About the speaker

Born in Hong Kong in 1965, Douglas Young trained as an Architect in the United Kingdom. In 1991, he returned to his home and began to transform many of Hong Kong’s residential and retail interiors into creative and stylish spaces with Young Associates.

On many of Douglas’ projects, he became increasingly frustrated by the lack of well-designed and well-priced furniture and home accessories available in Hong Kong. And so in 1996, Douglas cofounded Goods of Desire with Benjamin Lau, a fellow architect and home design aficionado. Starting with a small shop in Ap Lei Chau, G.O.D. has grown into an established, multi-faceted lifestyle brand selling home furnishings, fashion and premium gifts with a distinct Hong Kong flair.

All G.O.D. products are designed in-house by a multi-disciplinary design team led by Douglas and are inspired by the vibrant culture of Hong Kong where east meets west, and age-old traditions meet cutting-edge technology. Using humour and creativity, they turn everyday subjects into truly extraordinary objects.

Through his work, Douglas would like to inspire future generations of designers to seek inspiration from Hong Kong and foster pride in our community.

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