Following a much buzzed about Sandy relief-benefiting auction
this past December, an organization founded by a duo of do-gooding design editors/lovers is celebrating NY Design Week with another charity sale of one-of-a-kind home furnishings and accessories (and other stuff, too).
Although Reclaim NYC
's “Reclaim x2: design that’s more than the sum of its parts” charity sale will take place this evening, the corresponding exhibit will be open to the public through the end of the week at a gallery space located at 446 Broadway in Soh o.
For the sophomore edition of Reclaim NYC, founders Jean Lin and Jennifer Krichels are taking a slightly different approach than the first event.
Firstly, while the sale of the furniture and artwork created exclusive for the inaugural show benefitted the American Red Cross, proceeds from the sale of this new round of collaborative design goodies (more on that in a bit) will be donated directly to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund
, a nonprofit that’s helping hard-hit neighborhoods dig out and rebuild seven months after the historic storm left a historically messy mark on the region.
Most notably, while a majority of the items auctioned off during the first iteration of Reclaim NYC were crafted from materials salvaged by designers after the storm tore through the city, there's more an emphasis on collaboration than creative ways to reuse storm debris this time around.
In fact, with the exception of a couple of solo participants, the second show is made up of 25 different design teams that were “encouraged to work with partners outside of their own firms or disciplines to address the idea of coming together in a time of need” reads the Reclaim NYC website.
For our first show, we pulled everything together in a month and a half. This time we had a little more time to reflect and create a thoughtful collection. For the initial Hurricane Sandy sale, we asked the artists to incorporate some debris from the storm, so this time we wanted them to create something that was reflective of our new charity, the Brooklyn Recovery Fund. We came up with a new design brief centered around collaboration and this idea of coming together in order to provide relief, so we asked the designers to team up and create something that was reflective of this collaborative notion.
She adds: "This sale is the beginning of an experiment and we hope to have the opportunity to expand outwards from hurricane relief and eventually create sales that address other current needs."
It's also worth noting that his time around some participating firms (including the always-excellent Grain
and Scout Regalia) are based outside of New York City.
Ahead of tonight’s charity sale, Lin and Krichels have launched an online presale of featured items at Lin Morris
A few choice, one-of-a-kind finds include Hard Copy, a "low-fi, new tech coffee table" from graphic designer Adam Pellecchia and furniture maker Kevin Michael Burns (pictured at top of page); a stylish lean-to tent from Scout Regalia and Reunion; a colorful ottoman with a core created from recycled magazines in lieu of wood from Brad Ascalon and Angel Naula (pictured above); men’s neckties made from vintage kimono fabric by VOLK and Dressed in Yellow; and a playful series of portable Bum Stools from UM Project and the reusable bag wizards at Baggu (pictured above).
However, it’s a non-collaborative item that immediately caught my attention: Acclaimed artist/designer and return Reclaim NYC-er Joe Doucet
’s (already sold out) Fathom Mirror
While many of the new batch of Reclaim NYC designs do not directly evoke Superstorm Sandy, that’s certainly not the case with the 24-inch-by-24-inch Fathom Mirror:
Fathom was created as a beautiful reminder of how quickly we forget about events of devastation. When one passes in front of the object, the top part of your body is reflected in a natural way, but the bottom half of the mirror creates a deep refraction and convincingly makes you appear as if you are neck deep in water.
When asked by the Atlantic Cities
’ John Metcalfe if the circular mirror is meant to have a “grim undercurrent,” Doucet explains that:
The effect the mirror crates is quite otherworldly and beautiful. It is an object for auction to raise money and I didn't want the eventual owner, who gave to others, to be left with something grim. I did want to do something striking, however, in the hopes that visitors to their home might become intrigued with the effect and ask about it, thereby, bringing up the topic of Sandy again and again. If one more person becomes involved in relief efforts because of that, I feel the piece would be a success.
More about Reclaim NYC and this week's Design Week NYC event at the organization's homepage