GlasLove: Design auction to benefit cancer research
Monday, September 26, 2016
Driven by their desire to give back and help find a cure for cancer, Luminaire founders Nasir and Nargis Kassamali hosted the fourth edition of the LOVE philanthropic auction series, Glaslove; an innovative online design auction featuring limited-edition, unique, and/or prototype glass design pieces from renowned designers such as Nendo, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Tord Boontje, Nao Tamura, and more.

This year's design auction coincided with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and reinforced the multiple roles design can play as a problem-solving endeavor. Phillips, the international auction house, partnered with Luminaire to sponsor and conduct the online to benefit research at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami from September 19 and runs through October 11, 2016.

Joining forces with the Kassamalis and Luminaire are some of the most distinguished international designers including Tadao Ando, Jakub Berdych, Tord Boontje, Todd Bracher, Sebastian Herkner, Max Ingrand, Nendo, The Campana Brothers Marcel Wanders, Naoto Fukasawa, Patricia Urquiola, Ana Torfs, Omer Arbel, Nao Tamura and and design manufacturers Arcade, Bocci, Classicon, FontanaArte, Wonderglass, Glas Italia, Lasvit,Venini and Swarovski. These noted designers and design producers are generously donating their LOVE: time, talent, and one-off, limited-edition, or prototype works created in glass.

For the first iteration of the series, PuppyLove, an international roster of contemporary designers adorned Eero Aarnio's three-dimensional white plastic puppies as they saw fit. The amazingly inspired results of this effort were then auctioned generating over $450,000 in donations for University of Miami Sylvester's Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The next installment of the series called upon designers, architects, and artists to employ paper as the central medium to create one-of-a-kind imaginative works for 2008's PaperLove. In 2011 Luminaire conducted DesignLove, an exuberant exhibition and benefit auction evolving from the Kassamalis close friendship with Intramuros magazine. The international design publication donated over 90 original works in DuPont Corian, created by a roster of the most influential contemporary designers including Ron Arad, Tom Dixon, Yves Behar, Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby and more. Altogether, the philanthropic series has raised over 1 million dollars which is directly distributed to support cancer research.