Happy Innovations Exhibition

17 Ways to Make Your Life Happier

How to live a joyful life - living in a city with full of innovations or filling every city corner with playful games?

Some Hong Kong emerging young design talents, who always have great ideas in their mind, create a series of Happy Innovations to explore new possibilities and innovative solutions to build a more livable and happier city. Inspired by urban living, designers join hands to co-create a happy city and spread joy through three themes – PLAY, LIVE and INSPIRE.

PLAY is playful and engaging designs that make a change on daily routine. Designers turn city into an enjoyable play area with unconventional application of ordinary objects and materials. LIVE aspires fresh and creative spatial designs, and unique furniture making the home sweet home. INSPIRE covers a series of innovative designs that enlightens us to inner peace and happiness.

Happy Innovations is a pre-show promotion campaign of DesignInspire, an international creative exhibition. It aims to promote the Hong Kong creative and design industries, and shares the joy of global creation with public. This year, Happy Innovations invites over 25 designers, who are raising stars in various design disciplines, and the Hong Kong Institute of Architects to take part as special creative partner.

Exhibition Details
Date: 22 Nov 2017 – 5 Dec 2017
(Free Admission)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm
Venue: Gallery by the Harbour
(Shop 207, Level 2, Ocean Centre, Harbour City)

Participating Designers:
Dennis Cheung, Stefan Chui, Daydreamers Design x Department of Architecture of Chu Hai College of Higer Education, HIR Studio, Gary Hon, Kathy Lam & T.T. Cheung, Max Lam, Lim+Lu, Lo Sing Chin, Mike Mak, Gary Ng, One Bite Design Studio x German Tops, Stickyline, Sunny Wong, Tony Electronic, Xavier Tsang, Wyan Yeung, Matthew Lo & Eric Cheung

(in alphabetical order of Designer & Work Name)
Daydreamers Design x Department of Architecture of Chu Hai College of Higher Education / Paperbrick Pavilion
Daydreamers Design x Department of Architecture of Chu Hai College of Higher Education / Paperbrick Pavilion
INSPIRE
Dennis Cheung / Movabox
Dennis Cheung / Movabox
LIVE
Gary Hon / Breathing Paragon
Gary Hon / Breathing Paragon
INSPIRE
Gary Ng / Happy Management
Gary Ng / Happy Management
INSPIRE
HIR Studio / Adaptive Flock
HIR Studio / Adaptive Flock
LIVE
Kathy Lam, T.T. Cheung / Clock-wise
Kathy Lam, T.T. Cheung / Clock-wise
PLAY
Lim+Lu / Your Health, Your Choice
Lim+Lu / Your Health, Your Choice
LIVE
Lo Sing Chin / Unknown Known
Lo Sing Chin / Unknown Known
INSPIRE
Max Lam / Give Me A Break
Max Lam / Give Me A Break
LIVE
Mike Mak / People’s Republic Corner
Mike Mak / People’s Republic Corner
LIVE
One Bite Design Studio x German Tops / The Happy Distraction
One Bite Design Studio x German Tops / The Happy Distraction
LIVE
Stefan Chui  / Unconstrained Shadow of Concrete
Stefan Chui / Unconstrained Shadow of Concrete
PLAY
Stickyline / Crazy Drill
Stickyline / Crazy Drill
PLAY
Sunny Wong / Awareness
Sunny Wong / Awareness
INSPIRE
Tony Electronic / Six Belly Punch Set
Tony Electronic / Six Belly Punch Set
PLAY
Wyan Yeung, Matthew Lo & Eric Cheung / See-saw-sit
Wyan Yeung, Matthew Lo & Eric Cheung / See-saw-sit
LIVE
Xavier Tsang / Silk Fungi
Xavier Tsang / Silk Fungi
INSPIRE
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Daydreamers Design x Department of Architecture of Chu Hai College of Higher Education / Paperbrick Pavilion

Introduction:

Department of Architecture of Chu Hai Higher Education College and Prof. Stanley Siu encourage students to reuse and convert the wasted cardboard piled up in a local industrial strike into paper bricks and use them as a building material. We shatter, add water and enforce pressure in producing the paper bricks. There are numerous architecture and format of using bricks, a common and traditional architectural material, to construct buildings and pavilions. The light-weight bricks offer an unique opportunity to explore innumerable shelter designs. Paperbrick Pavilion combines traditional materials with innovative design and transform conventional cardboard into creative shelter.

Daydreamers Design x Department of Architecture of Chu Hai College of Higher Education / Paperbrick Pavilion
Daydreamers Design x Department of Architecture of Chu Hai College of Higher Education / Paperbrick Pavilion
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Dennis Cheung / Movabox

Introduction:

MOVABOX is a deliverable cocktail set for an exclusive night. It offers a curatorial, user-oriented cocktail experience with mobility capable of transforming and unfolding at any desired locations, just where mixing a cocktail can be easy for anyone’s reach! Inspired by the urban street market in Hong Kong, we are interested in how sharing platforms in this high-density city could be testified through this handy, transformable and upscaling model. MOVABOX creates an on-demand physical serving companion, an exquisite artefact, for the enjoyment of cocktails on a company event, party or a private gathering just for your beloved.

Dennis Cheung / Movabox
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Gary Hon / Breathing Paragon

Introduction:

Is our breathing rushed, uneven and shallow? Breathing Paragon is a sketchbook about mindful breathing guiding people into a meditation journey towards inner peace. It is an undulating loop imitating hills and valleys.When we roll the loop and see the hills go up, we slowly breathe in and feel the energy gained; when the valleys go down, we slowly breathe out feeling calm and relaxed. People can regain inner peace when they focus on breathing, observing and drawing. Breathing Paragon can be folded into a handy book for people to practice breathing and share the joyful atmosphere in our city.

Gary Hon / Breathing Paragon
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Gary Ng / Happy Management

Introduction:

Happy Management challenges the stereotype and new possibility of guardhouse, an iconic space for security guard. Among the rules and constraints in Hong Kong, security guard gives an impression of control and watch and heightens tension between people and the managing agent. The design turns the icon of control and inhumanity into creative tiny space that can enhances neighbourhood’s sense of belonging. Can this tiny space play a better role in the community and bring more positive impact to the urban living?

Gary Ng / Happy Management
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HIR Studio / Adaptive Flock

Introduction:

Adaptive Flock is a system to create a place for bartering. The installation, being viewed from afar, shows a similarity to a flock of birds gathering to share the food when we view from afar. As the ‘birds’ nod, the levering arms swing and flutter with the exchange of goods. Some yellow baskets are also for seating. The oval structure form a place of heart at the centre for people to enjoy eats, and play. People bring in the goods useless to themselves, but useful to others for exchange.

HIR Studio / Adaptive Flock
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Kathy Lam, T.T. Cheung / Clock-wise

Introduction:

Hong Kong people are incredibly good at time management, hardworking and efficient. There are a number of quotes that convey the importance of time and encourage Hong Kong people to make good use of every moment over the decades, including “A moment is as worthy as gold; Time is money; The stock market frustrates hugely in a second; Flash mob ; Swift…..”etc. Clock-wise is a clock design that captures the ecstatic experience of the evanescence of time. It reflects the lifestyle of how Hong Kong people spend time “wisely”.

Kathy Lam, T.T. Cheung / Clock-wise
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Lim+Lu / Your Health, Your Choice

Introduction:

How healthy would a city be if people exercise regularly and choose to take the stairs over escalators?

Numerous studies show that teenagers and adults in Hong Kong are not getting enough exercise, which affects academic performance and well-being. Research by the Hong Kong Stroke Fund finds that Hong Kong teenagers, who rarely exercise, are at higher risks of strokes later in life.

With every step we climb, we burn an average of 0.42 calories. With the countless public stairs available in Hong Kong, we see the perfect opportunity to create a healthier Hong Kong - motivational calorie counting public stairs.

Lim+Lu / Your Health, Your Choice
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Hong Kong

Lo Sing Chin / Unknown Known

Introduction:

In the internet era, we are used to be overwhelmed with information and knowledge, and thus we are easily shaped into the kind of people of what information we receive. Unknown Known inspires people to make sense of the world through their own experience, no matter it is crucial or trivial. People can learn and comprehend in their own ways - “Seeing is not Believing” by interacting with the objects. In fact, life is more interesting and happier we than find.

Lo Sing Chin / Unknown Known
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Max Lam / Give Me A Break

Introduction:

Hong Kong is a densely populated city where every people is paying sky-high price for a tiny space. Most people cannot afford for a flat and share the living space with families. Private space is rare. People even strive for a basic living space by renting disgusting sub-divided flats. Give Me A Break is a temporary private space in public area. People can enjoy their private and relaxing moment in this net. People can chat, read, relax or even view the scenery outside the net. The retail price of the recent hot topic, Green Form Subsidized Home Ownership Pilot Scheme, is $5658 per square feet. Give Me A Break is a space that costs $26593.

Max Lam / Give Me A Break
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Mike Mak / People’s Republic Corner

Introduction:

Living and working spaces are extremely limited in Hong Kong. Sharing the space flexibly is the best way to co-create a happy city. People’s Republic Corner is a pop-up furniture set for every street corner and open space. Public can utilise the space with imagination. Not only can it turn into a reading corner to share knowledge and history of Hong Kong, but it can also turn into a chess battlefield or a resting in the middle of a very long staircase. The specially-designed book-furniture with wooden panels makes the boring street corners alive.

Mike Mak / People’s Republic Corner
Mike Mak / People’s Republic Corner
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One Bite Design Studio x German Tops / The Happy Distraction

Introduction:

Have you ever experienced the loneliness of working overnight with the snoring of your pet next to you? Here comes the solution ─ the Happy Distraction furniture set! Taking on the joy of distraction by pets, we have designed this set of work furniture to inject happy moments into your working time and build more intimate moments at home. Combining spaces for pet to move around and work function, the Happy Distraction will allow you not only to be joyfully distracted by your pets, but to distract them humorously too. The time of being a leg warmer is over, stay warm with your pet together!

One Bite Design Studio x German Tops / The Happy Distraction
One Bite Design Studio x German Tops / The Happy Distraction
One Bite Design Studio x German Tops / The Happy Distraction
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Stefan Chui / Unconstrained Shadow of Concrete

Introduction:

The concrete texture of the Unconstrained Shadow of Concrete captures light and shadow. Our hand shadows make it a playful and interactive set.

Stefan Chui  / Unconstrained Shadow of Concrete
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Hong Kong

Stickyline / Crazy Drill

Introduction:

People usually associate innovation with some iconic symbols, for example, a sparkling thought, the human intelligence, a cogwheel etc. Have you ever thought of making drill as an innovative icon? Drill functions to break the old establishments and bring in new ideas. It encourages us to be creative and think out of the box. Let’s drill and have fun!

Stickyline / Crazy Drill
Stickyline / Crazy Drill
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Sunny Wong / Awareness

Introduction:

Countdown to life - it is our fate that life is slipping away. Why do we bother trivial things? I would like to bring zen living into Awareness - you can make a choice, study oneself and be aware of life. Getting insights on what is going on around you and within yourself this week or in the moment. Through the tree hole, you can let go of the attachments to your past and future, then you can awaken awareness to your true self.

Sunny Wong / Awareness
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Tony Electronic / Six Belly Punch Set

Introduction:

Have you been upset by your belly? Do you want to build some muscles around the waist? Tony who is in his middle age innovates the Six Belly Punch Set. Let’s put it on! The punches will hit your waist when you jog. It is a breakthrough keep-fit and muscle training product. Tony also reminds that the punch set will hit the belly 60 times in every 100m. There will be 240 hits if we jog 400m. People will have 16 muscles or more if they use it frequently.

Tony Electronic / Six Belly Punch Set
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Wyan Yeung, Matthew Lo & Eric Cheung / See-saw-sit

Introduction:

See-saw-sit comes from the seesaw in our childhoods. The user must find someone to sit with; otherwise it will lose its balance. Hong Kong people are devoted to their smartphones regardless of where they go. It seems that they have completely lost the instinct of communication and dialogue. We hope the chair to bring out "Balance" and "Communication".

Wyan Yeung, Matthew Lo & Eric Cheung / See-saw-sit
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Xavier Tsang / Silk Fungi

Introduction:

The ever-growing social-economic problems and political conflicts have put our society in negative emotions for years. What if the nature can give us a hand? Silk Fungi is a prototype of a genetical modified mushroom ecology developed to be grown around the city. Its silky hairs possess an aroma that can effectively releases anger and stress. The fast growth rate of the “silk” allows people to pick and sniff or eat like herbs. It nurtures a herbal culture that brings harmony in our city.

Xavier Tsang / Silk Fungi
Xavier Tsang / Silk Fungi
*Information is subject to change without prior notice.