Our work is only possible with the great support of our community, trustees, advisors, patrons, funding partners, and the designers, mentees and grantees who work tirelessly to produce new knowledge for the energetic and vibrant city of Hong Kong and our region. We would like to acknowledge the generous individuals, organisations and partners who have contributed to the growth of the Design Trust initiative since its conception.

“2014 is a very special year for AoD as it is a year of evolution for us. As more and more community and grassroots support systems pop up to support the creative community in Hong Kong, the Ambassadors are reinventing our level and type of support with the launch of Design Trust. We want to be able to provide an alternative source of funding for projects that advocate the positive value of design, debate and creative sharing.” – Alan Lo, Co-Founder, Chairmain, Design Trust


2014 Sustaining Time

8 November 2014

Courtyard & The Qube at PMQ


Creative Director Joyce Wang


Benefit Committee

Alan Lo, Brunella Bighi Bryant Lu, Catherine Feliciano-Chon, Evelyn Yo, Jacqueline Sun, Katherine Schaeffer, Levina Li-Cadman, Mariko Lee, Ross Urwin, Su-Mei Thompson, Vicky Lam and Vinay Melwani.


Table patrons

Platinum Alan Lo, Ben and Mariko Lee, Bryant Lu, Jehan Chu, Yenn Wong

Gold Aussco Living Limited, Desiree Au & Su-Mei Thompson, Bonnie & Darrin Woo, Carl Gouw & Marisa Yiu, CatchOn, Edmund Lee, Jacqueline & Stanley Sun, Jennie Wong, Joyce Tam, Katherine Schaeffer & Lawrence Chu, Mary Anne Choo, Vivian and Frederick Fong

Silver Levina Li-Cadman & Vinay Melwani, Michelle Cheng, Travis Wan, Vicky Lam


Design Trust Patrons

Design Trust Leaders Alan Lo, Anonymous, Bonnie & Darrin Woo, Eleanor & Ben Yiu, Joseph Fung, Mariko & Ben Lee, Monique & Max Burger, Omega

Design Trust Influencers David Yeung, Frank Yu, Freeman Lau, Jehan Chu, Net-A-Porter, Asia Pacific, Su-Mei Thompson, The Madison Group, William To

Design Trust Friends Desiree Au, Freeman Lau, Goodwin & Yama Gaw, James J Acuna, Joyce Tam, Jimmy Lee, Kai-Yin, Lo, Lucie Chang, Mimi Brown, Nadine Oullet, Nic Banks, Net-A-Porter Limited, Tim Li


Sponsors and Supporters

Title sponsor OMEGA

GOLD SPONSORS Blake’s, The Madison Group, Sino Group, The Verdant Foundation

Venue Sponsor PMQ

Catering Sponsor Sino Group / City Garden Hotel

Wine Sponsor etc wine shops

Auction Partner Christie’s, Paddle8

Florist Ellermann

Framing Perfect Touch

Logistics BALtrans Moving International


Public relations PR Network

Printing Fotomax (F.E.) Ltd


About The Ambassadors' Ball 2014

Presented by returning title sponsor OMEGA, the Ambassadors Ball 2014, organised by the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design was held at the heritage site of PMQ.  This event also marked the official launch of its new grant-making initiative, Design Trust. As one of the most influential fundraising events in town within the art and design sector, this fund-raising gala event benefitted the Ambassadors of Design and their commitment to supporting the creative industry and fostering a new generation of young designers. In particular, proceeds raised would contribute to seed funding for the grants that Design Trust will be awarding for the coming years. These grants include two which were awarded to their inaugural grantees, Fan Ling, as the M+ / Design Trust Research Fellow 2014-2015 and cultural grant recipient MAP Office for their ‘Hong Kong is Land’ project in response to a call from MoMA, New York.


In its 6th successful edition, the Ambassadors’ Ball was conceived based on the theme “Sustaining Time”. The Ball is highlighted by a unique tradition of which a renowned designer is invited each year to act as creative director. This year internationally acclaimed designer, Joyce Wang. Was appointed. Using wood as a focal material, Joyce created an impressive 3.6 meter tall tapering tunnel entrance to the event, with recycled wooden panels. Walking though this tunnel evoked the feeling of travelling down the stem of an hourglass, marking the passage of time and the emergence into a future of limitless possibilities.


The evening’s proceedings were conducted by master of ceremony, Desmond So and guests were entertained by musician Anna Lo and Japanese artist Yuki Nishimoto who painted a 2M X 1M canvas ‘live’ on stage. This artwork was auctioned off to raise additional funds for the evening.  The Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to all table hosts, sponsors and auction lot donors for their generous patronage.