The 21th of April was held the Swedish Chamber of Commerce Hong Kong Annual General Meeting, with our very own co-founder and CEO being part of the new board of directors!
We shared our thoughts on the topic of Designing for IoT at the 7th Symposium for Internet & Smart Home Appliances hosted by the Hong Kong Electronic Appliance Industries Association the 13th of April 2016.
Once again we collaborated with honeD to participate for the 31st Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition to create a 110sqm showflat in collaboration with 5 reowned furniture & home accessories manufacturers, to bring Scandinavian lifestyle into the China market.
As a part of Shenzhen Creative Week, several seminar sessions on design was arranged in the area of OCT. Together with Derek Fung, D-ology, and Chi Wing, Milk Design and Seki Mori, United Voice we took part in a talk on the difference between working with international brands vs Chinese brands and about sustainability as a key element in brand - and product design
Boris was invited to New Delhi India as part of a conglomerate of creative experts from Hong Kong to share there experiences with Indian entrepreneurs as part of the "Creativity for Business Success: The Hong Kong experience" seminar. The seminar was hosted by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI. The seminar was a great success and attracted 265 attendees representing, 238 Indian companies. We will be back!
Once again Boris have exhibited in the Stockholm furniture fair, this time we have exhibited a new series of Aquariums together with our partner Akvarieleasing.
We also exhibited Dodici Lamp, beautiful Carpets from Makeda, a cool Shelving System by Pellington Design, Molo foldable walls and seating and the Planet Mirror and Bloombox that we designed in collaboration with Greenworks, in the city at Hotel Scandic Malmen.
As a part of the design curriculum for BODW the “ Design without Boundaries” campaign featured iconic design exhibits created by nine renowned international designers who are based in Hong Kong. Together we shared and exhibition at the InnoDesign Tech Expo and took part in a sharing session on establishing our companies and working with design out from Hong Kong.
Creative Swedes, our initiative to gather Swedish creative entrepreneurs under one umbrella originated from Sweden being partner country to the Hong Kong Business of Design Week in December 2014. It was a huge success and this year we did it again. The pop up space opened up on the 25th of November and will be open until Christmas. 7 HK based Swedish designer and 5 invited visiting Creative Swedes are sharing the space and showcasing a great spread of creativity and design. If you are in Hong Kong we highly recommend you to pop over to shop S413 at PMQ in Central for a creative treat!
We are happy to be a part of the exhibition at IKEAS new hub Space 10 Lab , a research hub and exhibition space in Copenhagen to test product prototypes and ways of boosting consumers' wellbeing.
Ikea's Space10 will partner with individuals from the worlds of art, design, and technology on a series of research projects that will result in a range of prototypes, as well as exhibitions, events and workshops.
In October Boris participated as keynote speaker at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council seminar in Stockholm - Think Asia, Think Hong Kong!
The seminar was very successful with 140 participants inspired to hear about the opportunities to leverage the Hong Kong platform to expand their business into mainland China and other Asian markets. It is always great to share your passions, especially with the great response that we got from the seminar.
Boris has just signed a strategic partnership with Pripac in Västerås, Sweden. This partnership will offer our customers help throughout the whole packaging development process. Our partnership brings together industrial design, production knowledge, packaging production and distribution experience combined with local presence close to the production plants. Boris as well as Pripac use the latest technology to create everything from early design sketches and prototypes to 3D files ready for production. A super exciting collaboration!
Come join us at InnoDesignTech Expo at Design Without Boundaries!
8 international designers joining the campaign with their design exhibits and stories in Hong Kong and together with a screening of Designer Inbetween Documentary’s participation as well.
More information about HKTDC InnDesignTech Expo:
The showcase at DIN-Design at via Massimiano 6 / via Sbodio 9 in Lambrate presented products from Boris Design Studio in collaboration with GLC, Greenworks, Honed and products from Bäckström Design. The exhibition was open from the 14th to the 19th of April. We showcased our latest series that was developed together with Greenworks. The series is a collection of furniture that integrates both plants and technology, a glimpse of the future in a Scandinavian interpretation. Just as at Stockholm Furniture Fair it gained a lot of exposure!
Design Talk on how to design high-end furniture for the chinese market. The talk included Anna from Boris, Anna Forsgren from Makeda and Eric from Eravolution.
At this 30th Shenzhen International Furniture Exhibition 2015, honeD collaborated with designers from Hong Kong and Sweden to re-interpreting Scandinavian design with a modern twist. The show presented a great collection of pieces from Boris, Greenworks, Bäckström, Makeda, Eravolution and D-Ology!
The IF Award Night in Munich was just great! A night at BMW Welt full of design, speeches and bubbles. We picked up our iF Award for Doro 580-enhanced safety mobile phone.
It was a week in Stockholm and at Stockholm Furniture Fair and Stockholm Design Week! We had a great time with Greenworks and Nordic Green Design. Our green furniture series, developed together with Greenworks, gained great recognition and the Planet Mirror was rated to one of the top 10 at the fair!
Boris opened up the Pecha Kucha night with a great talk on Creative Swedes and the importance design dialogues and collaborations.
What defines Sweden Design and craftsmanship?
Welcome to a Q&A session with Creative Swedes and invited guests exploring the Swedish design DNA in a global context. Mr. Lars Nittve, Director of M+ will moderate the talks with creatives from both Hong Kong and Sweden. Listen in and participate in discussions on what it is like to run a creative business in Hong Kong, what Swedish design can do for Hong Kong and how it has evolved over the past few years.
On top of having the Creative Swedes present, there will be a line-up of interesting designers from various Swedish brands:
- Mikael Schiller, Executive Chairman of Acne Studios
- Oscar Axhede, Brand Manager of Urbanears
- Josefine Olsson, Designer of Greta
- Katarina Ivarsson, Designer at Boris Design Studio
- Malin Ohlsson, Jewellry Designer
A great opening night of our one month pop up space at PMQ in central. It was a great turnout.
Creative Swedes in HK is an initiative by SwedCham HK to gather the Swedish creative entrepreneurs in Hong Kong under one umbrella.
Charity bazar in Malmö against ebola organised by Parisa Hartman Mokarami. We donated a Birdie to the event.
Boris sponsored and took part in the beach cleaning day at Big Wave Bay organized by Swedcham and HK Coastal Watch!
The Birdie was a hit at the CKY Silent Auction Night and that the students managed to raise a good amount of money through the auction last Friday!
Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School Silent Auction Night is a part of the students Challenge week with the focus to support local and overseas NGOs!
Seminar on Green Design Services from Scandinavia by Boris Design Studio at DecoExpo Shenzhen.
Boris Lighting in collaboration with GLC featured with D-ology's furniture collection at the booth of Honed Booth 1E1.
Launch of The Feathered Birdie & The Laboratory Series with Sixty North Hall 1B- E33!
Partnering up with Mobile Life, April 2014
We are now officially a Mobile Life Friend! We have joined their programme ”Friends of Mobile Life”. By doing so we will strengthen our know of what the future will bring in the field of Interaction Design! We are gearing up on the Software side!
The Mobile Life Centre provides a view into our future life with digital technology; an enjoyment society where happiness, pleasure and play are adopted into all aspects of our lives. The unique strength of the Mobile Life Centre lies in its combination of leading edge applied research and intense collaboration with industry.
Check out some of the interesting project by Mobile Life here!
We held a trend seminar at this years Houseware Fair in Hong Kong. The theme was Go Green and we talked about the concept of “Greening”.
Greening (verb): Greening is the process of transforming artefacts such as a space, a lifestyle or a brand image into a more environmentally friendly version.
Our Grandma Shades, Hipster Shades and Rosary Lamps are featured at Konzepp’s popup store at Landmark, Hong Kong.
If you want to pop by please visit Shop B9, The Landmark, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
Exhibited together with LADP at Ambiente, a leading international trade fair for consumer goods.
The meeting place for the international market. Around 144,000 trade visitors from 161 countries, including numerous top decision makers, come to Ambiente each year to order their product assortment at the fair. Over 4,700 exhibitors from 89 countries benefit from the optimal hall organisation of the Dining, Giving and Living areas as well as a wealth of synergy effects. As the most important consumer goods trade fair, Ambiente is the central forum for the industry – and a major platform for the contract sector and sourcing. Here is where business partners, ideas and success come together.
We exhibited in town at Skånegatan 70 during the Stockholm Furniture Fair and Stockholm Design Week. We showed our Hipster Shades for the first time!
In early 2014 we joined forces with swedish agent LADP.
LADP represents Scandinavian product designers, both well known and up and coming talents. Currently we have contemporary award winning products as well as what we believe are future classics.
Visit LADP’s site here!
Boris was founded 2009 by Anna Karlsson and Katarina Ivarsson. In January 2014 we got the chance to celebrate our 5th anniversary!
Over the years we managed to grow Boris and we gained lot’s of experience along the way. We are planning to keep our stronghold in Hong Kong and Asia and look forward to see what the future will bring!
For the 4th year in a row we were trusted to teach the Master Capstone Research course at School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University!
School of Design at Hong Kong Polytechnic University carries a comprehensive selection of World Class Master Degrees in Design. Each year we take part in preparing the master students for their final master projects by teaching the Capstone Research Course.
The course combines informative and inspiring lectures on design research with a hands-on design research experience.
IDSHK stand for: Industrial Design Society Hong Kong.
We are happy to be members and hope for fruitful collaboration!
For one weekend Buymedesign took over the hotel to present their designers’ products. We were one of the design groups presenting.
Asia’s first boutique designer sleepover connecting emerging visionary designers with passionate design lovers, media, and industry professionals and buyers in a relaxed and multi-sensory business and networking platform.
1 week-end, 3 floors, 50 designers: The first Hong Kong Designers’ Week Curated by buyMeDesign. Joining forces with Maison & Objet Asia, Belgian Spirit, This is a brilliant chance to experience unique, emerging creations during DETOUR and ahead of Hong Kong Business Of Design Week.
During the summer 2013 we got two features at the Gallery Nivå125 in Båstad, Sweden.
Between June and Sept we exhibited at the summer expo called “På Besök” were 8 young designers got to show there exciting and provoking designs.
The other exhibition we joined was “Trändigt” where swedish contemporary designs in wood were displayed with the emphasise on how the material had contributed to each design.
Second time we joined the Buymedesign event “In bed with designers”.
This time we were also nominated for the Spot Award for our Hipster Lampshades!
At Asia’s first boutique designer sleepover, In bed With Designers, 46 rooms were transformed into carefully curated caves of innovative products and beautiful creations. The boutique pop-up designer sleepover organised by buyMeDesign transformed the Mini Hotel into a unique multi-sensory networking event with design-lovers, industry professionals, and local and international media.
We joined the Pecha Kucha event to share our experiences and inspiration for our furniture collection the Enlightenment Series.
See current events arranged by Pecha Kucha!
The final entries of The Hong Kong International Lighting Competition were displayed at Hall 1C Concourse, Hong Kong Exhibition Centre during the fair period.
Over 18,000 buyers take part in Spring Lighting Fair.
Boris’s Rosary lamp was featured in Stylist Jan Rundgren’s exhibition
“Let there be future/Let there be light” at Northern Light Fair in Stockholm, 2013.
“The world of lighting feels more inspiring than ever. I want to put lamps in their proper context and how the innovative playfulness that we’ll find among this year’s exhibitors,”explains Rundgren.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world's largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design, for both home and public environments.
Boris was selected as one of 20 for Young Designers Sweden to be exhibited at the Formex Spring Fair 2013.
Formex - the largest interior design fair for Nordic design. The fair is a meeting place for 850 exhibitors, 25,000 national and international visitors and over 800 media representatives. Formex is a trade fair that is open for anyone who is active in the following areas: gifts, home textiles and furnishings.
"Breakfast Seminar – A Changed Mindset Trends, Design & Innovation in Asia" arranged by Swedish Chamber of Commerce (Hong Kong).
In October 2012 we graduated from the Innocentre Design Incubation Program (Hong Kong).
The Hong Kong Design Centre (HKDC) is a publicly-funded, non-profit organization established in 2002 with the support of the design industry, to fulfill a public mission in (i) promoting and celebrating design excellent; championing strategic and wider use of design for creating business value and community benefits; and educating the professions and the community to be resourceful and champions for sustained developments through design and innovation.
Read more about the programme here!
Design Mart gives Hong Kong’s creative elite a platform to showcase and sell their original design works – which include fashion, gadgets, art: pretty much anything you can think of under the banner of ‘design’. Designers, artists and students from all creative disciplines will be involved, with more than 10,000 people expected to visit the fair. And, with more than 80 booths, creativity should reign supreme.
(Source Time Out Hong Kong)
Watch the Movie here!
For SaloneSatellite 2012 we launched a furniture collection called the Enlightenment Series. In the light of different beliefs and with mixed religious touch points we present this series of products. Sustainability is the mantra that has guided the development; from material selection and constructionto energy consumption. To read more please see The "Enlightenment" Furniture Series in our portfolio.
The Salone del Mobile is the global benchmark for the Home Furnishing Sector. An invaluable tool for the industry as well as an ongoing, quite extraordinary promotional vehicle. The Salone made its first appearance in 1961, designed to promote Italian furniture and furnishing accessories on the export market, and it has continued to do so impeccably, ensuring that the quality of Italian furniture is known to all four corners of the earth, and continues so to do, with half of all its visitors coming from around the world.
Boris first time exhibiting at Stockholm Furniture & Northern Light Fair in Stockholm. We exhibited the lamp concept "Lightshades" together with our partners GLC.
LIGHT SHADES; The shade IS the light. The light is green as it uses LED technology that saves energy and that needs no maintenance.
Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair is the world's largest meeting place for Scandinavian furniture and lighting design, for both home and public environments.
Our contribution "Drift Wood" got chosen as top 14 in the feature in Passenger Terminal World magazine, June 2011 issue.
As travellers waiting on an airport we form clusters like driftwood. Seating areas becomes islands of interaction as we briefly meet then drift away to our different destinations. With this metaphor as a base we created these islands for resting and contemplation as time and fellow travellers drift by.
The islands are designed for a flexible use allowing the possibility to sit down and rest your legs, take a quick nap or snack or plug in your computer to work on the go. The flexibility of the seating allows you to sit comfortably alone, with a friend or in a group.
The main materials used are recycled wood/plastic composite and Eco-Intelligent Polyester created by recycled polyester for soft sections. Recycled wood/plastic composite lumber is one of the prime uses for recycled plastic trash bags and waste wood fibers.