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Kai-Yin Los work as a celebrated jewelry designer, curator and historian melds the cultural heritages of East and West. A visiting professor at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, she is a specialist in cross-culture and editor of five influential books on aspects of Chinese art, design and living environment, ranging from Chinese furniture and living patterns to Song ceramics and contemporary Hong Kong design culture. A recipient of the Hong Kong Design Centres prestigious Worlds Leading Chinese Designer award in 2007, Kai-Yin brings breadth of insight and vision to the worlds of art, design, culture and business.


As a longtime admirer of Kai-Yin's design jewelry, I am impressed by her passion, drive and commitment in promoting design. Her creativity reflects full appreciation of history and respect for different cultures.--Carrie Lam, Chief Executive, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
From being a pioneering designer of jewellery and accessories, Kai-Yin Lo has now become a designer of world recognition. Using her extensive knowledge of European and Chinese history, she has blended in art form the cultures of East and West. She has done this at a time when our connected world, particularly in the fields of politics and business, recognizes more and more the importance of the creative industries in enhancing cross-cultural understanding and international relations.--Sir Henry Keswick, Chairman Emeritus, Jardine Matheson Holdings Ltd.
Kai-Yin is a polymath and a phenomenon, having seamlessly juggled an analytical career as a scholar, historian, teacher and editor, with the artistic and imaginative flair of an amazing jewellery and accessory designer and ceramic artist.--Thomas Heatherwick, Founder, Heatherwick Studio, London
Kai-Yin is an amazing self-made designer and self-made businesswoman. She is selfless in promoting design and culture, with a totally cross-culture approach. She is very Asian and very global at the same time. Kai-Yin is truly a cultural ambassador and has invested much of her time and energy to foster exchange globally and locally, and to promote good design, art and culture as core to new economic futures and societal well-being.--Victor Lo, Chairman, M+ Museum, Hong Kong
Kai-Yin Lo has been a dedicated lobbyist for culture in Hong Kong for many years, tirelessly championing the city's growth as the Asian center of the art market, promoting the appreciation and value of good design, and the importance of creative thinking within the education system. A passion for history, together with her fascination with the interplay of cultures East and West, are the backdrop to her life and give this book its unique perspective. They inform and define all her activities and they are the threads that form the fabric of Kai-Yin's life journey. We are invited to join her in the highs and lows and twists and turns of the life of an independent Chinese woman in the global world of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.--Jane Rapley, Professor Emerita and Former Head, Central Saint Martins, London
Kai-Yin Lo has proven herself to be an outstanding artistic and intellectual entrepreneur who blends harmoniously the aesthetic and the practical. The Asia Society on both sides of the Pacific has benefited from her generosity of spirit and cultural expressions.--Ronnie C. Chan, Chairman Emeritus, Asia Society, New York
Kai-Yin Lo is a creative tour de force whose jewelry designs drawn from Chinese traditional design principles were at the forefront of a reappraisal of traditional Chinese culture. She also seeks to share her interests with others through the philanthropic support of dialogues and talks that foster an understanding of new issues in Asian culture. These have included some of the most important cultural leaders of our time such as Xu Bing, Tan Dun, and Shen Wei.--Melissa Chiu, Director, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

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