Upcoming: Design Trust Futures Studio Public Event

20. 6. 2017


We are excited to launch a new flagship programme Design Trust Futures Studio, conceptualized by Marisa Yiu, Co-founder and Executive Director of Design Trust. Formatted as a series of workshops, discussions and conceptual design interventions, Mentors and Advisors work closely with Designer Mentees to showcase new ideas and works to the public. Cross-discipline in nature, experts in field will focus on future thinking with outcomes that are impactful to society or public space relating to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region.

The 2017 inaugural theme is “SMALL IS MEANINGFUL”, focusing on concepts of smallness, sharing, the phenomenon of micro-housing today and the future of micro-parks.

Since the introduction workshop in March, the Designer Mentees have attended various workshops and fieldtrips with Mentors Gary Chang, Elizabeth Diller, Mimi Hoang, Sam Jacob and Stanley Wong and Advisors Elita Lam and Ricky Yu, and worked closely with the Mentors in teams to develop conceptual schemes and prototypes. In early July, the teams will present their conceptual ideas and in October there will be an exhibition showcasing their final prototypes.

Presented as part of the first-ever Storefront International Series: Hong Kong (Storefront IS Hong Kong), the Public Ideas Review on 8th July 2017 at Spring Workshop will include two sessions. In Session 1, also presented as the Storefront IS Hong Kong “Definition Series: Smallness”, the designer mentees will present their definition for smallness and their conceptual ideas for future micro parks followed by discussion with guest critics. In Session 2, also the Storefront IS Hong Kong “Manifesto Series: Scale”, the Designer Mentees will focus on micro parks and denounce a present or past condition; proclaim an alternative present, past, or future situation; and indicate a strategy or method of action. Members of the public are welcome to join both sessions.

To learn more about the programme and the design process of the Designer Mentees, visit the newly launched programme website here. A short video about the Designer Mentees is also available online now. Be sure to check it out to meet our amazing group of emerging designers!


Design Trust Futures Studio Public Ideas Review
(also presented as Storefront IS Hong Kong Definition Series and Manifesto Series)
Date: 8th July 2017
Time: 10:00am-12:30pm (session 1) / 2:30pm-5:30pm (session 2)
Location: Spring Workshop, 3/F, Remex Centre (enter on Heung Yip Road), 42 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/BR6ozkEX24MMFqYH3     

Moderator and Lead Curator: Marisa Yiu

Mentors: Gary Chang, Stanley Wong, Elizabeth Diller, Mimi Hoang, Sam Jacob
(Hong Kong-based mentors will be present at the Ideas Review)

Designer Mentees: Sylvia Chan, Zoey Chan, Jose Fu, Cesar Harada, Stephen Ip, DickWai Lai, Ricky Lai, Vivian Ng, Xavier Tsang, Samuel Wong, Wendy Wu, Ffion Zhang

Guest critics: James Acuna (Creative Director, JJA / Bespoke Architecture), Ethel Baraona (Critic, writer and curator, dpr-barcelona), Arnault Castel (Founder, kapok), James Chambers (Hong Kong Bureau Chief, Monocle), Donald Choi (Managing Director, Nan Fung Development), Eva Franch (Chief Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture), Patrick Hwang (Architect, School of Architecture, CUHK), Tat Lam (Founder, SZC Holdings Limited), William Lane (Founder and Artistic Director, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble), Lesley Lau (Chief Curator, Art Promotion Office, LCSD), Leslie Lu (Principal, Hong Kong Design Institute), Carlos Mínguez Carrasco (Associate Curator, Storefront for Art and Architecture), Duncan Pescod (Chief Executive Officer, WKCDA), Suhanya Raffel (Executive Director, M+), Cole Roskam (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, HKU), Eric Schuldenfrei (Associate Professor, Department of Architecture, HKU), Ada Wong (Convenor, Good Lab & Make A Difference), Sara Wong (Landscape Designer/Artist, HKDI; Founding member of Para Site), Eric Yim (Professor of Practice (Product Design), PolyU Design)


Lead Organizer: Design Trust
Major Sponsor: Create Hong Kong
International Event Collaborator: Storefront for Art and Architecture
Hotel Partner: TUVE
Venue Partner: Spring Workshop

The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region provides funding support to the project only, and does not otherwise take part in the project. Any opinions, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials/events (or by members of the project team) are those of the project organizers only and do not reflect the views of the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, the Communications and Creative Industries Branch of the Commerce and Economic Development Bureau, Create Hong Kong, the CreateSmart Initiative Secretariat or the CreateSmart Initiative Vetting Committee.