Wednesday, May 5, 2010

A Roaring Start to KLDW2010

From left: CEO of Kuala Lumpur Pavilion Joyce Yap, KLDW Patron and Mayor of Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, KLDW President En Izuldin Hani Mohd Noor.

Twenty events in ten locations! Welcome to Kuala Lumpur Design Week 2010!

Hot on the heels of the previous installment (honestly, it doesn't feel like that much long ago, does it?), KLDW looks set to dazzle and amaze with the best of international creativity and local design flavour. Held from 1 to 16 May, it is in fact more than a week of showcases and exhibitions. Admission is free to most events, except for the ticketed conferences and forums.

Although the launch evening saw overcast skies, it miraculously did not rain on the open-air venue in front of La Bodega, the Pavilion. Datuk Seri Ahmad Fuad Ismail commented on the effectiveness of Pavilion's assurance of fine weather (with due help from a bomoh hailing from Negeri Sembilan). With KLDW, our city looks set to be a design capital in the near future.

Origami Tigers by Chris Bosse, LAVA, Sydney. Specially couriered by Century Logistics.

Smaller versions of the digital origami tiger doubled as lamps for the cocktail tables. Visitors were entertained by fabulously costumed people (performers? students?) while the KL Orchestra Combo charmed audiences with their compact but skillful ensemble.

The healthy attendance on an unexpectedly warm night.

We're terribly excited about the lineup. It's hard not to when it consists of such industry stars as Designboom, creators of ToFu Oyako Devil Robots, illustrator and comic artist Rian Hughes, concept artist extraordinaire Feng Zhu, Creative Review, Usavich creator Satoshi Tomioka... yes, you can be sure we'll be busy hunting down the juiciest bits of info and images for your reading pleasure.

We'll bring you more updates soon!

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