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.

‘WINTER PLAYSCAPES’ is a collective testament to our community to gather and support the ongoing inspirational research, projects and ongoing granting projects to connect various generations, and which impact our city with optimism, energy and vibrancy of shaping our cultural community.”  - Marisa Yiu, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Design Trust



16 December 2021

Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel


Creative Collaborators: Marisa Yiu, William Lim, Elaine Yan Ling Ng and Mak Ying Tung 2

Design Trust Legacy Award: Henry Steiner


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.


Table Patrons

Table Host: Kamsen Lau, Alan Lo, Joyce Tam, COLOURLIVING, Victor Lo, Vanessa Cheung, Bosco Law, VOGUE HK, Chuang's Consortium International Limited, Elizabeth Chu, Emily Lam-Ho, David Zwirner Gallery, Kristine Li and Vickie Li, Jelmar de Jong and Deming Chen, Kenetic Capital, Ming Wai Lau. 

Table Co-Host: Bastian Wong and Alfred Lam, Jennifer Liu and Julia Liu, Yvonne Fong and Ruth Chao, Benjamin Cha, Charmaine Ho, Veronica Chou.

Supporters: Chinachem Group, Anita El Omari, Douglas Wu, Natalie Da Game-Rose.


Design Trust Patrons

Design Trust Leaders: Chloe Chan Storie, Stephen Cheng, Jonathan Cheung, Tony Gravanis, Edmund Lee, John Mullin and Yenn Wong.

Design Trust Influencers: Jimmy Chan, Rob Cheng, Joanne Chow, Troy Fraser Hickox, Angela Ho, Thomas Kollar, Jack Law, Chris Lee, Honus Tandijono and XinLing Yan.

Design Trust Friends: Cherry Chan, Chelsea Chau Kuok, Amanda Cheung, Catherine Chon, Veronica Chou, Evan Chow, Elizabeth Chu, Nick Chu, Will Corkin, Maggie Duo Song, Jacobo Garcia Gil, Clarisse Garman, Sean Garman, Ariel Shtarkman Ghitis, Vincent Guy-Raffin, Kent Ho, Amanda Hon, Gillian Howard, Peter Kennedy, Benedict Ku, Katherine Kwei, Elly Lam, Lau Kwan Christopher, Tatum Lau, Scot Mo, Wesley Ng, Tom Pen, Benjamin Rameau, Jenny Suen, Federico Tan, Yuki Terase, Lucia Tolani, Hilary Tsui, Calvin Wang, Agnes Wong, Colleen Yu, Jessica Zhang and Dolly Zhuo.


Design Trust Supporters:

Amanda Cheung, Angelo Ho, Benjamin Rameau, Caroline York, Jehan Chu, John Mullin, Mimi Brown, Scarlett Jie Chen, Tay Liam Wee, Tom Pen, Vickie Li and Will Corkin.


Sponsors and Supporters

Title Sponsor: PRADA

Venue Partner: Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel 

Auction Partner: Christie’s 

Champagne & Liquor Partner: Perrier-Jouët Champagne

Gala Production Partner: The Ad Region

Wine Partner: Bellefont Belcier

Rum Partner: SelvaRey

Media Partner: Vogue Hong Kong, Tatler Hong Kong, Dezeen

Communications Partners: Sutton, Advisory Council 

Trophy Design Partner: LASVIT

Entertainment: HKNME

Host: James Chau

with special thanks to: Cao Fei


About the Design Trust Gala 2021 

Returning as a title sponsor, since supporting the gala dinner in 2018, Prada once again presents the Design Trust Gala 2021 in support of play, community and collaboration. The partnership between Prada and Design Trust is grounded in a shared vision to produce and support world-class creative projects that stimulate and facilitate cultural discourse and engagement across art, design and architecture. 

Design Trust Gala 2021 was held on 16 December 2021 at the Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott Hotel, who generously supported Design Trust by providing the venue for this year’s gala dinner. Proceeds from the fundraising Gala will go towards building robust initiatives on to benefit the public, such as the DESIGN TRUST FUTURES STUDIO “Play is for the People” micro-parks programme that is ongoing with key projects opened in neighbourhoods in Hong Kong and ongoing, and Hong Kong’s forefront role in research grants, design development projects, and community programmes for Design Trust.

Returning after a two years’ hiatus due to the pandemic, Design Trust Gala 2021 was built around the theme of “WINTER PLAYSCAPES”, celebrating the seasonal juxtapositions of our city through creating an immersive playful and dynamic event set within a lush green environment. Design Trust Gala 2021 Lead Curator, Marisa Yiu brought together three Hong Kong based creative collaborators, William Lim, a renowned architect, an artist, designer, patron and collector to share his acumen of design; Elaine Yan Ling Ng, – one of Design Trust’s first grant recipients starting her work in Guizhou in 2015 on sustainable textile techniques, and today expanding new research on the role of material innovation ; and the youngest of three, is Mak Ying Tung 2, - a conceptual artist born in 1989, not defined by any medium; yet adding play and humour to contemplate contemporary issues through the study of Humanities.

Design Trust was proud to honour Mr. Henry Steiner at this year’s gala, where Mr. Steiner was presented with the DESIGN TRUST LEGACY AWARD 2021, by Design Trustee Dr. Victor Lo and Board Member Alan Lo, for his contribution to graphic design. Hailed as the "Father of Hong Kong Graphical Design", the 87-year-old Austrian graphic designer, who has been based in Hong Kong since the 60s, is the mastermind behind some of the most iconic brand identity and design projects, including the Hong Kong banknote for the Standard Chartered Bank, as well as logo creations for prestigious brands such as HSBC, The Jockey Club, Hong Kong Land, Unilever, and more. 

For the Live Auction this year, there were 26 auction lots, thanks to the kind donations from artists and friends of Design Trust. Elaine Kwok and Georgina Hilton, renowned auctioneers of Christies co-hosted the live auction first time as a double-act between the two ends of the event gala, which featured a remarkable curation of arts and design masterpieces from renowned international artists and designers, such as Minoru Nomata (works donated by White Cube Gallery), Davide Balliano (work donated by Cardi Gallery), Zheng Guogu (work donated by Debbie Lo Creativity Foundation), Mak Ying Tung 2 (aka Mak2, work donated by artist and de Sarthe), Elaine Yan Ling Ng and William Lim. Design Trust was also proud to present for the first time in their auction: three unique NFTs by leading digital artists including Andrés Reisinger, Derry Ainsworth and Henry Chu.

Design Trust sincerely extend our gratitude and appreciation to our Board Members, Benefit Committee Members, Patrons, Creative Collaborators, Sponsors including Prada, Hong Kong Ocean Park Marriott 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.


Board of Directors and Leadership:

Kamsen Lau (Chairman), Marisa Yiu (Co-founder/Executive Director), Alan Lo, Denise Lau, Gabriela Kennedy, Ivan Pun and Joyce Tam.


Design Trustees, Individuals and Corporates:

Victor Lo, Jennifer Liu, Daryl Ng, Adrian Cheng, Yama Chan, Joanne Chow, Yvette Ho, Jimmy K. W. Chan, Vanessa Cheung, Angelina Kwan, Desiree Au, Elizabeth Chu, Ariel Shtarkman, Bosco Law, Jonathan Cheung, Justin Ng, Chinachem Group, Chuang’s Consortium International Limited.


International Advisory Council: 

Beatrice Leanza, David Gianotten, Eva Franch, Lars Nittve, Liu Xiaodu, Lyndon Neri, Rodman Primack, Thomas Heatherwick, Tom Dixon and Zoë Ryan.


Greater Bay Area Design Council: 

Aric Chen, Arnault Castel, Andrew Au, Cole Roskam, Clara Brito, Eric Schuldenfrei, Giovanni Alessi Anghini, Human Wu, Leslie Lu, Kate Jones, Keith Lam, Keith Tam, Marc Cansier, Ole Bouman, Rong Zhao, Suzy Annetta, Stephanie Poon, Tat Lam, William To and Winnie So.