“DESIGN TRUST: Critically Homemade” Prototype Exhibition opened on Monday 21 September 2020 at House Studio of Soho House Hong Kong, for a two-week exhibition until Sunday 4th October 2020. Since its formation, “DESIGN TRUST: Critically Homemade” has been a micro-initiative rooted in the idea of community, recognising its essential role in paving a positive and inspiring way to connect the community during COVID-19 challenges and uncertainties faced by all industries. With Soho House as our Exhibition Venue Partner, we were able to create the opportunity to bring together designers, creatives, and a broader public community in the showcase of 76 object prototypes created in response to a collective brief. This micro-initiative conceptualised by Marisa Yiu (Co-Founder / Executive Director of Design Trust) expresses innovation, reflection, lightness and hope, represented by the transformation of our DESIGN TRUST “D” from its typical dark blue hue to a multi-coloured rainbow of hope. This rainbow is a message of optimism and resilience that parallels the intention of this micro-initiative, where small acts of making, and gestures of generosity expand to more support within and around communities.
Since its founding in 2014, Design Trust has built a tight-knit community of creative individuals across many cities, and collectives focusing on research. Through this micro-initiative, Design Trust continues to bring its inspirational community together to benefit the wider public. To support the community, Design Trust provides flexible and responsive funding for creative projects and research initiatives that positively impact Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area region and internationally. Through this micro-initiative, Design Trust encourages giving back to the community in ways that allow for connection amongst the global crisis. The programme’s next phase is powered by a generous patron community and brand ambassadors such as kapok, Chinachem, ZS Hospitality Group, WOMANBOSS, COLOURLIVING and VSFG group to help realise the prototypes into a late Fall/Winter showcase.