住好啲 literally means "to live better" and it phonetically resembles the characters, “G.O.D.” in Hong Kong's local Cantonese dialect. Our designs are inspired by the vibrant culture of this energetic city where east meets west, and age-old traditions meet cutting-edge technology. With humour and creativity, we turn everyday subjects into truly extraordinary objects.
Cultural revival is not always about reinterpreting traditions and creating entirely new products. We have also explored a more literal method. By taking actual old objects that belong to Hong Kong and transforming it into something else, we are creating something that is both "old" and "new" at the same time. - Douglas Young
G.O.D. - Goods of Desire is quintessentially Hong Kong. Founded in 1996, G.O.D. is a heritage design and lifestyle brand that has grown from a small boutique in Ap Lei Chau to an iconic, multi-faceted international retailer. G.O.D. presents Hong Kong to international audiences by creating premium products with a distinct look and feel inspired by the city’s unique history and culture.
G.O.D. strives to preserve and showcase Hong Kong’s unique heritage through design and community initiatives as part of its mission to advocate for cultural enterprise in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong native, designer and artist Douglas Young is the founder and creative force behind Goods of Desire, whose designs are inspired by the vibrant culture of the city he calls home.
Douglas is a leading voice regarding design, arts, creativity and entrepreneurship in Hong Kong, and international companies seek his guidance on design and cultural considerations when establishing entities in the city. In 2015, he was named one of the Debrett’s Hong Kong 100 in the field of art, architecture and design.
As an outspoken proponent of cultural enterprise in Hong Kong, Douglas is often called upon by such media outlets as CNN, Time magazine and The Wall Street Journal to share his views on Hong Kong culture and identity. He hopes, through his work, to inspire future generations of designers to seek inspiration from Hong Kong and foster pride in the community. Douglas was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by Savannah College of Art & Design in 2017 followed by the Honorary Doctorate of Letters by Sheffield University in 2020.
Benjamin Lau was born in Sydney Australia and received his degree in Architecture from the University of New South Wales. Benjamin began his architectural career in Hong Kong working on hotel and resort development projects with Charles Ming and Associates Ltd.
Benjamin’s passion for Chinese culture started with his consultation work for Hong Kong antiques dealer, Alan Fung of Ian Maclean Antiques. At the same time, he began advising on interiors projects which sparked the realisation that there was a lack of well-designed and well-priced furniture and home accessories available in Hong Kong. And so in 1996, Ben co-founded Goods of Desire with Douglas Young.
Ben is the Chief Operating Officer of G.O.D. overseeing the strategy and day-to-day business operations. Ben’s focus and strategy is to take G.O.D. into the future by continually seeking fresh collaborators and franchise partners such as Cathay Pacific, Art Basel and Modo Boon to name a few.