Designer Mentee: Ire Tsui, Michael Leung and Rony Chan
Mentor: Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami
The designers will make visible the Hong Kong based manufacturers and artisans during the research process. They will work on designing souvenirs re-interpreted from that of the Haw Par Collection, and other archives in Hong Kong. The idea is to present local production and craft in relation to the history and heritage of Haw Par Mansion, as well as re-interpreting the concept of a series of “souvenirs” and its presentation in the context of history, heritage and the Haw Par Mansion and Tiger Balm Garden.
Designer Statement • Ire Tsui, Michael Leung & Rony Chan
Inspired by the creative spirits of Haw Par Mansion and Aw brothers, we looked into the stories behind the family, garden, interiors, and objects. A series of storytelling objects, as new heritage souvenirs, are developed with the key design elements from the Haw Par Mansion and collection. Connecting these ideas to our research and design project Micro Factory, we responded to the Haw Par heritage with a collection of new interior objects, prototyped in
collaboration with local metal craftsmen, paper-product makers, and the renowned house of Tai Ping. These objects include a set of playful mobile decorations, allowing participants to create unique combination with visual elements inspired from Haw Par Mansion stainless glass art; candle holders with the iconic hexagon shape of Tiger Balm; and a new version of decorative Chinese vase developed with artistry carpeting craftsmanship from Tai Ping Carpets and the Haw Par collections.