In October, SOM's San Francisco office participated in a fundraising event called Chairity 2017: Design for a Cause. For the fundraiser, 40 architecture and design firms were invited to reenvision a chair and transform it into a piece of art or repurposed item. Proceeds were directed to Project Color Corps, a local nonprofit.
All participating firms received the same chair and were challenged to deconstruct it and reconstruct it with a new design. SOM transformed its chair into a plant holder that, along with the other firms' submissions, was put on display at the furniture store EQ3 in a temporary exhibit. At the end of the exhibit, the chairs were auctioned off, with proceeds going to Project Color Corps.
Project Color Corps is a nonprofit organization based in Berkeley, California. The mission of the organization is to inspire and educate students using color as the language of instruction. Founded in 2011, the nonprofit creates colorful murals in city neighborhoods, underfunded schools, and youth centers with the goal of providing playful, inspirational places for children.