Every year, interior design’s best and brightest convene to create living space showcases in support of community-based AIDS organization Housing Works and its many life-saving programs and services. At the Metropolitan Pavilion, this worthy endeavor – the 13th annual “Design on a Dime” benefit – featured over sixty of these breathtaking interior design “vignettes” by prominent interior and décor designers including Maison 10, Antonino Buzzetta, Mark Cunningham Inc., foley&cox, Billy Cotton, Asler Valero, Décor Aid, Nick Olsen, Phillip Thomas Inc., Glenn Ban Design, Miguel Lewis, Robin Baron Design, Timothy Brown Studio, Philip Gorrivan Design, Bungalow 5, and Robert Stilin for InCollect. Their spaces were adorned by donated and custom furniture, art, and a variety of home décor pieces and accessories from generous manufacturers and vendors, all of which were on sale for up to seventy percent off.


Expectedly, the event was an abundance of outstanding vignettes and home décor finds. Steven Gambrel created for SR Gambrel an artist’s studio in muted hues. Francis Toumbakaris for Francis Interiors spun a sexy fantasy 50Shades of Grey bedroom. Andrés Sáenz envisioned a lounge room for a South American emerald and coffee bean dealer, blending browns with verdant jewel tones. Kerber’s Farm’s Nick Voulgaris took his inspiration from his recently launched coffee table book “The Seaside House” and installed a deck space with a docked vintage Dyer, which sold to architect Brian Sawyer. Root Celar’s Tamara Stephenson and Susan Young layered their space with their original exotica prints for table linens, throw pillows, and wall treatments.


Through the years, “Design on a Dime” has become one the city’s highly anticipated events for design enthusiasts and charitable individuals. Overseen by founding chair Huniford Design Studio’s James Huniford, chairs Elle Décor EIC Michael Boodro and George to the Rescue George Oliphant, and renowned photographer Douglas Friedman, this design, shopping and fundraising soiree is a vital way of enabling Housing Works to help New Yorkers living with and affected by AIDS through advocacy, wrap around services, and supportive programs with regards to residential issues, primary care, job training, and legal aid.

IMAGES courtesy of Housing Works (1) Douglas Friedman, Michael Boodro of Elle Décor, and George Oliphant (2) Shopping for a cause (3) Jackie Greenberg and Andy Cohen (4) Nick Voulgaris and Charlie (5) SR Gambrel vignette (6) Francis Interiors vignette (7) Andrés Sáenz vignette

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