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Inside Hearst’s #DesignUnites Charity Auction

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, raised over $18 thousand in its first round, and the second lot—which you can find outlined below—will be available from April 30th to May 13th.

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 and experiences will continue to be added to the site through December.

ELLE Decor Editor-In-Chief Whitney Robinson will be auctioning off a virtual “Ask Whitney Anything” meeting. 

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Town & Country Editor-in-Chief Stellene Volandes will be auctioning off a holiday jewelry shopping experience, either virtually or in NYC. 

Courtesy of Stellene Volandes

“At Hearst’s Luxury & Design Collection, we want to give back and support our city through challenging times,” says Jennifer Levene Bruno, the VP of publishing for Hearst Magazines Luxury & Design Collection. “In an effort to lend support to New Yorkers in extreme need during this pandemic, the Hearst Luxury & Design Collection has launched Design Unites – a platform created to help individuals and families by raising funds through auction on Charitybuzz.com. We are proud to share that all funds raised will go to Habitat for Humanity New York City’s COVID-19 Emergency Housing Response Fund. Please support our cause by visiting our brands’ websites to learn more about how you can make a difference.”

The lot is comprised of both unique items and one-of-a-kind experiences, giving participants a rare opportunity to bid on these special products and services while giving back to communities in need.

See below for a list of all items being auctioned, and visit the CharityBuzz site to start your bidding here.

CURRENT LOT (April 30th – May 13th):

  • Martyn Lawrence Bullard: Pajama Party with A-List Interior Designer Martyn Lawrence Bullard at his West Hollywood Office
  • Alida Hotel: 2-Night Getaway at the Alida Hotel in to Savannah, Georgia, Plus Dinner at Pink House & Walking Tour of Savannah
  • Jean Prounis: Enjoy Afternoon Tea with Designer Jean Prounis at her NYC Studio, Plus Receive Lapis Pileus Earrings
  • Sisley Paris: Sisley Paris At Home Spa Collection
  • Melissa Joy Manning: One of a Kind Jewelry Making Workshop with Melissa Joy Manning in Brooklyn, New York
  • American Ballet Theatre: 2 Tickets During American Ballet Theatre’s 2021 New York City Season at Lincoln Center, Plus Backstage Tour & Access to the Patron Lounge
  • LAGOS: Caviar Lux Diamond X Bracelet from LAGOS
  • Hunt Slonem: One-of-a-kind Hunt Slonem Untitled diamond dust bunny painting
  • Ornis Gallery/Lee Radziwill: Anglo-Indian Botanicals from Ornis Gallery/Lee Radziwill
  • THE WELL: THE WELL 1-Year Digital Membership
  • Arhaus: Arhaus Furniture & One-on-One Virtual Consultation with an Arhaus Designer
  • Joe Lucas: Virtual Design Consultation with Famed Designer Joe Lucas to Transform Your Powder Room with CW Stockwell
  • Heath Ceramics: Original Hand-Thrown Bowl by Ceramist Tung Chiang of Heath Ceramics
  • Aireloom: The Ultimate Aireloom® Preferred Bed Package & Virtual Consultation with a Sleep Expert


    • Myka Meier: Private Virtual Etiquette Lesson with Beaumont Etiquette
    • Redd Kaihoi: William Stuart Thornton Pressed Botanical print
    • Stellene Volandes: Holiday Jewelry Shopping with Town & Country Editor in Chief, Stellene Volandes, Virtually or in NYC
    • Robbie Fairchild & Chris Jarosz: Rooftop Dance by Robbie Fairchild & Chris Jarosz
    • Juniper Books: Phone or Facetime Consultation & Curated Bookshelf by Juniper Books Founder, Thatcher Wine
    • Jonathan Adler: Limited Edition Signed Vase from Jonathan Adler
    • Daniel Boulud: Skybox Experience at Restaurant Daniel for 4 People in NYC
    • Whitney Robinson: “Ask Whitney Anything” | Exclusive Virtual Meeting with Elle Decor Editor in Chief, Whitney Robinson
    • Nick Fouquet: Custom Nick Fouquet Hat
    • Nate Berkus: Virtual Design Presentation by Nate Berkus, Plus a Copy of his book, The Things That Matter
    • Justina Blakeney: Virtual Social Media Workshop with Justina Blakeney, Founder of Jungalow
    • Eddie Ross: Learn How to Throw a Virtual Dinner Party with Style Expert, Eddie Ross
    • Bobby Berk: Virtual Design Session with Queer Eye Interior Design Expert, Bobby Berk
    • Sally King Benedict: Virtual Art Consultation & Custom Painting from Artist Sally King Benedict
    • Mark D. Sikes & Blue Pheasant: Mark D. Sikes & Blue Pheasant Garden Picnic Set Including Stoneware Pitcher, Hand Blown Glasses & More, Plus Signed Copy of Mark’s Book Beautiful
    • Ferguson & Shamamian Architects: Virtual Architecture Consultation with Award-Winning Architecture Firm Ferguson & Shamamian
    • Champalimaud Design & Troutbeck: Two Night Stay at Troutbeck with Lunch and Shopping Tour with Alexandra Champalimaud and Anna Beeber of Champalimaud Design

      “Design Unites” is open for bidding now Learn More and Bid

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