AM­BAS­SADORS BALL

Pinch of Salt

Hong Kong Tatler - - Upfront -

Guests ar­riv­ing at PMQ were greeted by a sight that con­jured images of a wet mar­ket—fish sculp­tures hang­ing from the ceil­ing of the cre­ative hub. They were the work of lo­cal artists Mic Leong and Soil­worm Lai, whose stu­dio Stick­y­line was en­gaged to spear­head the cre­ative di­rec­tion of the Am­bas­sadors Ball, staged by the Hong Kong Am­bas­sadors of De­sign to raise funds for the De­sign Trust. The duo’s vi­su­als an­nounced the theme of the evening, “Salted Fish,” in­spired by a line from Stephen Chow’s 2001 flick Shaolin Soccer: “Without any dreams in life, we would be like salted fish.”

The evening started with cock­tails in the foyer, where guests were able to pe­ruse the lots des­tined for the live and silent auc­tions. These in­cluded a se­ries of prints by Ja­panese con­tem­po­rary artist Takashi Mu­rakami, a poster by Los An­ge­les-based mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary artist Ster­ling Ruby and a wing­back chair by Bri­tish de­signer Tom Dixon. The dinner be­gan with a can­did open­ing ad­dress by De­sign Trust co­founder and chair­man Alan Lo, who then in­tro­duced the trust’s new ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Marisa Yiu, to out­line the range of ini­tia­tives she will be im­ple­ment­ing this year.

The live auc­tion proved to be the high point of the night. Je­han Chu acted as auc­tion­eer, and his can­dour and lively de­meanour en­sured there was never a lull or a mo­ment of si­lence. At one point he brought the guest of honour, Chief Sec­re­tary Carrie Lam, to the stage. The night wrapped up with an af­ter-party at nearby Aberdeen Street So­cial, where Dra­fus Chow got be­hind the turnta­bles and kept peo­ple on the dance floor well into the early hours. More than HK$6.5 mil­lion was raised dur­ing the evening.

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