Chic de­signs aid can­cer ap­peal

Auc­tion of beau­ti­ful bed­rooms will raise cash for breast can­cer cam­paign

Herald on Sunday - - IN OTHER NEWS - Kirsty Wynn

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”.

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