A com­mit­ment to de­sign and re­search fu­els the De­sign Trust-OMA col­lab­o­ra­tion for this year’s Am­bas­sadors Ball


對設計和研究的投入促成信言設計大使與建築公司OMA本年合作的Am­bas­sadors Ball

“Not only by mi­gra­tion do cities change com­pletely, but the coun­try­side also changes,” says ar­chi­tect David Gianotten. “As long as these changes keep com­ing, the coun­try­side will change with us, and will prob­a­bly be even more ad­vanced tech­no­log­i­cally than the city it­self.”

It’s the day be­fore the Am­bas­sadors Ball 2018, the fund-rais­ing gala by the Hong Kong Am­bas­sadors of De­sign’s grant-giv­ing ini­tia­tive, De­sign Trust. Gianotten, manag­ing part­ner of the lu­mi­nary ar­chi­tec­tural firm, Of­fice for Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ar­chi­tec­ture (OMA), is tak­ing a pre­cious hour off to elab­o­rate on this year’s theme.

We’re at the Lobby Lounge at the Kerry Ho­tel. Marisa Yiu, De­sign Trust co-founder and ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, tells us about their part­ner­ship with OMA – Gianotten and Rem Kool­haas, leg­endary ar­chi­tect and founder of OMA, have been in­vited to serve as cre­ative di­rec­tors for this year’s gala.

“What’s in­ter­est­ing is their in­sis­tence and per­sis­tence on re­search and ped­a­gogy. At our foun­da­tion, we be­lieve in de­sign think­ing, re­search and con­tent build­ing, rather than just the out­come,” she ex­plains. “There’s a real com­mit­ment to process, and to in­vest­ing in re­solv­ing or chal­leng­ing is­sues in a strate­gic way.”

The projects funded by De­sign Trust’s grants are a re­flec­tion of this. Since its in­cep­tion in 2014, the plat­form has sup­ported nu­mer­ous projects im­pact­ing ma­te­rial and con­cep­tual cul­ture in Hong Kong and around the Pearl River Delta, from the pro­duc­tion of new build­ing and de­sign ma­te­ri­als out of lo­cal waste in part­ner­ship with lo­cal ar­ti­sans (Stu­dio Flo­rian + Chris­tine’s Fu­ture Sea Craft) to re­search­ing and pre­serv­ing craft and graphic arte­facts (Ado­nian Chan’s ex­plo­ration of Hong Kong’s Bei­wei Kaishu ty­pog­ra­phy).

It’s an ethos that mir­rors that of OMA. The re­search-based firm proac­tively in­vests a per­cent­age of their profit to re­search, says Gianotten, not only to ad­dress the chang­ing needs of so­ci­ety, but also to plan for them – and lead the charge in the process.

建築師David Gian­ot­ten表示:「遷移不但


這天是Am­bas­sadors Ball 2018舉行前的一天;是次籌款晚宴由香港設計大使成立的專案資助平台信言設計大使舉辦。頂尖建築公司Of­fice of Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ar­chi­tec­ture(OMA)的執行合夥人Gian­ot­ten花了一小時寶貴時間進一步解釋本年活動的主題。

來到嘉里酒店大堂茶座,信言設計大使聯合創辦人兼執行總監姚嘉珊小姐(Marisa Yiu)跟我們細意分享跟OMA的合作;Gian­ot­ten及OMA創辦人兼傳奇建築師Rem Kool­haas更獲邀成為本年盛典的創意總監。


經信言設計大使審批資助的項目正好反映以上所言。自2014年成立以來,此專案資助平台便致力支持香港及大珠江三角洲地區的設計專案,並與當地工藝師(Stu­dio Flo­rian + Christine的

This year’s gala theme, in fact, is based on re­search: ‘Hyper En­vi­ron­ment’ is a riff on cur­rent work by their sis­ter com­pany, the think tank AMO, ex­plor­ing the shift­ing dy­nam­ics within and be­tween cities and coun­try­sides.

“The fact that more than 50 per­cent of the world’s pop­u­la­tion now live in cities has be­come an ex­cuse to ig­nore the coun­try­side,” says Kool­haas in a state­ment. “I have long been fas­ci­nated by the trans­for­ma­tion of the city, but since look­ing at the coun­try­side more closely in re­cent years, I have been sur­prised by the in­ten­sity of change tak­ing place there.” The project will be pre­sented in an ex­hi­bi­tion at the Guggen­heim in the fall of 2019.

More than a theme for the ball it­self – ti­tle spon­sored by Prada, with auc­tion lots fea­tur­ing silk screen prints do­nated by OMA, and in­stal­la­tions by De­sign Trust grant re­cip­i­ents Michelle Poon and Matthew Hung – ‘Hyper En­vi­ron­ment’ is in­tended as a prompt for at­ten­dees, some­thing they can en­gage and try to un­der­stand.

“Let’s be straight­for­ward – to­mor­row will also be about food and drinks and rais­ing money,” says Gianotten, adding that hav­ing fun is all part of the work. “It’s not go­ing to be deep and we’re not go­ing to preach re­search. But we’re go­ing say there’s some­thing be­hind what they’re all try­ing to sup­port.” // Fu­ture Sea Craft)聯手進行研究和保育工藝與文物(Ado­nian Chan探索香港北魏楷書的創作)。


本年盛典的主題理所當然地亦以研究為主題:Hyper En­vi­ron­ment,跟其姊妹公司兼智囊團AMO正研究的項目工作相類,探索城市與鄉郊之間的蛻變。


是次由Prada主要贊助的盛典更遠超乎主題本身的意義,拍賣品包括由OMA捐出的絲網印刷作品、信言設計大使資助計劃得主Michelle Poon和Matthew Hung打造的裝置,Hyper En­vi­ron­men­t就是能激發參加者的熱心,好讓他們主動投入更多、了解更多。


BID FOR GOOD Scenes from the Am­bas­sadors Ball held at the Kerry Ho­tel Grand Ball­room, where art, fur­ni­ture, as well as ex­clu­sive ex­pe­ri­ences were do­nated to the auc­tion block in sup­port of De­sign Trust's ini­tia­tives. 積極推動 Am­bas­sadors Bal­l於嘉里酒店Grand Ball­room舉行,當中的藝術品、傢具和獨特體驗均獲捐作拍賣用途,旨在支持推動信言設計大使的項目。

The Shen­zhen Stock Ex­change de­signed by OMA (top left). Pieces from Stu­dio Flo­rian + Chris­tine’s 'Fu­ture Sea Craft' (top); notes and ex­hibits from 'De­sign­ing the Spec­ta­cle' by In­for­ma­tion De­sign Lab (above). 超凡設計 左上是OMA的Shen­zhen Stock Ex­change。右上為S­tu­dio Flo­rian + Christine的Fu­ture Sea Craft;上圖為In­for­ma­tion De­sign Lab作品De­sign­ing the Spec­ta­cle的筆記和展品。 DE­SIGN THINK­ING AND BE­YOND

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