The Annual Golden Pin Design Award 2019 Forum to Focus on Design and Sustainability


The annual Golden Pin Design Award 2019 Forum will be back on December 5 and will be staging talks from four international design luminaries at Songshan Cultural and Creative Park in Taipei. With the theme "Design & Sustainability" which continues from last year’s forum that was themed "Design & Social Responsibility", this year's forum will be hosted by the prominent TVBS news anchor Lulu Hsia, and the opening remarks will be given by Taiwan Design Center's chairman Chi-Yi Chang. The four speakers are Huat Lim, Haruna Yamada and Hirokazu Kobayashi, Luisa Bocchietto - and guest panelist Tony Chi. The forum will be available in English, Chinese, or Japanese with live translation throughout the talks. Tickets are available at

Here are the profiles of all four speakers:

Haruna Yamada and Hirokazu Kobayashi - Artist and Designer at SPREAD (Japan)
Haruna Yamada and Hirokazu Kobayashi, artist and designer from multi award-winning design firm SPREAD, are also a part of the Golden Pin Design Award 2019 Final Selection jury. Both born in Tokyo and graduated from Nagaoka Institute of Design, this duo aptly combines specialisms in landscape design and graphic design. Their talk will introduce SPREAD's latest projects and design philosophy under the title, “Think the Past, Create the Future”.

Huat Lim - Managing Director of zlgdesign (Malaysia)
Managing director of zlgdesign in Malaysia, Huat Lim has worked with the likes of Zaha Hadid and Ron Herron, and previously spoke at the Golden Pin Design Award 2019 Salon in Kuala Lumpur. Having graduated from the prestigious AA School of Architecture in London, he co-founded zlgdesign with Susanne Zeidler in 1992, and went on to design several landmark projects including the National Library Singapore. His talk is entitled “Beyond Sustainability: Biophilia and Productive Architecture”.

Luisa Bocchietto - Former-President of the World Design Organization (Italy)
Architect and industrial design expert, Luisa Bocchietto was president of the World Design Organization from 2017 to 2019, and is a part of the Golden Pin Design Award 2019 Final Selection jury. Born in Italy and having graduated from the school of architecture at Politecnico in Milano, Bocchietto was also president of the Industrial Design Association in Italy from 2008 to 2014. Her talk, “Design for humanity” sows together thoughts on human centred design and sustainability.

Tony Chi - Founder of tonychi (USA)
Award-winning designer, Tony Chi is the illustrious Taiwanese-American founder of NYC interior design firm tonychi, and is also on the Golden Pin Design Award 2019 Final Selection jury. Chi’s design harnesses the intangible allure of time and place, and his wide-ranging portfolio includes iconic names like the Rosewood London, Intercontinental Geneva, Andaz Tokyo, Park Hyatt Shanghai, Rosewood Hong Kong and New York's Carlyle Hotel. He will join the panel discussion after the 4 speakers.

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