The Design Trust Gala 2021 Benefit Committee
Kamsen Lau, Marisa Yiu, Alan Lo, Joyce Tam, Denise Lau, Ivan Pun, Desiree Au, Alfred Lam, Emily Lam-Ho, Jonathan Cheung, Julia Liu, Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Rosey Chan, Shera Law and Stefan Rihs
The Design Trust Gala 2021 Organiser and Sponsors
Lead Organiser: Design Trust
Title Sponsor: Prada
Lead Curator: Marisa Yiu
Creative Collaborators: William Lim, Elaine Yan Ling Ng and Mak Ying Tung 2
Venue Partner: Ocean Park Marriott Hotel
Auction Partner: Christie’s
Champagne & Liquor Partner: Perrier-Jouët Champagne
Gala Production Partner: The Ad Region
Wine Partner: Bellefont Belcier
Media Partner: Vogue Hong Kong, Tatler Hong Kong
Communications Partners: Sutton, Advisory Council
Trophy Design Partner: LASVIT
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Board of Directors
Kamsen Lau (Chairman), Alan Lo, Denise Lau, Gabriela Kennedy, Ivan Pun and Joyce Tam
About Design Trust (https://designtrust.hk)
Design Trust was established in 2014 by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity in Hong Kong since 2007, as a grant funding platform. Design Trust supports creative projects that develop expertise, build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Working across a multiplicity of design disciplines from graphics, media, architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design and development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.
About Design Trust Futures Studio (https://designtrust.hk/DTFS/)
Design Trust Futures Studio (DTFS) is a long‐term flagship programme that makes visible the processes and positive role of design in the culture of contemporary design and production. The programme stems from a project‐studio concept that promotes life‐long collaborations through a mentor‐mentee programme. DTFS is a cross‐disciplinary initiative created and conceptualised by Marisa Yiu, Co‐founder and Executive Director of Design Trust. Experts from different fields will contribute to the mentor‐mentee teams in the exploration of materials, production, and put forth the positive value of design of public spaces in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and internationally. In 2017, we examined the theme of smallness in Hong Kong and how it can be harnessed to create meaningful change with the theme “Small is Meaningful”.
Since 2018, DTFS has been working alongside public and private agencies including the Policy Innovation and Coordination Office, Leisure and Cultural Services Department, and Architectural Services Department. From January 2018 to April 2019, DTFS’ “PLAY IS FOR THE PEOPLE” programme was sponsored by Create Hong Kong (CreateHK), while Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation was the Education & Community Outreach Partner. As conceptual designer and lead organiser, DTFS led and engaged, conducted research and design four micro-parks as public spaces of the future. These locations include: Portland Street Rest Garden, Hamilton Street Rest Garden, the Sitting-Out Area under Hill Road Flyover, and Yi Pei Square Playground. The aim is to transform the micro-park designs into reality, with Architectural Services Department as the works agent and Leisure and Cultural Services Department as the client of the parks. Capital works and support for the construction of the Yi Pei Playground were sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust and funded by the Hong Kong SAR government. The three other parks capital works are supported by the Hong Kong SAR government.
Seventeen mentees formed the four multidisciplinary design teams, accompanied by one mentor per group, to overlook the projects including advisors from different fields. Led by Marisa Yiu, the team of mentors consist of local Hong Kong-based architect Gary Chang (Founder, EDGE Design Institute) and artist, photographer and designer Stanley Wong (anothermountainman) alongside international mentors Mimi Hoang (Principal, nARCHITECTS, New York) and Sam Jacob (Principal, Sam Jacob Studio, London). Richard Hassell (Co-founder of WOHA) has also been providing ongoing support and guidance to the teams as international workshop mentor, along with Elizabeth Diller (Founding Partner, Diller Scofidio + Renfro) and her team, who shared their design philosophy and processes for the Highline and other public space projects at the DTFS 2018 Research Study Tour in New York.
The history of Prada begins in 1913 when Mario Prada, Miuccia Prada’s grandfather, opened the first store in Milan. Located in the prestigious Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the exclusive Prada store offered luggage and luxury goods manufactured with the finest artisanal manufactures, using exquisite materials. The store soon establishes itself as elegant shopping destination for the most prestigious Italian and European customers, consolidating its role in 1919 with the title of Official Supplier of the Italian Royal Household, which allowed the brand to include the House of Savoy coat of arms and knotted rope insignia in its trademark logo.
Since then, Prada has been synonymous with cutting-edge style. Its intellectual universe combines concept, structure and image through codes that go beyond trends. Its fashion transcends products, translating conceptuality into a universe that has become a benchmark to those who dare to challenge conventions focusing on experimentation.
Prada is part of the Prada Group, a leading player in the luxury industry, which also owns Miu Miu, Church’s, Car Shoe and Marchesi 1824. The Group designs, manufactures and distributes ready-to-wear collections, leather goods and footwear in more than 70 countries through a network of 633 stores as well as e-commerce channels, selected e-tailers and department stores around the world. The Group, which also operates in the eyewear and fragrances sector through licensing agreements, has 23 owned factories and approximately thirteen thousand employees.