Maison et Objet Asia has released their choice of Rising Talents in Asia. Among other talents is Mike Mak from Hong Kong. In this interview conducted by BuyMeDesign, Mike Mak explains a bit more about their influences design and he says what he thinks of the Asian design.
Her works tell a story and are truly intelligent and sure to bring a smile to your face.
As this is the first Maison&Objet edition in Asia, how would you describe the characteristics of Asian design?
I think that Asian design strongly reflects the characteristic of our culture and lifestyle. I have seen that a lot of Asian design is still influenced by the west, but I predict that we will come up with something totally unique in the future.
What words would you use to describe the style of your designs?
My designs are graphically strong, which makes them stand out and easy to understand. I don’t have to describe it much for my audience get it right away. And my design always comes with a story behind it.
What are the main influences behind your work? What drove you to create these pieces and how do you want people to interact with them?
I got my inspirations from daily living. I love to explore new things and when I’m not doing this I love things from the past because of the history behind them. It’s most like I discover a way to express my own feeling through creating a design.
As a Rising Talent in Asia, what is your design dream, what do you hope for next?
My dream is to inspire people by my design, and that’s my satisfaction to see the audience smiling face when they see my design. In the future, I hope I could have more chance like M&O to promote my design to more audience.
Tell us about the design scene in your home city? What are your favourite things to do and where are your favourite places to go?
The Design Scene of Hong Kong I would describe as a sparrow. Its small but well equipped. And its very convenience to get things done in a short period of time. There are many interesting people around from different industry. Its always interesting for me to safari around the city and meet different people. I always love to do mockup of my design by my own hands. It feels great to build things from ground zero and through the mockup I could get an idea of what I want to achieve. Hong Kong is super crowded and lack of personal space, That’s why I always love to visit the country side to breathe some fresh air. Also I love to spend time with my teammates in the weekend in the softball field.