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Auction Preview at The Ambassadors Ball 2018, in Benefit of Design Trust


Auction Preview at The Ambassadors Ball 2018, in Benefit of Design Trust

With guests excitedly bidding against each other every year for items such as works of art to extravagant European holidays, the annual Ambassadors Ball is cited as one of the most high-spirited events in Hong Kong. This friendly rivalry between guests is, however, one that goes to a good cause. On the 27th of October, The Ambassadors Ball’s annual fundraising benefit will support Design Trust creative projects that develop expertise and build research initiatives and content related to Hong Kong and the Greater Pearl River Delta Region. 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 the development of meaningful projects that advocate for the positive role of design.

As with every year, the highlight of the evening is the Live and Silent auctions featuring exceptional and limited edition works of art, furniture and décor items from some of the most celebrated names in the local and international art and design circles. Here, we bring you a preview of some of the lots going under the hammer at this year’s auction:


John Young, Guan Liang I, 2016, Oil on linen
Donated by Pearl Lam Galleries – Shanghai  

About John Young:
John Young Zerunge was born in Hong Kong in 1956 and moved to Australia in 1967. He holds a degree in philosophy of science and aesthetics from the University of Sydney and studied painting and sculpture at Sydney College of the Arts, with the conceptual artist Imants Tillers and musical prodigy David Ahern. He currently lives and works in Melbourne. Young’s investigation of Western late modernism has prompted significant phases of work from a bicultural viewpoint.


OMA / Rem Koolhaas, Villa dall'Ava day view and Villa dall'Ava night view, Silk screen 
Donated by OMA / Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten

About the work:
Day view and night view of Villa dall’Ava, a private residence. The villa is situated on a hill that slopes steeply toward the Seine, the Bois de Boulogne, and the city of Paris, in the residential area of Saint Cloud — a neighborhood characterized by 19th-century houses in a classical “Monet” landscape. The house is conceived as a glass pavilion that contains living and dining areas, with two hovering, perpendicular apartments in opposite directions to take advantage of the view. They are joined by a swimming pool on the rooftop, which rests on the concrete structure encased by the glass pavilion, overlooking a panoramic view of the surrounding landscape and of Paris. The site is like a big room, with a boundary made of greenery, garden walls and slopes. It is composed of three parts: a sloping garden, the main villa, and the street-level garage.


Yabu Pushelberg, Yama I, Kiso Collection, Wool
Donated by Tai Ping Carpets

About the work:
Inspired by Japan’s wabi-sabi philosophy and refined traditional textiles, the Kiso carpet collection consists of three distinctive yet perfectly cohesive parts, each mirroring a fundamental element of Earth. The first is Mizu (water), an element that is not only essential to all life, but also profoundly associated with emotion and subtlety. It is transcribed through fading shades of light to deep blues, elegant grays, and rough browns. Just as vital, Kaze (wind) symbolizes wisdom and openness. It carries a mystic swirl of surprises as it is depicted by a palette of stormy grays and white. Lastly, Dachi embodies all earthy and mineral elements. Represented by grays and bright touches of colors, it is organized in triangles and checkerboard to evoke qualities of strength, stability and confidence.


Torbjørn Rødland, Shadow Work No. 1, Chromogenic print, 2014, Edition of 3, with 1 AP
Donated by David Kordansky Gallery
Image credit: Lee Thompson
Courtesy of David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

About Torbjørn Rødland:
Torbjørn Rødland (b. 1970, Stavanger, Norway) makes photographic images that pointedly address their viewers, evoking a wide range of emotional and intellectual states. Curiosity, humor, criticality, artifice, reverence for the natural world, and romanticism appear throughout his work and regularly in the same image. Often prompted by non-photographic imagery that he transforms into real-world photographic subjects, Rødland portrays scenes designed to generate psychological discomfort while foregrounding the representation of wetness, stickiness, and other highly sensory qualities. 


Jonas Wood, Parrot Pattern Scarf, Silk twill, 2016, AP13 from edition of 100, with 50 Aps.
Donated by Gagosian 

About Jonas Wood:
Jonas Wood was born in 1977 in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated in 1999 from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, New York, and received his M.F.A. in 2002 from the University of Washington, Seattle. Murals and solo exhibitions include “Primitives: Chris Caccamise and Jonas Wood,” Cereal Art, Philadelphia (2007); “Hammer Projects: Jonas Wood,” Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010); “Clippings,” Lever House Art Collection, New York (2013–14); “Shelf Still Life,” High Line Art, Friends of the High Line, New York (2014); “Still Life with Two Owls,” Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2016).


Carlo Colombo, DUNE Sofa, Multi-density polyurethane foam padding covered with fabric
Donated by ViA

About Carlo Colombo:
The versatility of Carlo Colombo’s modular Dune system allows for original interpretations of the living area. Born in Carimate, Carlo Colombo began working with Cappellini immediately after his graduation in 1993, designing the Archimede bed and Zigo Zago carpet. In addition to his work as a consultant for Italian furniture brands, Colombo took part in renovating public and private showrooms, offices, restaurants and villas. In one of the most recent and interesting projects he worked on the Hong Kong Louvre Gallery, a space open to highest quality design items. Nowadays, besides his work with Poltrona Frau and Cappellini, Colombo also works for several brands such as Alflex, Moroso, Poliform, Varenna, and Flou. In 2004, he received the Designer of the Year award in Tokyo.


Daido Moriyama, Tights, 1987-2011/2014, Signed verso
Donated by Simon Lee Gallery

About Daido Moriyama:
Daido Moriyama is amongst Japan’s most celebrated photographers, renowned for his radical approach to both medium and subject. Initially trained in graphic design, Moriyama moved to Tokyo in 1961 to pursue a career as a freelance photographer. There, he became the most prominent artist to emerge from the short-lived yet profoundly influential Provoke movement, based around an experimental photography magazine of the same name. Moriyama’s bold, uncompromising images, with their grainy aesthetic and gritty subject matter, embraced the subjective philosophy of Provoke, liberating photography from tradition and interrogating the very nature of the medium. His first major series, Japan: A Photo Theatre, was published as a photo book in 1968. It documented the vast urbanization experienced by Tokyo, and more generally Japan, in the wake of the Second World War, recording a disintegration of traditional values and revealing the dark underbelly of city life. Influenced by the work of William Klein and Andy Warhol, as well as the writings of Jack Kerouac and the experimental theatre of Shūji Terayama, Moriyama in turn has extensively inspired subsequent generations of photographers with his discordant impressions of city life and chaotic vision of everyday existence.


Freeman Lau, “ENDLESS” – “Via Negativa Series” Calligraphy Plates, Ceramic. 6 plates in a set, limited edition of 8 sets.
Donated by Freeman Lau.

About the work:
The calligraphy on these plates was drawn from Via Negativa, a work composed by Ms. Tong Yangtze. Like chapters in a symphony, each plate embodies different calligraphic details, with distinguished characteristics that one can enjoy and appreciate. When all 6 plates join together, the composition is complete. Integrating with everyday life, the set is not only restricted to visual appreciation, but is also functional tableware.


Cabinet of Curiosity, 2018, Solid walnut frame, veneer laminate panels, brass-plated stainless steel, powder-coated steel and tempered glass
Donated by Neri&Hu and Stellar Works

About the work:
‘Secrets &.’ by Neri&Hu is the first edition of A Cabinet of Curiosity, an ongoing series to be launched over the coming years, slowly peeling away the hidden to finally satisfy the curiosity in all of us. The wooden cabinet with glass doors rests on a metal trolley, which is inspired by scenes from a ceramic factory, before the cart enters the fiery furnace. The furnace represents trials and tribulations we all encounter in life, from which we offer up sweat and tears, pain and pleasure. Yet it is through the burning of these sins and secrets that we walk out white as snow. Secrets revealed, or secrets concealed — that is up to us.

About Neri&Hu:
Founded in 2004, Neri&Hu Design and Research Office is based in Shanghai and London and led by architects Lyndon Neri and Rosanna Hu. The company’s diverse, multicultural team strives to reinvent classic craft, adding a fresh, contemporary touch to their projects and collaborations all over the world.


Rebecca Ackroyd, 1st Apparition, Gouache, charcoal and soft pastel on Somerset satin paper, 2018
Donated by Peres Projects, Berlin. 
Image credit: ©Photography: Matthias Kolb. Courtesy of Peres Projects, Berlin

About Rebecca Ackroyd:
Rebecca Ackroyd (b.1987, UK) lives and works in London, England. She received her Post Graduate Diploma in Fine Art from the Royal Academy, London and her BA from Byam Shaw School of Art London. Her most recent solo exhibitions include The Mulch at Peres Projects in Berlin as well as shows at Gallery Opdahl in Stavanger and the Zabludowicz Collection in London. Ackroyd’s work is vital in today’s chaotic world, offering us modes of survival in dream-like fictional landscapes, informed by tough realities.


Duna Pendant Lamp, Hand blown glass, 2017
Donated by Colourliving and Lasvit with Zaha Hadid Design

About the work:
The Duna light designed by Zaha Hadid and produced by Lasvit was inspired by the coherent yet abstract logic of dune formation geometries. Its design concept is realized in a three dimensional, asymmetrical, pair of intersecting glass forms. The striated surface of the crystal narrowly directs light through the mass of glass, highlighting its geometry.

About Zaha Hadid Design:
Zaha Hadid Design creates a wide variety of pieces for living and for the home, from architecturally inspired homeware and sculptural jewelry, to limited edition furniture and innovative installations. By exploring the latest in technological and material innovations, combined with bespoke craftsmanship, Zaha Hadid Design pushes the boundaries of traditional design methodologies.


The gala dinner is generously supported by Title Sponsor Prada. Design Trust would like to extend their sincere gratitude and appreciation to their Board Members, Benefit Committee Members, Patrons, Kerry Hotel Hong Kong, and all other partners and auction lot donors for their generous patronage that will help to shape and set a positive momentum for Design Trust.


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Any views or opinions in the post are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the company or contributors.

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