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Being invited as one of the five curators for the first Beijing International Design Triennial in 2011, Freeman Lau has set Rethinking Bamboo as the theme of his pavilion. After visiting over 10 cities, more than 200 pieces of bamboo products were collected from all around the world. In this book, “Rethinking Bamboo”, most pieces shown in the exhibition were included while more other items are added. Scholars and bamboo experts are invited to write about the latest trends and knowledge, and to share their views and analysis over this traditional material.
About the designer
Born in 1958 in Hong Kong, Freeman Lau graduated from the Hong Kong Polytechnic. His aesthetic sensibility was further developed when he worked as a designer. In 1980s, Freeman started working with Dr. Kan Tai Keung at SS Design & Production and began their long working relationship. Freeman then became partner of Kan Tai Keung Design and Associates Limited in 1988 and the company was renamed Kan & Lau Design Consultants in 1996.
Freeman devotes himself to the art and design industry and has achieved over 300 awards. His accomplishments are widely recognized by the Hong Kong government and academies. He was presented the Bronze Bauhinia Star Award in 2006, Honorary Fellowship of VTC in 2007 as well as University Fellowship of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in 2010. Besides, he also exerts genuine assertiveness in fine arts. His sculptural works and public art pieces are especially remarkable. They are collected by museums all around the world.