Take a Seat for Legacy is back! For the second year, we are proud to be working with notable Australians from interiors, fashion, music and radio to support the work of Legacy Australia.
Last year we raised over $10,000 for Legacy Australia with our Take a Seat for Legacy project. This year, we put the call out again and we’ve been overwhelmed with the number of personalities who have generously donated their time and creativity to personalise a plain timber chair for a special online sale starting 22 October.
We’ve also created today’s special Dining Chair Collection sale event, with around 100 different dining chairs in your favourite styles from industrial to French Provincial. We’ve committed to donating $10 to Legacy Australia for each chair purchased from this collection, so even if you can’t take part in our special online sale of personalised chairs later this month, you can support Legacy with every order of a new chair for your own home.
40 bespoke chairs, 40 Australian personalities
We gave all the participants a classic bentwood chair in raw timber, along with free rein to express their creativity, either on their own with the help of our creative team.
Remarkable creative synergy meant that all three chairs, while created separately, feature a wrapped element. Sibella, pictured outside her Sydney store The Society, Inc, used leather and a gypsy bell from Transylvania ‘to ward off any pesky spirits,’ as well as evil eye motifs to fit in with the theme of protection, central to Legacy’s work.
Lucy (who has subsequently given birth to baby Beau – congratulations!) and Jane created a chair with real softness, both literally and figuratively, including a dream catcher they made from beachcombing finds.
Mr Jason Grant referenced his favourite Bondi ocean tones, using Murobond paint in Foam, tan leather and rope.
T&W’s Head of Styling Jessica Bellef worked with Seven’s Chris Bath (above) and Magdalena Roze (below) to realise their ideas at a creative workshop in Sydney.
Still more participants have worked on their chairs at home, and shared the results on Instagram. Follow us @templeandwebster and explore the hashtag #takeaseatforlegacy to see their amazing work – we’ll also be uploading them to our Take a Seat for Legacy Pinterest board and Facebook album.
We loved seeing Better Homes & Gardens’ Johanna Griggs carefully wrapping hers in wool (above left), and Donna Hay’s ethereal creation (above right) in her signature pale blue complete with angelic wings.
Online sale starts 22 October
We’ll kick off our special online sale on 22 October with a special email featuring the incredible chairs and their makers. You’ll be able to buy your favourite chair knowing that 100% of the proceeds of the sale will go directly to Legacy to support their work with the families of those killed or incapacitated while serving in Australia’s defence forces.
Exhibition at The Grounds of Alexandria 24-26 October
Like last year, you’ll be able to see the chairs up close at an exhibition at The Atrium, part of The Grounds of Alexandria from Friday 24th – Sunday 26th October. We’ve heard Kevin Bacon, The Grounds’ resident porcine hero, will be decorating a chair himself, and that’s definitely something worth seeing.
We’re proud to be supporting Legacy Australia, and we’d love your support too. To get involved, follow us on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to keep up with what’s happening via the hashtag #takeaseatforlegacy, and let us know what you think.
Image credits, from top:
1: Temple & Webster
2: Australian House & Garden
3-5: Jonathan Cami for Australian House & Garden
6 -7: Josh Eriksson
8: @Johgriggs7 and @donna.hay via Instagram
9-10: Natalie Hunfalvay