Designer Mentee: Elaine Yan Ling Ng (Recipient of Design Trust Feature Grant)
International Mentor: Lyndon Neri & Rosanna Hu
Lead Curator: Marisa Yiu (Co-founder/ Executive Director of Design Trust)
In questioning design process and translations of authenticity and the 'original' via textural experiments, the designer will re-interpret and create a new circular feature carpet for the main space. With references and cues of the past, the designer will re-frame critical making in the Haw Par context that aspires to integrating the old and the new.
"My design journey challenges the meaning and value of 'authenticity' for the 6-meter carpet, designated by the Antiquities and Monuments Oce (AMO). Is it simply 'replicating' the aesthetics of the carpet or 'replicating' the spirit of the Haw Par Brothers, the original authors of this space?" - Elaine Yan Ling Ng
In addition, considering the notion of time and the object's relativity with the space itself, as well as Haw Paw Mansion repurposing into a music foundation, the new carpet enables a personal journey within the space, just like music. A third idea is to innovate with the traditional way of carpet making. Experimenting with a special blend yarn with Tai Ping's unique tufting technique, we formulated new ways of working with interactive fibers. Incorporating these three ideas, the key Chinese mythology figure Phoenix I designed on the carpet can be perceived differently from different angles, lighting levels, and distances, in different times of the day, and indoor temperatures.