Curatorial Message

Re-edit is a new and exciting showcase initiated by Hong Kong’s creative hub, PMQ, with the support from Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR Government) as the Lead Sponsor. This exhibition aims to nurture Hong Kong design talents through introduce and showcase their works to major global platform – Milan Design Week. The exposure allows local elite talents to interact and communicate with world-class designers and design brands, resulting in cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary dialogue that will expand the creators’ horizons and elevate their design standard. Furthermore, through the local exhibition, this event also allows the general public and industry practitioners to appreciate their creativity and ingenuity. The exhibition explores and identifies the present in a close parallel with what lies behind and ahead. A contrast of materials becomes the symbol of vision and the juxtaposition of tradition and innovation, past and future, essential for attaining excellence in a constantly changing society like Hong Kong. Through the installation and 10 designs, we unite history and project, imagination and reality, desires that have been fulfilled and the continuing will to challenge rituals and norms and reinvent again and again, to design fresh forms and new adventures.

The exhibition opens with a poetic fantasy, the Bun Mountain — Bao Shan in Cantonese — created by members of the Hong Kong Interior Design Association. This is contrasted against 10 designs centred on layers of identity: from identity on a personal level — who we are, what we think, where we fit in, what we are attached to, what piques our curiosity and creativity — to industry and city status — what are our social norms, what is the relationship between fast culture and urban life, and what propels our designs into the future — shaped by language, place, community, media, technology, social and political consciousness, heritage, sustainability, craftsmanship, customs, beliefs and more. Should culture mean confidence in the critical knowledge of what is entrusted to us by the past and future? Design is the act of discovering and re-working a new sense of awareness within the constant stream of consciousness of our daily lives.

Artist Armechan, who responds to the needs and the sense of belonging of his era, has sketched out the role of people of Hong Kong entirely captivated by their tasks. Energetic, visionary Studio Ryte has designed a distinctive, inimitable stool of unusual structure, weight and dimensions. Ken Chow, a fine joiner who has chosen to devote his life to carpentry and perfecting his skills through experimentation and innovation, has made a four-drawer cabinet featuring delicate traditional and contemporary joints. Xavier Tsang, a young design entrepreneur inspired by Oriental living culture, founded his candle company to create an olfactory experience inspired by the local heritage of the Haw Par mansion. Also inspired by collective memories of Haw Par, Julie & Jesse, a ceramic artist and designer duo keen to find fresh new perspectives on disparate cultures and traditions, have created an extraordinary Ottoman-like series of mobile furniture reflecting the artificial mountains once associated with the otherworldly surroundings of the mansion. The three AaaM architects who encouraged the public to consider the overconsumption of single-use packaging materials have turned Tetra Pak beverage cartons into conical lampshades that hang from the ceiling and proudly preach the virtues of upcycling.

Multi-talented MLKK Studio, who envision socially and culturally responsible architecture, have designed benches, a much-needed amenity in both public and private settings in the fast-paced city of Hong Kong, to encourage enjoyment, interaction and exchanges in public spaces. The team at Stickyline focus on paper engineering and structural development, and have created an installation which is both a tribute to and an allegory of historic industrial handicraft design in Hong Kong. The relationship between contemporary art and textiles has been highlighted as two interwoven parts: young fashion designer Aries Sin’s installation of an imaginary seascape whose forms and colours are composed of recycled textiles in the context of the Hong Kong factories renowned for their quality and value in the ’70s and ’80s, while Zoe Siu, known for her knot-inspired accessories, reinterprets the textile mills in the heyday of the garment manufacturing industry.

Coming together is just a beginning, and I am greatly honoured and humbled to be a part of this wonderfully talented group of creatives!


Amy Chow is an interdisciplinary design expert, academician, writer and connoisseur with achievements in multiple roles. Trained in creative hubs like San Francisco, Los Angeles and Rome, Amy joined the Hong Kong Design Centre as Design Director from 2005 to 2012, overseeing research, award programmes, professional workshops and exhibitions. As a curator and exhibition director, she has spearheaded numerous critically acclaimed design exhibitions for local and international audiences, including Creative Hong Kong: Project 9707 (2007) which was seen in Vancouver, Milan, London, New York and Seoul; the six-month-long Creative Ecologies of Hong Kong: Business Living Creativity* (2010) at the Shanghai World Expo; Creative Ecologies+ (2012) at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum; and Imminent Domain: Designing the Life of Tomorrow* (2013), co-curated with Nanjo Fumio, at Asia Society Hong Kong Centre. In addition, she mapped out the intertwining relationships and blueprint of Hong Kong’s artistic environment for Confluence 20+* (2017), a monumental exhibition series that travelled to Milan, Hong Kong, Seoul and Chicago. Currently, Amy is curating exhibition programmes that focus on visual culture and the language of Asian designs in relation tomaterial innovation, creative processes, design and craftsmanship.

* Sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region


Located in the heart of Hong Kong’s SoHo district, PMQ is the landmark of the city’s creative industries. Once a historic site, PMQ was revived as a creative hub in 2014. Currently, it houses the studios of over 100 designers that feature lifestyle and fashion goods and accessories, gifts, homeware, architecture-related products, and a wide range of designer goods. PMQ has become a creative platform that supports up-and-coming creative talents and fosters a community of patrons and lovers of creativity, design and heritage. It is also the hottest venue in town for international arts and cultural events.

Built in 1951, PMQ was the Police Married Quarters before its revitalisation. In November 2010, the HKSAR government announced the plan to preserve the site for use by creative industries. The operating right was awarded to PMQ Management Company Limited, which is a non-profit social enterprise set up by the Musketeers Education and Cultural Charitable Foundation Limited in collaboration with the Hong Kong Design Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Hong Kong Design Institute of the Vocational Training Council.

PMQ’s mission is to transform a historical compound into a unique hub of broad appeal that serves the evolving creative industries. To do this, PMQ champions enterprising creativity (turning creativity to business), nurtures local create-preneurs and designers, as well as promotes the appreciation of creativity to the community.


Create Hong Kong (CreateHK) is a dedicated agency set up by the HKSAR Government in June 2009. It is under the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau and dedicated to spearheading the development of creative industries in Hong Kong. Its strategic foci are nurturing talent and facilitating start-ups, exploring markets, and promoting Hong Kong as Asia’s creative capital and fostering a creative atmosphere in the community.

CreateHK sponsors PMQ to organise RE-EDIT – Hong Kong Showcase and deTour Special, among other projects, to promote Hong Kong’s creative industries.

Disclaimer: The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.

Collaborating Organisation

The Hong Kong Interior Design Association (HKIDA) is a non-governmental, non-profit organisation founded in 1991. From practising design professionals to future design stars, the HKIDA team consists of designers, contractors, suppliers, students and other related bodies in the field of interior architecture. It is devoted to serving the needs of its members, industry partners and the general public. One of its major undertakings has been fostering professionalism and design excellence. HKIDA actively engages in research and education, initiates regional competitions and organises activities which invite participation on a broader social level.

exhibition designer
AaaM Architects

AaaM Architects is a design and research studio founded in 2015 by three Hong Kong architects. “AaaM” is an abbreviation of “Architecture as a Medium”. The studio believes in architecture’s power as a medium with which all walks of life can engage and interact in everyday life. Apart from performing master planning, architecture design, interior design, installation and public art projects, AaaM Architects also curate creative education programmes for children to nurture future generations.

Visual & Communication Design
Trilingua Design

Established in 2010 by Adonian Chan and Chris Tsui, Trilingua Design provides design services for publications, websites, exhibitions, lettering, branding and visual identity. Its clients include the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, University of Hong Kong, City University of Hong Kong, Greenpeace, Ad-lib and more. Trilingua Design also zealously works for local art groups, including the Hong Kong Art Centre, Soundpocket, Ying E Chi and the House of Hong Kong Literature.

Currently, Trilingua Design is designing a typeface called “Hong Kong BeiWei Kaishu”, as well as researching installation artworks that emphasise type design.

Website Development Design

Founded in 2015, WEEWUNGWUNG is a digital design studio based in Hong Kong that focuses on web and interactive experiences. Working closely with renowned graphic designers, artists, curators and corporations, WEEWUNGWUNG continues to promote creative modern web browsing experiences to create a lively presence for brands and events on the World Wide Web. Exploring the possibilities for dynamic identities and generative visuals, the team’s vision is to transform identities with the transitional narratives of modern digital presence.