2016

Design Trust Seed Grant

Borrowed Nature

Today the way we perceive the landscape within the contemporary city continue to evolve: our modern lifestyle have become so interdependent on ubiquitous objects and digital tools that can communicate with each other and form a dynamic network, in many respects, these digital tools are now essential extension of our body to sense our surrounding environment.

We are at an interesting juncture of design, where practices of making provides more means for designers to create different forms of expression. Invited by the new cultural institution Design Society, Shekou, the research work of SKY YUTAKA will be developed into a proposed installation, ‘Borrowed Nature’ which will form part of their inaugural Main Hall Exhibition opening in Autumn 2017.

Sarah Lee and Yutaka Yano are co-founder of multi-disciplinary architecture studio, SKY YUTAKA. Working in the field of Architecture, landscape and design, design research is an important part of their practice and projects include a series of commissioned installations using various media which are part of the studio’s long term exploration on culture, technology and materiality.

Trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London, Lee is a registered architect and Adjunct Assistant Professor at the School of Architecture at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and University of Lincoln at Hong Kong Design Institute. Graduated from The Bartlett, University College of London; Yano received the RIBA Bronze Medal and “Sergeant Drawing Prize” from Royal Institute of British Architects. Post graduation he gained professional training while working at architectural offices in London, where he developed technical and design skills, managing various private and commercial projects from concept inception to completion.