As the excitement of slowly wears off—it saw over 170 leading international modern and contemporary art galleries descend in Wan Chai from May 15-18—home-grown galleries, showrooms and studios continue to feed the city’s urban pulse. , the studio-store and new studio are at the creative forefront, while the arrival of is testament to the growing design scene.
and Hong Kong Design Centre promote the use of design in business: this year pushes participants to consider the futures of retail and hospitality, followed by the annual Business of Design Week at the end of the year.
Overall, Hong Kong designers are now looking towards the city’s history and culture for inspiration. From architecture to interior design, fashion to products, local production and history are meshed with contemporary design approaches. The most positive aspect of Hong Kong’s evolving creative scene, however, is the growing community of grassroots creatives, from gallery owners to designers and restaurateurs, that are moving from Central to explore areas such as Chai Wan, where studios like , , and can be found, and Wong Chuck Hang, which hosts , Kennedy Town, Kwun Tong and Fo Tan.
A proliferation of well-curated design boutiques have also started to emerge, including , and . Established favorites include and , who featured a fabulous created by interior design sensation in 2012.