Designer in Wild
As a small and mountainous city where the concrete jungle and the verdant countryside coexist, Hong Kong is the home to a world-renowned unique landscape. Hiking and camping thus naturally became an activity for city dwellers during holidays. Spending a day or two in the wild provides a brief escape from urban boisterousness. For them, a breath of the nature and the return to the basics of life are antidotes to the stressful working life.
While camping gear tended to give an impression of being simple and pragmatic in the past, people have been increasingly demanding on camping supplies in recent years, giving rise to the popularity of gear with sophisticated design from countries such as the United States and Japan. The forms of camping also have grown to be more varied. Each form, be it leisure-oriented or ultra-light, has their own supporters. As the camping population has flourished gradually, products available in the market may not be able to fulfill such a variety of needs, and some camping enthusiasts decided to get their hands on designing and making all kinds of camping gear themselves, hence the creation of independent outdoor gear brands.
Camping fanatics LEUNG Ka-po (Po), Tara CHAN, and Royce YU all have their own full-time jobs, but share the devotion of designing different camping gear in their leisure time. Once a patient of mood disorder, Po feels that the sound of burning logs possesses a healing power. Having discovered white charcoal’s characteristic of being able to endure long heating without giving out fumes, he began to design and produce by hand cookware tailor-made for cooking with wood fire and charcoal.
Graphic and multi-media designer Tara loves running in mountains and builds temporary homes in the countryside. He made room for a small studio in his home where he designs extra-light backpacks and bags, blending work and pleasure in one. His most recent project is designing camping shelters with brands from Mainland China.
Product designer Royce is familiar with the process of manufacturing electronic products. He succeeded the first time raising money through crowd-funding for a multi-use camping lamp. He hopes to showcase the versatility of Hong Kongers to the world by combining the design of vintage gas lamps and LED lights.