This year, we have enlisted the help of four famous New Zealanders to create our Sealybrity Designer beds, all of whom jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this unique campaign, which raises funds for the Breast Cancer Foundation New Zealand (BCFNZ).
This year’s designers are titans of the acting, sporting and music worlds and have brought their own personality and design passion to life through their bespoke beds. All of our celebrities have drawn on a theme of nature and recovery, producing unique bed designs ready for auction.
The Sealybrity Designer beds will be listed on Trade Me from October 16. The one-of-a-kind beds will be auctioned over a two-week period, with all of the sale proceeds donated to the BCFNZ to aid research and development. Find out about the bed designed by Lisa Carrington and Antonia Prebble below, with our other two ambassadors to be revealed over the next few weeks.
World champion Lisa Carrington took her design inspiration from the silver fern, a symbol she wears when competing on the world stage.
"It took me a while to choose the design," she said. "I tried to find something which reflected sleep and I also wanted something that reflected New Zealand."
"I finally decided on the fern frond, as it represents new life, growth, strength and peace. It’s also never-ending and conveys rejuvenation. Rejuvenation is essential and relates to sleep, as well as my lifestyle, training and performance as an athlete."
Actress Antonia Prebble's bed design is symbolic in a number of ways.
"It was quite an easy choice," she said. "The first thing that came to mind was a painting by Karl Maughan, my favourite New Zealand artist and a very talented painter of botanicals and gardens. My parents commissioned him to paint the garden at our family home."
"That painting has pride of place on our dining room wall and I thought it would translate well to a bed design. It also has personal meaning to me, not to mention it’s an incredible and beautiful piece of art."