Design Trust in the Media | Highlights from 2019

16. 3. 2020

Design Trust is grateful for the continued support and recognition we receive from the media. We are pleased to share press highlights on Design Trust in the past year, covering our grantees’ projects and career development, the community impact of the Design Trust Future Studio programme, and our creative collaboration with Archigram at the 2019 Design Trust Gala.

2018 Seed Grantee Raphael Monnier and Calvin Wang’s ‘Gyo Byu Pipeline Initiative’; images from Myanmar Mix

Raphael Monnier and Calvin Wang of Blue Temple received a Design Trust Seed Grant in 2019 for their innovative public space initiative “Gyo Byu Pipeline Initiative”. Blue Temple is a community collaboration platform in Yangon, Myanmar, and together with Taiwanese and Burmese University Students, designed prefabricated bamboo modules for a pedestrian highway. The highway provided the community with a car-free pathway in an environment where pedestrians are otherwise unconsidered. In 2019, Myanmar Mix details the community impact of the project here.

TSUDA Michiko, “Journey”, NG Tsz-Kwan “Solitude Cinema Ver.3” Installation View, FALSE SPACES, 2019 Image from Tricera.

Meanwhile, 2019 Seed Grantee recipient Ip Yuk Yiu’s exhibition “False Spaces”, which examines the fast disappearing physical space of contemporary metropolitan areas, has garnered recognition from Tokyo-based media (Tricera and Flash Art), where the exhibition took place.


Heritage is Innovation - Design Trust Future Studio 2019

Xavier Tsang showcases his design at Haw Par Mansion for DTFS 2019 “Heritage is Innovation”


In 2019, Design Trust’s outreach programme Design Trust Future Studio titled “Heritage is Innovation” captured community attention, showing the catalysing effect this programme has within the Hong Kong community. “Heritage is Innovation” received wide attention from publications such as The Artling, City Magazine, Home Journal, Lifestyle Asia, PerspectiveChina Daily, Sing Tao Daily and Metropop, amongst others. Read the South China Morning Post’s coverage on the programme here and an interview with Lead Curator Marisa Yiu (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Design Trust) by Vogue HK , or visit the DTFS 2019 dedicated site to see all the stories the programme generated in 2019.

Creative Collaboration with Archigram at Design Trust Gala 2019

Dezeen Movie on “The Archigram City” at Design Trust Gala 2019.

Design Trust collaborated with legendary avant-garde architectural collective Archigram alongside four Design Trust Grantees, dtby_, Hong Kong Design History Network, New Office Works and SKY YUTAKA and brought “The Archigram City” to life in Hong Kong for the annual flagship fundraising auction event Design Trust Gala 2019. The collaboration provided original content on Hong Kong as a city, as the renowned collective explores the future of cities whilst celebrating Hong Kong’s influence on their approach. Hong Kong Tatler published an in-depth analysis on Archigram’s history and profiled Design Trust Grantees involved in the project here. Other highlight coverage includes a Dezeen feature and movie showcasing the dynamic energy of the fundraising evening, whilst South China Morning Post focuses on Archigram’s archive and designing future cities