Design Trust, an initiative of the Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, announced the third year of their flagship design programme, DESIGN TRUST FUTURES STUDIO (DTFS). A long-term flagship programme, DTFS aims to raise the visibility of the processes and positive role of design in contemporary culture.
Conceptualized by Marisa Yiu, Co-Founder & Executive Director of Design Trust, DESIGN TRUST FUTURES STUDIO is a cross-disciplinary think tank that brings together industry experts and emerging talents to create positive outcomes that impact society and public spaces in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. The initiative inspires the exchange of ideas, creatively raises awareness of environmental issues and uses design to improve social well-being.
In 2019, the theme and concept of DTFS will be ‘HERITAGE IS INNOVATION’. With this singular focus, DTFS 2019 will curate new conversations and site-specific objects with Hong Kong-based designers, many of whom have been involved in Design Trust as grant recipients and designer mentees over the past years. The 2019 programme will test a series of design dialogues and prototypes at the historic 1936 Haw Par Mansion in Tai Hang and experiment with whether they can extend to other cultures and communities beyond Hong Kong.
A total of 8 mentor-mentee teams have been tasked with creating a series of design dialogues and prototypes at Haw Par Mansion with the ultimate goal of creating objects that not only invite conversation, but present design innovation for opening heritage sites to the public. The efforts will contribute to sustainable and critical tourism within the creative culture, as well as to the city identity of Hong Kong.
A selection of design objects will be displayed at Haw Par Mansion in March 2019 with the complete exhibition opening to the public in September 2019.
Here are the design teams and their respective areas:
Xavier Tsang of BeCandle with 10 Scents, created alongside Michael Young
Scenting Mentor: Michael Young
Mentee: Xavier Tsang of BeCandle
The Brief: The designer will create fragrances around a narrative that represents and complements the building as a holistic space that invites visitors to explore the complexity of the original site.
Xavier Tsang is a participant of Design Trust Futures Studio 2017 and 2018.
Christine Lew & Florian Wegenast, mentored by Douglas Young, with their Totem Tile Lights design object
Light Installation Mentor: Douglas Young of Goods of Desire
Mentee: Florian Wegenast & Christine Lew
The Brief: The designers will better integrate the building’s artefacts into design by transforming them into lighting elements/fixtures/objects for the mansion in repurposing found objects in relationship to the roofing architecture.
Florian Wegenast and Christine Lew are recipients of Design Trust Seed Grant for their project entitled “Hong Kong Harbour: Future Sea Craft”.
Ire Tsui & Rony Chan of Design*Lab with their House of Haw Par souvenir
Souvenirs Mentor: Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine
Mentee: Ire Tsui, Michael Leung & Rony Chan of Design*Lab
The Brief:The designers will increase the visibility of Hong Kong-based manufacturers and artisans. They will design souvenirs that re-interpret the Haw Par Collection in making it more accessible to the public in particular to the youth.
Ire Tsui, Rony Chan and Michael Leung are recipients of Design Trust Feature Grant for their project entitled “Micro Factory”.
Adonian Chan, mentored by Hunter Tura, with Tiger Balm Garden Wall Mural
Graphics Mentor: Hunter Tura
Mentee: Adonian Chan
The Brief: The designer will develop a graphic design concept that relates the Haw Par Music Foundation to the mansion’s history and mythology. The concept will be realized with wall murals and possibly incorporate other visual identity elements.
Adonian Chan is a recipient of Design Trust Seed Grant for his project entitled “Hong Kong Beiwei Kaishu”.
Elaine Ng demonstrates the magic element of her feature carpet prototype
Feature Carpet Mentor: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu of Neri & Hu
Mentee: Elaine Ng
The Brief: The designer will re-interpret the history and current needs of the mansion by rethinking its textile elements and question the role of authenticity in heritage conservation practice.
Elaine Yan Ling Ng is a recipient of Design Trust Feature Grant for her project entitled “UN/FOLD” Weaving Time Travel”.
Polly Ho of Loom Loop, mentored by Irene Lai & Frank Leung of via., with a prototype of their Acoustic Textile Object
Acoustic Textile Object Mentor: Irene Lai & Frank Leung of via.
Mentee: Polly Ho & Andy Wong of Loom Loop
The Brief: The designers will re-interpret the history and current needs of the mansion to create a new functional textile item with acoustic possibilities.
Polly Ho and Andy Wang are recipients of Design Trust Seed Grant for their project entitled “Rejuvenation of Canton Silk Fabric and Traditional Chinese Needlework”.
Julie Progin & Jesse McLin of Latitude 22N showcase prototypes of their Sculptural Landscape Object
Sculptural Landscape Object Mentor: Puay-Peng Ho
Mentee: Julie Progin & Jesse Mclin of Latitude 22N
The Brief: The designers will re-interpret the history and current needs of the mansion by rethinking its textile elements to design a functional sculptural object in response to the original Tiger Balm Garden.
Julie Progin and Jesse Mc Lin participated in design*lab’s Feature Grant research.
Re-staging History & Heritage Mentor: Brenda Cormier of the V&A Museum
Mentee: Sharon Tsang de Lyster
The Brief: The design curator will re-stage objects and other materials like photos, films, and posters from the Haw Par Mansion archives to complement the existing setting and work in archives in London.
Sharon Tsang de Lyster is a recipient of Design Trust Seed Grant for her project entitled “The Textile Atlas".
About Design Trust
Design Trust was established in 2014 by Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design, a registered charity in Hong Kong since 2007, as a grant funding platform. Design Trust supports creative projects that develop expertise, build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area. Working across a multiplicity of design disciplines from graphics, media, and architecture to the built environment, Design Trust aims to actively accelerate creative research, design and development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.
About Design Trust Futures Studio
Design Trust Futures Studio (DTFS) is a long-term flagship programme that makes visible the processes and positive role of design in the culture of contemporary design and production. The programme stems from a project-studio concept that promotes life- long collaborations through a mentor-mentee programme.
DTFS is a cross-disciplinary initiative created and conceptualised by Marisa Yiu, Co- founder and Executive Director of Design Trust. Experts from different fields will contribute to the mentor-mentee teams in the exploration of materials, production, and put forth the positive value of design of public spaces in Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and internationally.
In 2017, they examined the theme of smallness in Hong Kong and how it can be harnessed to create meaningful change with the theme “Small is Meaningful”. The 2018 edition continued this momentum with a new theme “Play is for The People” in designing and creating new micro-park designs for Hong Kong. In 2019, the theme and concept is focused on “Heritage is Innovation”, exploring the difficult yet animated definitions of Hong Kong identity, shaping conversations on "Conservation", and finding new ways to open up heritage sites to build new narratives of the role and place of heritage – not as a static subject but a dynamic living and inspiring process.
To find out more about Design Studio Future Studios, click here.
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