Design Trust's annual fundraising gala is taking place in Hong Kong on December 16—and collectors are already eyeing up some of the top lots in the auction.
On the block are pieces by leading artists and designers from around the world, as well as experiences at The Upper House hotel.
All funds raised will go towards Design Trust, a grant-funding platform that supports creative projects in Hong Kong and around the Greater Bay Area. The organisation—which is led by co-founder and executive director Marisa Yiu—does not limit itself to one discipline and works with graphic artists, product designers, architects, urban planners and many more.
See below for a preview of some of the top auction lots. Bids can be made online until 3pm HKT on December 15, 2021 at designtrustgala2021.com.
"Let Yi Be" (2021) by William Lim
This new oil-on-canvas painting by architect, designer and artist William Lim features Yi Pei Square Playground in Tsuen Wan—the first micro-park that was revitalised through the Design Trust Futures Studio initiative, which sees teams of young designers from Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area work with internationally renowned architects to turn overlooked public spaces into thriving community hubs.
Lim is the managing director of CL3 Architects and has twice represented Hong Kong at the Venice Biennale of Architecture. He is also an artist and a collector—with his wife, Lavina, he has amassed the largest collection of Hong Kong contemporary art in the world, 90 works of which he donated to the city's M+ museum in 2021.