Wright & Smith visited Confluence Ÿ20+ in Hong Kong this month. This is a roving exhibition series showcasing collaborative works by top talents in the Hong Kong design scene. Currently showing is the third edition, which has been to Milan already and will move to Seoul and Chicago after Hong Kong. It sets the stage for creative collisions – celebrating the co-evolving and interdependent communities in Hong Kong’s creative industries.

All of the 20 exhibitors featured in the show are innovators who draw upon resources and inspirations from Hong Kong and beyond. Two of these 20 are also Wright & Smith members: Julie & Jesse and The Fabrick Lab.

Julie & Jesse draw upon their different cultures and experiences to find a new and fresh perspective on their own traditions. Wright & Smith are always inspired by our visits to their studio as Julie and Jesse both look to innovate and push the boundaries of traditional ceramic work. With due respect for craftsmanship, appreciation of material and forms and interests in distinctive stories, Julie & Jesse’s works follow a consistent conceptual path to capture, document and present the beauty of a moment in time and place.

Their Fragment(s) project forms part of the current Confluence Ÿ20+ exhibition. Fragment(s) is an edition of porcelain vases that captures the history, break and decay of a mould to reveal the beauty in deterioration and create a memory of what would otherwise be discarded. No two vases look the same as the moulds decay and colour combinations change. You can buy pieces from this edition via Wright & Smith. Click here to learn more.

 

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The Fabrick Lab’s Sensus installation at Confluence Ÿ 20+ is a collaboration with artist/architect Ricci Wong. The work challenges the interdisciplinary relationship between design, robot engineering and knitted textile programming. New lightweight textiles structures have been created that are a hybrid of these specialised material disciplines. The result is an interactive lighting installation that fuses traditional knitwear practice with innovative robotics. By enhancing textiles with electronics, circuitry and programmings, Elaine creates fabrics that simulate biological responses. Just like the sea creatures that inspired it, Sensus reacts to changing footfall and proximity, its brightness and form varying accordingly.

Along with the installation, The Fabrick Lab presents a video that documents the creative process of Sensus, which was realised in just six short weeks! In this clip, Elaine beautifully articulates her broader inspirations and aims, which sit very close to Wright & Smith’s heart also:

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Other works that we loved at Confluence Ÿ 20+ are Stanley Wong’s latest pieces in his redwhiteblue series, which was first presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Iconic and relatable, redwhiteblue has turned a common three-coloured tarp in Hong Kong into a symbol for this wonderful city – its vibrancy, versatility, toughness, and grassroots quality. Stanley’s latest back to the future / redwhiteblue vase series are objects of paradox: they play on the polar opposites of classicism vs contemporaneity, toughness vs fragility, luxury vs economy and decoration vs. functionality. The back to the future / salute to alessi / Alessandro Mendini vase is a tribute to Italian design perfection, specially designed for the recent Confluence Ÿ 20+ (Milan-Edition).

 

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Please do visit the exhibition while you can – to see all of these wonderful pieces as well as The Fabrick Lab’s inspiring documentary in full.

Confluence Ÿ 20+ is showing at Hong Kong City Hall until 28th June. Dates for the Seoul and Chicago exhibitions will be released soon. You can find more details on the website: www.confluence20.hk

 

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