Chic designs aid cancer appeal
Auction of beautiful bedrooms will raise cash for breast cancer campaign
Beautiful bedrooms created by award-winning New Zealand designers will go under the hammer in the fight against breast cancer.
Top interior designers LeeAnn Yare, Melissa Greenough, Evie Kemp and Alex Walls have created their sanctuaries for Sealy’s annual Designer Bed fundraiser.
The fundraiser, for Breast Cancer Foundation NZ, is in its sixth year. In previous years famous New Zealanders designed bespoke beds for the Sealy auction.
This year the makeovers include the bed and surrounds, beautiful linens, headboards and accessories.
The beds and accessories will be auctioned on Trade Me at the end of this month to coincide with the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
In New Zealand, nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer daily. More than 80 per cent survive 10 years or more but more than 600 women die of the disease each year.
Melissa Greenough, host of TVNZ’s HOMEmade, said: “I’ve had a lot of friends and family that have suffered through breast cancer. Some have survived and some haven’t, so it’s a cause that is very dear to my heart.
“It’s amazing how many people are affected when a woman gets breast cancer. It’s heartbreaking to see what families go through.”
Greenough kept her design simple and timeless. Relaxation was key.
She wanted to create a place “where you can go and read a book if you are not feeling great, somewhere serene”.
All designers started with the pink velvet Sealy Posturepedic Exquisite bed and added linen and accessories.
Designer and illustrator Evie Kemp said her creation was based around the “road to recovery”.
One of the main features in her design was a framed one-off print of a repaired vase that she created especially for the campaign.
“I was inspired by the art of kintsugi, a Japanese art form and philosophy based on the idea of repair to a broken object, particularly ceramics, which can then tell a story and make the object even more beautiful,” she said.
“It shows that broken objects are not something to hide, but to display with pride, and I love how that resonates as a metaphor for breast cancer recovery.”
Alex Walls, designer and owner of Alex & Corban Home, drew on the beauty and calm of nature for her room and LeeAnn Yare, owner of homewares store Collected, wanted to showcase the colour pink.
● The four lots will be listed on Trade Me from tomorrow for the auction on October 31. All proceeds will aid research, support and education.
LeeAnn Yare’s bedroom design showcases the colour pink.
Evie Kemp’s design is based on the “road to recovery”.