Designers help out post-Haiyan

 

 

It is so touching to see many people from different sectors find ways to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan. My personal facebook feed was burning with so many impromptu ideas for relief that came into fruition within days. As in all the recent emergencies – Ketsana/Ondoy, Washi/Sendong and Bopha/Pablo – it was amazing to see the private sector act quickly.

Haiyan happened just as we were closing the transactions for Auction for Action. We haven’t released the official report from the 7 day online auction but I am happy to announce that we raised P3.1 Million for UNICEF’s Supervised Neighbourhood Play Programme. I saw this programme firsthand when I visited the typhoon-ravaged towns in Davao Oriental after Bopha/Pablo hit last year. It helped children get a sense of normalcy back into their lives, especially after experiencing an emergency. I will be sharing more about the program and Auction for Action proceeds at a later date.

Our artist donors who have supported Auction for Action are finding more ways to help out communities affected by Haiyan. Immediately after Haiyan struck, Vito Selma was on the ground planning a feeding program. He had also been actively helping out Bohol right after the earthquake. It’s all informal, no big organization or fancy names. Vito plans to build chairs and tables for school children in Bohol.

Here’s how some of our artist friends are helping out.

 

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From Vito Selma’s Instagram – “A reading nook in the showroom. Please watch out for my online auction in the coming weeks. All proceeds will be going to our little project — Soup Kitchen // Cebu. Our target is to regularly feed the 1,100 affected people in the town of Tabuelan every saturday until they finally get back on their feet. Proceeds of this auction will also go to our other project — CLEAN WATER PROJECT. We will be providing the people with materials and teaching them how to transform dirty water into clean,drinkable water.”

 

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More from Vito Selma’s Instagram – Deconstructing, simplifying and redesigingn the traditional Philippine school chair for the rehabilitation and rebuilding of the schools destroyed by the typhoon. Kindly email info@vitoselma.com if you would like to sponsor a few chairs for a school!

 

New York-based designer Inigo Elizalde who produces some of his weaves from Cebu is hosting an online sale of his woven graphic pillow covers. 100% of the proceeds go to a Philippine organization responding to the needs of Haiyan-affected communities.

 

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Shop Inigo Elizalde’s boutique 100% of proceeds will benefit relief efforts in the Philippines.

 

Our longtime supporter Aranaz is also setting up a special bag made by their suppliers in Bicol to help weavers in Samar get back on their feet. The bag will be sold in all Aranaz shops and will be available online by next week. Find out more about the Aranaz fundraiser here.

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Something happened this year that felt like my family grew sideways. When the kids were still small (like yesterday), we were able to get by with shared rooms, shared things, shared food. Now every time we go out, each kid orders her own dish. In their shared room, their closets are over-flowing. And with all their books and homework, our desks and shelves are just maxed out. It’s a challenge, I tell you. I am due for another mini-renovation in their rooms and in our little home office.

A creative entrepreneur apparently noticed my messy desk in Instagram and offered to send me some samples of her work. Folks, meet Fab Manila.  Their stuff is pretty fabulous!

 

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Confession…. this is not the first time I’ve seen Fab Manila. My 10-year old daughter has been a fan since “discovering” them at the 2nd Floor, Archeology Section of Powerplant Mall.

See more of Fab Manila here.

 

 

Manila FAME and Auction for Action

 

 

Last week I visited Manila FAME to personally thank some of our donor artists who gave generously to UNICEF’s Auction for Action. I was lucky to run in to many of them who were not only showing but also shopping. I am posting links to their donated items in our ebay site. However by 8pm today October 27th, the links will not be active.

 

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Talk about a great photo op. Ran in to Royal Pineda (middle) and Kenneth Cobonpue then pulled in Budji Layug from another aisle. They are the rockstar triumvirate of contemporary Philippine design.

 

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Kenneth’s donated piece, a sculpture called Coral, gets introduced prominently under his logo. It first debuted at our UNICEF Auction for Action press preview at Yuchengco Museum early this month. You have a few hours to bid on this Coral sculpture here. Hurry, it’s still priced below retail.

 

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I met Randy Viray, owner of one of my favourite stores, Triboa Bay. Randy showed me this beautiful wall sculpture made of wood. He donated a smaller version of this to our auction. It is around 40×40 and it is stunning! Bid for Ripples wall art here.

 

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This year’s Katha Awardee Vito Selma and the table that won him the award again. He gave us the UN (one) cocktail table. Post your bids here.

 

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The lovely Nicole Whisenhunt and family friend Isa. I love the bag she gave Auction for Action. It’s the Amaranthine clutch.

 

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Nicole Whisenhunt’s new collection of handcrafted earrings.

 

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Joyce Makitalo and Hindy Tantoco in a playful pose. Joyce’s donated piece, the Bourbon pendant and necklace, can be bid on here.

 

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With Ann Ong who won the Katha Award for best design in jewelry/accessories again. It’s her third in a row. Ann donated two valuable pieces to UNICEF – the Binanig clutch and Tamburin necklace.

 

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Bumped in to my friend Danny Rayos del Sol who had given UNICEF his carved ostrich egg lamp. You should see it — Laro.

 

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Met Gregory Raymond Halili outside of Facebook. Gregory is a miniaturist painter whose works have been shown and continue to be shown in the US. The water colour paintings he gave UNICEF are about the size of one inch square. The Portrait of a Woman from the Cordilleras is so incredibly detailed. The other painting from this series is part of the Ben Cab museum in Baguio’s permanent collection. The other one, Serenade (Guitar and Moon) is even smaller than the Portrait of a Woman. It is only 1 inch x 1 inch. Bid on Serenade here.

 

I also saw Rita Nazareno of SC Vizcarra and Paul Syjuco but forgot to take photos. Rita’s piece in Auction for Action is this Donovan bag. And Paul has two necklaces in the auction lot – Building Blocks and Amorphous.

This is the third year I’ve done Auction for Action with our UNICEF team. Let me tell you, it is a labour of love. From inception to the actual auction. Everything was based on goodwill and the willingness to help – from the generous artists, to every member of our team who goes the extra mile, to the partners we met along the way with their will to collaborate, to all the bidders who love the art pieces and have the heart to help children in the Philippines, to my simple love and respect for the works of the artists and children – all coming together to do good things.

I hope you can support Auction for Action by telling your friends that this is the last day to bid. Not all the pieces are expensive. We have awesome pieces for as low as P2,000. So please spread the word by pressing the Twitter and Facebook buttons below. Thank you.

Visit our auction site until 8pm tonight at  www.ebay.ph/unicef

 

 

 

Prettiest toilet

 

 

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Remember the Kohler 140th anniversary party in Kohler, Wisconsin? I really love traditional classic-looking bathrooms. I’m obsessed.

 

Last spring, I was able to immerse myself in the world of Kohler – in New Orleans, Chicago and Wisconsin. There I saw all the models of Kohler toilet and bathroom fixtures. I also got to see their original factory and witnessed how the toilets, bathtubs and sinks are still being made the same way it was done with the artisanal touch of human hands updated with robotic technology.

Even before I had a professional relationship with Kohler and they sponsored my cast iron kitchen sink, I had already been a fan. Our bathroom is fitted with vintage-looking Kohler fixtures. So it brings me so much joy to be able to share this wonderful world of Kohler via our Auction for Action to benefit Unicef programs in the Philippines. Kohler has generously donated an Artist Edition toilet and countertop accessories. You can view and bid here til October 27th.

 

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This is our tiny bathroom which I renovated in 2008. I used Bisazza tiles all over the walls and floor. Then I had to have a vintage-looking pedestal sink so I chose Memoirs, which meant I had to get the matching toilet. And yeah, you can see the pipes from this angle. Our mirror is my mother in law’s antique piece.

 

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Last April 2013, the chairman and CEO of Kohler Co., Mr Herbert Kohler, Jr. on stage at the 140th anniversary in Kohler, Wisconsin. Behind him is a wall of toilets representing the heritage of their family business.

 

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I got to meet Mr Kohler and his wife Natalie at the Kohler anniversary party.

 

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More traditional-looking bathrooms from the Kohler showroom in Wisconsin.

 

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At the Kohler store in Chicago  I got to see a wider range of modern and contemporary styles.

 

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But I still gravitated towards the pretty traditional set called Revival.

 

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Well, as it turns out, Kohler donated our our Auction for Action this same Revival toilet, but in a special Artist Edition print called Briar Rose. “Inspired by the graceful beauty of climbing roses, Briar Rose features a bramble of English roses in soft shades of pink, green, and brown. The enchanting pattern adorns a Revival two-piece elongated toilet, which displays the rolled edges and elliptical shapes of vintage 1930s design. With a powerful 1.6-gallon flush, this two-piece toilet makes a striking and practical addition to your bath or powder room.”

 

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Is this pretty or what? Bid now on this Kohler Artist Edition Briar Rose toilet and countertop accessories. The price is way below retail price. Links will take you to our Unicef eBay site. It’ll stay live til October 27th at 8pm Manila time.

 

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This week’s inspiration

 

 

 

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Here are some lovelies from my site partners. It’s wishlist time of year.

01  DOLCE & GABBANA Cross Clip Earrings from the same collection of ecclesiastical art, these exaggeratedly big drop earrings are so fabulous. I love the intricate metal work.

02  OLYMPIA LE TAN Heidi Cotton Book Clutch. I’ve always been wanting a cute book clutch. Olympia Le Tan has a few different titles this season.

03  LANVIN Gloria “You” Brooch Necklace Pin. This is far from cute, it’s huge! Loving Lanvin’s large and slightly humorous cartoony collection this season.
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04  16×12 Patchwork Tray with Horn Handles. This is included in a current One Kings Lane flash sale. In case you miss it, I’ve seen variations of this in our local stores.

 

Here’s what I’m loving from the current Anthropologie look book…

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Cholet Hollow Vase  from Anthropologie.

 

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Elysian top from Anthropologie.

 

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Rhapsodie Pencil Dress from Anthropologie