Bodin Hon, is a Chinese-American industrial designer, born in Los Angeles in 1987, currently based in Hong Kong.
Initially educated as an engineer, he designed and engineered Life Support Systems (spacesuits, space toilets) at NASA’s Houston Space Center immediately after graduating from Rice University. Inspired by the renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci - merging both art and science, he began his design career by moving to Milan where he obtained his product design masters ‘cum laude’ from Istituto Europeo di Design (IED).
Since graduation his work has presented his works in many major design exhibitions in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy and in design museum in Milan and Barcelona. He has won many prestigious design prizes from Italy, Spain, Germany including the International Compass d’oro (2015, Italy) and James Dyson Award (2014, Italy). His solar cooker 'Solari' is currently featured in the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum 'Shine on Me' exhibition.
Bodin has worked in a wide range of industries from startups to Fortune 500 ranging from medical instruments, connected devices, kitchen appliances to solar cookers and home accessories.
His passion is combining technology and human aspirations to create exciting future-oriented ideas and experiences. In 2015, he co-founder startup Project Solari Co. to design and develop a next generation solar cooker.
In 2017 he moved to Hong Kong where he co-founded Yellowdot to work with entrepreneurs and manufacturing partners in the Greater Bay Area to transform ideas into reality through unique and people-driven design.
Professional Experience /
Flextronics Srl (Italy)
United Technology Co/NASA (USA)
Masters in Product Design (Italy)
BSc Bioengineer (USA)
USA, Italy, New Zealand, Hong Kong
2017 Roca/BCD Jumpthegap 'Sanctuary' Prof Finalist | Barcelona
2015 ADI Compasso d’oro Intl Young Designer ‘Solari’ Winner | Italy
2015 ADI Design Index Selection ‘Solari’ | Italy
2015 iF Design - Student Design Award Winner ‘Solari’ | Germany
2014 James Dyson Award - National Winner ‘Solari’ | Italy
2013 Un Designer per le Imprese - Sustainability Award ‘Carry/Charge-Mi’ | Italy
2019 Salone Satellites | Milan
2019 Maison & Objet | Paris
2018 Design Inspire - Designers without Boundaries | Hong Kong
2018 Deutsches Hygiene-Museum Dresden - Shine on Me | Dresden
2017 Design Inspire - Designers without Boundaries | Hong Kong
2017 BASE Milan Nomade - Milan Design Week | Milan
2016 Global Graduate Show - Dubai Design Week | Dubai
2016 XX1T 21° International Triennale Triennial of Architecture and Design | Milan
2016 Salone Satellites - Association of Industrial Design (ADI) | Milan
2016 Milan Design Week - selection Le vie de Compasso d’oro | Milan
2015 Milan EXPO Gate - Un Designer per le Imprese | Milan
2015 Milan EXPO - Solar energy and solar cooking ‘Solari’ | Milan
2015 Design for Food - The Taste of Change - Belgium Biennale | Belgium
2015 Dutch Design Week - Klokgebouw | Eindhoven
2014 Ambiente Talents - Selection Top 35 Young Designers | Frankfurt
2013 Triennale Museum of Design - Un Designer per le Imprese | Milan