Going Once... Going Twice... auctions, 2001-2002
The Going Once... Going twice...auction was organised by twentytwentyone in collaboration with Coexistence. The event relied on the shared goodwill and commitment of a range of designers who enthusiastically responded to an appeal to donate special studio models, prototypes or specially adapted production designs to be auctioned for charity.
Inspired by the success of Going Once..., a subsequent auction was organised and Going Twice… took place in November 2002. It was compered by James Dyson and the one-off designs were sold by Christies auctioneer, Hugh Edmeades. The auction was held at the Design Museum and raised over £29,000 for the three charities selected to promote children’s health and happiness.
Right: Michael Marriot donated the plywood stepped storage trolly unit he had created for twentytwentyone's Childsply exhibition.
Above: (top left) The Loop coffee table, donated by Barber & Osgerby and Isokon Plus, (top, second from left) a child's chair donated and decorated by Robin Day, (top, second from right) a vase designed and donated by Kate Hulme, and (top, right) an inflatable design donated by Nick Crosbie of Inflate.
Above: The event was compered by James Dyson (left), who donated a customised Dyson washing machine for auction. The Portsmouth bench (centre) by Barber & Osgerby is presented for auction and the Fresh Fat Plastic limited edition bowl (right) produced and donated by Tom Dixon is presented.
Above left: the fibreglass prototype of the Pipe Dreams watering can, designed by Jerszy Seymour for Magis.
Left: B&B Italia's ‘UP 7 Piede’ signed by B&B founder Piero Busnelli
The list of pieces donated and the contributing designers can be viewed in full here.
Designer James Irvine succinctly summed up the two events as "design with a conscience".