Allumonde ring, designed by Richard Hutten at the Golden Globes film awards
Stars at the Golden
Globe film awards on 15 January 2007 will be wearing a special ring designed
by renowned furniture and industrial designer Richard Hutten exclusively
for Design 21: Social Design Network, a joint UNESCO/Felissimo venture.
By wearing the ring, individuals support this cause and make a bold fashion statement. Wearing the ring represents Commitment to the cause, Connection to one another, and Continuity to the cycle of giving. “We are trying to involve personalities in the fields of art and design to act as advocates,” says Indrasen Vencatachellum, who heads the Arts, Crafts and Design Section at UNESCO. “It is also highly symbolic – people wear something in common for peace,” he adds.
Proceeds from sales of the ring, which will be showcased on 13 and 14 January to stars attending the Golden Globes, support a large network of non-profit organizations worldwide and allow individuals to direct proceeds to the charity of their choice. 21% of all proceeds will be donated - 19% to the charity or non-profit organization (NPO) of the member’s choice and 2% to UNESCO.
UNESCO will use the
proceeds to activate projects, including a series of design contests related
to social issues that will be held within the framework of the Design
October 5, 2006, DESIGN 21: Social Design Network was launched with an event
at the Felissimo townhouse in New York City hosted by Koïchiro Matuura,
Director-General of UNESCO and Kazuhiko Yazaki, President of Felissimo.
Representing the design, art, non-profit, philanthropic and business communities,
over 400 people guests created a wonderful atmosphere of support for the
project. The evening's special guests were designers Richard Hutten, who
designed the Network's Allumonde ring, and Monika Kosciuczuk, who designed
the winning logo of the Social Design Network.