About

UUENDY LAU is a design and art laboratory that provokes alternative speculations on nature. “Double U” is a unique recognition of our founder. It is not only a symbol of dual delight (ÜÜ), but also a language strengthening the connections among individuals and matters (Ü-Ü).

The main theme of our work centres on ‘animals and nature’, a universal and inclusive subject permeating all cultures, languages, lifestyles and beliefs. Discursive enquiries are made into unfamiliar associations and juxtapositions between the natural world and human-made inventions during the creative process of researching, designing and making. Through a speculative lens of imagination and humanised envision, we conduct curious observations on our environmental interaction that allows us to redefine our connection with the natural world and develop a more empathetic communication with nature. The idea further inspires artistic responses that critically question the disquieting scenarios in contemporary societies, where most people separate themselves from nature and stay in confined spaces bounded by (digital) screens and walls, and yet they are constantly questing for a closer relationship with nature and other species. The concept also communicates our advocacy of mental wellbeing and empowerment in daily moments, alongside addressing our inner thoughts and emotions stimulated by peculiar subjects from unusual perspectives to interpret nature.

We create design probes that spark discussions, embrace shared values and enhance social experience towards our insight into nature. Our projects initiate organic interactions and discourses on the landscape and living things through art, design, (provocative) objects, illustration and participatory creations. We encourage the audience and community to deliberately reflect on current practices and explore positive associations between humankind and the environment for a more sustainable future.

#Speculations on Nature
#speculative objects #illustration #art installation #participatory creations #collaborative workshop


COLLABORATORS

Brooks Brothers, TUMI, Absolut Vodka, Lomography, TEDx, New Balance, House of Vans, Lane Crawford, Design Trust, Times Square HK, Design Trust, HKWalls, Teva, Pedder Group (HK), Hong Kong Sharks Foundation, Ambassador of Design, Oxfam, Conservancy Association, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, House of Avenues, Milk, Champagne Cattier, Fang Suo Commune, Apportfolio, Grace Vineyard, Detour, Olympican City, K11 Art Mall, The Little Prince, Bunkaya Zakkaten, UA Cinema, Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department, Genki Sushi and more.


RETAIL PARTNERS

Ethos (HK), Odd One Out (HK), PageOne (HK), Triple Major (CH), Daydream Nation (HK), foreforehead (HK), Sunsat Store (HK), Amelie Street (HK), Common Ground (HK), MO-Design (MACAU), C-Shop (MACAU), Pon Ding (TW), Mangasick (TW), Gardencity Bookstore (TW), Depression Shop (SG), Nana & Bird (SG), WOK Milan (IT)

(Photo credit: Jocelyn Tam | www.jocelyntam.com)

UUendy Lau (UU)
(Founding Designer)

UU receives her Master's Degree in Critical Design from Goldsmiths, University of London, and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Design (Industrial & Product) from The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. She is a multidisciplinary designer and artist with a strong passion for experimental art and speculative designs inspired by nature. She never limits the medium of her creations and her works cover various disciplines of design to communicate with the audience including (fashion) objects, illustration, installation, live-performance and workshops.

UU has been involved in a number of design events and exhibitions (e.g. as an invited speaker at TEDx, as an invited artist for both charity and commercial organisations such as Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Absolut Vodka, Lomography, New Balance etc). She has received sponsorships to take part in various overseas artist/designer residencies programmes making international presence, including Northern Rivers Community Gallery (Australia, 2018), PARADISE AIR (Japan, 2018), Guandu International Nature Art Festival (Taiwan, 2017), HK Brussels Design Exchange Program (Belgium, 2013).

Being trained as a product designer at the early stage of her career, UU also has extensive working experience as a Design Manager supervising product development, manufacturing and commercialisation of design projects, as well as curation of exhibitions and events for galleries and design programmes.


EDUCATION

2017 | MA Design, Critical Practice, Goldsmiths, University of London
2010 | BA(Hons) Design, Industrial & Product, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
2009 | Study Trip, Tokyo & Kyoto, Japan



OVERSEAS RESIDENCIES & GRANTS

2018 Aug - Sept | "Environment Futures" | NRCG | Ballina, Australia
(Artist Stipend by Northern Rivers Community Gallery & Ignite Studios)

2018 Jun | "A Dialogue with Plants" | PARADISE AIR | Matsudo, Japan
(Full Grant by Hong Kong Arts Development Council)

2017 Oct - Nov | "With Paths Crisscrossing" | Guandu Nature Art Festival | Taipei, Taiwan
(Full Grant by Guandu Nature Park)

2013 Sept | "Brussels Design September" | HKBX | Brussels, Belgium
(Full Grant by Ambassador of Design Hong Kong)



EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)

2021| "Play Lives" | Design Spectrum | Hong Kong
2021 | The Use of The Useless | PMQ | Hong Kong
2020 | Unknown Asia Art Exchange Osaka | Kiyo Bank & Unknown Asia | Online
2020 | Design Trust Critically Homemade | Soho House | Hong Kong
2020 | The Comfort Hand Family | foreforehead | Hong Kong
2019 | "Opening Page: The Art of The Creative Process" | Design Spectrum | Hong Kong
2019 | "Whiteness" | House by Kubrick TaiKoo | Hong Kong
2018 | "Re-Experiencing Waves" | Northern Rivers Community Gallery | Ballina, Australia
2018 | "PARADISE AIR Short Stay Exhibition" | MAD City Gallery | Matsudo, Japan
2018 | "Hanzi Exhibition" | PMQ | Hong Kong
2018 | "New Balance 574" | K11 | Hong Kong
2018 | "International Postcard Exhibition" | Surface Gallery | Nottingham, UK
2017 | "Guandu International Nature Art Festival 2017" | Guandu Nature Park | Taipei, Taiwan
2017 | "Featuring Futuring" | Goldsmiths Design Festival & London Design Festival | London, UK
2017 | "Very Hong Kong" | Comix Home Base | Hong Kong
2016 | "Here is Zine" | Tokyo Cultuart by BEAMS | Tokyo, Japan
2016 | "When I Am Turning 48" | YO'HOOD | Shanghai, China
2016 | "Sick Leave Today" | Ethos | Hong Kong
2016 | "The PRINT MARKET #02" | Ethos | Hong Kong
2015 | "Tie the Knot" | Magis | Hong Kong
2015 | "House of Vans Asia Tour 2015" | Central Pier | Hong Kong
2015 | "Plastic Oceans" | Hong Kong Maritime Museum | Hong Kong
2015 | "Triple-Major 5th Anniversary" | Triple Major | Shanghai, China
2015 | "The PRINT MARKET #01" | Ethos | Hong Kong
2014 | "A Green Hong Kong" by Conservancy Association | China Hong Kong City, Hong Kong
2014 | "10Cents Store" by The Black Store | PMQ | Hong Kong
2014 | "HOME" | Fang Suo Commune | Guangzhou, China
2014 | "Timeless Childhood" by Grace Vineyard | HKCEC | Hong Kong
2013 | "Detour Matters" | Oil Street Art Space | Hong Kong
2013 | "ta' ta' ta' " by HK Brussels Designers Exchange Programme | The Egg | Brussels, Belgium
2013 | "Ocean Art Walk" by HK Shark Foundation | Blake Pier, Stanley | Hong Kong
2012 | "Hi Absolut" by Absolut Vodka | Grandview Mall | Guangzhou, China
2012 | "La Sardina Wardrobe" | Lomography | Hong Kong
2012 | "Back to Nature" | UA Cinema, Cityplaza Taikoo Shing | Hong Kong
2012 | "Triple Major Nomad Store" | WOK | Milan, Italy
2011 | "Kaohsiung Design Festival" | The Pier-2 Art Centre | Kaohsiung, Taiwan



LECTURES & SEMINARS

2018 | "Artist Lecture" | Southern Cross University | Lismore, Australia
2017 | "Artists Talk" | Guandu Nature Park | Taipei, Taiwan
2017 | "Artist Talk" | Kubrick | Hong Kong
2014 | "Stationery Design and Product Packaging Vogue" | HKCEC | Hong Kong
2013 | "Startup - Leadership" JCI Milestone Program | Junior Chamber International Hong Kong
2013 | "Action 2013", Entrepreneurship Seminar | The University of Hong Kong | Hong Kong
2013 | "Pecha Kucha 20 x 20" | Recyclart | Brussels, Belgium
2012 | "TEDx Youth Hong Kong" | Hong Kong Design Institute | Hong Kong



PROJECTS & COLLABORATIONS (SELECTED)

2021 | "Ping Pong #05" Publication | Hong Kong
2020 | "Dancing with Nature" | Design Trust | Hong Kong
2020 | "Stone, Branch & Leaf" | Kickstarter | Online & International
2020 | "Islanders" | Peng Chau | Hong Kong
2020 | "Dancing With The Wind" | Hong Kong
2019 | "The Urban Forest" | Rich & Rare Jewellery, Central | Hong Kong
2019 | "HKWalls" | Yat Sin Street Wan Chai| Hong Kong
2019 | "Ping Pong #04" Publication | Hong Kong
2019 | "Hide & Seek" | Times Square | Hong Kong
2018 | "Oootopia" | Hong Kong
2018 | "Gililigilili" Sound Performance | Performance Exchange | London, UK
2017 | "Re-Interpreting Human Rights" | London, UK
2017 | "3/4 Nature" | Ethos | HK
2017 | "Global Connection" | Times Square | Hong Kong
2017 | "Right to Conscious Socialisation" | London, UK
2017 | "Dialogue in the Globe" | London, UK
2016 | "The Best Way to Deal With Anxiety" | Mak's Beer | Hong Kong
2016 | "Ping Pong #03" Publication | Hong Kong
2015 | "Love Revealed" | Tissot | Hong Kong
2015 | "Postcard Exchange" | Global
2014 | Popup store | POMCH, PMQ | Hong Kong
2014 | "The Year of HORSE" | Cattier Champagne | Hong Kong
2014 | "Home for Dinner Meowwww!" | Oxfam | Hong Kong
2014 | "S A L E at House of Avenues" | House of Avenues | Hong Kong
2013 | "Little Pets for Kids" | milkB, Hong Kong
2012 | "Animals in the Zuu" Chair in a Pair | Bunkaya Zakkaten | Hong Kong
2012 | "Eiffel Tower in Amelie Street" | Amelie Street 1st Anniversary | Hong Kong
2012 | Fashion Fest For Girl Runway Show | Hong Kong
2011 | "White Valentine's Day" | Genki Sushi | Hong Kong
2011 | "Save the Marine Environment", Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Dept, Hong Kong



WORKSHOPS (SELECTED)

2021 | "A Whimsical Adventure Begins" | Design Spectrum & HK Design Centre | Hong Kong
2019 | "Vans PRO Shop" | Vans | Hong Kong
2018 | "The Scandinavian Kingdom" | TUMI | Hong Kong
2018 | "I Visited A Musem" | Tate Modern | London, UK
2017 | "Heck-a-Workshop" | Art Promotion Office | Hong Kong
2017 | "Penpal Project - Exchanging Scenes" | Guandu Nature Park & Kubrick |Taiwan & HK
2017 | "A Story of Birds" | Guandu Nature Park | Taiwan
2015 | "DIY Sk-8HI Vans" | House of Vans, Central | Hong Kong
2015 | "Walking Animal Slippers" | K11 | Hong Kong
2015 | "T-Shirt Transformation" | K11 | Hong Kong
2015 | "Fashion your Canvas" | Vans & Lane Crawford Blitz | Hong Kong
2015 | "Animal Card Case" | K11 | Hong Kong
2015 | "Animal Mobile Stand" | K11 | Hong Kong
2014 | "The Little Prince" | Olympican City | Hong Kong
2013 | "Eiffel Tower" | Olympican City | Hong Kong
2013 | "Marine Animals" | Hong Kong Maritime Museum | Hong Kong
2014 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | Daydream Nation | Hong Kong
2013 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | K11 | Hong Kong
2013 | "Origami Crane Accessories" | Fill in the Blank | Hong Kong
2012 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | UA Cinema | Hong Kong
2012 | "3D Animal Heads Accessories" | Lomography | Hong Kong
2012 | "Origami Crane Accessories" | K11 | Hong Kong
2012 | "Valentine's Origami Crane" | Bunkaya Zakkaten | Hong Kong
2011 | "Christmas Origami Crane" | Bunkaya Zakkaten | Hong Kong



DESIGN MARKETS (SELECTED)

2019, 2020, 2021 | Booked: | Tai Kwun | Hong Kong
2010, 2012 | Design Mart | Detour, Ambassador of Hong Kong | Hong Kong
2010, 2011, 2012 | Mini-Design Mart | Hong Kong Design Centre | Hong Kong