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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Auction picks

 

 

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01  JP Cuison’s Eddie Vader, limited edition of 20. This is a mash-up between the legendary Darth Vader helmet on the vintage cartoon character, Mickey Mouse. The first in a series of 20 limited, signed and numbered editions, this art toy made of polymer resin will invade your imagination.

02  Paul Syjuco’s Building Blocks buffalo bone necklace. Two-strand necklace made of buffalo bones and oxidized handmade sterling silver blocks.

03  Roceli Valencia’s Meditation in Red oil and acrylic on canvas. This is one of my favourite paintings in the auction lot. This and Popo’s. It is stunning. I want.

04  Signed copy of Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, first edition. This is the stunning follow-up to the global phenomenon The Da Vinci Code. Again, it’s signed… and first edition.

05  Olivia d’Aboville’s Anemone table lamp. This lamp was shown at teh Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in Paris for ELLE Decoration’s 25th year anniversary early this year.

 

Auction for Action ends on Sunday October 27 8pm. You may still view some of the pieces at Yuchengco Museum lobby today and tomorrow.

See all the pieces at www.ebay.ph/unicef

 

 

Auction is live

 

 

Auction for Action went live last Monday. The UNICEF team and I have been working on this for many months. These seven days are exciting and nerve wracking. We are hoping to raise P5 million for UNICEF to help fund the Supervised Neighbourhood Play program. We are so grateful for the generous support of almost 100 artists and designers. And thank you to all of you who tweet and share in Facebook links to the UNICEF Auction for Action site, www.ebay.ph/unicef. Those using mobile gadgets as opposed to laptops and desktop computers can view the auction site at http://stores.ebay.ph/unicefph.

Here are more photos from the #AuctionforAction press event at Yuchengco Museum lobby. I wanted to show the items so you can see the scale. Because we are totally an online event, the true beauty of the pieces may not be evident in the online catalog. You can see the pieces at Yuchengco Museum for free.

Where possible, I posted direct links to the auction site for the items I’m showing below. After October 27th, the links won’t be active anymore.

 

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The Kinks and Curls lamp by Vikki Rodriguez of Accessorias is made of many curled up rattan strips. You put them together by linking the strips into a hanging chain. It sort of reminds me of monkeys in a barrel.

 

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Some of the jewelry pieces. For a complete listing, click here.

 

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This Amaranthine beaded bag by Nicole Whisenhunt is stunning!

 

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Jewelmer’s Tutti Frutti earrings.

 

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Kristine Dee’s Summer Garden necklace.

 

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Collectors would love Elmer Borlongan’s Hari Sonik. We actually have this in our living room.

 

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Popo San Pascual’s Botanical I painting. This is so so stunning. Not Popo’s usual colourful mask series. This is

 

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Stanley Ruiz’ wheelbarrow chair, Sandra Gfeller’s oil painting “My Time Has Infinite Space“, and the Daphne Chair.

 

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Debbie Palao’s Nimbus and Vito Selma’s UN (One) cocktail table.

 

I played with a few collage layouts featuring some of the items as a group. I will be posting the rest in other days.

 

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1 Ripples 3 wall art by Triboa Bay

2 Tes Pasola’s paper sculpture James Bound

3 Betis Craft’s Hall Chair 1

4 Inigo Elizalde’s Tesoro Pillow

5 UN cocktail table by Vito Selma

 

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Lamps

 

 

I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about Auction for Action. Please allow me to occasionally post stories about the items and auction activities. The actual auction doesn’t go live until October 21 to 27th. But already friends are planning their purchases and bidding strategies.

There are some amazing pieces this year. If you’re looking for lighting, here are a few…

 

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Busilak Bell Jar Lamp by Ito Kish, bid on them separately.

 

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Murano glass pendant lamp from Pietro Collection. Check out Pietro’s facebook page to see the rest of their collections.

 

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Kinks and Curls lamp by Vikki Rodriguez. It is large and glorious.

 

Check out all the pieces included in our 3rd UNICEF Auction for Action in this slide show…

 

 

For a downloadable PDF file of our auction catalog, click here.