“Everyone can use their assets to help people in need,” says Polish designer Marcin Rusak. The people in need this time around are Ukrainian residents as their country undergoes a deadly invasion by Russian forces: “As a Warsaw-based studio we are facing a radical shift in our everyday reality. Poles have been self-organizing and creating makeshift volunteering groups, offering their homes, transport, and other services.”
The socially conscious designer put his money where his mouth is, organizing an Instagram auction called International Creatives for Ukraine to benefit the nearly 2 million Ukrainian refugees already displaced in Poland by the ongoing war. Along with contributing work from his own studio (you may remember his flower-encrusted resin wonders from Design Miami last year), the designer has also brought together more than 50 design talents from all over the world, including Bethan Laura Wood, Egg Collective, Martino Gamper, Simone Bodmer Turner, Studio Drift, and many more.
The auction is entirely digital, hosted on Rusak’s and his collaborator’s Instagram accounts, through March 31. To bid, you simply comment or direct message your max price for an item. Proceeds will benefit the Polish NGO Fundacja Ocalenie. As Rusak explains, “Fundacja gained momentum and wide recognition last year during the crisis on the Polish-Belarussian border, saving the lives of desperate people no matter their religion, skin color, or political beliefs.”
The objects on offer run the gamut from poppy red hand-blown glass vessels by Sophie Lou Jacobsen to a hand-sculpted, oversize paper leaf light by Pelle. If you’re quick, you can also catch a classic Fornasetti plate through design dealer Themes & Variations or a highly coveted Max Lamb chair and Formafantasma table through furniture producers Dzek. Prices range as widely as the product does, but that’s beside the point: Every penny spent is for unequivocal good.