SHOPPING HOME STYLES FROM THE CONNOISSEURS 

The past weekend brought out droves of New York’s avid style hunters who queued the avenue-wide block of W 18th Street to the entrance of the Metropolitan Pavilion for this year’s edition of Housing Works’ Design on a Dime benefit and sales event. Vignettes conjured up by illustrious interior designers showcased an array of alluring spaces and curated furniture, home décor, and art pieces sourced from their respective vendors, donors, as well as prominent artists and home brands. Through the years, the event has become a highlight of the season for witnessing the virtuosity of talents in the shelter category, both emerging and established, while purchasing classic and unconventional finds that carry the imprimatur of home style arbiters. Proceeds of the sale are dedicated to funding Housing Works’ many programs and wrap around services for people living with AIDS.

Of the innumerable functional or ornamental pieces there, here are just a few sensational pieces:

HD01 Bungalow5 for Bungalow

Bungalow 5 – a Bungalow 5 Elba lounge chair in oatmeal with comfy angled back and curved seat deck on a mahogany frame for a handsomely modern take on mid-century sophistication. 

HD02 greg-salvatori

Justin Charette Design – an arresting photograph of the designer’s tattooed and provocatively flexed arm by prominent lensman Greg Salvatori who renders his subjects’ essence with gimlet eyed brio to lend any space a truly personal touch. 

HD03 Lamps Plus Circa Cast Iron Light

Patrick J. Hamilton – a Circa Table Lamp from Lamps Plus in all black ceramic with cast iron finish and topped with a sleek drum shade lights up any space with unassailable polish. 

HD04 New Pacific Direct for Cathy Hobbs

Cathy Hobbs – a solid wood multi-level display and book case from New Pacific Direct in brushed smoke with varied compartment sizes for versatility and flair 

Images of Bungalow 5 chair and New Pacific Direct display case for Cathy Hobbs from Housing Works, Circa table lamp for Patrick J. Hamilton from Lamps Plus, and Justin Charette photograph© courtesy of Greg Salvatori

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Joseph Pastrana

Joseph Pastrana has spent most of his career in lifestyle - from his extensive experience in public relations and brand building to writing features on a range of art and culture subjects. He was formerly fashion director for the Los Angeles-based trade publication MetroStyle where he oversaw the magazine’s coverage of local and international fashion labels. He personally attended seasonal Fashion Weeks in New York, Paris and Milan and wrote profiles and reviews on designers and collections including Calvin Klein, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Isaac Mizrahi, Donna Karan, Bill Blass, Todd Oldham and many others. Joseph has also written for magazines in Chicago and New York on travel, books, music and films. He returned to public relations consultancy work through affiliation with Mannfolk PR as its New York division to develop emerging fashion resources as well as managing the communications requirements for clients in various lifestyle categories including fitness and interior design.

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