Design Spectrum of Hong Kong Design Center presents the final exhibition: Dream Big Think Small Bridging Virtual and Real Visions from Designers


By Hong Kong Design Center – Design Spectrum

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 3:00 PM MYT

HONG KONG SAR – Media Outreach – May 25, 2022 – Dreams manifest in infinite ways: they are the fabrications of wandering minds, spontaneous activities that take place behind closed eyes; they are also our aspirations, the subject of our imagination, of our vision. Design Spectrum, the first public platform of Hong Kong Design Centre, sponsored by Create Hong Kong of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government, will conclude with a final exhibition after more than two years of successful journey as an exhibition and space design activities. Entitled “Dream Big Think Small”, the showcase celebrating 20 years of HKDCand Anniversary is set to open from now until July 17, 2022 at 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai under the curatorial direction of local designer Michael Leung to highlight the multiple dimensions of ‘Dream’ from a 21st design perspective. century.

Conceived by curator Michael Leung, the exhibition is divided into four sections, namely ‘Dream Asleep Dream Awake’, ‘Dream Further Dream Closer’, ‘Dream Bigger Dream Smaller’ and ‘Dream Hard Do Harder’, exploring the connection between ‘dream’ and ‘design’ from an unusual point of view.

At the crossroads of imagination and design where creativity flourishes, is an achievable “dream”? Can we keep chasing every little dream? In this exhibition, the public will explore a myriad of creative ideas, with a view to bridging the gap between dream and reality as the world sets out to create a better future for the next generation.

'Garden in the Weird Dream' commissioned work by four local design units.  From left to right, Cynthia Mak, Screw Up Studio and STICKYLINE.

‘Garden in the Weird Dream’ commissioned work by four local design units. From left to right, Cynthia Mak, Screw Up Studio and STICKYLINE.

Four future dimensions expressed in more than 20 works of “dream-related design”
Today, the field of design has extended beyond the physical world to cover the immaterial. The idea of ​​dreaming the impossible dream has been given unprecedented depth thanks to Speculative designwhere designers gauge the possibility of the imagination, give it substance and inscribe it in a society.
Conceived by curator Michael Leung, the exhibition is divided into four sections, namely ‘Sleeping dream, waking dreamDream further Dream closerDream bigger Dream smaller‘, and ‘Dream hard, do it harder‘, exploring the connection between the elusive, multifaceted world of ‘dream’ and the tangible, practical universe of ‘design’ from an unusual vantage point to capture the ripple effect emanating from their collision. More than 20 design projects are presented in the exhibition, imagined by creative forces from different regions like Hong Kong, UK, Sweden and Denmark, etc., to offer solutions to personal and social problems. They form a narrative of creative thought that transcends time and space to achieve dreams through design.
Section 1: Sleeping dream Waking dream
We dream in and out of sleep. Whether it’s the nocturnal activities of the brainstem or the visions and aspirations we have for humanity, a dream is the fruit of our creative energy. It is an experience that transcends temporal and spatial boundaries, through which we gain rare insight. In this section, the notion of “dream” is presented as tangible entities in the real world, such as the adventure of Thomas Thwaites from the UK, who took a day off to experience the carefree life of a goat. Visitors can also explore the interplay and gradual convergence of reality and the digital world through speculative designs that address the future from personal to social dimensions.
Section 2: Dream further Dream closer
Is the “dream” synonymous with escape? In this section, some seemingly luxurious “dreams” turn out to be achievable in our fight against urgent and massive human problems such as agricultural problems, food shortage, pollution and others. A notable example of making a difference in everyday life is Farm 66‘s Vertical Farming System, with its eye-pleasing space-age design combining organic plants and an artificial ultraviolet lighting system with mirrors.
Section 3: Dream Big Dream Small
Dreams know no age limit – from personal pleasure to the common human good, every dream is worth the design effort to achieve. In ‘Our Abstract Playscape’, Fan Lok Yi rethinks the community playground. Haw Par Music, a local revitalization project combining cultural heritage and musical performance, seeks to engage all members of society in a dreamlike experience of inclusivity in terms of age and expressive form. It sends the message that after all, anyone can dream at any time.
Section 4: Dream Harder, Do Harder
Dreams are not necessarily elusive if we reach out and act on them. Competent designers are those who dare to turn their dreams into actions informed by curiosity and a strong vision. This section presents the favorite tools of local creative forces, such as Kevin Cheung, STICKYLINEand LeeeeeeToy, in their efforts to realize their wildest dreams. There is also a reading corner with a selection of reference works on design, offering readers food for thought on the trending social approach. Speculative design that strives to explore creative possibilities in the real world.
DIY workshops to capture the dream experience
The exhibition engages visitors in an interactive experience by sharing the harvests of Farm66vertical farming system from in section 2. Visitors are invited to conclude their exploratory journey in two free DIY workshops designed by the designer of upcycling products Kevin Cheung and paper art collective STICKYLINE in section 4. The “creation of dreams” experience comes to life in these workshops where, for For example, participants can create a poseable toy bird out of recycled aluminum cans using Kevin’s DIY tool kit.
Commissioned work by four local designers: “Garden in the Weird Dream”
“Dream Big Think Small” calls on the talents of four local creative forces to imagine two dreamy and playful gardens through sight, sound and touch. Specialist in carpentry and interior decoration Screw the studiopaper art collective STICKYLINEsound designer and musician Vanissa Lawand fashion designer Cynthia Mak come together for the exhibition to create a dreamscape to give visitors a brief escape from reality. Committee work ‘Garden in the strange dream‘ will be open to the public for free visit by June 12.
Workshops and conferences to build/realize dreams together
On the occasion of the exhibition ‘Dream Big Think Small’, Design Spectrum also organizes a program of public activities allowing participants to dive deeper into the world of creative sparks. These public activities are the Atypical Garden textile art workshop, after the dream workshop using photos and celluloid sheets to create a kaleidoscope, and the Musical instrument with one (or more) button(s) workshop mixing the essentials
designing electronic circuits and manufacturing electronic musical instruments. A series of conversations on the themes of philosophy and dreams with guests such as Corrupt the Youth will also open in June.
During the exhibition, an exclusive collection of Design Spectrum x LeeeeeeToy vinyl figures “Earth space”, alongside works by other participating designers, will be available at the DS Shop on the ground floor of 7 Mallory Street. Add them to your favorite collectibles and let them inspire your dreams before they’re all gone!
Exhibition “Dream big, think small”

Date From now on – July 17, 2022
Weather 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Monday to Sunday)
Place 3/F, 7 Mallory Street, Wan Chai (Free admission with pre-registration required)
Remarks 1. The DIY kit is free, details will be announced in time.
2. Public guided tours are also available on May 29, June 5, June 26, July 9, July 17
Two sessions per day on these specified dates with mandatory pre-registration:
2:30-3:15 p.m. and 4:00-4:45 p.m.

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*To comply with current COVID-19 restrictions and ensure the health and safety of all attendees, precautionary measures will be adopted in the “Dream Big Think Small” exhibition and related activities. The program of activities is subject to the latest update by the Organizer.


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