I have just returned from Macau where CMG held this year’s meeting of the Asia Pacific region members. Jane Stockel, CMG. our leader for Asia, did a fantastic job of organizing and coordinating this event. The conference participants met far from the casino strips of Macau island and Taipa’s Cotai Strip. Casinos in Macau resemble Vegas on steroids! The gamblers there are serious about their gambling. Our meeting site was the lovely Pousada de Coloane on the Beach at the bottom of Coloane island. It was quaint and comfortable, a perfect setting for working on the color trends report. We did a lot of the work outside with natural light as the weather was quite comfortable. The turn out was smaller than expected as we lost a member from Australia who had knee surgery and CMG’s other Asia leader, Latika Khosla, was unable to attend with her colleagues due to their office burning to the ground two weeks before the meeting. Sadly everything was lost.
We had two terrific speakers. The introductory speaker was Karen Prochazka, a jewelry artist from Hong Kong whose specialty is Feng Shei jewelry. She explained the Chinese understanding of the various stones and semi precious jewels and how she uses these elements to create her inspired work. The main speaker was Robert Hlusek of the Sands Corporation. His talk was especially pertinent to dramatic changes going on all over Macau with the rise of the gaming industry as a major economic force in the region. He was the designer who supervised the construction of the new Venetian Hotel and Casino. Everyone marveled at the scale and scope of color decisions that had to be made and how and why colors were chosen.
On the second night we toured several of the new Hotel/Casinos- The Venetian, The Grand Hyatt, Hard Rock Hotel etc. Marvelous environments of color and light that knocked everyone out.
The first night we toured old Macau, San Paulo’s remains and the color glut of all the shops and left over decorations from Chinese New Year. Submersing ourselves in the locale is one of the huge benefits of our overseas meetings. Everyone feverishly took pictures for their idea files and we were all just incredibly excited with the color and environment. Dinner both nights was in out of the way old Portuguese restaurants recommended by long time locals who are personal friends of Jane’s. Experiencing what few get to experience was just more stimulation to our collective creative spirits.
Our color work was equally inspired. Sometimes a small group makes it easier to discuss things more thoroughly and really get to the “nut” of things. Everyone agreed that the color trends were clear and directional and that the color palette we arrived at was highly useful. This new palette will be presented at the Brooklyn and Amsterdam Conferences and will be available to CMG members on the CMG website.
CMG’s next Meeting is the 2010 Spring International meeting in Brooklyn New York, April 24th-27th. Also the 2010 European Meeting is set and scheduled for Amsterdam, Holland May26 – 28th. The European Meeting is always really inspired and stimulating so if you cannot make Brooklyn plan on coming to Holland.