Marcin Rusak Organizes Instagram Benefit Auction for Ukraine

To assist more than one million Ukrainian refugees who’ve fled to Poland, the Warsaw-based studio is organizing International Creatives for Ukraine, an Instagram auction that’s offering works by dozens of global design talents.

A selection of objects on auction by International Creatives for Ukraine. Graphic by Marcel Kaczmarek

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.

Haynes Mirror by Egg Collective
(FROM LEFT) Tephra Vase 000 by Marcin Rusak. Marmoreal Side Table by DZEK and Max Lamb

In terms of prizes, design enthusiasts will recognize familiar faces and newcomers alike. Among those participating are the female-led New York furniture studio Egg Collective, which is offering up a Haynes Mirror in crystalline mirrored glass clasped by brass slices. The research-driven Italian practice Formafantasma put forth a yellow ceramic vase for Bitossi. Garde, the California design destination with quaint galleries in both Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, contributed the Septennial Candle Holder in solid iron and wood by Belgian designer Arno Declercq. Rounding out the offerings are pieces by In Common With, Liam Lee, Faye Toogood, and Pelle. 

Bids can be placed in the comments section of the respective Instagram posts shared by Rusak and the designers until March 31. 

(FROM LEFT) Sculptural Chair II by Rooms Studio. Poppy Vase by Sophie Lou Jacobsen
(FROM LEFT) Chromarama 3.a by Kukka; photography by Studio van Soest. Nana Lure 35 lamp by Pelle.
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