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About Hikoko Ito : Born in Akita, Japan, lived in Tokyo, London, Sydney and Hong Kong, Hikoko has an architectural career spanning two decades. As an award-winning architect and a designer, she has always been amazed and inspired by the novel Chinese-character-motifs of her father’s, (Sun Chan, an artist best known for his Chinese character artworks), she endeavours to perpetuate the affectionate tie between generations by incorporating her father’s creations in her works. Since 2012, Hikoko has been creating prints, digital art and artifacts out of decorative Chinese characters patterns. Her works have been exhibited in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Mainland China and Paris, and have also adorned stamps, wall murals, interior wall claddings, as well as a collection of scarves and fashion apparels of Hermes’s Shang Xia brand. With focus on intersections between form, space and the Chinese script, she took her father’s legacy to another level by producing larger 3D artworks, such as her art-installation “Co-Existence” exhibited at the Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Architecture Biennale (2014), public park facilities and furniture “Wellness City – Mini Park” for Qianhai Public Arts Festival in Shenzhen, China (2016), large-scale public sculptures “Happiness within” for Yoho Mall Art Deck, Hong Kong (2017), and the art seating “Happiness Here” in front of the Hong Kong government headquarters (2017). Her recent works “Palimpsest”, “Peace in Four Seasons“ and “Jia” were showcased in the 2018 La Biennale di Venezia, the 2018 Xian Artscape Public Art Exhibition, and 2018 Hong Kong Macao Visual Arts Biennale respectively. Hikoko was an artist in residence for Zhejiang Art Museum of Hangzhou China in 2018 and will be a designer in residence for Ron Design library of Hangzhou China in 2019. She is also selected by HongKongPost as the designer for a set of stamps and special side products issued for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
ORGANIZATION:
Artwow Group Company Limited

NON-DESIGN OCCUPATION:
Artist, painter Media, graphic, printing, culture, design

EDUCATION:
1996, Master of Architecture (Distinction), University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

1993, Bachelor of Science (Architecture), Sydney University, Australia

EXPERIENCE:
2009-present, Director & Creative Director, Artwow Group Co Ltd., HONG KONG

2005-2014, Part-time lecturer, The Curtin University of Technology (Degree course), HONG KONG

2002-2007, Part-time lecturer, The Art School (High Diploma course), HONG KONG

2002-2009, Designer, Design Systems Ltd, HONG KONG

1999-present, Director, Foundation Investment Ltd., HONG KONG

1996-1999, Architect, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man, HONG KONG

1992-1993, Architectural assistant, Lam Watson Woods, HONG KONG

PRIVATE EXHIBITIONS:
2019, "Play To Transform - Bring Your Own Flat" (art installation), Oi! Art Space, HONG KONG

MIXED EXHIBITIONS:
2018, "Jia" (art installation), Zhejiang Art Museum, Dunhuang International Convention and Exhibition Centre, Beijing Minsheng Art Museum, part of Hong Kong Macao Visual Art Biennale, CHINA

2018, "Peace in Four Seasons" (public art), part of Xian Artscape Public Art Exhibition, XIAN, CHINA

2018, "The Palimpsest: In remembrance of Sun Chan" (art installation), part of Hong Kong Pavilion of the 16th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, with Alvin Yip, VENICE, ITALY

2017, "Joy To The Words" (art exhibition), The Arts House Singapore (in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of HKSAR Government), with Sun Chan, SINGAPORE

2016, " Au Delà Des Mots - La passion des caractères chinois" ( art exhibition), China Cultural Centre, with Sun Chan, PARIS, FRANCE

2016, "Wellness City - Mini Park" (public art), part of Qianhai Public Arts Festival, with Joshua Lau, SHENZHEN, CHINA

2015-16, "More Than Words" (art exhibition), The Arts House Singapore, with Sun Chan, SINGAPORE

2014, "Back to The Picture" (art exhibition), Hong Kong Visual Art Center, With Sun Chan, HONG KONG

2013-14, "Co-existence" (art installation), part of Hong Kong/Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale, HONG KONG

2013, "The Talking Art" (exhibition), Pier 2 Art District, part of The Delight of Chinese Character Festival, with Sun Chan, KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN

2012, "The Talking Art" (art exhibition), Wanchai Visual Archive, with Sun Chan, HONG KONG

EVENTS:
2006, Exhibition coordinator at the Venice Biennale of Hong Kong, China Exhibition, VENICE/ITALY

AWARDS:
2019, Good Design Award, AUSTRALIA
2019, A'Design Award, Silver, ITALY
2018, HKDA – Global Design Awards, Excellence, HONG KONG
2013, HKDA – Conceptual Design Award, Merit, HONG KONG
2010, The Outstanding Innovation Figures in Chinese Enterprise Award, CHINA
2010 Best 100, JCD (Japanese Commercial Environment Designers Association), JAPAN
2009, The Ring – IC@ward International Interior Design Awards, Silver
2005, HKDA (Hong Kong Design Association) – Asia Design Awards, Bronze, HONG KONG
2005, HKDA – Asia Design Awards, Merit, HONG KONG

PRESS APPEARANCES:
2019, "Play to Transform - Bring Your Flat," U-Magazine Life + Weekend, pg.8, Feb, HONG KONG

2018, "Jia" (installation), People's Daily, pg.19, Nov, BEIJING, CHINA

2017, "Happiness Here"(art seating), Oriental Daily, July, HONG KONG

2017, "Happiness Here"(art seating), South China Morning Post, July, HONG KONG

2017, "Happiness Here"(art seating), Hinge, Oct, HONG KONG

2014, "Co-existence," Culture section, Southern Metropolis Daily, CHINA

2013, "Chinese character art" China Review News, KAOHSIUNG, TAIWAN

2012, "Chinese character art," Apple Daily, Art section, Sept, HONG KONG

2011, "Rainbow games," The Sun, E2, Aug, HONG KONG

LANGUAGE SKILLS:
Japanese
English
Chinese

COMPUTER LITERACY:
Autocad, sketch up, AI

SYMPOSIUMS AND ACADEMIC CONFERENCES::
2019, Artist in Residence, Ron Design Library, HANGZHOU/CHINA

2018, Artist in Residence, Zhejiang Art Museum, HANGZHOU/CHINA

MEMBERSHIPS & ASSOCIATIONS:
2011, Ambassadors of Design Programme Committee, Hong Kong

1999-now, Hong Kong Institute of Architects, Hong Kong

CLIENTELE:
2019, Hong Kong Post Office, a set of postal stamps and side products for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
2018, Hong Kong Post Office, a set of postal stamps and side products for the opening of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge
2017, Yoho Mall of Sun Hung Kai Properties, Chinese character art patterns for two pieces of large scale public sculptures titled "Happiness Within."
2016, Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office, a set of bespoke postal stamps and souvenirs for its 25th anniversary in Singapore
2015, Shang Xia, Chinese character art patterns for a collection of scarves, a piece of apparel & notebooks, with Sun Chan
2014, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Chinese character wall art titled "Future."
2013, The International School Academy of Hong Kong, Chinese character wall art panels

REGISTRATION DATE:
2017-07-25 08:12:16

COUNTRY:
Hong Kong

ACCOUNT TYPE:
Professional

Awards received by Hikoko Ito


Happiness Here Urban Park Seating

Silver A' Design Award Winner for Street Furniture Design Category in 2018
Hikoko Ito for The Art Promotion Office (apo), The Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong Sar Government

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