Chelsia Lau Ka-po always liked drawing. When she was a little girl on Lantau, she used to get out her crayons and display her pictures in her parents’ restaurant, in Mui Wo. Few diners realised that this little island girl with a love of form and colour would one day design cars for millions of people worldwide, and become one of the style icons of China’s booming automotive industry.
Lau is now chief designer of Ford’s design strategic concepts group in Shanghai.
She found her 20-year vocation in car design when she was offered a rare internship at Ford’s Detroit headquarters while studying at the Lee Wai Lee Technical Institute. “Ford changed everything,” Lau says. “I realised that designing a car goes beyond a beautiful sketch.”
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