Events: Housing Works Design on Dime Benefit

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Last night we slipped into the Design on a Dime Benefit organized by Housing Works and sponsored by Domino Magazine. It was wall to wall glamorous people and rubber necking. We found ourselves glad that we could hide behind the camera.

In short, it is a very cool idea that is still a bit rough, but growing. We even like the roughness. We spoke with James Huniford, one of the designers and an organizer, who said next year they would be doubling the size of the benefit.

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James Huniford

The idea is that furnishings and housewares are all donated to Housing Works and then ten well known interior designers assemble a chic room out of what has come in. The results were some really attractive and imaginative vignettes that show off the hand of the designer and not the glam of a expensive new objects. Skill is required as many of the pieces are NOT very fancy.

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We liked her dress next to these chairs

EVERYTHING is for sale, and all the proceeds go to benefit Housing Works. You can check it out today and tomorrow from 11-6pm.

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It's paper plates!

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Christopher Trujillo in front of his lamp

Our favorite vignette was Sharon Simonaire's white room. With a stunning paper plate chandelier by her assistant Christopher Trujillo, we felt that this one really came together.

This is worth checking out, but beware if it is crowded as the room fills up quickly and it is hard to move around. (Thanks, Amy!)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.

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