Design Miami and Bocci raise funds for Ukraine

Design for Ukraine: Bocci and Design Miami join forces to raise funds

Online sale of iconic Bocci pieces will benefit GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, providing emergency humanitarian aid

Design Miami is launching Design for Ukraine, a new initiative in collaboration with its international network of creatives, to urgently raise funds for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. For the first phase of the project, the fair partnered with Canadian lighting design brand Bocci, to raise funds to support GlobalGiving’s on-the-ground efforts in Ukraine.

Floor lamp ‘28.6’ in brass by Bocci

The initiative is part of Design Miami’s recent expansion into the DMBX curated retail platform and follows a project introduced at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic to support key workers.

“Since inception of Design Miami’s extensive digital presence in 2020, we’ve always looked for ways to use this platform to support causes important to us and our community,” comments Design Miami CEO Jennifer Roberts. “The current crisis in Ukraine has been shocking and deeply disturbing to people around the world, and I think many of us have felt compelled to contribute in any way we can. We are extremely grateful to Bocci for their very generous donation and honored to be able to help raise much needed funds to support GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, which provides emergency humanitarian assistance in the region.

OAO Works ‘Polygon’ Glassware Set

Available for sale from March 29, 2022, a range of pieces offered by Bocci co-founder and creative director, Omer Arbel, some of which have been designed and produced especially for this initiative. The works on sale range from $280 to $35,000 and include limited edition glass chandeliers, lamps and colored glassware from sister company OAO Works.

“The humanitarian crisis in Ukraine is devastating, and we are very committed to supporting efforts to help those on the ground or fleeing the country,” comments Arbel. “We’ve created pieces in our glassware collection and are thrilled to partner with Design Miami on this initiative, with all proceeds going to the Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund.”

Chandelier ‘28.7 Cluster’ by Bocci

This is the first in a series of design sales in support of the current crisis, with more design pieces from galleries and creatives from the Design Miami community expected in the near future.

Roberts concludes: “We know there is no easy path for those in Ukraine who have been forced to flee, so [we] have also pledged to continue our support through a second phase of this initiative in the coming months. §

For more information and to purchase the Design for Ukraine initiative, visit designmiami.com

Also check out our roundup of ongoing Ukraine art and design sales.

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