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
The materials respect and live in harmony with the elements. Responding to changes in wind, pressure, humidity, moisture, temperature and sunlight
Innovate w/ craft
Textile crafts utilised in production range from established to 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, 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 Textile Futures with distinction. She is a TED Fellow and has been globally recognized, 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 proved inspirational to many. ‘The Chinese designer creates materials that move and grow like trees – but faster.’ - Wired UK.
Her work has been exhibited at V&A and Science Museum in London, Art Basel/HK, Design Miami/ Basel and Textiel Museum, Tilburg, Harbour Front Centre in Toronto, Espace EDF Art Foundation in Paris and Wuhao, Beijing, and Moleskine global galleries. Her art and design research has been widely featured internationally including Wired UK, Wallpaper*, Elle Decoration China, Surface Asia, AD Italia, AD China, China Daily, Yazter and Core 77 and many more. Elaine has as well been invited to present at some of the world’s most prestigious conferences including TED, DOIT (Delivering Innovation for Tomorrow) Taiwan, Shape Shifting in New Zealand, as well as Nature Now Symposium, Ctanz, TePaPa Museum 2016. Her distinctive design approach is continuously being documented in various books including Digital Jacquard Design, Material exploration and Fashion Processes.