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Going Once... Going Twice... auctions, 2001-2002

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The Going Once… auction was organised by twentytwentyone in collaboration with Coexistence.

The event relied on the shared goodwill and commitment of a range of designers who enthusiastically responded to an appeal to donate special studio models, prototypes or specially adapted production designs to be auctioned for charity.

Lot 12 (shown above) consisted of a one-off Loop coffee table donated by Barber & Osgerby and Isokon Plus. Below, a side table donated by Michael Marriot.

The one-off designs were auctioned at the Design Museum and raised over £29,000 for the three charities selected to promote children’s health and happiness.

Above: a child's chair donated and decorated by Robin Day. Below, an inflatable design donated by Nick Crosbie of Inflate.

Above, Michael Marriot donated the plywood stepped storage trolly unit he had created for twentytwentyone's Childsply exhibition.

Above, Lot 5, donated and signed by B&B Italia founder Ambrogio Busnelli. Below, Lot 11 was a vase designed and donated by Kate Hulme.

Inspired by the success of Going Once..., a subsequent auction was organised and Going Twice… took place in November 2002. 

The event was compered by James Dyson (above), who donated a customised Dyson washing machine for auction. Lots were sold by Christies auctioneer Hugh Edmeades.

The list of pieces donated and the contributing designers can be viewed in full here.

Lot 28 (above) was the fibreglass prototype of the Pipe Dreams watering can, designed by Jerszy Seymour for Magis. Lot 2 (below): Bob and From the Heart table lamps designed and donated by Ingo Maurer.

Above, lot 38: Michael Young's limited edition bottle for Coca-Cola.

Below, the Portsmouth bench by Barber & Osgerby is presented for auction.

Designer James Irvine succintly summed up the two events as "design with conscience".