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.

"It’s been such an honor working with Prada - a name and brand that resonates with creativity and design excellence, and a pioneer who promotes and preserves art and culture with passion and commitment. It has been so empowering to work closely with OMA’s Mr. Rem Koolhaas and Mr. David Gianotten - such visionaries who have brought our gala concept to an entirely new level. I know our guests are reflecting on the constantly evolving status of our city and countryside with a new perspective." -- Marisa Yiu, Co-Founder / Executive Director, Design Trust




27 October 2018

Kerry Hotel


Creative Director: OMA/Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten

Special installations by: Michelle Poon and Matthew Hung

Title Sponsor: PRADA


Benefit Committee
Alan Lo, Benedict WC Ku, Catherine Feliciano-Chon, David Au, Desiree Au, Diana d’Arenberg, Hidetoshi Nakata, Honus Tandijono, Inna Highfield, Ivan Pun, Jonathan Cheung, Joyce Tam, Kylie Ying, Marisa Yiu, Nicholas Smith, Sean Fitzpatrick, Talenia Phua Gajardo and Tina Leung


Table Patrons

Alfred Lam, Amanda Loke, Bastian Wong, Benedict Ku, Bosco Law, Carol Gouw, Cartier – Jason Poon, Cathy Chon, Christopher Lau and Stephen Yeung, Estuko Nakajima, honus Tandijono, Inna Rodchenko-Highfield, Ivan Pun, Jay Parmanand, Jehan Chu, Jenne Wong, Joanne Chow, Joyce Tam, Kamsen Lau, Kylie Ying & Liu Hao Wei, Mason&Objet Paris, Mary Anne Choo, Michael Tay, Michelle Cheng, Natalie Chu, Phillips – Jonathan Crockett, Rumiko Hasegawa, Sena Wakabayashi, Shane Akeroyd, Tai Ping, Talenia Phua Gajardo, Vivian Ho


Design Trust Patrons

Design Trust Leaders Cindy Tay Chua, Claire Chen, David Au, Edmund Lee, Jennifer Liu, Katerina Prentice, Rosanna Wong, Yana Peel Design Trust Influencers Alfred Lam, Andrew Kinoshita, Benjamin Vuchot, Calvin Ku, Charmaine Li, Daniel Green, David Gianotten, Kelly Cheng, Philip Tong, Wendy Lee, William Lim, Troy Hickox Design Trust Friends Alex Errera, Alexis Tsang, Aric Chen, Arne Eggers, Anonymous, Bastian Wong, Carl Gouw, Charlene Dawes Jim, Cherry Chan, Christopher Lau, Christopher Owen, Colleen Fung, Danny Fok, Daniel Weinberg, Dave Wills, Eliane Kwok, Eric Schuldenfrei, Francis Li, Gus Lee, Hing Chao, Inge Goudsmit, Janice Chan Choy, Jay Parmanand, Joseph Fung, Jolene Lin, Markus Shaw, Martina Shaw, Megan Leckie, Mary Anne Choo, Nydia Zhang, Peter Cheung, Richard Tao, Rogier Hekking, Suzy Annetta


Sponsors and Supporters

Gala Venue and Food & Beverage Partner Kerry Hotel Hong Kong Auction Partner Phillips Patron Programme Partner La Prairie Art Handler and Storage Partner Helu-Trans Gala Production Partner The Ad Region Printing Partner Midas Airline Partner Hong Kong Airlines Online Auction Promotion Partner The Artling Media Partner Hong Kong Tatler International PR Partner Rubison Wines Partner Altaya Wines Champagne and Liquor Partner Perrier-Jouët Video Production Partner Icicle


About The Ambassadors' Ball 2018


The Ambassadors’ Ball 2018 in benefit of Design Trust was held on Saturday, 27th October 2018, at the Grand Ballroom of Kerry Hotel. Presented by title sponsor Prada, who has a long-standing relationship with Creative Directors OMA. The theme HYPER ENVIRONMENT was a visual spectacle conceptualized by OMA’s founding partner-architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA’s managing partner-architect David Gianotten.


A highly anticipated event on the city’s social calendar, the 11th Annual Ambassador’s Ball again brought together the region’s elites, influencers, creative talents, art and design connoisseurs, and leaders of industries in what is a true celebration of the vibrancy and exuberance of Hong Kong. Guests of honour included OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, who travelled to Hong Kong especially for the occasion. Alan Lo, Co-founder and Chairman of Design Trust thanks all guests and luminaries for the great evening and positive impact to the growth of design excellence and creative culture.


An introspective and provocative theme, HYPER ENVIRONMENT, examined the relationship between the city and the countryside. The ballroom is split into two distinct colour zones, with a combination of nature and technology-like materials, creating a polarized atmosphere.


OMA’s founding partner-architect Rem Koolhaas and OMA’s managing partner-architect David Gianotten commented, "We are delighted to be able to provide the creative direction for The Ambassadors’ Ball 2018. OMA has a longstanding interest and engagement with design in Hong Kong and believe that the research-based approach to design – an approach the Design Trust supports – will bring design talent to maturity."


The evening’s host was James Chau, renowned journalist, news presenter and philanthropist. The highlights included an opening performance by Oliva Dawn, a live and silent auction hosted by Phillips’ Jonathan Crockett, featuring a stunning selection of limited edition art and decorative objects, travel experience and more from names such as Zao Wou-ki, Zaha Hadid, Daido Moriyama, Andre Fu, and Joan Miro.  All proceeds from the auction, followed by a live pledge session, is donated to Design Trust as a contribution to the seed capital for grant disbursement. When the dinner concluded in the ballroom, guests moved to Dockyard for an energetic after party backed by the grooves of DJ Mimi Xu, and enjoyed refreshments by Little Bao and cocktails by Quinary. Music and DJ acts by DESIGN Benefit Committee members Sean Fitzpatrick, Benedict Ku and Diana d’Arenberg continued late in the evening.


Design Trust would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation to our Board Members, Benefit Committee Members, Patrons, Creative Directors, Sponsors including Prada, Kerry Hotel, and all partners and auction lot donors for their generous patronage that will help to shape and set a positive momentum for Design Trust.