15 June 2020


DESIGN TRUST Charity Auction to be Offered as Part of Phillips’ Hong Kong 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale


  • Sale Proceeds Supporting Design Trust’s Funding for Creative Projects and Research Initiatives in Hong Kong and the Greater Bay Area


  • Featuring 14 Works Donated by Artists, Collectors, Galleries and Designers


Auction: 9 July 2020 | Hong Kong Preview: 4 – 7 July 2020

Location: JW Marriott Hong Kong

Michael Lau (Donated by Michael Lau)

1+1=3 (1969), 2019, acrylic on canvas

Estimate: HKD 120,000 – 180,000


Anothermountainman (Donated by anothermountainman)

redwhiteblue / nowhere, now here, 2020, redwhiteblue canvas

Estimate: HKD 50,000 – 60,000


HONG KONG – 15 JUNE 2020 – Design Trust and Phillips are delighted to present DESIGN TRUST Charity Auction as part of Phillips’ Hong Kong 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale. Design Trust is a non-profit grant-funding platform founded by a group of individuals from Hong Kong’s design community. This section of the sale will feature 14 works generously donated by international artists, collectors, galleries and designers, including Michael Lau, anothermountainman, Cao Fei and Vitamin Creative Space, MAP Office, Studio Swine, Michael Young, Debbie Lo Creativity Foundation, Zaha Hadid Design, Enrico Marone Cinzano and Pearl Lam Galleries, Nils Neckel / Designlink, The Haas Brothers and R & Company, Mak Ying Tung 2 and de Sarthe Gallery, Adrian Wong, and Michael Anastassiades. All proceeds will go towards supporting Design Trust’s core mission and granting programmes to foster and nurture the design community in Hong Kong and the region, addressing the immediate impact of Covid-19, as well as ongoing efforts of the realisation of Design Trust Futures Studio micro-parks across Hong Kong.


Jonathan Crockett, Chairman, Asia, Phillips said, “Phillips has been an ardent supporter of Design Trust as its auction partner in its past annual fundraising galas. Given the challenges presented by the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, we are pleased to continue our support of Design Trust by dedicating a specially curated section to them within our upcoming 20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale in Hong Kong. It has been a humbling experience to work with so many generous benefactors from the international art and design community who have come together to support such an important cause.”


Marisa Yiu, Co-Founder, Executive Director, Design Trust said, “We are honoured to partner with Phillips, a keen supporter of Design Trust’s annual fundraising gala for the past few years, on their 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale. We are also very fortunate to have received donated works from renowned and award-winning artists, designers, galleries. Since our inception in 2014, Design Trust’s core mission has always been to encourage creative research and nurture the development of design innovation in Hong Kong and beyond. The past few months have been a challenging time for all, and this auction will hopefully stand as a testament to the vibrancy and resilience of the region’s design community and reinforces the positive value of design during difficult times.


Among the diverse offerings are artworks created by a number of Hong Kong based artists, including Michael Lau, Stanley Wong (anothermountainman), MAP Office, Au Hoi Lam and Mak Ying Tung 2. Leading the sale is acclaimed contemporary artist Michael Lau’s 1 + 1 = 3 (1969), from his Package-Change series. Within the classic modern characters from 1900 to 2000, Michael recognises their own characteristics, motions, originality, colours, fonts, style, and even packaging. Adding some slight touches of humour by changing a portion of the surface, Michael pays homage to the classics without losing his distinctive creativity. He also challenges the use of materials and format by shaping the canvas frame to resemble an original toy blister pack, even including the die-cut shape at the top. Each character is seen painted within a transparent laminated acrylic ‘box’ in the painting to mimic a blister pack feeling. Best known for his redwhiteblue series, Hong Kong artist anothermountainman has produced a sizable embroidered canvas piece, titled redwhiteblue / nowhere, now here based on this popular series exclusively for the charity sale.


Additional Highlights:


Ingo Maurer (Donated by Nils Neckel / Designlink)

XXL DOME HANGING LAMP, 1999, fiberglass with aluminum-silver, exterior and red-matt, lacquer interior

Estimate: HKD 100,000 – 150,000


Zaha Hadid Design (Donated by Zaha Hadid Design)

NODE Vessel – Clear, 2018, acrylic

Estimate: HKD 45,000 – 65,000




MAP Office (Donated by MAP Office)

Hong Kong Is Land (in 8 parts), 2014, drawing printed on 350gsm Hahnemühle bright white paper, eight panels

Estimate: HKD 100,000 – 150,000


Enrico Marone Cinzano (Donated by Pearl Lam Galleries)
Flat-Pack Qing Chair, 2015, carved recycled elm wood

Estimate: HKD 80,000 – 100,000


Mak Ying Tung 2
 (Donated by de Sarthe Gallery and Mak Ying Tung 2)

Home Sweet Home: Rosy Drone, 2019, acrylic on canvas, triptych

Estimate: HKD 80,000-120,000


Please click here to view the full list of works and download images.




Preview: 4- 7 July

Auction: 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale, 1pm, 9 July 2020

Location: JW Marriott Hotel, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, Hong Kong

Please click here to access the sale page (DESIGN TRUST Charity Auction: lot 217 – 230) 



Ingrid Hsu, Public Relations Director, Asia Ingridhsu@phillips.com +852 2318 2043


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Phillips is a leading global platform for buying and selling 20th and 21st century art and design. With dedicated expertise in the areas of 20th Century and Contemporary Art, Design, Photographs, Editions, Watches, and Jewelry, Phillips offers professional services and advice on all aspects of collecting. Auctions and exhibitions are held at salerooms in New York, London, Geneva, and Hong Kong, while clients are further served through representative offices based throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. Phillips also offers an online auction platform accessible anywhere in the world.  In addition to providing selling and buying opportunities through auction, Phillips brokers private sales and offers assistance with appraisals, valuations, and other financial services. Visit www.phillips.com for further information.

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Board of Directors

Kamsen Lau (Chairman), Alan Lo, Denise Lau, Gabriela Kennedy, Ivan Pun, Joyce Tam


Co-Founder and Executive Director

Marisa Yiu


Design Trust 2020 Benefit Committee

Alan Lo, Marisa Yiu, Ivan Pun, Alfred Lam, David Au, Desiree Au, Geoffrey Chuang, Inna Rodchenko-Highfield, Jason Basmajian, Jonathan Cheung, Joyce Tam, Nathan Clements-Gillespie, Sean Fitzpatrick, Shera Law, Stefan Rihs


Design Trust 2020 Charity Auction Logistics Partner

Helu-Trans (HK) Pte. Ltd.



Founded in 2006 as a non-profit and registered charity by a group of individuals from Hong Kong’s design community, Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design (HKAoD) was incorporated in 2007 with the aim to stimulate exchange between the local and international design community and the public, through a series of imaginative and unconventional initiatives, channeling creative energies from both the street and the studio. Through working with the Hong Kong Design Centre, HKAoD presented diversified and educational initiatives to promote design and culture.