MIAMI, FL — March 29, 2022 — Today, Design Miami/ announces the launch of Design for Ukraine, a multi-part initiative dedicated to raising urgently needed funds for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The first phase of the project begins this month in partnership with lighting brand Bocci, to support GlobalGiving’s efforts on the ground in Ukraine following Russia’s recent invasion.
Already, millions are caught in the middle of an escalating humanitarian crisis with no end insight. The response from the international community has been swift, damning, and clear—from mass protests and government sanctions to businesses shuttering operations in Russia and citizens opening up their homes to the forcibly displaced.
Design Miami/ will use its platform to raise funds to aid Ukrainians suffering in the wake of the ongoing invasion. Between March and June 2022, this multiphase effort will bring together donated design objects in charitable online sales at designmiami.com.
For the initiative’s launch, Design Miami/ partners with Bocci, the Vancouver and Berlin-based design and research laboratory, to raise funds for the nonprofit GlobalGiving. All proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, by providing shelter, food, clean water, health, psychosocial support, and more.
Bocci has generously donated $150,000 worth of its signature design pieces, many produced specially for this initiative. Works range from $280 to $35,000 USD, and include unique and limited-edition glass chandeliers, lamps, and tabletop vessels. Phase one of the fundraiser will run through the end of April, followed by the introduction of additional design material offered from galleries and creatives in the Design Miami/ community.
Bocci representatives note: “We are deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine and want to support efforts to help the ongoing emergency situation faced by the Ukrainian people. In doing so, we have teamed up with Design Miami/ on a fundraiser with all of the proceeds going to the Ukraine Crisis Relief fund, set up by GlobalGiving.”
The Design for Ukraine initiative is produced in collaboration with Anava Projects, a creative agency who oversees Design Miami/’s philanthropic and editorial efforts.
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About Design Miami
Design Miami/ connects the world through extraordinary collectible design, with live fairs and experiences on four continents that bring together galleries, designers’ studios, brands, experts, collectors, and enthusiasts, and designmiami.com, a content-rich digital marketplace. Each edition of Design Miami/ features museum-quality 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting, and objets d’art from the world’s top, expertly vetted galleries with flagship fairs taking place alongside Art Basel in Miami, Florida, each December and Basel, Switzerland, each June. Design Miami/ is also accessible 365-days a year throughdesignmiami.com, featuring shoppable works from Design Miami’s expert galleries, DM/BX - a curation of more accessible one-of-a-kind, limited edition, and small batch design objects, as well as virtual programming, and engaging storytelling at the Forum Magazine. / designmiami.com and @designmiami
Bocci is a design and manufacturing company based in Vancouver and Berlin. Founded in2005 under the creative directorship of Omer Arbel, Bocci is committed to fostering a lateral and open-ended relationship between creative direction and craft. The company launched with one lighting design, ‘14’, which became an instant classic and remains a design staple and bestseller. Bocci’s growing portfolio of sculptural lighting is developed, engineered and fabricated in-house, through an infrastructure calibrated to provide full control over technique, quality and scale. / bocci.com and @bocci
About Anava Projects
Anava Projects was founded by longtime collaborators Anna Carnick and Wava Carpenter. Together and individually, they have spent the last 15+ years bringing design to life for international audiences. From exhibitions to events, special projects, and editorial for some of today’s most respected creative outlets, the pair is dedicated to nurturing the global design community. Recent clients and collaborators include Design Miami/, Carpenters WorkshopGallery, the Miami Design District, Studio Proba, Berlin University of the Arts, and others. The duo’s work is informed by a strong belief that good design can and should make a positive social impact. / anavaprojects.com and @anavaprojects
About Global Giving
GlobalGiving is the largest global crowdfunding community connecting nonprofits, donors, and companies in nearly every country. The organization helps nonprofits from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe (and hundreds of places in between) access the tools, training, and support they need to be more effective and make our world a better place. GlobalGiving earned Charity Navigator's highest rating of four stars. / globalgiving.org and @globalgiving