Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Design Legend Luminaire Launches “PaperLove” Art Auction to Benefit Sylvester

11.21.2008

For the second year, contemporary home design leader Luminaire is combining art and passion to support Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. As they did in 2006, Nasir and Nargis Kassamali, the founders of Luminaire, have invited artists from across the globe to create unique works centered around a specific theme. More than 50 artists, named below, have created works of art made out of paper for this year’s event titled “PaperLove.” The finished pieces will be sold during a silent auction and at a live charity auction led by Christie’s Auction House during Art Basel, Thursday, December 4th, at the Luminaire Lab in the Miami Design District.

This one-of-a-kind art auction will kick off on Monday, December 1st both online at Luminaire’s website, and at the Luminaire Lab. Guests can view each of the unique works of art, created in paper, and bid on their favorite items. Of the 52 creations, a handful will be chosen by the special jury panel to be part of the live auction and VIP dinner held Thursday, December 4th. That evening, guests paying $200 will be treated to a cocktail reception and special dinner and have a chance to take part in the live auction. Final bidding will close on Sunday, December 7th.

In 2006, Nargis and Nasir originally from East Africa, chose a decidedly-unique medium to capture the attention of the art and philanthropic worlds. Three-dimensional plastic puppies were created, which artists were invited to use as their canvas. “Luminaire PuppyLove” was born. This year, using paper as the main medium, “PaperLove” is expected to take the possibilities of visual design to the next level for participating designers, artists and architects. Just like the first venture, this year’s world-class event will also donate 100% of the proceeds raised from both the online and silent auctions to benefit cancer research at Sylvester.

“Luminaire PuppyLove” raised more than $400,000 for the university-based cancer center. This year, says Nargis, they expect to bring in even more with PaperLove. “We have incredible energy and new talent from around the world,” she says. “And what better gift can you buy this year, than something that is beautiful and unique, and may ultimately help save a life.”

The works of art will be on display at beginning Monday, December 1st at Luminaire Lab, 3901 N.E. 2nd Avenue, Miami, Florida in the heart of the Miami Design District. Nargis and Nasir Kassamali, along with some of the artists and physician-researchers from Sylvester, are available for interviews about this worthwhile project. For more information about the event, please go to http://www.luminaire.com./.

PaperLove Participants:

  • RON ARAD
  • NEIL BARRETT
  • ROBERTO BEHAR & ROSARIO MARQUARDT
  • YVES BÉHAR
  • DROR BENSHETRIT
  • JEFFREY BERNETT
  • TORD BOONTJE
  • RONAN & ERWAN BOUROULLEC
  • CONSTANTIN & LAURENE BOYM
  • ROBERT CHAMBERS
  • ANTONIO CITTERIO
  • DAI FUJIWARA +
  • ISSEY MIYAKE CREATIVE ROOM
  • NAOTO FUKASAWA
  • ERNST GAMPERL
  • LYNNE GELFMAN
  • ALEXANDER GELMAN
  • RENE GONZALEZ
  • KONSTANTIN GRCIC
  • ZAHA HADID
  • TAKENOBU IGARASHI
  • MIRA JOKIC
  • JONATHAN KLINE
  • KENGO KUMA
  • CLAUDIO LA VIOLA
  • PAOLA LENTI
  • AMANDA LEVETE
  • PIERO LISSONI
  • PAOLO MARCOLONGO
  • JEAN-MARIE MASSAUD
  • INGO MAURER
  • CORTO MOLTEDO
  • ENRIQUE NORTEN
  • MICHELE OKA DONER
  • ILLONA & CHAD OPPENHEIM
  • JOSÉ PARLÁGAETANO PESCE
  • RITVA PUOTILA
  • ARNE QUINZE
  • HILA RAWET
  • AXEL RUSSMEYER
  • CLAUDIO SILVESTRIN
  • KIFF SLEMMONS
  • PIET & WIDUKIND STOCKMANS
  • WOLFGANG TOLK
  • SHIGERU UCHIDA
  • FEDERICO URIBE
  • PATRICIA URQUIOLA
  • MASSIMO VIGNELLI, BEATRIZ CIFUENTES
  • & YOSHIKIWATERHOUSE
  • ELKE WALTER
  • MARCEL WANDERS
  • GÜNTER WERMEKES
  • TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine opened in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment at UHealth — the University of Miami Health System. Sylvester handles nearly 1,600 inpatient admissions annually, performs 2,700 surgical procedures, and treats more than 3,700 new cancer patients. All Sylvester physicians are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive more than $36 million annually in research grants. Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties. A major expansion has recently been completed. Deerfield Beach offers appointments with nearly 30 physicians from 12 of Sylvester’s 15 Site Disease Groups, complementary therapies from the Courtelis Center, and education and outreach events.

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