Design on a Dime, sponsored by Housing Works, is celebrating its 15th year raising funds and awareness to end AIDS and homelessness. The annual event begins tonight and runs through Saturday the 27th. Tickets are available on the website.
This year, over 70 nationally recognized designers will create one-of-a-kind rooms with donated merchandise representing over 700 brands. The opening night reception and sale is Thursday, with a VIP cocktail and preview hour at 5:30. The doors open at 6:30 for general admission and sale.
Following the opening night of Design on a Dime, there are two days of sales to the public with free admission, on Friday the 26th and Saturday the 27th. The four-day benefit takes place at Metropolitan Pavilion, and all of the merchandise used is sold for approximately 80% off retail prices.
Acclaimed designers show off their work while contributing to this worthy cause. San Francisco Bay area designer Cynthia Spence says, “Design on a Dime is such a worthy cause and the construct is unique; to take items of all kinds and pull them into a compelling and cohesive space. Plus, it is creatively fulfilling to step outside your ‘neighborhood’ to see the design work happening elsewhere. And who doesn’t love New York?”
Charleston-based design firm Mitchell Hill is bringing their unique style to New York. “We feel fortunate to be doing what we love and be able to give back at the same time through Design on a Dime. Being from Charleston we’ve seen it grow into this metropolitan hub with art, fashion, and culture all at the helm and so we’re honored to have this opportunity to share what we call ‘twisted traditional’ in New York!”
Founder and renowned designer James Huniford shared his thoughts on the continuing popularity of the event. “Everything about Design on a Dime is unique. From the humanitarians we recognize at the Groundbreaker Awards to the goodness and creativity of the participating designers and brands. And, of course, the amazing deals the event offers people on the best home furnishings, linens and art.” He continues, “For the industry, I think Design on a Dime is the annual celebration where we celebrate design and where everyone participates, from young, beginner designers to living legends to name-brands for the home. It’s the design industry’s passion and creative energy put in the service of fighting AIDS and homelessness.”