Charity auction in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen with record result: 11,781 euro for the local good cause

On Sunday, 6 December 2015, the popular charity auction took place in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen in Germany. Around 170 attendants came to purchase well-designed objects by auction and do a good action. A personal design highlight or a Christmas present: More than 160 pieces went under the hammer, which was again swung by Vito Orazhem. The Managing Director of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen auctioned off all of the objects in 3,5 hours and ensured amusement for the design-enthusiastic guests in a familiar charming manner.

Numerous participants took their chance to purchase high-class products by auction at a relatively low price, since many items were sold at a starting price of 1 euro in the auction: from beach chair to school bag to a solar lamp with integrated mobile charger. Products from various fields invited the visitors to a special kind of Christmas shopping. This way, the bidders secured themselves fully automated coffee machines, elegant tableware, stylish watches and many more. The top price generated sideboard “butler” which changed hands for 910 euro.

At the end of the benefit event, which is traditionally organised by Red Dot Design Museum Essen during the Advent season, most of the objects were auctioned off. The charity auction 2015 earned a total of 11,781 euro. The complete proceeds are donated to a local consulting service for parents at paediatric clinic of the university hospital Essen. There, a team of physicians, paediatric nurses, social pedagogues and psychologists offers care and follow-up of parents and premature babies after release from hospital. In total, the children’s hospital can look forward to 17,788 euro, because it receives besides this year’s proceeds also the earnings from 2014 in the amount of 6,007 euro. “You can achieve more with a considerable sum”, said Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, prior to the event.

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.