In the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, members of the design community immediately showed support by auctioning their some of their latest works to raise money for the country’s charities and citizens. The latest designer stepping up to benefit the European country and its millions of displaced citizens is Marcin Rusak, the Polish talent who has gained global renown for otherworldly objects and furnishings meticulously crafted from plant matter to explore notions of evolution and consumption.
“As a Warsaw-based studio, we’ve been witnessing the drama of individual people every day since the invasion began,” he wrote on Instagram. “Poles have been offering their flats, transportation, and funds, but what will be most needed shortly is to help build new lives here in Poland for those who had to leave their own homes in Ukraine.” To raise money, Rusak organized International Creatives for Ukraine, an Instagram auction that will see more than 50 global designers, galleries, and private collectors offer up a selection of their latest objects, lighting fixtures, furniture, illustrations, and accessories. All proceeds will benefit Fundacja Ocalenie, a leading Polish NGO and charity helping Ukrainian refugees while they settle in safer environs by distributing housing, food, and essentials to assisting with paperwork and fostering integration with local communities.