DTFS 2019 “Heritage is Innovation” Exhibition explored definitions of heritage, conservation and critical making through design. In its third iteration, the collective community of Design Trust Futures Studio (DTFS) had been creating new, site-specific objects inspired by the old 1936 Haw Par Mansion, heritage archives in Hong Kong and new methods of craft and making by exhibition partners, Tai Ping.

Basing on the background and history of the Haw Par Mansion, design mentees worked with their designer mentors to curate multiple dialogues of critical thinking, heritage conservation, and cultural studies of the revitalized Haw Par Mansion throughout this design project. The public was also invited to shape and create new conversations for heritage conservation and design.

A series of workshops and design dialogue was presented during the exhibition period, sharing with the community how design and innovation can empower our collective heritage. All events were free of charge and had attracted nearly 500 visitors in total.

Curators, Mentors and Partners: Alexander Groves & Azusa Murakami (Studio Swine), Brendan Cormier, Douglas Young (Goods of Desire), Frank Leung & Irene Lai (via.), Ho Puay-Peng, Hunter Tura, Lyndon Neri & Rosanna Hu (Neri & Hu), Michael Young, Roger Wu (Haw Par Music), Michelle Chu (Tai Ping) and Marisa Yiu (Design Trust).

Designer Mentees: Adonian Chan, Elaine Yan Ling Ng, Florian Wegenast & Christine Lew, Ire Tsui, Michael Leung & Rony Chan, Julie Progin & Jesse Mc Lin, Polly Ho & Andy Wong, Sharon Tsang-de Lyster, Xavier Tsang