As local NYC design writer Jennifer Gorsche was running through Prospect Park soon after Hurricane Sandy tore through the region, she was awestruck by the amount of devastation in the area. But she was also inspired. "I had the idea from seeing all the downed trees that were just being cut up and carried off that it would be great to get the design community involved in reusing that wood in some way," Gorsche says.
After contacting Jean Lin, editor-in-chief of Designer Pages Media, and Brad Ascalon of Brad Ascalon Studio NYC, the three friends reached out to other designers in their networks to gauge interest in creating furniture and other artwork out of storm debris to be auctioned off to raise money for hurricane relief efforts.
And the enthusiasm was overwhelming. "It just became obvious really quickly that it was a good idea, because people were willing to help out," Lin says. There are now 24 designers who have agreed to participate in the event, Reclaim NYC. The silent auction will be held at Ligne Roset’s SoHo showroom on December 19 from 7-9 p.m. Because there are designers from many disciplines participating, attendees can expect to see a diverse range of designs, including furniture, art pieces, table top objects, wall art, jewelry, lighting fixtures and some conceptual art objects.
The designers hope that this event will inspire the design community to take on similar projects. "It might just be the beginning of what we see in terms of work inspired by Sandy," Ascalon notes. And hopefully, he adds, it's just the first of many future events where local designers come together and pool their skills to benefit charities. Proceeds from the event will go to the NY chapter of the Red Cross, and money raised through a cash raffle will go to Token, a design company in Red Hook that was devastated by the storm.
Space is limited, so if you're interested in attending and scoring some one-of-a-kind pieces, make sure to RSVP. You can find all the details, including a list of participating designers, on the Reclaim NYC Facebook event page. And if you don't plan on purchasing any of the artwork but would still like to see what these designers have created, the exhibit will stay up throughout the weekend, so you can stop by the showroom to check it out.
And, to get a sneak peak at some of the pieces that will be available, flip through the slideshow below.
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