Author and design commentator Max Fraser has reached into his bulging contacts book for a good cause, charging the likes of Tom Dixon, BarberOsgerby and Max Lamb to create a work of art that expresses the 'Joy of Living' in aid of Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres. From a donut-like sculpture inspired by a chair design to a hand-stitched piece based on the Ishihara Plate test for colour-blindness, the resulting designs - which all started with a simple piece of graph paper - are now on sale at London's Somerset House.
Each signed artwork is priced at £250 but the name of the designer is not revealed until the item is purchased. Other contributing designers include Martino Gamper, Troika,
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and John Pawson.
Fraser, who was introduced to Maggie's soon after his mother died from the disease, chose the graph paper because it 'seems to trigger a certain nostalgia for designers, reminding them of the early days of drafting before computers took over.' The brief to the designers came from the mantra of Maggie's co-founder Maggie Keswick Jencks, who said that what matters above all, when facing cancer, is to 'not to lose the joy of living in the fear of dying'.