The Hong Kong Brick
Bricks made from the ruins of stores closed by the pandemic in Hong Kong
Design Studio Florian and Christine has produced a design artefact made from the small gravel, cement and glass pieces left by shops in Hong Kong that had to close because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Hong Kong Brick was produced by breaking the material into smaller pieces, before being transformed into a brick in a terrazzo. As well as being practical, the brick was also intended to represent something more metaphorical: the representation of building something new out of adversity, and how the closing of things in the past can inspire new, and better things. Florian Wegenest and Christine Lew, founders of the studio say that “We wanted to create a brick as it is a symbol of rebuilding something new. The project is representing how the past can be used to create a positive impact for the future.”