May Design Series to host Silent Auction for Out of the Dark

Together May Design Series and Out of the Dark, a charitable enterprise that trains young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in the art of furniture manufacturing and up-cycling, welcomed eight of the UK’s best known interior bloggers and journalists to take part in a one-off training session, the May Design Series Silent Auction.

Press and friends of the show were asked to draw on their creative energies to help design a bespoke re-upholstered chair to assist in raising funds for these young people. Each chair will be put up for a silent auction at the entrance to May Design Series from 18-20th May at London ExCeL. The maximum bid for each chair will go to Street Dreams, Out of the Dark’s registered charity with event organisers UBM to match fund all winning bids – doubling the pot.

Participants at the workshop and designers of the eight unique chairs are:

  • Arianna Trapani, co-Editor of Heart Home and blogger at Arianna’s Daily
  • Carole King, co-Editor of Heart Home and blogger at Dear Designer’s
  • Yasmin Chopin, interior designer and blogger at
  • Kate Watson-Smyth, freelance interiors writer and blogger at Mad About the House
  • Tina Bernstein, freelance interiors writer and blogger at Colour Living
  • Laura Almond, Web Editor at Achica Living
  • Kate Burnett, Editor at The Schemer
  • Denise Mahmud, Trendease

Out of the Dark was founded by Jade and Jay Blades, who hosted the workshop. Speaking of the charity’s long-standing relationship with UBM, Jade commented: “We are truly grateful to UBM for the support that they have given us over the years – we wouldn’t be where we are now without it. We’re looking forward to being a part of May Design Series this year, and we can’t wait to see how much we raise from the Silent Auction – we urge visitors to bid generously!”

Andy Vaughan, Brand Director for May Design Series, commented:

“Working with Out of the Dark is always a pleasure, so we’re thrilled to have been able to take it one step further this year. In addition to their three stands throughout the show, the Silent Auction will take place at the entrance to the South Hall, where we hope that we can attract lots of generous bidders. Each chair is a one-off piece designed by a prominent industry figure, and we’re confident that there will be heavy competition in the bidding!”

UBM have been involved with the Out of the Dark charity since their debut appearance at one of our exhibitions back in 2013 and are huge supporters of their work and hope to help them become better connected in the design world to promote them and their products to a wider audience.

May Design Series will take place at London’s ExCeL from 18-20 May. Register for your complimentary pass by visiting to come along and bid on one of these bespoke chairs.

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