs
A collection of latest award-winning Dutch books chosen for the quality of design, typography, printing, illustration and production is also available for sale.

KLOMP! Dutch Clogs by Hong Kong and China based Artists for Charity
Traditional Dutch clogs are interpreted by Hong Kong and Chinese designers and artists to be auctioned for charity next year.

Top Design is The Bottom Line
Four designers, graduates of Design Academy in Eindhoven, present their world famous and renowned conceptual designs alongside the works of four equally impressive industrial design firms in a compact exhibition of spectacular and leading product designs.

Minor Quirk
This exhibition showcases projects by students of the Willem de Kooning Academy (WdKA) using the interdisciplinary platform for digital media and technology and aims to challenge our perception of household items.

Dutch Design Awards
The winners and best nominated works for the Dutch Design Awards 2008 in the categories of Communication, Product and Spatial Design.

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