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Prada Presents The Ambassadors’ Ball 2018 In Benefit of Design Trust

An Evening That Inspired and Impressed
with Theme HYPER ENVIRONMENT

Creative Direction by Renowned Architects OMA
/ Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten

 

HONG
KONG, CHINA - 
Media OutReach - October 29, 2018 Design Trust, a registered
charity, presented its most monumental annual gala to date on Saturday, 27
October 2018, at the Grand Ballroom of Kerry Hotel, the stunning waterfront
resort and venue partner. Presented by title sponsor Prada, who has a
long-standing relationship with OMA, The Ambassadors' Ball - HYPER ENVIRONMENT
theme, was a visual spectacle conceptualised by OMA's founding partner-architect
Rem Koolhaas and OMA's managing partner-architect David Gianotten. Net proceeds
from the annual fundraiser benefits Design Trust, a platform that supports and
stimulates the benefits of design through grants, research fellowship special
projects and creative sharing with the audience of Hong Kong, Pearl River Delta
and internationally.



Officiated by the honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of HKSAR, other guests of honour included OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten who flew in especially for the occasion.

 

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 captains of
industry in what is a true celebration of the vibrancy and exuberance of Hong Kong.
Officiated by the honourable Mrs. Carrie Lam, the Chief Executive of HKSAR,
other guests of honour included OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten who flew
in especially for the occasion.

 

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, and with a combination of nature and technology-like
materials, creating a polarised atmosphere. Among those in attendance included
Alan Lo, Chairman of Design Trust, and Yenn Wong, Ivan Pun, Daryl Ng, Joyce
Tam, Victor Lo, Pa
ulo Pong
and Sonia Cheng, Winnie Chiu, Vivienne Tam, Emily Lam-Ho, Hideoshi Nakata,
Jennifer Liu, Virginia Yung
, Tina Leung, Rosanna
Wong,
Elly Lam, Harris
Chan
, Kathy Chow, Chen Ran and
more.



(From the left) Joyce Tam (Board Members of Design Trust) , Rem Koolhaas (OMA's founding partner-architect), Marisa Yiu (Co-founder and Executive Director of Design Trust), David Gianotten (OMA's managing partner-architect), Alan Lo (Co-founder and Chairman of Design Trust)

 

"It's been such an honour 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." says Marisa Yiu, Co-founder and Executive Director of Design
Trust.



(From the left) Rem Koolhaas (OMA's founding partner-architect), David Gianotten (OMA's managing partner-architect)

 

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 is James Chau, renowned journalist, news
presenter and philanthropist. The highlights included the live and silent
auction hosted by Phil
lip's
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, Joan Miro and lots to include.  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.

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