Click to Hong Kong's modern lines

Local | Bernard Charnwut Chan 8 Jan 2020

Construction work on Hong Kong's new museum of visual culture, M+, is expected to be finished before the middle of this year. It will open some eight to 12 months later.

In the meantime a smaller facility called the M+ Pavilion is operating nearby at the west Kowloon site. It is also highly active online, and among the latest virtual attractions is a look at the work of Henry Steiner.

Steiner was born in Austria in 1934 and educated in the United States. In 1961 he came to Hong Kong to open a local edition of Asia Magazine. A few years later he started his own design company here.

Even if you haven't heard of him, you probably know Steiner's work. Indeed, many Hong Kong residents carry it with them every day. For one of his commonly seen designs is the HSBC logo.

He also worked on Standard Chartered Bank's banknotes for many years - as recently as 2016. His other local corporate design clients include MTR Corp, Jardine House and Dairy Farm. Among other achievements, Steiner is recognized as a pioneer of cross-cultural graphic design, incorporating Eastern and Western elements faithfully into brands that appeal to an international public.

The M+ team have produced an interesting five-minute video reviewing his work over several decades in which Hong Kong went through enormous changes.

The mini-documentary also features Steiner himself, and his thoughts on design - and branding Hong Kong as a modern city - are well worth a look.

See it at https://stories.mplus.org.hk/en/channel/henry-steiner-branding-hong-kong/

Bernard Charnwut Chan is chairman of The Jockey Club CPS Advisory Committee

standard@bernardchan.com

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