For the third year running, influential Australian design studio Cult is organising its popular Chairity Project that gets designers to re-interpret a classic design and create one-off pieces that are auctioned off for charity.
The online auction is open globally, so interested Malaysians can bid for these unique pieces that are as much works of art as they are furniture (or jewellery, in one case).
The first Chairity Project, in 2014, asked Australia’s leading creatives to reinterpret the iconic CH33 chair designed in 1957 by Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Son.
It’s a brave thing to do, redesigning a revered classic; but, given complete freedom, the designers involved came up with interesting pieces that were snapped up when they were auctioned off. All proceeds went to charities chosen by the designers, as they will again this year.
Last year, the project chose the Series 7 chair designed in 1955 by Arne Jacobsen for Republic of Fritz Hansen. For this year’s Chairity Project, though, Cult decided to shake things up by choosing what it calls a “future classic” to be redesigned: the Officina chair, which was designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec in forged-steel for Magis just two years ago.
In a press release, Cult’s founder and managing director Richard Munao says, “To me this chair not only represents the icon of tomorrow but is a fantastic emblem for the Magis brand – a brand that in just 40 short years has both captivated and commanded the respect of the creative community around the world.
“Renowned for its sophisticated, energetic and surprising works of design, Magis continually offers products that showcase masterful industrial techniques with a playful and quirky edge.”
The 16 artists participating this year represent a variety of disciplines, ranging from architecture and photography to graphic design and jewellery. The result is a wide range of chair reinventions as well as a captivating exhibition and auction.
The travelling exhibition will take place in Cult’s showrooms in Sydney, from Nov 17 to 20, and Melbourne, from Nov 24 to 27.
The auction goes live on Nov 17 and ends on Nov 27; to bid, you have to register now – or at least one day before the auction goes live – with your full name and mobile number at tinyurl.com/cult-design.
For more information and to see starting bid amounts for the 16 pieces, go to galabid.com/auction/chairity2016.