From December 4th to 6th 2015, the 5th edition of buyMeDesign’s bi-annual design event In bed With Designers took place at Ovolo Southside. One of the event’s highlights is the SPOT Design Award, an award that has been set up in 2011 to support emerging design talents and their outstanding designs. Each and every SPOT Design Award winner is chosen by a panel of industry experts, taking into account the philosophy, innovation, functionality, quality, price range, Eco-friendliness, aesthetics and durability of all designs. In this trend report, we are excited to introduce you to the three finalists and three strong exhibitors!

Koh Onozawa, Loudbasstard | SPOT Design Award Winner 2016

This year, Loudbasstard‘s ‘Hybrid’ Amplifier charmed both our judges and visitors alike. The ingenious design, a wireless speaker and amplifier in one, enables you to share your favourite music via both passive (natural) and active (electric) amplification. Users simply have to align their phone’s speaker on the Hybrid’s blue sensor to make their music sound louder, richer and more enjoyable without the use of electricity, cables, WiFi or Bluetooth. The passive amplification uses the wood’s natural vibrations.

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Akin, Lil Nika |SPOT Design Award 2016 Runner-up

Runner-up was Lil Nika, a Hong Kong-based company established by architect-turned-designer and mother of two, Akin. Her ‘Red Safari’ collection, consisting of beautifully designed, zero-waste children’s lighting designs doubling as a fun role-playing toy, stole everyone’s heart. Lil Nika’s designs are simple in form, space-conscious, and seamlessly fit into modern surroundings. All of the company’s designs are constructed to be flexible – taking into account children’s rapid development and incorporating the discovery of learning.

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Alexis Corval, Tree-Labs | SPOT Design Award 2016 3rd Place

The third place was reserved for Tree-Labs‘ ASTRO speaker, a minimalist audio design made with silicon and aluminium. Tree-Labs’ founder Alexis Corval presented a special edition of the ASTRO speaker that was created in collaboration with renowned Hong Kong tattoo artists Tattoo Temple.

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Acry Precision IND, ambion-lighting

Nature meets design in the ‘Lhotse’ LED salt lamp by ambion-lighting. The lamp, doubling as an essential oil diffuser, emits a beautiful orange-red glow whilst making your room smell all Zen. Salt lamps are also believed to have many health benefits, such as air purification and minimizing the effects of radiation. Perfect for creating a tranquil atmosphere in your home or office!

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Sandy WS Lam, Audiopark

Audiopark is a Hong Kong, New York and Copenhagen-based brand dedicated to creating eye-catching earphones with extraordinary sound quality that double as fashion accessories. Sandy WS Lam, the founder of Audiopark, believes in merging practical industry know-how with attractive design. Her earphone designs are influenced by art, both oriental and western cultures and religion.

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SPRING TIME is founded by Sally Tong, an entrepreneur with a strong belief in having faith, dreaming bigger and loving deeper. Through her brand’s handcrafted fashion accessories, Sally hopes to empower people and encourage them to bring positive changes into their lives and the world.

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Like what you see? All designs are available in our exclusive In bed With Designers x K11 Design Store Pop-Up Shop!

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Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday: 11 AM to 10 PM | Open until January 31st 2016