Returning for its second iteration bigger and better than before is the Hong Kong Shenzhen Design Biennale, with events running for two months from 17th September. Celebrating the collaborative efforts of Hong Kong and Shenzhen designers, this year the biennale has created a Design Walk from Sheung Wan to LKF with participating venues showcasing the best innovative design and culture from the two twin cities. At each pit stop, you can scan a QR code with the Design Walk app for a chance to win rewards and get souvenirs from each shop. There are 62 stops in total, from old school tea shop Heritage Tea House to hipster hideout Teakha, to purveyor of trendy threads 15squarestreet. Not sure where to start? Here are our picks...
The Cat Street Gallery
Opening on 14th October at The Cat Street Gallery is the exhibition "hello hello," which will be a tribute to the long lost art of postcards, featuring work from 40 artists from Hong Kong and Shenzhen under 40 years old. The exhibition will end 18th October.
50 Tung Street, Sheung Wan
+852 2291 0006
Next By D Twincities
This design showcase at PMQ, as pictured above, is one of the main exhibits at this Biennale. It's not only a room of objects for you to gawp at—you can also purchase products on the spot. 30 groups of designers from Hong Kong paired with those in Shenzhen worked together to create more than 80 products, ranging from quirky furniture and colourful homeware to athleisure clothing and winter essentials.
The pop-up store opens through to 11th November, 2016.
Unit S503, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central
+852 3468 6261
Ser Wong Fun
How can this generations-old Hong Kong favorite for hearty snake stew get reworked in this day and age? Thanks to the Design Biennale, you can dig into brand new dishes created by Gigi Ng, the fourth generation owner of Ser Wong Fun, while you dine on Hong Kong-designer Monica Tsang's tableware, created specifically for the snake stew dishes here. You can also buy them for your own home.
30 Cochrane Street, Central
+852 2543 1032
Kung Lee Sugar Cane Juice
This decades-old Central mainstay has been selling sugar cane juice for 60 years. Back in the day, it was a Hong Kong family tradition to head down to a herbal tea and juice shop to watch TV or play the jukebox. Bringing back this tradition, designer Mike Wong has incorporated a QR code into his packaging designs: just snap the code and you'll get to hear fresh tunes from a Hong Kong indie band!
60 Hollywood Road, Central
+852 2544 3571
Article by Evelyn Lok