Humanscale's 11th Annual Faces in the Wild is a Great Success

Highly Anticipated Charity Auction Raises More Than $40,000 for WWF


Karen Brooking

LONDON —Humanscale’s 11th annual Faces in the Wild auction—an art event benefitting WWF that is aimed at raising awareness and funds for wildlife protection—was held in London for the first time in four years at Humanscale’s Clerkenwell showroom on November 3. Three hundred of London’s design industry luminaries as well as a selection of the contributing artists attended the enormously successful event.

Prestigious artists and designers—including Tom Dixon, Marcel Wanders, Scott Wilson, Black + Blum and Scott Henderson—created and generously donated wildlife-inspired artwork for this event. The stunning masterpieces included photography, oil-on-canvas paintings and sculptures depicting the beauty of the natural world. Humanscale matched all winning bids, raising a total of $42,047.80 for WWF.

Highlights of the evening included Sue Timney’s silk screen print of wild animals, which raised more than $1,750 after a fierce bidding war; Scott Wilson’s “Zarafa” Giraffe, which garnered more than $1,500; Dror Benshreit’s “Oncilla,” which raised nearly $1,050; Harri Koskinen’s “New Area,” which sold for nearly $1,000; Marcel Wander’s “One Minute Delft Blue” cow sculpture, which sold for more than $950; and Scott Henderson’s “Vulgaris,” which raised nearly $900.

Robert King, founder and CEO of Humanscale, flew over from New York to attend the event, commenting, “This year’s Faces in the Wild had an incredible mix of wonderful art and enthusiastic attendees. I’m so pleased with the outcome and I very much appreciate everyone who contributed their talents, as well as those who purchased the works.”

Design guru Kevin McCloud, an ambassador for WWF-UK, shared, “I am delighted that Humanscale is hosting this wonderful charity event in London this year, the year of WWF’s 50th anniversary.  Humanscale’s elegant and functional products exemplify ergonomic design and conform to WWF’s values of sustainability, beauty and durability.  It’s absolutely appropriate, then, that their annual Faces in the Wild art auction, which benefits WWF and its work to raise awareness and funds for wildlife protection, should play such a prominent part in WWF’s celebrations. As a WWF Ambassador, I’m immensely grateful to the high-profile artists and designers who have contributed their time and talent to produce these amazing pieces of artwork for auction and also to Humanscale for pledging to match all proceeds donated to WWF!”

Since 2000, Faces in the Wild has raised more than $400,000 for WWF, including matching donations by Humanscale. One of the largest conservation organizations in the world, WWF celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and continues to push international efforts to protect endangered species and their habitats.

Humanscale is dedicated to environmental sustainability and continually strives to design, engineer and manufacture products that consume less of the Earth’s limited resources. Founder and CEO Robert King has served on WWF’s National Council since 1999. Humanscale also supports WWF through a three-year, $750,000 sponsorship of a WWF project in conjunction with the Cambodian government. Specifically, Humanscale is financing patrols in the Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary and the corridor that links the sanctuary to the adjacent Mondulkiri Protected Forest. The patrols help protect tigers, leopards, elephants, wild water buffalo and other indigenous species from illegal poachers and loggers who are systematically destroying the 1.5 million-acre region in Eastern Cambodia.

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