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.

“This year’s theme is a testament of our collective imagination and creativity. We are so grateful to have worked closely with Archigram’s Sir Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton. Archigram’s seminal 1960s work coupled with mentorship to Design Trust’s Hong Kong Grantees, along with their former students from Bean Buro, contributed to this unique architectural environment which will have a life beyond the Gala. Our aim was to create a positive physical and emotional impact that transport guests to a hopeful, better way of living which feels timely and necessary for us here and right now.” -- Marisa Yiu, Co-Founder/Executive Director, Design Trust



26 October 2019

Kerry Hotel


Creative Director ARCHIGRAM

With Grantees dtby_, HKDHNet, New Office Works, and SKY YUTAKA

Inaugural Design Trust Legacy Award the Late Dr. Tao Ho



Alan Lo, Marisa Yiu, Ivan Pun, Rosey Chan


Benefit Committee

Alfred Lam, Andrew den Oudsten, David Au, Desiree Au, Geoffrey Chuang, Inna Rodchenko-Highfield, Jason Basmajian, Jonathan Cheung, Joyce Tam, Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Sean Fitzpatrick, Shera Law, Stefan Rihs, Talenia Phua Gajardo


Table Patrons

Way Up Front Alan Lo, Bosco Law, Charmaine Li, Chinachem Group, David Zwirner Gallery, Galaxy Entertainment Group, Jennie Wong, Kamsen Lau, Noelle Ho-Lam, Tai Ping

Center of the Room Alfred Lam, Bastian Wong, Cargo Services Group, COLOURLIVING, Desiree Au and David Au, Estuko Nakajima, Hong Kong Tatler, Inna Rodchenko-Highfield, Ivan Pun, Joanne Chow, Jennifer Liu, Joyce Tam, Lawrence Chu and Stephen Yeung, MK Lau Foundation, Phillips – Jonathan Crockett, Selina Kong-Low and Emelda Wong-Trainor, Stefan Rihs, Talenia Phua Gajardo, The Mills, Yama Chan, Yvette Yung


Design Trust Patrons

Design Trust Leaders Benjamin Lee, Ed Ng, Edmund Lee

Design Trust Influencers Antony Chan, Daniel Green, Wendy Lee & Stephen Charles Li, William Lim

Design Trust Friends Adeline Ooi, Arne Eggers, Christine Chan Chiu, Irene Lam, Jackson Chow, Tanya Lee, Suzy Annetta


Sponsors and Supporters

Gala Venue and Food & Beverage Partner Shangri-La Group

Auction Partner Phillips

Art Handler and Storage Partner Helu-Trans

Gala Production Partner The Ad Region

Printing Partner Midas

Event Management Signature

Online Auction Promotion Partner The Artling

Media Partners Dezeen, Hong Kong Tatler, Vogue Hong Kong

International PR Partner Camron

Wines Partner Altaya Wines

Champagne and Liquor Partner Perrier-Jouët

Video Production Partner KaChick

with special thanks to Bean Buro, Lasvit and Tom Lee


About the Design Trust 2019 Gala

Design Trust collaborated with legendary architectural studio Archigram to recreate their signature portable metropolis for Design Trust Gala 2019. Commissioned exclusively for Design Trust, the new work of art and environment, themed “The Archigram City”, was unveiled at Kerry Hotel, a subsidiary of our Venue and Food & Beverage Partner, The Shangri-La Group.


Original Archigram partners Sir Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton created a series of multi-sensory and participatory installations generated from Archigram’s archival works and drawings. Incorporating many of Archigram themes such as Walking City, Plug-in City, Computer City, Layer City and Instant City - visionary ideas that have increasingly found their way into reality - guests were invited to engage and interact with their surreal surroundings and contribute to a final, new work of art. Employing Archigram’s enthusiasm for technology and devices that make life simpler and more satisfying, an atmosphere of colour, inventiveness and optimism was designed with the guest experience in mind.


“The Archigram City” brought together visitors to a dynamic green screen where they were photographed and later collaged into a composite overlaid on to Archigram’s famous Monte Carlo 1970s drawing, referencing the group’s early works. Once visitors were captured, a mega-collage was created and projected onto the hotel ballroom large LED screen.


The immersive environment featured works from Design Trust’s Hong Kong grantees - dtby_, SKY YUTAKA, New Office Works and HKDHNet. Inspired by the graphics and motifs from Archigram’s Info-Gonks and Cushicle and Suitaloon, dtby_ constructed retro-futuristic props from salvaged technology and goods, and brought the avatars to life. Hong Kong Design History Network turned Archigrams most signature works into digital intervention by equipping guests with exclusive themed social media stickers and gifs. Apart from designing the inaugural Design Trust Legacy Awards trophy, New Office Works adapted their city-centred everyday filmic footages of Hong Kong escalators and palm trees with the Creative Directors’ important collages. SKY YUTAKA, presented “Borrowed Nature”, a kinetic installation that explores the interconnected nature of today’s increasingly digitalised landscape as an extension of their work adapting to the theme.


Inspired by the work of Archigram, multimedia artist Rosey Chan created a powerful 15-minute performance entitled “Parallel Narrative”. It combines her virtuoso piano composition and technology with visuals, and debuted at the gala for the first time with performance collaborator Eyal Gever and dancer Sharon Eyal.


To advocate for positive values of design, an inaugural Design Trust Legacy Award was launched by Chairman of Board Alan Lo, and presented to the late Dr. Tao Ho in recognition of his significant contributions the industry. Dr. Ho was the mastermind behind the Hong Kong bauhinia emblem as well as a pioneer of socially-driven architecture and design. The Design Trust Legacy Award 2019 trophy is designed by grantees Paul Tse and Evelyn Ting from New Office Works, and produced by world renowned Czech glass and lighting brand LASVIT.


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