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Swire Properties Unveils “Spectrum” VIP Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

28 Mar 2019

Swire Properties Unveils “Spectrum” VIP Lounge at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019

Paul Cocksedge-designed space to host annual
“Swire Properties Dialogue Series”, featuring leading world figures

Swire Properties opened ‘the doors’ to its VIP Lounge “Spectrum” today at Art Basel Hong Kong 2019, officially launching the hand-picked selection of inspirational talks and panel discussions that are part of the “Swire Properties Dialogue Series”. 

Created by London-based designer Paul Cocksedge, “Spectrum” is an intimate space wrapped by visually intriguing bands of red and blue fabric, Swire Properties’ official colours. Situated on the Level 1 Concourse, the design is the embodiment of Cocksedge’s artistic style which combines  lightness of touch and imaginative visual effect – creating the ideal venue for the Company’s VIP guests. 

The “Swire Properties Dialogue Series” is one of the highlights of Art Basel Hong Kong and the 2019 edition was curated in collaboration with Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Featuring five talks in total, leading world figures this year include Christopher Le Brun, President of the Royal Academy of Arts and Laura Ning, CEO of Mao Ji-Hong Art Foundation, to name but a few. 

Fiona Ma, Director, Marketing and Communications of Swire Properties said, “This is our seventh consecutive year partnering with Art Basel Hong Kong and we’re delighted to once again bring a truly unique artistic experience to visitors, this time through inventive designer Paul Cocksedge. Paul shares our longstanding passion for the arts and creativity, and our vision of making arts and culture a part of everyday life, which is an important part of our mission of building vibrant communities.”  

Paul Cocksedge said, “We understand how important Art Basel is in terms of exploring, celebrating and supporting creativity. I’ve experienced amazing work from artists and designers, and it’s been a great opportunity for us to contribute to that by creating a space within the fair where people can gather. Swire Properties supports that same creative energy, and have shown that they’re prepared to take risks by partnering with amazing architects and designers. I appreciate their willingness to push boundaries, and explore more creative solutions when conventional ones are often easier.”

“Swire Properties Dialogue Series” (28 – 29 March 2019)

The Series has garnered a prestigious line-up of speakers this year, with five talks in total. Topics range from ‘The Role of the Artist in the 21st Century’, to ‘Taste vs Trend’. There will also be an insightful discussion on the exciting Hong Kong debut of the giant interactive art installation, LUMENous GARDEN, at Pacific Place; which was featured at the renowned Burning Man event, and created by American art collective, FoldHaus.  

To reserve a place at any of the “Swire Properties Dialogue Series” talks, register here: 

Beyond Hong Kong: Swire Properties’ Arts & Culture Activities 

Swire Properties recently commissioned an all-new piece of artwork for Taikoo Hui in Guangzhou, created by the British artist Philip King. The steel sculpture – inspired by Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution – features shapes supporting one another in a lyrical composition and is named after the celebrated biologist and pioneer of evolutionary science. The piece will be completed and installed in the first half of 2019. 

The Company has also launched the House Collective’s inaugural art programme, featuring Swiss artist Katja Loher. “Encounters Across Cultures” kicks off at The Opposite House in Beijing and will be displayed at the House Collective’s four Houses in Beijing, Chengdu, Hong Kong and Shanghai. The artistic concept is inspired by the Chinese theory of the Five Elements, and explores the connections between different parts of the world through the creation of unique and locally-inspired art installations. 

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.Fiona Ma, Director, Marketing & Communications of Swire Properties (middle); Tim Marlow, Artistic Director of the Royal Academy of Arts (left) and Paul Cocksedge (right) at Swire Properties’ VIP Lounge “Spectrum”.

.“Spectrum” is an intimate space wrapped by visually intriguing bands of red and blue fabric, Swire Properties’ official colours.

.Swire Properties’ VIP Lounge “Spectrum” is designed by London-based designer Paul Cocksedge.