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UUENDY LAU is a design and art laboratory that provokes alternative speculations on nature. “Double U” is a unique recognition of our founder. It is not only a symbol of dual delight (üü), but also a language strengthening the connections among individuals and matters (ü-ü).

The main theme of our work centres on ‘animals and nature’, a universal and inclusive subject permeating all cultures, languages, lifestyles and beliefs. Discursive enquiries are made into unfamiliar associations and juxtapositions between the natural world and human-made inventions during the creative process of researching, designing and making.Through a speculative lens of imagination and humanised envision, we conduct curious observations on our environmental interaction and redefine our connection with nature. The idea inspires artistic responses to an ordinary scenario of contemporary societies in which most people live in a confined space bounded by (digital) screens and walls, and they are constantly questing for a deeper relationship with the natural world and wildlife.

The concept also communicates our design philosophy highlighting ‘engagement’ and ‘empowerment’ in daily moments, alongside re-examining the artistic and cultural significance carried in peculiar subjects from new perspectives.We create design probes that spark discussions, embrace shared values and enhance social experience towards our insight into nature. Our projects initiate organic interactions and discourses on the landscape and living things through art, design, (provocative) objects, illustration and participatory creations. We encourage the audience and community to deliberately reflect on the current practices and explore positive associations between humankind and the environment for a more sustainable future.

#Speculations on Nature
#speculative objects #illustration #art installation #participatory creations #collaborative workshop


COLLABORATORS

TUMI, Absolut Vodka, Lomography, TEDx, New Balance, House of Vans, Lane Crawford, Design Trust, Times Square HK, Design Trust, HKWalls, Teva, Pedder Group (HK), Hong Kong Sharks Foundation, Ambassador of Design, Oxfam, Conservancy Association, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, House of Avenues, Milk, Champagne Cattier, Fang Suo Commune, Apportfolio, Grace Vineyard, Detour, Olympican City, K11 Art Mall, The Little Prince, Bunkaya Zakkaten, UA Cinema, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Genki Sushi and more.


RETAIL PARTNERS

Ethos (HK), Odd One Out (HK), PageOne (HK), Triple Major (CH), Daydream Nation (HK), Sunsat Store (HK), Amelie Street (HK), Common Ground (HK), MO-Design (MACAU), C-Shop (MACAU), Mangasick (TW), Gardencity Bookstore (TW), Depression Shop (SG), Nana & Bird (SG), WOK Milan (IT)


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(Photo credit: Jocelyn Tam | www.jocelyntam.com)

UU /UUendy Lau
(Founding Designer)

UU receives her Master's Degree in Critical Design from Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Design (Industrial & Product) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. She is a multidisciplinary designer and artist with a strong passion for experimental art and speculative designs inspired by nature. She never limits the medium of her creations and her works cover various disciplines of design to communicate with the audience including (fashion) objects, illustration, installation, live-performance and workshops.

UU has been involved in a number of design events and exhibitions (e.g. as an invited speaker at TEDx, as an invited artist for both charity and commercial organisations such as Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Absolut Vodka, Lomography, Vans etc). In 2018, she was funded as the artist from Hong Kong to participate in the Artist Residency programme at Northern Rivers Community Gallery in Australia as well as PARADISE AIR in Japan. In 2017, she was selected to take part in the Guandu International Nature Art Festival on behalf of Hong Kong. In 2013, she was chosen to participate in Hong Kong x Brussels Design Exchange Program (HKBX). Being trained as a product designer at the early stage of her career, UU also has extensive working experience as a Design Manager supervising product development, manufacturing and commercialisation of design projects, as well as curation of exhibitions and events for galleries and design programmes.


EDUCATION

2017 | MA Design, Critical Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London
2010 | BA(Hons) Design, Industrial & Product, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2009 | Study Trip, Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan



OVERSEAS RESIDENCIES & GRANTS

2018 Aug - Sept | "Environment Futures" | NRCG | Ballina, Australia
(Artist Stipend by Northern Rivers Community Gallery & Ignite Studios)

2018 Jun | "A Dialogue with Plants" | PARADISE AIR | Matsudo, Japan
(Full Grant by Hong Kong Arts Development Council)

2017 Oct - Nov | "With Paths Crisscrossing" | Guandu Nature Art Festival | Taipei, Taiwan
(Full Grant by Guandu Nature Park)

2013 Sept | "Brussels Design September" | HKBX | Brussels, Belgium
(Full Grant by Ambassador of Design Hong Kong)



EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2020 | Design Trust Critically Homemade | Soho House | Hong Kong

2019 | "Opening Page: The Art of The Creative Process" | Design Spectrum | Hong Kong

2019 | "Whiteness" | House by Kubrick TaiKoo | Hong Kong

2018 | "Re-Experiencing Waves" | Northern Rivers Community Gallery | Ballina, Australia

2018 | "PARADISE AIR Short Stay Exhibition" | MAD City Gallery | Matsudo, Japan

2018 | "Hanzi Exhibition" | PMQ | Hong Kong

2018 | "New Balance 574" | K11 | Hong Kong

2018 | "International Postcard Exhibition" | Surface Gallery | Nottingham, UK

2017 | "Guandu International Nature Art Festival 2017" | Guandu Nature Park | Taipei, Taiwan

2017 | "Featuring Futuring" | Goldsmiths Design Festival & London Design Festival | London, UK

2017 | "Very Hong Kong" | Comix Home Base | Hong Kong

2016 | "Here is Zine" | Tokyo Cultuart by BEAMS | Tokyo, Japan

2016 | "When I Am Turning 48" | YO'HOOD | Shanghai, China

2016 | "Sick Leave Today" | Ethos | Hong Kong

2016 | "The PRINT MARKET #02" | Ethos | Hong Kong

2015 | "Tie the Knot" | Magis | Hong Kong

2015 | "House of Vans Asia Tour 2015" | Central Pier | Hong Kong

2015 | "Plastic Oceans" | Hong Kong Maritime Museum | Hong Kong

2015 | "Triple-Major 5th Anniversary" | Triple Major | Shanghai, China

2015 | "The PRINT MARKET #01" | Ethos | Hong Kong

2014 | "A Green Hong Kong" by Conservancy Association | China Hong Kong City | Hong Kong

2014 | "10Cents Store" by The Black Store | PMQ | Hong Kong

2014 | "HOME" | Fang Suo Commune | Guangzhou, China

2014 | "Timeless Childhood" by Grace Vineyard | HKCEC | Hong Kong

2013 | "Detour Matters" | Oil Street Art Space | Hong Kong

2013 | "ta' ta' ta' " by HK Brussels Designers Exchange Programme | The Egg | Brussels, Belgium

2013 | "Ocean Art Walk" by HK Shark Foundation | Blake Pier, Stanley | Hong Kong

2012 | "Hi Absolut" by Absolut Vodka | Grandview Mall | Guangzhou, China

2012 | "La Sardina Wardrobe" | Lomography | Hong Kong

2012 | "Back to Nature" | UA Cinema, Cityplaza Taikoo Shing | Hong Kong

2012 | "Triple Major Nomad Store" | WOK | Milan, Italy

2011 | "Kaohsiung Design Festival" | The Pier-2 Art Centre | Kaohsiung, Taiwan



LECTURES & SEMINARS

2018 | "Artist Lecture" | Southern Cross University | Lismore, Australia

2017 | "Artists Talk" | Guandu Nature Park | Taipei, Taiwan

2017 | "Artist Talk" | Kubrick | Hong Kong

2014 | "Stationery Design and Product Packaging Vogue" | HKCEC | Hong Kong

2013 | "Startup - Leadership" JCI Milestone Program | Junior Chamber International | Hong Kong

2013 | "Action 2013", Entrepreneurship Seminar | The University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong

2013 | "Pecha Kucha 20 x 20" | Recyclart | Brussels, Belgium

2012 | "TEDx Youth Hong Kong" | Hong Kong Design Institute | Hong Kong



PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS (SELECTED)

2020 | "Stone, Branch & Leaf" | Kickstarter | Online & International

2020 | "Islanders" | Peng Chau | Hong Kong

2020 | "Dancing With The Wind" | Hong Kong

2019 | "The Urban Forest" | Rich & Rare Jewellery, Central | Hong Kong

2019 | "HKWalls" | Yat Sin Street Wan Chai| Hong Kong

2019 | "Ping Pong #04" Publication | Hong Kong

2019 | "Hide & Seek" | Times Square | Hong Kong

2018 | "Oootopia" | Hong Kong

2018 | "Gililigilili" Sound Performance | Performance Exchange | London, UK

2017 | "Re-Interpreting Human Rights" | London, UK

2017 | "3/4 Nature" | Ethos | HK

2017 | "Global Connection" | Times Square | Hong Kong

2017 | "Right to Conscious Socialisation" | London, UK

2017 | "Dialogue in the Globe" | London, UK

2016 | "The Best Way to Deal With Anxiety" | Mak's Beer | Hong Kong

2016 | "Ping Pong #03" Publication | Hong Kong

2015 | "Love Revealed" | Tissot | Hong Kong

2015 | "Postcard Exchange" | Global

2014 | Popup store | POMCH, PMQ | Hong Kong

2014 | "The Year of HORSE" | Cattier Champagne | Hong Kong

2014 | "Home for Dinner Meowwww!" | Oxfam | Hong Kong

2014 | "S A L E at House of Avenues" | House of Avenues | Hong Kong

2013 | "Little Pets for Kids" | milkB, Hong Kong

2012 | "Animals in the Zuu" Chair in a Pair | Bunkaya Zakkaten | Hong Kong

2012 | "Eiffel Tower in Amelie Street" | Amelie Street 1st Anniversary | Hong Kong

2012 | Fashion Fest For Girl Runway Show | Hong Kong

2011 | "White Valentine's Day" | Genki Sushi | Hong Kong

2011 | "Save the Marine Environment", Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Dept, Hong Kong



WORKSHOPS (SELECTED)

2019 | "Vans PRO Shop" | Vans | Hong Kong

2018 | "The Scandinavian Kingdom" | TUMI | Hong Kong

2018 | "I Visited A Musem" | Tate Modern | London, UK

2017 | "Heck-a-Workshop" | Art Promotion Office | Hong Kong

2017 | "Penpal Project - Exchanging Scenes" | Guandu Nature Park & Kubrick |Taiwan & HK

2017 | "A Story of Birds" | Guandu Nature Park | Taiwan

2015 | "DIY Sk-8HI Vans" | House of Vans, Central | Hong Kong

2015 | "Walking Animal Slippers" | K11 | Hong Kong

2015 | "T-Shirt Transformation" | K11 | Hong Kong

2015 | "Fashion your Canvas" | Vans & Lane Crawford Blitz | Hong Kong

2015 | "Animal Card Case" | K11 | Hong Kong

2015 | "Animal Mobile Stand" | K11 | Hong Kong

2014 | "The Little Prince" | Olympican City | Hong Kong

2013 | "Eiffel Tower" | Olympican City | Hong Kong

2013 | "Marine Animals" | Hong Kong Maritime Museum | Hong Kong

2014 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | Daydream Nation | Hong Kong

2013 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | K11 | Hong Kong

2013 | "Origami Crane Accessories" | Fill in the Blank | Hong Kong

2012 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | UA Cinema | Hong Kong

2012 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | Lomography | Hong Kong

2012 | "Origami Crane Accessories" | K11 | Hong Kong

2012 | "Valentine's Origami Crane" | Bunkaya Zakkaten | Hong Kong

2011 | "Christmas Origami Crane" | Bunkaya Zakkaten | Hong Kong



FAIRS & MARKETS (SELECTED)

2019, 2020 | Booked: | Tai Kwun | Hong Kong

2010, 2012 | Design Mart | Detour, Ambassador of Hong Kong | Hong Kong

2010, 2011, 2012 | Mini-Design Mart | Hong Kong Design Centre | Hong Kong