Above, Can It! hostess Veronica Webb autographs her portrait.
Last night, Design Within Reach’s flagship SoHo Studio was transformed into a festive event space for Can It!, the gala benefit hosted by DWR and VIPP to raise money for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. Five of the one-of-a-kind customized VIPP trash bins were auctioned live at the event. Flashbulbs popped as, under the supervision of Sotheby’s auctioneer Benjamin Doller, Nigel Barker and Can It! hostess Veronica Webb auctioned off David Rockwell’s LED-covered bin for $6,500. Yoko Ono’s bin went for $3,400, and Ralph Lauren’s leather-clad bin closed at $3,000. Lady Bunny’s eyeful of a trashcan was auctioned off for $1,100 with the help of Evette Rios, and Veronica Webb’s Africa-inspired waste bin, complete with her portrait and the Robert Lee Morris tribal jewelry she wore in the photo, brought in a whopping $7,500.
Above, VIPP USA president (and grandson of VIPP founder Holger Nielsen) Kasper Egelund poses with Lady Pink’s bin, which raised over $4,000. Below, some of the bins waiting to be won in the silent auction. You have to wonder what signature touches George Nelson, Edward Wormley, Eero Saarinen, Harry Bertoia and Charles Eames would have applied to their custom VIPP bin.
Between the live auction, silent auction and eBay auction, DWR and VIPP successfully raised over $50,000 for DIFFA.