Think Pink: Designers Customize Grete Jalk’s GJ Chair to Benefit Breast Cancer Research

From left, GJ Chairs customized by Rafael de Cárdenas, Harry Allen, and Deborah Berke.

If you’ve ever watched the eBay clock tick down to its single-digit seconds before clicking “Bid,” you know that timing is everything in the cutthroat world of online auctions. Unfortunately, the crucial final hours of Suite New York’s Pink Jalk Project auction to benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation were initially scheduled for yesterday, as the East Coast continued to grapple with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Sandy. That grappling continues–the Suite New York Showroom remains closed and without power–but the auction has been extended until tomorrow afternoon, giving you one more day to score one-of-a-kind versions of Greta Jalk’s laminated teak plywood GJ Chair customized by 20 designers and architects, including Winka Dubbeldam, Kelly Wearstler, Harry Allen, and Maharam Design Studio. David Rockwell got creative with sparkly Swarovski tiles, while Rafael de Cárdenas united the usually disparate forces of op-art and floral chintz. Deborah Berke collborated with sign painter David Newcomb and decorative painter Alexa Davis of Lillian Heard Studio on a pink-bottomed chair that honors women pioneers in architecture and design (see the making of Berke’s chair in the below video). Bid to win here.