The design fraternity has got together to raise money for charity at designjunction with help from some of Eames' four-legged friends...
BY DEE IVA
Last year's London Design Festival saw designjunction host 'A Child's Dream', a special charity auction to raise money for Teddy's Wish, which backs research into Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, neo-natal death and stillbirth, and supports grieving families. Designers such as Benjamin Hubert, Tom Dixon and Afroditikrassa customised Anglepoise lamps and Ercol chairs which were then sold to the highest bidder. The impressive sum of £10,000 was raised, every penny of which went directly to Teddy's Wish.
For 2015, 'A Child's Dream' is back only this time around it's been invaded by a herd of baby elephants. Swiss design brand Vitra has donated classic Eames Elephants – originally designed by Charles and Ray Eames in 1945 in plywood, but now manufactured in plastic – which have been distributed to 21 leading designers to decorate in their own inimitable style. Lee Broom, Kit Miles, Fredrikson Stallard and Sebastian Wrong are just some of the design elite playing 'elephant stylist'. From what we've seen so far there'll be Indian exotica from Zandra Rhodes, Patternity has come over all dotty while Eley Kishimoto's soft geometric design brings quilting into the mix.
ABOVE RIGHT: Zandra Rhodes goes to Bollywood
BELOW: The florid design of Kit Miles; Patternity's monochrome dots; geometric quilting from Eley Kishimoto
Visitors to designjunction can preview these elephantine designs at Victoria House, in an installation by Anthony Dickens. A two-week bidding period kicks off on 23 September 2015, with a live online auction following the show. So if any of the one-off, hand-decorated pachyderms has caught your eye, don't be a Dumbo, put your bid in. You could go home with a truly unique piece having helped raise funds for a very good cause. Trumpety trump!
‘A Child’s Dream’ exhibition is on from 24-27 September 2015 at designjunction, Victoria House, 37 Southampton Row, London WC1.
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