In support of International Breast Cancer Month this October, Luminaire has joined forces with Nasir & Nargis Kassamali for the fourth edition of Luminaire’s “Love” fundraising auction, benefiting cancer research at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami.
Dubbed GlasLove, this latest iteration of the philanthropic initiative invites leading designers from around the world to present objects in glass at a charity auction that will be held online from September 19 – October 11, 2016, at www.Phillips.com — with the live auction taking place at a gala dinner on October 6, 2016, at the Moore Building in the Miami Design District.
“Glass is a material that is ever present in our daily lives, due to its versatility and functionality. We encounter it consciously and subconsciously every day — we look through it with our glasses; we drink from it with our glassware. It is also characterized by the duality of its strong, yet fragile, nature. Poetically and metaphorically, glass reflects the spirit of those battling cancer and thus, was an ideal material for our fundraising auction to benefit cancer research,” states Nasir Kassamali.
Designers donating pieces to the auction include Omer Arbel, Arcade, Naoto Fukasawa, Glas Italia, Lasvit, Piero Lissoni, Nendo, Nao Tamura, Patricia Urquiola, Venini, and Marcel Wanders. The donated objects run the gamut from a chandelier by Nendo (Oki Sato) to a set of glass chairs from Dutch designer Marcel Wanders. All are limited-edition, one-off, or prototype pieces, including unique pieces designed specifically for GlasLove, such as Bocci 73.19 by Omer Arbel, Annular by Todd Bracher, and Meteora by Ivan Baj.
International auction house Phillips has volunteered to manage the philanthropic auction for GlasLove, both online at www.Phillips.com and at the Moore Building event on October 6. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute.
These innovative and successful fundraising auction events began in 2006 with PuppyLove, when Luminaire founders Nasir and Nargis Kassamali launched the series to help raise research funds and increase awareness of cancer after having been personally affected by the disease. Nargis Kassamali is a five-time cancer survivor.
“We were enamored by Oki Sato’s Nendo Works: 2014-2015 exhibition at the Museo della Permanento in Milan — featuring delicate, yet strong, pieces designed by Nendo for Glas Italia. Oki Sato and Glas Italia’s owner, Lorenzo Aronsio, graciously decided to donate the glass pieces for our auction series, and ultimately this was what solidified our concept,” stated Nasir Kassamali.
The “Love” initiative has included participation by fashion designers such as Issey Miyake, architects such as Zaha Hadid, Herzog & De Meuron, and visual artists such as Arne Quinze, Michele Oka Doner, José Parlá, and other luminaries dedicated to changing the course of cancer. The Kassamalis, thus far, have raised close to one-million dollars through the initiative. The Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has been the beneficiary from the inception of the series.
Viewing of the GlasLov exhibition runs Monday to Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Luminaire Lab, 3901 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33137.