ACCLAIMED INTERNATIONAL DESIGNERS AND MANUFACTURERS DONATE GLASS OBJECTS FOR LUMINAIRE’S FOURTH “LOVE” AUCTION TO BENEFIT THE BRAMAN CANCER INSTITUTE AT THE SYLVESTER COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.
Strong yet brittle, translucent yet heat-resistant, glass has many contradictory properties. It is these very properties that define and make glass so versatile, functional, and beautiful. For GlasLove, these beautiful glass works to be auctioned will be imbued with another property: LOVE.
This year’s design auction coincides with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and reinforces the multiple roles design can play as a problem-solving endeavor. Phillips, the international auction house, is partnering with Luminaire to sponsor and conduct the online auction, which benefit research at the Braman Cancer Institute at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami. The online auction goes live September 19 and runs through October 11, 2016.
Joining forces with the Kassamalis and Luminaire are some of the most distinguished international designers and design manufacturers, including Nendo, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Marcel Wanders, Naoto Fukasawa, Todd Bracher, Glas Italia, Lasvit, Arcade, and Venini, among others. These noted designers and design producers are generously donating their LOVE: time, talent, and one-off, limited-edition, or prototype works created in glass.
Among the highlights of GlasLove are more than thirty prototype pieces by Japanese designer Oki Sato (Nendo), made for his 2015 exhibition “Nendo-Works,” held at Museo della Permanente in Milan. The pieces were produced, sponsored, and donated for the auction by Glas Italia. Another spectacular auction offering is the Candy Collection Sphere Chandelier, designed by Fernando and Humberto Campana and produced and donated by the Czech glass company Lasvit. Venini is donating a glass work designed by the esteemed Japanese architect Tadao Ando.
Luminaire Lab, located in the Miami Design District (3901 NE 2nd Ave., Miami, FL 33137), will display the auction items from September 26 through October 11, 2016, with a preview starting September 19. The online auction on Phillips’ website runs from September 19 to October 11. One hundred percent of the combined auctions’ proceeds will be donated to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami.
A profound unity with friends and colleagues who share a passionate commitment to make a difference epitomizes Luminaire’s “Love” series, which recognizes design’s transformative power. These innovative and successful fundraising auction events began in 2006 with PuppyLove, when the Kassamalis decided to create the series to help raise research funds for and awareness of cancer, PaperLove in 2008 and DesignLove in 2011. The “Love” initiative has reached beyond the design community to include fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, architects such as Zaha Hadid, Enrique Norton, and visual artists such as Arne Quinze, Michele Oka Doner, José Parlá and other luminaries dedicated to changing the course of cancer. The Kassamalis, thus far, have raised almost a million dollars through what has become a much-anticipated design auction. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami, has been the beneficiary from the inception of the series.