THE FABRICK LAB
We are an idealogical lab. Learning is an attitude; as dreamers we realise our concepts through materialisation. Investigating the latest innovations, trends and cultural developments helps us stay on top, particularly developments that influence textiles. We are experts and catalysts who are keen to expand the boundaries of textiles. At THE FABRICK LAB, we believe textiles is a timeless material that could act as a soft shelter or a second skin. Smart application of textiles can improve our way of living. We aim to stretch textiles from fabric to a building brick!
THE FABRICK LAB is a bespoke textile consultancy, located in Hong Kong, creating and developing experimental textile surfaces and materials for bespoke luxury environments.
We build installations that combine natural, lived and experienced materials with new technologies. These environments are responsive, smart and functional, creating beautiful pieces for interiors and exteriors.
As such THE FABRICK LAB has worked in partnership with Scientists, Technologists, Botanists and Engineers, enabling the studio to provide fresh and innovative insights through the fabrication of thought-provoking outputs.
Working across all areas within the creative and business industry, THE FABRICK LAB has a keen interest and knowledge within the fields of science, technology, social sustainability and craftsmanship.
Previous brands the studio has worked with include Moleskine, Nissan, Beijing Maker Space, Wuhao Curated Beijing, Beijing Design Week, Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Mercedes Benz (Daimler) and Design Days Dubai.
We are navigated by our three key design principles:
Design w/ science
Biomimicry is at the heart of the design process, taking inspiration from nature at all levels from micro to macro.
Experiment w/ nature
Materials live in harmony with the elements. Responding respectfully and naturally to changes in wind, pressure, humidity, moisture, temperature and sunlight.
Innovate w/ craft
Textile crafts which we utilise in production, vary from established to new and emerging techniques; including, hand weaving, digital jacquard weaving, veneer laminating, digital printing, printed electronics, circuitry and programming.
Founded by Elaine Yan Ling Ng
Elaine Yan Ling Ng, nicknamed the ‘Techno fairy’ by Elle Deco, is the founder of The Fabrick Lab. A bespoke textile consultancy which brings together textiles, electronics, biomimicry, interiors and installations. A British Chinese materialologist, Ng graduated from Central Saint Martins in London where she earned her MA Design in Material Futures with a Distinction. She is a TED Fellow and has been globally recognised by multiple design awards, including The Emerging Talent Award by Design Anthology, GGEF’s Eco Innovator Award, Swarovski’s Designer of the Future Award and Tatler’s Gen T Award. Ng has worked with Nissan Design Europe and Nokia Design Beijing and is one the top 50 brightest connectors, creative visionaries, influential innovators and disruptive talents in Hong Kong. Her magical approach towards materials is recognised by some of the best in the field and has proven inspirational to many.
‘The Chinese designer creates materials that move and grow like trees – but faster.’ - Wired UK.
Ng's work has been exhibited at the V&A Museum and the Science Museum in London, Art Basel/HK, Design Miami/Basel, Textiel Museum in Tilburg, Harbour Front Centre in Toronto, Espace EDF Art Foundation in Paris, Wuhao and Beijing, and also the Moleskine Global Galleries. Her art and design research has been widely featured internationally including features in; Wired UK, Wallpaper*, Elle Decoration China, Surface Asia, AD Italia, AD China, China Daily, Yazter, Core 77 and many more. Elaine has also been invited to present at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences including; TED, DOIT Taiwan (Delivering Innovation for Tomorrow) , Shape Shifting in New Zealand, Nature Now Symposium, Ctanz and the TePaPa Museum in 2016. Furthermore, her distinctive design approach is continuously being documented in various books including; Digital Jacquard Design, Material exploration and Fashion Processes.