Mission of Reclaim NYC: “We hope our fallen trees and storm-damaged building materials can be reborn as objects that represent the city’s recovery.”

Late October 2012 will be marked as one of the most disastrous natural calamities, Hurricane Sandy left more than thousands of families homeless in New York & other parts of United States, Cuba, Haiti & Jamaica. While the emotional scars of all the affected people might not be easy to heal, there are a bunch of good people trying to make a difference to lives and communities.  I would like to share the wonderful initiative taken by the trio of editor in chief of the Designers Pages 3Rings & Otto blogs Jean Lin, design & architecture writer Jennifer Krichels Gorsche, and designer Brad Ascalon who teamed up to support and raise money for the people affected by the storm.  The silent auction which was held on the 19th December 2012 at Ligne Roset’s Soho showroom featured design works made from reclaimed materials and debris. All the proceedings from this auction will  go to the Greater New York’s American Red Cross.

Some of the highlights of this event was Brad Ascalon’s special edition of his heart shaped Ligne Roset Lovey side table named ‘I Lovey NY’. (Above image)

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Designer Lindsey Adelman’s created a sleek lighting fixture made from branches which has been installed with a backlit LED

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UM Project’s François Chambard created some amazing lighting designs made from the debris around the Red Hook street waterfront.  Chambard collected items like a garbage can, steel sheets, and even electrical junction boxes while helping out his designer friends at Token, a Red Hook-based furniture design firm badly affected by the storm. Along with these items and some more donated stuff, Chambard created the ‘Apres’ collection (which means ‘After’ in French) of lamps and tabletop vessels for Reclaim NYC. (Above: Apres 1 & 2/ Below: Apres 3)

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My favorite is definitely Lindsey Adelman’s minimalist wooden lighting fixture. What’s yours?

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