Henry Steiner’s Hong Kong: Our First Zolima Culture Guide!

We are thrilled to announce Zolima’s very first book!
Henry Steiner’s Hong Kong explores our beloved city through the lens of its pioneering graphic designer. And it’s the first volume of our new Zolima Culture Guide, each edition of which will offer unique, in-depth insights into different aspects of Hong Kong life and culture.

What makes a city unique? That’s the question behind Zolima Culture Guide. Each edition dives deep into a particular aspect of the city’s culture and history. It’s unconventional, surprising and always insightful. Zolima Culture Guide is produced by the team behind Zolima CityMag, an award-winning magazine covering art, culture, film, architecture, design and history.

Enjoy our Early Bird offer of 10% off the retail price if you book your copy of Zolima Culture Guide vol. 1, Henry Steiner’s Hong Kong.
Retail price: HK$ 188.00

Zolima Culture Guide Volume 1: Henry Steiner’s Hong Kong
When Henry Steiner moved to Hong Kong in 1961, it was only meant to be for nine months. More than 60 years later, he is the most important graphic designer in the city’s history. Join us as we explore Hong Kong through the lens of Steiner’s work, from the idea of East meets West, to the graphic identity of world-leading companies like HSBC, to Hong Kong icons like the Jockey Club, Hong Kong Land, Peak Tower, Ocean Terminal, Wellcome, Lane Crawford and more.

You’ll discover amusing anecdotes about Steiner’s sometimes eccentric way of working. You’ll learn things about Hong Kong you might not have known before. (What did a HK$10 Standard Chartered note get you in a bar on Lyndhurst Terrace? Which Scottish symbol inspired the HSBC logo? Which department store was designed by renowned architect Gio Ponti?) This is the story of a boy who fled the Holocaust and trained under the mid-century masters of design before making Hong Kong his home. And it’s the story of Hong Kong itself.

(*) Offer only available on Zolima CityMag and expires on 15 June, 2024

Size: 152mm x 210mm
Format: soft cover, perfect binding, book is printed in FSC certified paper
Number of pages: 200
ISBN No. 978-988-70497-0-8 (English)
ISBN No. 978-988-70497-1-5 (Chinese)

What to expect from the book 

/ A deep dive into the graphic works of Henry Steiner
/ Lavish photographs from the M+ and Steiner&Co.’s archives, as well as Zolima’s own photographers
/ The story of Hong Kong’s evolution and the creation of some of its most renowned brands, buildings and places
/ A specially illustrated map demonstrating where to spot Steiner logos
/ Volume 1 of a series of collectible books dedicated to the culture of Hong Kong

Join Co-author Billy Potts at our Book Launch Talks 

Billy will be talking with some of Hong Kong’s leading experts in design and brand identity on how Steiner’s work has contributed to Hong Kong’s own branding and graphic visual legacy over the last 60 years.

Bookazine Social (English) with Marisa Yiu
Date : 20 June 2024 I Time : 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue:   Bookazine Social, Shop G07, Block 3, G/F Parade Ground, Tai Kwun, Central
RSVP / First come

Eslite Bookstore – Causeway Bay (Cantonese) with Rudi Leung
Date: 21 June 2024 I Time: 6:30 to 7:30 pm
Venue: Eslite, Hysan Place, Causeway Bay
RSVP / First come

Billy Potts is a Hong Kong-born writer and designer. His writing for Zolima CityMag explores the city’s hidden stories and design heritage, including traditional crafts, calligraphy and more. Potts’ in-depth design and research study on defunct and abandoned signage, Hong Kong Ghost Signs, has been backed by both the Design Trust and Lord Wilson Heritage Trust. Through his design studio Handsome Co., Potts has worked on projects involving Hong Kong’s iconic trams, the classic Camel flask and other renowned local brands including Cathay Pacific, Ascot Chang, and more

Marisa Yiu is the Co-founder and Executive Director/Lead Curator of Design Trust, an initiative of the registered charity Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design that supports design and research projects in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area within an international context. An architect and Founding partner of Eskyiu, Marisa continues to dedicate her career to advocating for the value of design in shaping cities, education and cultural programming.

Rudi Leung is the founder of the creative agency Hungry Digital and previously served as Creative Director, Strategy/Digital Director, Vice President, and General Manager at various international ad agencies such as Ogilvy, Leo Burnett, Bates, TBWA\HK, Carat, AGENDA/Wunderman, and DDB Tribal. He was recognized as the Digital Marketer Of The Year by the HKAIM Media Convergence Awards in 2014. Rudi has also authored two top best sellers books, Social ROI (Return on Influence) and Advertising For Dummies (both in Chinese). He served as an Adjunct Lecturer for Brand Management in the Master in Marketing & Advertising program at Napier University at HKU SPACE for over ten years.


Where to buy your copy?
Zolima Culture Guide vol.1 , Henry Steiner’s Hong Kong  will be available online and at your favourite retailers and bookshops across Hong Kong including at M+,  Eslite, Bookazine from 15 June 2024.
Full list of stockists will be available soon.

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