On November 9th, the Kendall Wilkinson Design team (alongside the Geddes Ulinskas Architects ) gathered beneath a glimmering chandelier and encouraged the surrounding crowd of people to raise their wooden paddles to bid on the draping shimmering fixture.
Why had a group of people come together within the expansive Studio Becker showroom in San Francisco’s Design District?
To support the Bay Area-based non-profit New Door Ventures . The organization works with local youths (ages 16-24) who have been disconnected from employment and education due to a variety of obstacles. By bringing education and working opportunities to these adolescents, New Door Ventures is able to “Break the Cycle” of disenfranchisement.
In the spirit of giving and with the aim to help others in the Bay Area community, Studio Becker joined forces with this non-profit in the best way they knew how: by creating a Design Challenge ! Teams led by an interior designer and consisting of architects, builders, and more came together to reimagine a plain black bicycle into a unique, creative, and fun installation. These pieces would then be auctioned of at the November 9th event, with all proceeds going to New Door Ventures, thus helping to “Break the Cycle” by literally breaking the cycle…
Our team jumped at the opportunity to raise money for a good cause as well as to create a one-of-a-kind design from a, well, less than appealing bicycle. Working closely with the architects at Geddes Ulinskas Architects, we reimagined the tire as the base to our chandelier. We punctured holes strategically through the rubber, opening pathways for light to shine through like a sky full of stars. Glass tear drops hung in a descending cone, glittering accents.
Bestowing the name “Le e’clat” (the sparkle), we were thrilled to see it hung and illuminating a special corner in the Studio Becker showroom.
On the day of the actual event, we all gathered beneath its glowing light and admired our handiwork. When it came time for the fast talking auctioneer to encourage bids, we weren’t surprised when hands shot up. We did however, get into the action, playfully prompting friends, colleagues, and strangers to participate for the cause.
At the end of the day, each and every piece that was featured was a spectacular installation. Every one of them raised money for this amazing cause and it was such fun to see our fellow designers’ work as well as the passion and pride they showed in participating. A great kick off to the holiday season, this was an event we won’t forget.