Here's How Design Brands Are Giving Back During Coronavirus

Last updated: 05-04-2020

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Here's How Design Brands Are Giving Back During Coronavirus

The design industry has a long history or giving back to the community. Long before designers and textile and furniture brands came together to support causes like the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club and the Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, many of our favorite brands were offering support when it was most needed. During World War II, Schumacher donated yards of fabric to be used to make parachutes for the U.S. Military. Now, as the country struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, more and more companies are stepping up to help healthcare and frontline workers, sick patients, and others at risk. Here's a breakdown.

A Maker Moment, created by Field + Supply founder Brad Ford, is a platform that showcases furniture makers, ceramicists, lighting designers, and more artisans who are still working. READ MORE

Apple is making a million face shields per week for medical workers. READ MORE

Photographer Audrey Blake has launched the "6 Foot Shoot," where she visits families in her community and shoots portraits from a safe distance to raise funds for food banks. READ MORE

Baker is producing breathable, machine washable face masks and hospital gowns for North Carolina healthcare workers in its manufacturing facilities

Designer Charlotte Moss launched a fundraiser for No Kid Hungry. She kicked things off the campaign with a $5,000 donation. READ MORE

CW Stockwell and Caitlin Wilson have teamed up to make at least 2,000 masks. READ MORE

The Design Bar put together 500 care packages, which included donated products like bottles of wine, knit hats, and lip balm, for Chicago health care workers. READ MORE

Flavor Paper has launched a fundraising initiative to support restaurants and healthcare workers that have been deeply affected by the coronavirus. Through Positive FeedBack, the wallpaper company is donating 25 percent of sales from its city-themed toiles to East Bay FeedER and Frontline Foods. READ MORE

Hearst Luxury Design Collection has launched the Design auction with lots featuring interior designers, from Jonathan Adler to Bobby Berk. Money raised from the sale will benefit Habitat for Humanity New York City's COVID-19 Emergency Housing Response Fund. READ MORE

Home Depot has halted sales of its N95 masks and plans to donate them to hospitals, healthcare providers, and first responders across the country. READ MORE

JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores has been giving away free at-home mask-making kits for people to complete and donate to hospitals. READ MORE

Kravet has donated over 31,000 yards of fabric and begun manufacturing face masks for medical professionals, first responders, and patients.

Lego is making visors in its Billund facility for for health care workers on the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic at its factory in Denmark. The factory can produce more than 13,000 face visors a day. READ MORE

MaskClub is donating a medical-grade mask to a first responder through theFirst Responders Children’s Foundation for every mask purchased. Plus, 100 percent of net proceeds from masks made with Stark or Scalamandré fabric will be donated to the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. READ MORE

Matouk has pivoted its Massachusetts factory from churning out bed and bath linens to making masks for healthcare workers. It plans to make 2,000 masks per day. READ MORE

Mitchell Gold+ Bob Williams is using its North Carolina factory to make gowns for healthcare providers in North and South Carolina. The furniture company plans to make produce between 8,000 and 10,000 gowns per week. READ MORE

Mohawk Industries, the world’s largest flooring manufacturer, has converted its Georgia to make more than 1,000 gowns, with fabric donated by Fabric Sources International. This first shipment will be donated to local medical centers, and the company plans to expand outreach. READ MORE

The Mount, Edith Wharton's former home turned historic house museum donated five yards of extra fabric from the famed novelist's boudoir to be used to sew face masks.READ MORE

The New Traditionalists and children’s furniture brand ducduc are have been using their shared Connecticut factory to produce essential supplies, including gowns, beds, partitions/dividers, rolling bins, carts, and daycare furniture, for local hospitals and daycare centers. READ MORE

Rough Linen has started sewing face masks for health care company Kaiser Permanente, and plans to produce 150 to 250 masks a week. READ MORE

Schumacher has donated hundreds of yards of fabric to various facilities and individuals making masks, including Woodard and Stephanie Seal Brown. READ MORE

Serta Simmons Beddingplans on donating 10,000 mattresses to New York City hospitals and medical facilities that are fighting the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE

Sherwin-Williamshas donated paint and more than 250,000 pieces of personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks, protective gloves and coveralls to hospitals and first responders. Pictured here is a donation of 150 gallons of paint to support the conversion of the Chicago Convention Center, McCormick Place, to an Emergency Hospital. covid-19-update.sherwin-williams.com

Stitchroom has been letting crafters volunteer to make masks, and coordinating wher to send the completed masks. In the first 24 hours after it launched, nearly 1,000 masks were pledged. READ MORE

The Perennials Fabrics arm of David Sutherland opened its warehouses for workers to craft masks that can cover regulation N95 masks to extend their use.

WAC Lighting ordered 500,000 Level-3 Surgical Masks and is donating them to COVID-19 healthcare relief efforts by shipping them to U.S. hospitals, primarily in the New York metropolitan area.

The Woodard factory in Michigan, owned by designer Jean Liu's family, has made about 1,000 medical masks, and plans on churning out 1,000 per day. READ MORE

Zoffany is providing fabric to various workrooms and designers making masks for healthcare workers.


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