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The 15 People You Need To Know

From design’s most respected names to up-and-coming talent, we look back at 15 important names in Hong Kong and around the world that we’ve covered – and that you need to know about.

The 15 People You Need To Know

#1 Shigeru Ban (top image)

Recipient of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, Shigeru Ban has been praised for his significant and consistent contribution to humanity. Click here for story

#2 Rocco Yim

Rocco Yim

The Executive Director of Rocco Design Architects shares how he is bringing a Chinese sensibility to modern buildings. Click here for story

#3 Lyndon Neri


How does one design for authenticity – particularly in the realm of hotel design? At INSIDE 2013 (World Festival of Interiors), Lyndon Neri of Neri&Hu suggested it comes down to an obsessive determination to stay true to the meaning of a place. Click here for story

#4 Pinwu


Certainly a name to watch, China-based design studio PINWU is made up of three designers from three different cultures who seek to apply traditional craft to contemporary designs. Click here for story

#5 Toyo Ito


Toyo Ito talks about architecture and nature, the media, winning the 2013 Pritzker prize, and more. Click here for story

#6 Joyce Wang

Joyce Wang

Since unveiling her Wan Chai studio in 2011, Hong Kong-based interior design force Joyce Wang has taken the city by storm. Click here for story

#7 Ma Yansong

Ma Yansong

In blurring of boundaries between the natural and man-made, the works of architect Ma Yansong make an expressive statement. Click here for story

#8 openUU


Eddy Man Kim, Edward Yujoong Kim, and Kevin Chin-kwok Lim founded design research lab openUU (pronounced “Open, you! You!”) in the spirit of open-source intelligence. Click here for story

#9 Kenneth Ko


Hot on the heels of receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asia Pacific Interior Designs Awards 2013 in Hong Kong, architect and interior designer Kenneth Ko talks about his work and life philosophy. Click here for story

#10 Eureka


For Hong Kong architecture firm Eureka, design is a non-linear process in which ideas collide until ‘the moment’ occurs. Click here for story

#11 Bryant Lu


The Vice President of Ronald Lu & Partners talks about why it’s time to return to the humanistic aspect of design. Click here for story

#12 Joey Ho


Likening design to dessert, award-winning Hong Kong based designer Joey Ho tells us how he aims to bring ‘a slice of joy’ to clients and users of the spaces he designs. Click here for story

#13 Giulio Cappellini

Giulio Cappellini

The creative director of Italian design powerhouse Cappellini opens up about his dreams for the company, spotting good talent, and more. Click here for story

#14 Jasper Morrison

Jasper Morrison

At Milan Design Week 2014, the British designer tells us about the Unos chair, his first collaboration with Spanish furniture company Andreu World. Click here for story

#15 Naoto Fukasawa


In town to inaugurate Business of Design Week’s ‘Designed by Hong Kong’ lecture series, Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa tells us about his design philosophy, dream project and what minimalism really means. Click here for story

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