Design Trust is launching Critically Homemade Winter Showcase as a follow-up to their Critically Homemade initiative in September. This micro-initiative is borne from the desire to reconnect and to reduce the "distance" during Covid-19 lockdown and was spearheaded by Marisa Yiu, co-founder and executive director of Design Trust. It will foster the idea that design can enact positive changes during this challenging time.
Designers from Hong Kong and overseas are invited to channel their creativity and inspiration into unique homemade prototypes that address a pressing societal issue and need. This will enable designers and creators to build a dialogue with each other as well as our surrounding communities. Part of the second phase of the initiative is the upcoming Winter Showcase, its first-ever citywide exhibition that will bring together a thoughtful and innovative design to the community. It boasts an expansive reach across 18 locations in eight districts throughout Hong Kong, including the outlying islands.
Also part of their innovative response and for the first time, 39 designs have been selected to be available for purchase, with all the proceeds going back to support Design Trust's continued research, grant-giving and community initiatives. The launch of the designs is with support of seven 2020 Design Trust Champions such as kapok, COLOURLIVING, WOMANBOSS, K11, ZS Hospitality, Chinachem Group and VSFG, together with five collaborating partners.
Among the 39 designs, 24 of them will be part of the Select Showcase that will be made into limited edition products by various Design Trust Champions and collaborators. The designs will be unveiled in a special exhibition at K11 Musea from November 10–December 6. On the other hand, the Collectors Showcase will present 18 original prototypes that will be sold through a silent auction as a rare collector's items which opens on e-PopUp from November 25–December 3 until 11 pm. They will also be available for preview at The Shophouse from November 25–27.
The sale and auction is part of Design Trust's "Give to Give More" call to the community to support them in their fundraising goals amidst a pandemic.
"In the challenging context of the ongoing pandemic, Design Trust: Critically Homemade was created with the drive to restore social connection and spark collaboration across the design community and to bring their fruitful creations to benefit the greater public. We selected prototype designs that responded to our curatorial brief with innovative, interactive and forward-looking solutions to today’s social, environmental and educational problems," said Marisa Yiu, co-founder and executive director of Design Trust.
Other than the Select Showcase and Collectors Showcase, there will also be an inter-island pop-up in Peng Chau and Mui Wo from December 5–7. More details will be announced. Stay up to date with the latest news on their website.
As a number of designs will be part of the sale and auction, we highlight the most notable ones to keep an eye out for.
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