London’s Design Museum has partnered up with Philips for a ‘Time for Design’ auction to raise funds for the Museum’s relocation to Kensington. Notable donations to the cause include: three of the late, great Dame Zaha Hadid’s ‘Mercuric’ tables courtesy of her namesake Foundation; and Bono contributed a signed Gretsch ‘Irish Falcon’ guitar.
Apple’s Chief Design Officer Sir Jony Ive, meanwhile, created a unique accessory collection for the Cupertino company’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro. The accessory kit includes an anodized iPad case; a leather and suede ‘Smart Cover’; and an orange sleeve for the Apple Pencil made of fine Italian calf-leather.
Ive’s donation comes as no surprise given the designer’s relationship with the Museum: he exhibited a prototype for a mobile phone as far back as 1990 and was the recipient of the Museum’s inaugural Designer of the Year award in 2003 for his work on the iMac.
Other donations include a Mendini armchair, a Robino and Fersini ‘Primitive’ table and a vinyl-wrapped Fiat 500. All are expected to fetch handsome sums at auction in Berkley Square.