In De­sign We Trust

Hong Kong Tatler - - Faces -

It’s cer­tainly not un­usual for roast suck­ling pig to be on the menu at Maxim’s Palace, but you wouldn’t ex­pect to see a piglet with red flash­ing lights in place of its eyes. How­ever, that’s the sight that greeted guests tak­ing their seats at the sev­enth an­nual Am­bas­sadors of De­sign (AOD) Ball. The City Hall restau­rant, renowned for some of the finest Can­tonese food in Hong Kong, fol­lows the tra­di­tional style of serv­ing dim sum from a cart, so the venue was an apt fit with the theme of this year’s ball, Tales from the Fra­grant Har­bour.

The gath­er­ing brought out the city’s cre­ative con­nois­seurs and cap­tains of in­dus­try, who re­ceived a warm wel­come from Alan Lo, chair­man of the De­sign Trust, the grant­fund­ing plat­form launched by the AOD in 2014. A silent auc­tion took place as the guests en­joyed a sump­tu­ous din­ner, dur­ing which they were treated to con­tem­po­rary film and dance per­for­mances. Many of the auc­tion lots sold above their es­ti­mates. Alan showed his grat­i­tude for the guests’ sup­port by steer­ing a cart loaded with egg cus­tard buns around the hall and per­son­ally serv­ing dessert. All pro­ceeds from the night went to the De­sign Trust.

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