Below is a photo journal of my experience, enjoy !
Land in Hong Kong and marvel at the architecture :
and the commerce, the Hong Kong port stretched for miles as we whizzed past :
Enter into "The Mainland" and fear for my life !! :
many, many modes of transportation and means of survival :
And some shocking roadside poverty :
A nice spot of tea with Horace, EDIMASS factory owner, before starting our 12 hour day :
EDIMASS' beautiful factory including inner courtyard [turns into basketball court after hours] :
One of a hundred or so modern factory showrooms we went to. Such a contrast of old and new !:
Here we are at a lumber yard - notice the background of the sign indicating the product they sell :
Lunch time with Lorna [factory co-owner and my personal translator / assistant] and Horace
- notice the Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe reproductions that they produce :
Working on new designs. Prototypes would literally appear overnight, as opposed to 2-3 weeks later when working with North American furniture makers. The Chinese work very fast therefore a lot was accomplished in 2-3 weeks :
Working on some branding for my designs; a super cool technique used to etch logos onto knives. This solution was suggested by Nicola working for Driade [Italian furniture company] :
And marketing materials for EDIMASS including the logo; chosing a Pantone color was tricky as they had no idea what I was talking about.... :
Finally, a day off with a friend [a concierge at my hotel who spoke some English] to see some gorgeous parks :
|White Cloud Park, Guangzhou, China|
Building the EDIMASS tradeshow booth I designed, for the CIFF in Guangzhou, China :
Show time ! Outside of the super modern trade show complex :
and inside :
Coffee break at the show - typically hilarious translations of American marketing mumbo jumbo :
More of my furniture designs at the show :
|Speaker Wire Weave - Detail|
Having a quality control meeting with the factory workers in the tradeshow booth !! :
And now the night life when the real business happens ! :
|Eugene, Ian, Lina, our driver|
Karaoke Chinese style after dinner - this club probably holds 1,000+ people :
... these photos don't portray how extremely hot and extremely crowded it was....
A fond farewell to my Mainland friends, and back to Hong Kong and it's amazing lights, fashion and interior design. Here I had dinner with my great friend Phillip Van Leeuwen whom I am forever thankful to for encouraging me to go. :
I am also eternally thankful for my loving, caring husband Richard, who encouraged me to go and supported me every step of the way, never complaining once....even after missing 2 wedding anniversaries.
Will I ever go back? You bet ! It has been an amazing experience I never thought I would ever have.....