Design Miami/ recently announced the launch of Design for Ukraine, a multi-part initiative dedicated to raising urgently needed funds for the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The first phase of the project begins this month in partnership with lighting brand Bocci, to support GlobalGiving’s efforts on the ground in Ukraine following Russia’s recent invasion.
Already, millions are caught in the middle of an escalating humanitarian crisis with no end insight. The response from the international community has been swift, damning and clear—from mass protests and government sanctions to businesses shuttering operations in Russia and citizens opening up their homes to the forcibly displaced.
Design Miami/ will use its platform to raise funds to aid Ukrainians suffering in the wake of the ongoing invasion. Between March and June 2022, this multiphase effort will bring together donated design objects in charitable online sales at designmiami.com.
For the initiative’s launch, Design Miami/ partnered with Bocci, the Vancouver and Berlin-based design and research laboratory, to raise funds for the nonprofit GlobalGiving. All proceeds will be donated to GlobalGiving’s Ukraine Crisis Relief Fund, to provide urgently needed humanitarian aid, with a focus on the most vulnerable, including children, by providing shelter, food, clean water, health, psychosocial support and more.
Bocci has generously donated $150,000 worth of its signature design pieces, many produced specially for this initiative. Works range from $280 to $35,000 USD, and include unique and limited-edition glass chandeliers, lamps, and tabletop vessels. Phase one of the fundraiser will run through the end of April, followed by the introduction of additional design material offered from galleries and creatives in the Design Miami/ community.
Bocci representatives noted: “We are deeply concerned by the humanitarian crisis in the Ukraine and want to support efforts to help the ongoing emergency situation faced by the Ukrainian people. In doing so, we have teamed up with Design Miami/ on a fundraiser with all of the proceeds going to the Ukraine Crisis Relief fund, set up by GlobalGiving.”
The Design for Ukraine initiative is produced in collaboration with Anava Projects, a creative agency who oversees Design Miami/’s philanthropic and editorial efforts.