The second in the 2014-2015 series of M+ Matters, ‘Import/Export: Postwar Design and Industry in East Asia’ will bring together leading scholars and curators of industrial design history in an effort to place mass-produced objects at the centre of East Asia’s post-World War II industrial and economic narrative. In this context, the forum will attempt to identify, map and trace some of the key phenomena, products, manufacturers and design influences that moved throughout the region, while exploring the conceptual, methodological and other frameworks that might inform M+’s strategy for collecting such objects. Issues such as imitation, copying and appropriation; the transference, adaptation and invention of typologies and design vocabularies; the role of new technologies and production processes; and the absorption of these objects into their respective visual cultures will also be discussed.


  • HE Renke (Dean and Professor, School of Design, Hunan University, China)
  • Takayuki HIGUCHI (Associate Professor, Department of Design Science, Chiba University, Japan)
  • KIM Sang-kyu (Professor, Department of Design, Seoul National University of Science and Technology, South Korea)
  • Yanta LAM Hin Tong (CEO, ChinaDesign Research Work-Group, Hong Kong)
  • Jeffrey L. MEIKLE (Professor, Departments of American Studies and Art History, University of Texas at Austin, United States)

Session One: Linking Historical Narratives

12 September 2014


6:30 - 8:45pm

InnoCentre, Chamber 3 (72 Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong)

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Session Two: Taking Histories Forward

13 September 2014

4:00 - 6:00pm

OCT Art (9009-1 Shennan Road, Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen)

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