By JANELLE ZARA
During her struggle with five separate incidents of breast cancer over the course of twelve years, Nargis Kassamali, along with her husband and business partner, Nasir Kassamali, has taken action. In 2006, the two cofounders of the Miami-based furniture and lighting showroom Luminaire launched Love, a design auction to raise money, awareness, and advocacy for a cure for breast cancer.
For the auction’s fourth edition—titled Glaslove—Kassamali decided to showcase stunning objects made of or that incorporate glass. The items include the chic, transparent minimalism of Glas Italia furniture designed by Nendo, as well as the luminous, candy-colored shades of a Lasvit chandelier created by the Campana brothers, among other pieces. All proceeds go directly to the University of Miami’s Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in support of its ongoing research.
Speaking about the decision to showcase works made of glass, Nargis noted the symbolism of the material’s duality—“delicate and transparent, yet durable and strong”—an apt description for the spirit of those battling cancer. Love, as the old saying goes, conquers all.
In collaboration with Phillips auction house, Glaslove goes live online September 19 and runs through October 11, 2016, with a live auction and gala dinner taking place in the Miami Design District’s Moore Building on October 6. For more information, visit phillips.com.