Fernando Mastrangelo for Design for Progress
Fernando Mastrangelo

Design for Progress auction to raise money and awareness for Trump-affected issues

US design magazine Sight Unseen has launched an auction of high-end furniture and objects, to support progressive organisations and promote fair governance following the election of Donald Trump.

The Design for Progress auction is now live on online site Paddle8, and features items donated by a variety of contemporary designers and brands.

Kelly Wearstler for Design for Progress
Kelly Wearstler

Bidders can vie for 40 pieces – many of which are unique or limited editions – from lighting designers Lindsey Adelman and Apparatus, artist Misha Kahn, design store The Future Perfect, and many more. The total haul is valued at almost $100,000 (£800,000).

Proceeds from will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Run for Something, Sierra Club, and Campaign Legal Center.

Egg Collective for Design for Progress
Egg Collective

"The auction will also serve as a public statement that Design for Progress and its supporters demand fair and ethical governance and refuse to support intolerance, discrimination, or regression," said the organisers.

The two-week auction opened yesterday and closes 7 April 2017.

Fort Standard for Design for Progress
Fort Standard

It follows an earlier online fundraiser launched in response Trump's victory in the US presidential election last year, during which $20,000 was raised for seven groups and organisations that support groups and issues likely to be affected by his policies.

"Design for Progress was launched by the editors of Sight Unseen the day after the election in November, as a call to action for the design community to rally behind progressive causes and vulnerable groups most in need of support under the current administration," the organisers said.

Slash Objects for Design for Progress
Slash Objects

Sight Unseen was launched by journalists Monica Khemserov and Jill Singer in 2009. The digital magazine has also organised the annual Sight Unseen Offsite exhibition during the NYCxDesign festival each May since 2014.

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