While Sight Unseen’s latest philanthropic venture – an online auction featured on Paddle8 – is an extension of its Design for Progress initiative, judging from the wares on offer, there’s more incentive than just charity. Of course, the sale is a call-to-action, yet there are some great steals to be found. The Design for Progress auction kicked off last Saturday night, with a selection of 40 pieces that will be up for grabs for the next two weeks.

Take, for example Ana Karlin’s one-of-a-kind ‘Hoop+Stick’. Or a mint-green powder-coated aluminium ’X-Cube Table’, a true unique from this year, by ‘greater good’ sustainable design studio Uhuru. And thanks to Patrick Parrish, Jonathan Nesci’s unique ‘Present Perimeter’ vase form, a zinc-plated steel objet d’art that so happens to also house flowers.

While nabbing highly coveted editions and uniques is always a cause celebre, in fact the auction is hoping to raise high sums to benefit what Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer of Sight Unseen have identified as vulnerable groups of people. After a successful first fundraiser in November that raised $20,000, this go-around, a much bigger affair, will action its proceeds towards the environment, via Sierra Club, and civil rights, by way of the ACLU.

‘Wu’ stools, by Egg Collective, 2014. Courtsey of Egg Collective

The initiative has garnered support from New York’s design It crowd: Misha Kahn and Katie Stout’s limited-edition ‘Eye’ rug (replete with a 3D blue iris) has a starting bid of $600, Design for Progress has seen donations from the likes of Apparatus, who recently threw a well-attended fundraiser themselves in their stories studio, too.

Kelly Behun put a new spin on her signature Lazy Susan, ‘Cloudy Waters’, this time features an aqua-tinted seascape; artist Thaddeus Wolfe has offered one of his hand-blown glass assemblages, and for those curious, it’s a towering lavender-cornflower bursting with pinky hues from within; and Brooklyn cool kids Home Studios donated an artist proof of an architectural marble-based stacked-box vase that already has bids. And there’s even more from Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Cody Hoyt and Fort Standard.

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