On Thursday, October 27th, SUITE New York co-principals Maria Sepulveda and Kris Fuchs hosted a cocktail party to showcase the Pink Swan Project at their “NoMAD” showroom. The Pink Swan project is a collection of interior designers, architects, and fashion icons coming together for a worthy cause: Breast Cancer.
The artists created gorgeous customized versions of Arne Jacobsen’s Swan Chair, which were available for bidding on CharityBuzz.com through October 31. “Normally these chairs are $4,000 to $5,000 each. We are starting the bidding at $1,900.” Maria Sepulveda told me, “And 100 percent of the money raised goes to Breast Cancer.” Jonathan Adler’s design is above.
Alexandra Von Furstenberg’s take on the Swan Chair popped with its hot pink acrylic cover (below).
Julie Hillman took the swan theme literally, producing a seat full of plumage. “I wanted it to look a swan.”
D.B. Kim of PYR for Swarovski (with Gina Tron and his chair design, below) put in over a month’s worth of hand-stitching and labor for his blinged-out design (also below). “It’s the pattern of the radiating healing power. I know it sounds kind of hokey holistic but it is like that actually.” When asked about how he felt contributing to such a worthy cause, he responded, “very happy, very proud. I’m feeling very humble.”
Chris Craig, creative director and designer at SUITE New York explained the concept behind his design (shown below). “I love the Swan Chair. It has a real feminine form, and I wanted to make it even more feminine. I found this bridal satin and I was thinking a lot about abstract expressionist.” This resulted in the satin-draped chair incorporating a painted effect that was very much abstract. “Cancer is such a weird abstract kind of notion, my mother died from the disease.”
This is the second year SUITE New York has sponsored the Pink Swan Project, and the organizers were pleased with the increase in attendees. The location and the chairs created a wonderful art-filled atmosphere and all in the name of fighting Breast Cancer. See more chairs below. All photos by Gina Tron.
Madeline Weinrib added an antique Suzani fragment from her personal collection in her design:
Karim Rashid’s autographed chair:
Holly Fulton for Swarovski design was inspired by Art Deco and the work of Eduardo Paolozzi:
Victoria Hagen dedicated her chair (here and the opening photo) to the memory of a dear friend:
Margherita Macapani Missoni designed her chair to resemble a Pink Swan:
Keeping with the Swan theme, Designer David Mann trimmed his chair in feathers:
Designer Kelly Hoppen designed a chair with the fluidity of a Swan: