1-800-Got-Junk?: Chairs get second shot at love after Chair Affair auction

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Furniture Bank fundraiser raised more than $67,000 to help low income families in the GTA.

Furniture Bank's annual Chair Affair fundraiser, an auction of refurbished second-hand furniture held last month, helped raise more than $67,000 for low-income families in the Greater Toronto Area. Forty designers chose the pieces from Furniture Bank over the summer and then transformed them to suit the "from my home to yours" theme using paint, fabric and TLC. "They were (originally) pretty ugly looking chairs, in many cases," said Dan Kershaw, Furniture Bank's executive director. "They"ôre torn, they"ôre ripped, they"ôre stained, they"ôre wobbly. The designers go away and they reimagine it." Here's a sampling of their creations.

Piece by Parkdale Trading Company and Peter Feeney Shoes (Kiran Thind, Rodrigo Andrade and Peter Feeney) Sold for: $3,600 Purchased by: Sandra Rinomato, real estate expert and host of HGTV's Property Virgins From the designers: "Our homes differ in style but we love well-crafted furniture, leather and bold textiles and chose to combine these elements in our design." Jane Lockhart's design Jane Lockhart's design Piece by Jane Lockhart Sold for: $3,000 Purchased by: Paul Guy, a franchise partner at 1-800-Got-Junk From the designer: "As a busy professional, I spend a lot of time working away from home but when I finally return to my space, I cherish it as an important respite from the chaotic world outside." Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander Glen Peloso and Jamie Alexander Piece by Glen Peloso & Jamie Alexander Sold for: $2,750 Purchased by: Buyer requested anonymity From the designers: "For us, home is the comfort and joy feeling you can only achieve from your personal surroundings, collections and style." Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training Piece by Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training Sold for: $2,000 Purchased by: Andrew Chung, chairman of Furniture Bank About the designers: This piece was reimagined by five participants from the Miziwe Biik Aboriginal Employment and Training program who worked on the table at the Furniture Bank workshop. The project was in conjunction with the charity's Leg Up Skills Training and Employment program.

Yvonne Whelan Yvonne Whelan Piece by Yvonne Whelan Sold for: $1,750 Purchased by: Buyer requested anonymity From the designer: "Home to me is a beautiful soft cashmere sweater that wraps around you, making you feel safe and happy. And no home is complete without the love of family "" the most important part!" Sharon Grech Sharon Grech Piece by Sharon Grech Sold for: $1,250 Purchased by: Buyer requested anonymity From the designer: "I was attracted to the desk and its "arts and craft" style appearance "" very sturdy and solid with simple lines. However being a decorative artist, I couldn"ôt resist adding some paint and pattern, even after the hard work of removing the heavy black finish. I wanted to give the desk a feminine touch, but not overly cutesy; a look I could imagine my eight-year-old daughter loving."

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