deTour x Life is Art “AALTO” Screening and Sharing

deTour 2023

New Know How – Crafting Design Future

Qube, 2/F, PMQ
20 Nov (Sun) - 14:30 - 17:00
Limited quota for on-site audience on a first-come-first-served basis.


103 mins | Finnish, English, Others (Chinese, English Subtitles)

AALTO is a cinematic voyage into the life and work of Alvar Aalto, a defining figure of the 20th century architecture movement. The movie chronicles the intimate love story between Alvar and his wife, Aino. Beneath their unyielding love lay a shared conviction in putting people at the heart of their designs. Narrated by experts in the field, the film takes the audience on a tour of iconic buildings in Massachusetts, Russia, Paris, and Venice, deconstructing the magic that the modernist couple instilled in the bricks of their meticulous designs.

Extending from the theme of the film screening, the speakers will discuss the influence of Alvar Aalto on architecture and product design in the sharing session, as well as exchanging their points-of-view on aesthetics of architecture and product design from a Scandinavian perspective.

Moderator –
1. Kay Chan Wan Ki, Curator of deTour 2022
2. STICKYLINE, Curator of deTour 2022

Speakers –
1. Charles Lai, Architectural Historian
2. Chan Hope, Design Addict, The Underseat Stories
3. Allen Poon, Honorary Secretary, HKIA

Kay Chan Wan Ki

Graduated from the School of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University majoring in Industrial Design, Kay Chan Wan Ki is a product designer and community interaction planner specialising in sustainable design, whilst integrating art and design into public spaces to promote community and environmental inclusion.

Kay’s deep involvement in community interaction planning led her to infuse elements of community participation in her design and creative process. She was responsible for the design of the Tsuen Wan Yi Pei Square Playground as part of the ‘Play is for the People’ programme (sponsored by CreateHK) in 2018. In 2020, Kay redesigned the public space at Choi Yee Bridge Garden for the ‘Viva! River’ project to raise community awareness for environmental and ecological protection. She has also led educational programmes on creativity and participatory design with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, M+, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and PMQ. In recent years, Kay has actively participated in curatorial work that sparks communication and interaction, including the opening exhibition ‘Our Living Library’ at Oil Art Space in 2022.

Kay has won recognition for her strength in inspiring public creativity and turning interactions with public spaces into artistic and community explorations. Her work on the Tsuen Wan Yi Pei Square Playground for the ‘Play is for the People’ programme won the Grand Award at the 2021 DFA Design For Asia Awards (sponsored by CreateHK). In the same year, her sustainable design project ‘Revive: Salted Fish’ was named 2021 Gold Winner at South Korea’s Asia Design Prize.


STICKYLINE is a prominent creative duo comprising Mic Leong and Soilworm Lai from Hong Kong. Renowned for their distinctive, large-scale polyhedron sculptures, the duo is the mastermind behind the creative engineering, intricate mathematics and complex geometric structures in their work.

Crafting simple yet durable shapes using paper and metal, STICKYLINE combines technologies in kinetic, sound and light to enhance the experience of their work. The duo also conducts site-specific curation, explores experimental spatial experiences with minimalist geometric aesthetics and injects communal creative energy into their ever-evolving body of work.

Formed in 2011, STICKYLINE features a clientele ranging from international brands such as Ralph Lauren, Puma, Givenchy, Mercedes-Benz, Leica and Audemars Piguet to local organisations such as Design Trust, PMQ, Landmark and Lee Gardens, as well as private commissions.

Charles Lai

Architectural Historian

Charles Lai is a British architect and researcher of the history and conservation of Hong Kong and Asian modern architecture. He received his PhD degree in architectural history and theory from the University of Hong Kong Department of Architecture, and a diploma from the AA School of Architecture in London. He is a member of the Docomomo Hong Kong. His research explores the history of modern architecture in East and Southeast Asia, the material culture and history of Shanghai plaster, as well as the conservation and revitalization design of historical built heritage.

Chan Hope

Design Addict, The Underseat Stories

Mr. Chan Hope is a furniture collector and restorer specialising in Danish furniture from the mid-century. He is an aerospace engineering graduate from the University of Sheffield choosing to experiment with furniture design, applying engineering principles to bring felicity into the utilitarian design.

Allen Poon

Honorary Secretary, HKIA