industry insider | Apr 24, 2018 |
A first look at the Design on a Dime rooms opening this weekend

Beth Diana Smith, Kevin Dumais, Halden Interiors, Lorla Studio, and Joy Moyler Interiors are among the exhibitors that will be making their Design on a Dime debuts this weekend in New York. While some of the talent may be new, the event’s challenge remains: Sixty designers have less than a day to transform a 10-by-12-foot space into an inspired vignette using donated products from top home design brands and artisans. Here's a first look at a few of the designs on display.

Younghye Design
Art consultant and interior designer Younghye Hwang has called upon her artist friends to stock a colorful vignette with ceramics, paintings, photography, prints and sculpture.
Dumais Inc.
Clean lines and a neutral palette are all set to evoke a contemporary cool in the tailored “room” by New York designer Kevin Dumais.

Each product, from furniture to lighting to art and accessories, is then sold at discounts of up to 80 percent. Founded by interior designer James Huniford, the beloved design event benefits Housing Works’ mission to terminate homelessness and AIDS. Coinciding with Texas Design Week, this year’s event is casting a special spotlight on the Houston design community. The Lone Star State has one of the highest populations of people affected by AIDS in the country.

In honor of the Southern-inspired theme, Design on a Dime is bringing special guest designers Nina Magon, Marie Flanigan, Meg Lonergan and Aaron Rambo from Houston to the Metropolitan Pavilion to display their work.

Francis Interiors
Drag superstar Kim Chi serves as the muse behind Francis Interiors's “Memoirs of a Gay-sha” display, designed with Phillip Jeffries’s “Blossom” wall covering and five profiles of the celeb photographed by Adam Ouahmane.
Lorla Studio
LowLand Studio’s mixed-material orb chandelier centers Lorla Studio’s naturally minimalist vignette.
Meg Lonergan Interiors
Houston designer Meg Lonergan recreates the romance of a Paris flat with shadowy paneled walls, intricate gilt mirrors and marble details in her space; all photos courtesy Housing Works.

Design on a Dime NYC kicks off on Thursday, April 26, with a ticketed opening celebration, to be followed with a general admission entry. Shopping days will be held on April 27 and 28. Design on a Dime, which added an annual Miami edition in 2016, has raised more than $13 million since 2004.

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