Kai-Yin Lo from Hong Kong is one of Asia’s first international brands. She is a pioneer for bringing a contemporary and easy-to-wear style to traditional Chinese jewellery and for elevating semi-precious stones to become a mainstay in jewellery design. A student of history at Cambridge and London universities, Kai-Yin is a cultural ambassador and sought-after speaker on art, design, culture and business. A curator, organizer and participant of art and cultural events, the latest being the travelling exhibition “A Journey of Afar and Within the Silk Road” to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to China, 2017-18.
The Kai-Yin Lo Lecture on Asian art and culture was inaugurated at Asia Society, New York in 2004. These, together with the Cross Cultural Lecture she hosts with Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, of which she is the first Visiting Professor, Cross Culture, are highly-regarded forums of East-West exchange and explorations of creativity and innovation in ideas and practice.
As cultural historian and editor of five influential books, ranging from Chinese furniture and living patterns to Song ceramics to Hong Kong design culture, she presents art, design and culture as an inter-related process. Recipient of the Hong Kong Design Centre’s prestigious award, the “World’s Leading Chinese Designer” in 2007, Kai-Yin has also been awarded a Silver Bauhinia Star by the Hong Kong Government (2009) for her contribution to design.