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Colin Wong helps Indonesia’s earthquake victims

November 2018
The latest donation from award-winning kitchen and bathroom designer Colin Wong’s Edinburgh-based design studio Development Direct is going directly to help those affected by devastating earthquake in Indonesia.
The designer had been using his holiday breaks to travel far afield, in order to gain design inspiration for his projects.  While he discovered an abundance of design inspiration, his eyes were also opened to another world of poverty and neglect.
“I used to get so excited to uncover the most lateral and unique design ideas.  However it just didn't sit comfortably for me to trot off back home to design beautiful spaces whilst leaving so much heartbreak behind,” Wong explained.
Wong made the decision to donate a percentage of his studio's profits to help those living in poverty and neglect.  His chosen charities help young children who are orphans or have been abandoned due to their parents simply being too poor.
“It was a real shock to the system.  These kids really have no concept of the western world and live in such poverty.  The first thing I did was to go shopping to make sure all the kids had a pair of shoes!” added Wong.
So, when UBM approached Wong to showcase his award-winning design ideas at kbb Birmingham, he chose to donate the proceeds the proceeds from his showcase at kbb Birmingham to help those affected by the recent earthquake in Indonesia.
Commenting on the experience, Wong said: “Whilst it was humbling to receive such positive feedback from my industry peers, it filled me with more pride to see how my design can actually help those in real need further afield."
Key Account Director of kbb Birmingham, Jon Johnston, commented: “I wish to take this opportunity to thank Colin for his designs, as well as our event partners for their time and hard work to help make the ‘Rock’ happen at kbb Birmingham 2018. I also wish to thank Colin for completing the ‘Rock journey’ by donating money from proceeds raised from the Rock (pictured) to help those people suffering from this tragic disaster.
More at: www.kbb.co.uk

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