FINE ART ASIA 2019 Academic Programme


Launch of autobiography: “Designing a Life: A Cross-Cultural Journey” by Kai-Yin Lo


Speakers:  Ms Kai-Yin Lo, SBS, Art / Cultural Advisor / Jewellery and Accessories Designer / Professor Cross Culture
  Ms Suhanya Raffel, Director, M+ Museum
  Dr Edmund Lee, Executive Director, Hong Kong Design Centre
Moderator: Ms Marisa Yiu, Co-founder and Executive Director, Design Trust
Date: 5 October 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 4 – 5pm
Venue: Lecture Hall, Fine Art Asia
Language: English


This talk will focus on the inspirational story of Kai-Yin Lo, whose life journey reflects the history and growth of Hong Kong. A historian educated at Cambridge and London Universities, Kai-Yin built her own future following an abrupt change in her family’s fortunes. After a first job at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hong Kong, she made her way to New York, working at Time Inc. and establishing a new life. Encouraged by the acceptance of her first collection of jewellery incorporating Asian antiques by Cartier New York, she pioneered a new category of semi-precious jewellery and became a designer of international renown, respected as an editor of influential books on Chinese furniture, the living environment, Song ceramics, and contemporary Hong Kong design. In 2018 she was installed as the first Visiting Professor, Cross Culture at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London.

The dialogue also assesses Hong Kong’s position and future prospects as an art hub, design centre and creative explorations facilitator of cross cultural exchanges in the Pearl River Delta and the Asia Pacific Region.


Ms Kai-Yin Lo is a historian of cross culture, a world renowned designer, pioneering a contemporary style of traditional Chinese jewellery and elevating semi-precious stones to be a mainstay in jewellery design.







Ms Suhanya Raffel is Director of M+ Museum, a cornerstone of the West Kowloon Cultural District Project since December 2016 and scheduled to open in 2022.







Dr Edmund Lee is the Executive Director of Hong Kong Design Centre, the HKSAR Government’s strategic partner on design dedicated to raising Hong Kong’s profile as a value creation hub through design and innovation.







Ms Marisa Yiu is the Co-founder and Executive Director of the Design Trust initiative, that supports creative project that develop expertise, build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area.