6,007 euro for the good cause: successful charity auction in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen

On Sunday, 14 December 2014, the fourth edition of the popular charity auction took place in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. The event, which is traditionally organised in the Advent season, attracted around 120 fans of good design. A very personal design highlight or a well-shaped Christmas present for one’s family or friends: more than 130 pieces went under the hammer, which was again swung by Vito Orazhem. In front of a full house, the managing director of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen auctioned off all of the objects in three hours. He enthused the guests with charm and vigor, and thus guaranteed for amusement.

Many of the visitors took the opportunity to purchase the high-class design products at a relativly low price, since many of them were sold at a starting price of 1 euro in the auction: fancy salt and pepper pots, ergonomic torches, functional bicycle equipment or a well-shaped fountain pen. All of the pieces which were purchasable by auction were entered in the Red Dot Award: Product Design, one of the most renowned design competitions.

From curvy lounge chair to branded food processor to bicycle ergometer for sport fans – most of the objects were auctioned off by the end of the charity event. This year, the auction earned 6,007 euro. Like always, 100% of the proceeds will be donated to a good cause. In 2015, in the course of its anniversary celebrations, the Design Zentrum NRW will announce which regional project will benefit from the event. This is when the internationally respected institution celebrates its 60-year existence under the sign of good design. Vito Orazhem disclosed: “We will sum up the proceeds of this year’s auction and of the auction which will take place in 2015. We believe that one can achieve more with a considerable sum. After we have donated the proceeds to Amnesty International during the last three years, we now would like to support a regional children’s hospital.”

This year again, the Design Zentrum NRW donates further design objects to the Wichernhaus in Wuppertal, Germany. The products provided benefit the organisation’s ambulant child and youth services. Depending on the family’s individual cases, they receive the items from various living environments. They are meant to contribute to enhancing the quality of life – especially of children and youth.