Paddles at the ready as designers auction off iconic pieces for charity

Around the world designers and artists are auctioning off one-off iconic items for as little as £70, with 100% of the proceeds going to coronavirus relief charities.

Designers and artists across the globe have donated 30 iconic one-off works for The Invisible Collection's charity auction, with 100% of proceeds going to coronavirus relief charities across London, Paris, and New York.

The special charity auction includes bespoke pieces and dear personal objects from the likes of Charles Zana, Atelier Vime, Osanna Visconti, Ashley Hicks, Pierre Augustin Rose and more, with prices ranging from as little as £70.

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The interior designers and artists have spontaneously and with great kindness offered objects they have either created themselves or personal objects that are dear to them.

Works include rare bronze paperweights by Carl Aubock from Charlotte Biltgen’s private collection, artworks from Reda Amalou and Kate Boxer, a handmade ceramic lamp by Charles Zana and spectacular rattan creations by Atelier Vime.

(Image credit: Marc-Chatelard)

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Other highlights of the sale are one of Ashley Hick’s famed totems, a sculpted side table by design trio Pierre Augustin Rose, a porcelain Tray by Creations Dragonfly and Hubert Le Gall’s metallic Hand Sculpture.

Each of the 30 objects will be available through the online charity sale here. Prices range from £70 for signed books by Francois Halard to £6,690 for Jeff Zimmerman’s sculptural Glass Vases.

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Buyers will be able to donate to their charity of choice when completing their purchase, selecting either Fondation de France, UK National Emergencies Trust and USA Feeding America.

'The home has been for a few weeks and for many months to come, the ultimate refuge for all of us who are lucky enough to discover, create and furnish beautiful places. We wish to help at our modest scale by offering pieces that we love and by making sure 100% of proceeds go to the 3 charities to help hospitals and patients' explain Anna Zaoui and Isabelle Dubern-Mallevays, co-founders of The Invisible Collection.

They continued: 'Care workers are on the front line for all of us, they have been too often forgotten, they are the artisans of tomorrow's world. Each of us owes it to them to support them today, tomorrow, always. All the objects presented are favourites that we look forward to seeing in their new homes, for a great and important cause.'

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To follow the auction and place a bid, you can either buy directly online at a fixed price or bid by email, you can place a bid through WhatsApp [on +44 7 340 002928], or follow the auction on Instagram through the hashtag #DesignersForGood. If someone clicks 'Order' on the web page with immediate payment (PayPal, Credit Card or Bank Transfer), the bidding will stop and the sale will be closed on this item.

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Final bids will be announced this coming Wednesday 29th April at 1pm NYC / 6pm London / 7pm Paris. Learn more about the auction here.

Paddles at the ready...