hermès

Hermès, the paragon of French luxury, has consistently transformed itself for over 178 years. So when we were tasked with creating a showcase for Hermès’ latest theme, Metamorphosis, we took inspiration from the most powerful transformative force on earth: nature. Through the use of kinetic and mechanical structures, we endeavored to mimic various types of organic form and continuous movement – from the mesmerizing ebb and flow of ocean waves, right down to the elegant spirals of DNA molecules.

The installations employ natural materials such as wood and moss – juxtaposed with metal and fabric – to tell a story of transformation from the raw to the refined, organic to designed.
Dynamic morphing structures – rotating racks and undulating display platforms – each delicately framing the Hermès winter collection, revealing and concealing in a constant revolving sequence. 3 distinct window installations were then applied to individual windows in each Hermès boutique in Hong Kong and Macau, a visual display showing the beauty of transformation.

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sal curioso

after the success of madam sixty ate, a european restaurant founded by a whimsical chef of great imagination, we were appointed to brand a second restaurant with spanish influences in the hub of hong kong’s vibrant culinary scene.

madam’s story centered on her strange journeys and encounters with surreal animals, so it seemed natural to provide her with a quirky companion who could share her discoveries. sal curioso is madam’s spanish ex-lover, an eccentric inventor and an uncommon genius. he meticulously designs and builds contraptions specifically to best broil, steam or pop the strangely shaped animals from madam’s travels into a delicious dish. his inventions include the duck bobber, caulitail steamer, guacaloco and squid pop, all displayed throughout the 2,000 square foot space. it is madam’s dishes, featuring among others, joseph the flower-headed duck and pedro the fish with a cauliflower tail, that inspire each invention.

each device is accompanied by sal’s personal annotations of his design, construction process and his creative scrawls of his registered trademarks. the collection of schematic drawings and documents fill the food menus as patents, the interior is his studio occupied by his machines, hung with business card as licensing labels for copyrights. even the coasters on tables are not immune from sal’s touch – they are designed to draw water condensation from cocktails, a piping system that transports the liquid when coasters are placed together to connect the pipes.

a great thinker, sal is a prolific writer who displays his wall of books written and illustrated  himself, displaying a fascination for innovative cooking techniques and antiquated culinary history.

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la vache!

paying homage to the classic parisian steak & frites la vache! brings forth the parisian bistro culinary staple to hong kong’s restaurant scene.

we were inspired by the french cartoonist jean-jacques sempé’s humorous style and created a playground for him to express his witty la vache! moments: tables, walls, coasters, wine labels, toilet paper…

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madam sixty ate

we created the exploits of a mythical person that reflected the chef’s vision and the surprise pairing of ingredients. madam sixty ate is a mysterious adventurer and eclectic writer who delights us with her palate and imagination. her world view is modern with a twist, mirroring the style of food. her surreal experiences and astounding stories are reflected consistently throughout the brand using paintings, journal entries within menus, coasters and ultimately through the cuisine. the journey from discovering a new restaurant to after dinner farewell is a reflection of the journey madam has when she discovers the variable species which capture our imaginations.

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a day with fé

yoga is about awareness and the journey to the final pose, rather than the pose itself. we had to make this tangible and to reflect that each piece was tailored for a specific journey. we arrived at fé: the mindful journey.

the red dot in the collaterals is the point of awareness in both a yogi’s practice and life, representing the distance of the journey, from beginning to end. each collection has a collectable series of city guides, printed in the look-book and on the hangtags. they are accessorized with a bobby pin for a mindful journey. one can also purchase a cardholders, which have the full set of hangtag journeys, covering hong kong, tokyo, new york and more.

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absolut machines

building on the heritage absolut vodka has within art, absolut machines explored what it would be like if machines were creative just like us. dan paluska and jeff lieberman from mit, and the swedish tech and design team teenage engineering were invited to each build one creative machine. the results were absolut quartet and absolut choir. the creative machines were located in an exhibition space in stockholm and in a gallery space in new york. respectively. both were developed with sophisticated artificial intelligence which made them able to interpret and be inspired by people’s input and then play their own interpretations back. for the first time ever, website visitors were able to not only interact with real physical machines through the use of their web browsers, but actually to collaborate with them.

its sincere intention to be an art project, rather than an ad campaign, in conjunction with rigorous pr strategies, resulted in massive following and exposure online and offline and generated discussions among both professionals and amateurs. in the end the total amount of impressions summed up to more than 220.000.000.

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