Mar 06, 2018



Press Release

March 6, 2018


Social: #DOADNYC18




New York, New York - Housing Works’  announced today the list of participating designers for its annual benefit, Design on a Dime, which is held at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. The event, which will take place April 26 - 28th, brings together Interior Designers and crucial fundraising to support Housing Works’ lifesaving services for New Yorkers. Event guests will have the opportunity to shop over $2million  worth of furniture, homewares, art, and more at 50-80% off retail prices.

On the evening before the sale opens, April 25th, the Annual Groundbreaker Awards Dinner will honor community members who are leading the fight to end HIV/AIDS and have been unbelievable supporters of LGBTQ civil rights. This year’s Groundbreaker honorees are Robert Chavez, President and CEO, Hermès USA, who is receiving the Hearst Design Group’s Heart of Design Award, Javier Muñoz, Actor, Singer and Activist and Bunny Williams, Interior Designer and Founder of Bunny Williams Inc. Dinner chairs include, Sandra Lee, Jeffrey Seller, Josh Lehrer and Linda


Design on a Dime participating designers and brands include: Aaron Rambo; Anthony George Home + Two Blu Ducks; Apartment 48; Azie Shelhorse; Benjamin Moore; Beth Diana Smith; Branca; Bungalow 5 with Luca Rensi & Marina; Lanina; Calligaris; Carl Barnett Design/Studio; Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes; Claudia Giselle Design LLC;; Curated by Younhye; Decor Aid; De La Torre Design Studio; DUMAIS Inc.; foley&cox; Francis Interiors; Glenn Ban Design; Greg Dyer of Element Design Group; ELLE DECOR; Halden Interiors; Hollymount; House Beautiful; Housing Works Thrift Shops; HUNIFORD;  Jae Joo Designs; JDK Interiors; Joy Moyler Interiors; Justin Charette Design; Katie Ridder Inc.; Kellie Franklin; Kerber's Farm & Nick Voulgaris; Kirsten Yadouga; Laura Bohn Design Associates; Lorla Studio; Mark Cunningham Inc.; Marie Flanigan Interiors; Meg Lonergan Interiors; Miles Redd LLC; Natalie Kraiem Interiors; Nicola Rosendorff Interiors; Nina Magon [Contour Interior Design]; paris K Interior Design; Patrick James Hamilton Design; Peti Lau Inc.; Peter Sandel Design; Phillip Thomas Inc.; Reddymade Architecture & Design; Ron Marvin Design; Sotheby's Home; Saudah Saleem Interiors; Timothy Brown Studio; Toledo Geller; Vanessa Deleon; VERANDA; Willey Design LLC; Yetta Banks for Viacom.

Design on a Dime kicks off with a ticketed opening night reception on April 26 which includes a VIP preview hour (5:30 PM) and general admission (6:30 PM) at which time the sale will begin allowing guests to shop each room vignette with discounts up to 80% off. In attendance will be Founding Chair James Huniford; Co-Chairs Alessandra Branca and Newell Turner; and Social Chair & Official Facinator, Douglas Friedman. Following the Opening Night will be two public sale days with free admission for the public on April 27 from 10am - 7pm and April 28 from 10am - 5pm.

This year’s event features a special spotlight on the vibrant design community of Houston, Texas, featuring several designers from this region. Their involvement coincides with Texas Design Week Houston, and participation in Housing Works’ Design on a Dime will raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in Texas. Texas has one of the highest population of people living with HIV in the country, and end to the AIDS epidemic in the US will hinge upon an end to new infections in southern states, and Texas, specifically. 

Proceeds from Design on a Dime and the Groundbreaker Awards support Housing Works’ mission to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS. The organization provides thousands of New Yorkers with lifesaving health services and housing. They are heavily involved with advocacy efforts to ensure social justice and healthcare for Americans in need.

The event is sponsored by Hearst Design Group, Benjamin Moore, Gilead Sciences, The Points Guy, New York Design Center, A+E Networks, Sotheby’s Home, and Home Polish.


About Design on a Dime:

Founded in 2004 in New York City by renowned designer James Huniford, this one-of-a-kind benefit brings together top interior designers to create unique, jaw-dropping vignettes using donated merchandise from top brands, artists, and makers. Starting Opening Night, items in the vignettes are then sold for up to 80% off retail to savvy and stylish attendees.


About The Groundbreaker Awards:

The Groundbreaker Awards Dinner brings together Housing Works’ closest friends and supporters for a celebratory evening to honor outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the fight to end HIV/AIDS and homelessness. Set among the stunning room vignettes, guests will get an exclusive sneak peek at the Design on a Dime creations. Most importantly, this evening will raise vital funds to bolster housing expansion efforts throughout the city, providing hundreds of New Yorkers a solid foundation from which to build a successful future.


About Housing Works:

For over 25 years, Housing Works has fueled the fight to end HIV and Homelessness through fashion. Our 12 Thrift Shops and signature events directly benefit our trailblazing work in grassroots activism, healthcare, and housing. Housing Works led the way during the height of the AIDS crisis in New York City, and continues to lead resistance efforts across the country in this current political climate.

For more information about Design on a Dime, The Groundbreaker Awards, or Housing Works, please contact Katherine Oakes at or 718.408.6500 x6574.


Katherine Oakes
718.408.6574 x6574

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Housing Works is a healing community of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Our mission is to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through relentless advocacy, the provision of lifesaving services, and entrepreneurial businesses that sustain our efforts.

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