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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.

 

 

UNICEF Auction for Action Year 3

 

 

We held the press preview for my third UNICEF Auction for Action last week. Lots of new developments since we first started in 2011. I can’t believe that in the two times we’ve done it, we’ve raised over P4.5 million pesos all in online auctions. This year, I have a bigger goal. Will you help me raise P5 million?

Auction for Action started as a small idea between me, Angela Travis (then Head of Communications for Unicef Philippines) and the fundraising team. Initially I relied on goodwill from friends and relationships I cultivated after years of focusing on design. Now we have a full team organizing the auction and we have partners approaching us to help and get involved.

It is a huge honour for me to be given the chance to get all my great loves together in a project that means so well — my love for art, design, media and children. I am so grateful for the opportunity to curate another auction of this magnitude.

Since it is held in October again, we are honouring National Children’s Month, with Auction for Action 2013 bringing together over 90 artists in art, design, furniture and jewelry. We are specifically raising funds to benefit a unique education program to provide children access to early learning: Supervised Neighborhood Play Program (SNP).

I had the chance to see Supervised Neighbourhood Play Program first hand when I visited Davao Oriental last March, 100 days after Typhoon Pablo devastated the area. There I saw a preschool teacher singing songs and acting out lyrics with her 5-year old students. It was the “raindrop song” – so simple yet so full of impact. These are kids who witnessed a scary storm that destroyed their town and killed people and animals. They need the raindrop song and other educational methods to help them cope with trauma.

This year’s Auction for Action will go live on ebay.ph/unicef on October 21 to 27. I will post links then. For now, feel free to read more here.

 

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This year, we partner with Yuchengco Museum, who not only hosted the site of our press preview but will also host the public preview everyday at the Yuchengco Museum lobby.

 

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This is my only shot of the Yuchengco lobby facade from the inside. It is accessible through RCBC tower in the ground floor. Admission to Unicef Auction for Action is free. You can see most of our auction items everyday up to 6pm except on Sundays.

 

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With me is Dr Willibald Zeck, UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition, who is also a published artist in Austria. He donated another one of his abstract works. Also in photo is Mr Tomoo Hozumi, Country Representative of Unicef. (The red painting is by Roceli Valencia, “Meditation in Red”. And the little guy is Hari Sonik by Elmer Borlongan).

 

I have to warn you that this blog post will overdose with photos of me. For some reason, that’s all I have in my camera and in the official camera. I promise to post detail product shots of the items at a later date.

A bit more about Supervised Neighborhood Play – It is a simple, low-cost and easy to organize home-based early learning program where trained day care workers or parent volunteers gather young children in a house, a shaded play area or under a tree for two to three hours, every day for at least ten months to help children learn through organized play. UNICEF supports the SNP program in remote, conflict or disaster-affected communities and in informal settlements located in urban and rural areas.

 

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Dr Zeck presenting his abstract painting. Also seen in photo is Raymond Legaspi’s “The Sack Race” and Olivia d’Aboville’s “Liquid Heaven”

 

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Domicillo Mirror and Jinggoy Buensuceso’s Moth chair. We have two, in black and this marigold.

 

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Kinks and Curls lamp by Vikki Rodriguez for Accessoria.

 

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Stunning oil painting by my classmate from elementary, Sandra Fabie Gfeller, who is a celebrated artist. You can also see Stanley Ruiz’s Wheelbarrow. I have a Daphne Chair in the lot too. All the auction pieces come with a commemorative brass plate this year. See the man with the magnifying lens? He is looking at a miniature water colour by Gregory Raymond Halili.

 

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Foreground, Seb Chua sculpture. Olivia d’Aboville’s Anemone table lamp and behind me is Michael Cacnio’s Sweet. Candy Crush fans would love that one.

 

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TRANSFORMER earrings by Janina Dizon Hoschka. These dangling earrings consists of a brilliant cut blue topaz with green tsavorites and a pear shaped amethyst top in yellow silver. The middle part are bezel set amethysts with white sapphires in the double happiness symbol. Bottom danglers are made with icy blue amazonite drops in silver. These earrings can be worn five ways.

 

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Tomoo Hozumi checking out the detailing of Kawayan Tech’s bamboo bike. The world is catching on to this bamboo bike technology. Even Marc Jacobs designed one here.

 

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Mr Hozumi trying the Kawayan Tech bike. You can see in the background – Leeroy New’s Entropy, Hamzah Marbella’s Catching Fish , Dominic Rubio’s Father and Two Sons, Pete Jimenez’ Play it by Ear , and Manuel Baldemor’s Filipino Family.

 

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National Book Store donated 10 signed books. We’ve decided to auction them all individually. Stella wants to bid on the Eric Carle’s “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.” You can see a beautiful carved ostrich egg lamp by artist Danny Rayos del Sol.

 

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And our major highlight, Kenneth Cobonpue’s sculpture Coral. Kenneth has not shown this piece to the public yet. It makes its debut here at Auction for Action. That gorgeous blue and white painting is by Popo San Pascual. He never fails to amaze me. The desk lamp is by Chito Vijandre and Ricky Toledo of Firma Makati.

 

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We have an impressive collection of jewelry and accessories from – Amina Aranaz, Kristine Dee, Paul Syjuco, Janina Dizon-Hoschka, Jewelmer Joaillerie, Joyce Makitalo, Ann Ong, Ana Rocha, SC Vizcarra and Nicole Whisenhunt.

 

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A closer look at Leeroy New, Kawayan Tech push bike for kids, Hamzah Marbella and Mitch Shivers’ Log-in.

 

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Grateful to Patty Laurel for attending the press preview with her lovely mom and sister. Thank you to my Bench family for my pretty dress from Karen Millen.

 

Bid for one-of-a-kind pieces from notable Filipino artists and designers and help make a difference for children. The auction goes live on October 21-27, 2013 at www.ebay.ph/unicef.

For a preview, visit www.unicef.ph or go to the Yuchengco Museum from October 3 to 26 at the RCBC Plaza, Makati City.

This year’s auction is made possible through the generous participation of the Philippine Star, Yuchengco Museum, Summit Media, Consuelo Zobel Alger Foundation, EBay Philippines, Citem and Manila Fame.