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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Virtual Design Services – Modsy Online Design During a Pandemic

For many people, home improvement and redesign projects were halted when shelter-in-place orders went into effect as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. With contractors and interior designers no longer allowed to set foot physically in their clients’ spaces, executing the dreamed-of design visions has been difficult at best. So it’s only natural if you’re among those who want to turn to an online design company that offers completely virtual—i.e., no personal contact—design services, providing clients with the tools they need to keep their redesigns rolling during this new era of social distancing. ELLE Decor recently spoke with Alessandra Wood, the vice president of style at the virtual design firm Modsy, to hear more about its online design process and what trends she has seen developing over the course of the past two months.

ELLE Decor: Can you give us a rundown of how Modsy operates?

Alessandra Wood: Modsy

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