As the receiver to both the best Master’s thesis award in Art by the University of Art and Design Helsinki (TAIK) and the DFA Hong Kong Young Design Talent Award (YDTA) in 2009, Dylan Kwok has made a strong statement about himself as a designer, communicator and urbanist. Born in Hong Kong and having close family ties in Japan, Kwok subsequently moved to Canada and Finland for studies and work. The multicultural background exposed him to Nordic socialism and its minimalistic design, which have since become the pivots of his design interest especially in the realm of public space.
Currently based in Hong Kong, Kwok works on independent design projects, and PEGSaPLAY is his latest work of signature. With the collection, he attempts to introduce a transformable bench device for multiple users and functions as the number of add-ons increases. Sitting is one state out of the many neurons in between standing up and lying down. To Kwok, there is no such thing as “proper sitting” as long as the body gets the support it requires. In this regard, the beach chair and the two cushion types are his sweet gifts to the public: they are both ergonomically designed to promote body stretching and posture changing every 30 minutes for the health of the lumbar. Even small tricky details such as the fully embedded spinning plate of the pizza board and the hidden screws as it moves provide a hint of Kwok’s meticulousness.