Video | Journey of Hong Kong Harbour | Future Sea Craft
The physical outcomes of this project resulted in furnishing objects visualising how local culture and craft can be merged with sustainable design, to showcase how waste material can be reintroduced into new products and objects in meaningful ways. Ultimately this project’s purpose and methodology served as a tool to bring the environmental waste problems of the ocean closer to the Hong Kong public and fellow creatives, and showcase how design can contribute for a cleaner environment, but also suggest a way for smarter consumption of goods.
Concept & Design: Studio Florian and Christine
Sponsor: Design Trust HK
Material Exploration: Studio Florian and Christine, Gauu1 Up + Matthew Hung, Jasper Dowding
Production: Studio Florian and Christine, Wu Chi Kai (Neon), Kong Hing Kau (Metal)
Illustration: Furze Chan
Photography: Studio Florian and Christine, Karen Lew
Videography: Karen Lew
Hong Kong’s harbours have always been a vital part in Hong Kong’s history, whether in a cultural, economical or environmental context, bringing prosperity through trade and life through the fishing industry to the city. However, in recent years it is harbours that have suffered from increasing pollution, affecting local ecosystem and marine life. This design investigation addresses the rejuvenation of Hong Kong’s seaside waste material through combining traditional and contemporary local craft with material innovation.
‘Hong Kong Harbour | Future Sea Craft’ brought the opportunity to collaboratively investigate the potential of repurposing ocean waste material for modern furnishings. These collaborations lead us from working with more traditional local craft, such as a stone seal carvers and metal artists, to more contemporary artisans, such as a neon light artist and a plastic upcycling studio; symbolising the old and new that is coexisting in Hong Kong. Our aim was to engage with a wide selection of maker industries in Hong Kong, to engage a larger audience, that is potentially not directly involved in the waste material practise, and make this conversation more inclusive.