The "Belgian Spirit" comes to Business of Design Week 2013


The "Belgian Spirit" comes to Business of Design Week 2013

Business of Design Week 2013


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Asia's leading annual design event returns for its 11th edition from the 2nd to 7th December, 2013, at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. This year, the conference will feature the "Belgian Spirit", focusing on Belgium's international importance at the highest level of design and creativity. In selecting Belgium as this year's BODW's partner country, the forum aims to showcase the highly influential Belgian and Flemish perspective in exhibitions, forums and programs, as well as their key role in the growing business of design, innovation and branding. BODW is a unique platform for sharing knowledge on design issues and is driven by exchange among participants.

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More than 20 key Belgian designers will attend the forum to share unique insights, including: world-renowned architect Charles Kaisin who conceptualized the controversial K-bench, Marina Yee who is a famous "Antwerp Six", furniture designer Xavier Lust who specializes in innovative and simple world class furniture art pieces, Anne Chapelle, CEO of the esteemed fashion brands Ann Demeulemeester and Haider Ackermann which have taken the world by storm, Flemish automobile legend Lowie Vermeersch who designed numerous legendary concept cars, including the Ferrari 458 Italia and Maserati Birdcage, Red Dot Design Award 2013 designer Alain Gilles for his Welded Table and Dutch hat designer for the royals and celebrities Elvis Pompilio.

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Evert Maréchal William To

Other internationally renowned speakers include: Richard Florida who was hailed the "Voice of Innovation 2010" by BusinessWeek, Pritzker Prize winner Toyo Ito, Patrick Le Quément, the "godfather" of car design who designed Ford, Volkswagen, Audi and Renault, Italian industrial designer maestro Stefano Giovannoni , three-time Golden Compass Award winner Matteo Thun, industry mentor and influential consultant Larry Keeley, current Deputy Mayor of Barcelona Antoni Vives Tomas and Kwon Young Gull, Museum of Art, Seoul National University & Former Deputy Mayor of Seoul share their experience and insights in transforming cities by design.

Joyce Wang Henry Chu Dr. Edmund Lee
Joyce Wang Henry Chu Dr. Edmund Lee

BODW has long been an anticipated event for exchanging on a wide range of design issues. Forum topics include: Cities Driven by Design, Culture & The City, Design for Experience, Fashion & Apparel, Technology for Design, Space & Design, Asian Design & Culture, and Product & Design. In addition to the three days forum, special events taking place during the week will include DETOUR, the BrandAsia Forum, the DesignEd Asia Conference, the Technology For Design Seminar, as well as the annual Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) Awards Gala Dinner.

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