A NJ native who spent summers at “the Jersey Shore,” Superstorm Sandy hit close to home, literally. During the storm, I was receiving frantic calls from my mom about how she’s worried about our family’s shore house and her neighbors’ homes, and keeping an intent eye on Twitter to see if all my friends were OK. We all felt like we were sitting there together, watching the water levels rise up around Jane’s Carousel. Then, after the storm, seeing the haunting and horrifying photos of the shore, parts of NYC, and other states, too. Saddened to hear that friends had to live like nomads for weeks due to no power and no water, other friends to say they’re helping their elderly grandparents clean up their devastated house… and people are still suffering.
So many of our fellow designers in the NYC design community were affected by the storm in some way, and I am so proud that friends have come together to support this cause. Editor in Chief of the Designer Pages 3rings and Otto blogs Jean Lin, design/architecture writer Jennifer Krichels Gorsche, and designer Brad Ascalon have teamed up to help raise money for those affected by the storm through an exhibition and auction of furnishings created from materials reclaimed or salvaged after the storm and of pieces inspired by the flooding. The proceeds of the silent auction will go to the American Red Cross in Greater New York. On Wednesday night, you can see these pieces in person at Ligne Roset in Soho from 7-9 PM. I suggest you stop in and support this important cause. Here’s a preview of some auction highlights:
Daniel Moyer’s High+Dry table is an exaggeratedly long legged occasional table made from salvaged lumber on Fire Island.
Brad Ascalon’s special edition of his Ligne Roset Lovey side table: “I Lovey NY.”
Lindsey Adelman’s lighting fixture utilizing found branches backlit with LEDs
Volk Furniture’s drawer unit
UM Project lamps:
Après Lamp 1: made of a rusty steel base salvaged at the Token shop in Red Hook after the storm, a re-purposed brass shade from one of their L.U.M. Lamps, and left-over ash wood from some of UM’s recent projects. UM Project// Apr © Francis Dzikowski/Esto
Après Lamp 2: made of a salvaged electrical junction box found on a Red Hook street after the storm, a base made from the top of one of their discarded Holy Stools and Corian® donated by regional distributor Dolan & Traynor based in Wayne, NJ, as well as left-over maple wood from from some of their recent projects. The wooden parts have been graciously turned by Custom Wood Turning in Astoria, Queens. UM Project// Apr © Francis Dzikowski/Esto
Après Lamp 3 has a shade made of weathered “classic” garbage can found on a Red Hook street, which is lined by an insert graciously made of left-over felt by ElasticCo in Brooklyn. The inside light fixture is made of Corian® donated by regional distributor Dolan & Traynor, based in Wayne, NJ. The base is made out of ash left over from UM’s recent series of Atum lamps. UM Project// Apr © Francis Dzikowski/Esto
Ligne Roset is located at 155 Wooster Street, NYC. You can follow the goings on on Reclaim NYC’s Facebook page.