The Design World’s Biggest Names Are Auctioning Off Their Services

Photo credit: Courtesy of Design Unites
Photo credit: Courtesy of Design Unites

From ELLE Decor

As companies around the globe continue to find ways to give back to communities hit hardest by the novel coronavirus, the design world is getting in on the action with the Design Unites auction, which launches its second batch of biddable items today. This special charity sale, put together by Hearst’s Luxury Design Collection (and outlined below) unveiled it’s first lot of biddable items in mid-April, raising nearly $100,000 to date. The current lot was just released, which you can bid on now through July 7.

For background: As a part of the broader #DesignUnites initiative, ELLE Decor, Town & Country, House Beautiful, and Veranda are working together to raise money for Habitat for Humanity’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Response Fund. Eighty percent of all funds raised through the Charitybuzz auction will go directly to Habitat for Humanity. New items

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Target Released a Documentary on Hulu That Explores Inclusive Design

With its own inclusive approach to design in mind, Target has released a documentary that showcases the cultural impact of design that aims to create more access for all. Available exclusively on Hulu, “Design for All” was produced by RadicalMedia and celebrates inclusive design through the eyes of three people whose lives have directly changed because of it. “The only time I really think about my disability is when I’m challenged with a product that I can’t use,” one person shares at the beginning of the trailer. “And then I hack it, and then I can use it.”

In 54 minutes, the film explores designs of everything from clothing to buildings to home products—and how inclusive design in those areas (and in every aspect of life) “improves the ways we relate to the built environment, to our communities, and to one another,” according to the film description

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Elizabeth Cooper Interior Design – Marin County Dream Home

Lauren and Don Fornes were living with their four children in Austin, Texas, when they were faced with a serious life event. Their infant son suffered a brain injury, resulting in a form of blindness called cortical visual impairment. Needing extra help, they moved back to the San Francisco Bay area, where the couple had first met and still had a strong group of old friends.

The Forneses have always loved design, and in Austin they had hired ELLE Decor A-List designer Darryl Carter, who is known for his spare interiors, to decorate their home. But their son’s loss of vision was pushing them in a different direction. “Although we had lived in this beautiful monochromatic home that I loved,” Lauren says, “I suddenly was very interested in color and introducing it into our new house in a way that felt authentic.”

The New England–style home in Marin County

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Expanded Harry Gesner design asks $5.4 million in Brentwood

Tucked into the hills in Brentwood is the Crestwood Hills neighborhood, a leafy pocket known for its collection of postwar architecture.

Works of modernist heavyweights run the gamut in the neighborhood, which began in the late 1940s as a utopian experiment. The community’s original homes were designed by architects A. Quincy Jones, Whitney R. Smith and Edgardo Contini. In the later years, more properties were designed by by Craig Ellwood, Ray Kappe and Richard Neutra, among others.

Architect Harry Gesner, known for his “boat house” homes above the Cahuenga Pass, designed this Crestwood Hills home now for sale at $5.395 million. Built in 1958, the redwood-clad residence was renovated and expanded in recent years by Los Angeles-based firm Griffin Enright.

Hilton & Hyland  (Red oak ceilings are a hallmark of the home, which has been expanded to about 4,800 square feet.)

Beamed ceilings and red oak floors

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