Local and International Awardees Recognised for the Best of Design Excellence in
HONG KONG, CHINA - Media
OutReach - 23 October 2018 - The 2018 edition of the DFA
Awards continues to celebrate impactful and outstanding design from the Asian
perspective. This year DFA Design for
Asia Awards recognised 187 projects and DFA Hong Kong Young Design
Talent Award bestowed 13 out of 16 winners with substantial financial
sponsorships to further their practices.
Founded in 2003, the
DFA Awards are widely known in the industry as one of the most important and
prestigious honours stemming from the region. Identifying design excellence
that delivers positive impact on society, the Awards encompasses five-major
programmes, the awardees of two of which were announced today. Individual awardees
of the DFA Lifetime Achievement Award, DFA Design Leadership Award and DFA
World's Outstanding Chinese Designer will be announced in early November 2018.
Professor Eric C. Yim, JP, Chairman, Hong Kong Design Centre stated
that "As the axis of the world turns towards Asia, we are in an age of
unprecedented influence and global interest in the region. The ever-changing
design landscape has also reflected this change and growing influence of the
Asian perspective and market. Resonating this evolution, the DFA Awards has
entered a period of maturity and is now internationally recognised as one of
the most prominent and sought-after industry awards. This is also shown through
the number and quality of submissions to the DFA Design for Asia Awards and DFA
Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award and is a testament to the innovation and
strength of design in the region."
DFA Design for Asia Awards received overwhelming response this
year, with over 1,000 entries from 18 economies submitting design projects for
consideration, the highest number to date. The judging panel selected 187 design
projects, all of which launched available in Asian markets, and that
demonstrate how design has contributed to social, cultural and economic
progress, covering four major design disciplines including apparel &
accessory, communication, environmental and product & industrial designs. A
total of 10 Grand Awards, 3 Grand Awards for Culture, Sustainability, and
Technology, 10 Grand Awards for Special Mention, and 164 winners from the
Category Award are conferred, altogether demonstrating the power of design
solutions to enhance and improve the quality of life in Asian regions and as
well for the global populations. Among the winners, design projects from Japan
and Hong Kong stand at the top of leaderboard, each with 55 winning projects,
followed by Mainland China with 40 winning projects.
DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award fosters the development emerging
design practitioners or graduates of 35 years old or under from Hong Kong. In
2018, 13 out of 16 winners were awarded up to HK$ 5 million in total in grants for
overseas attachments to incubate visions and provide opportunities for
cross-cultural exchange projects. The programme seeks to cultivate the next
generation of home-grown design to broaden exposure to the
global design landscape. Through overseas work experiences or educational initiatives,
the next generation can continue to fuel the creative economy, with the vision
to further build Hong Kong's competitive offerings.
For details of awardee list and
project photos, please visit the following download links:
DFA Design for Asia Awards 2018:
DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award 2018:
In celebration of DFA Awardees a
series of events will be held at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in
Ceremony of DFA Design for Asia Awards and DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent
DFA: Design for Asia
Forum at Business of Design Week (BODW). Selected winners from DFA Design for
Asia Awards will be invited to share their design thinking.
Ceremony of DFA Lifetime Achievement Award, DFA Design Leadership Award and
DFA World's Outstanding Chinese Designer at BODW Gala Dinner
6th -- 8th
Exhibition at DesignInspire, showcasing the winning projects or portfolios of
DFA Awards 2018. It is also a parallel event to BODW.
About DFA Design for Asia
Since 2003, the DFA
Design for Asia Awards honours and acknowledges user-centric design projects
and solutions that embrace cultural values unique in Asian societies, with
concerns for sustainable development and use of technology to enhance and
improve the quality of life for people in the region. Organised by the Hong
Kong Design Centre and as one of the flagship programmes of DFA Awards, the DFA
Design for Asia Awards aims to celebrate design excellence and acknowledge
outstanding designs with Asian perspectives, and has been a platform for design
talents and corporates to showcase their design projects internationally.
About DFA Hong Kong Young Design
Established in 2005,
DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (DFA HKYDTA) as one of the programmes
of DFA Awards organised by the Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC), aims to support
and cultivate local up-and-coming designers and design graduates aged 35 or
below. Awardees may receive sponsorship to undergo overseas work attachment in
renowned design companies or study in overseas institutes to unleash their
potential and contribute to Hong Kong's design and creative industry
development upon their return.
About Hong Kong Design Centre
Hong Kong Design
Centre (HKDC) was founded in 2001 as a strategic partner of the HKSAR
Government in establishing Hong Kong as centre of design excellence in Asia.
HKDC continues its public mission to promote wider and strategic use of design
and design thinking to create business value and improve societal well-being.
Our initiatives are anchored by five major work directions: CONNECT, CELEBRATE,
NURTURE, ADVANCE and ENGAGE.
programmes include Business of Design Week (since 2002) -- Asia's leading annual
conference and event on Design, Innovation and Brands; DFA Awards (since 2003)
-- a widely recognised design awards that celebrates outstanding designs with
Asian perspectives; Design Incubation Programme (since 2012) and Fashion
Incubation Programme (since 2016) -- 2-year incubation programmes to nurture
future design and fashion entrepreneurs; Fashion Asia Hong Kong (since 2016) --
a new initiative combining conversations, interactions and cultural exchanges
to energise the city's image, and position it as an Asian hub for fashion trade
and business development; Knowledge of Design Week (since 2006) -- an annual
thematic design knowledge sharing platform that explores how design can solve
complex challenges of our society.