Design on a Dime Recap

April 28, 2016

By: Tyler Wisler

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Don’t miss the event ELLE DECOR calls an “unmatched shopping opportunity,” our 12th annual Design on a Dime Benefit.

The 3-day benefit and sale features more than 60 of the world’s top interior designers, who create unforgettable room vignettes with new merchandise, which is donated and then sold for up to 75% off retail pricing!

This headline was taken straight from the Housing Works website, and it’s about a charity event I’ve had the honor of participating in for five years!

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.

And I just found out that this year’s event, which took place April 20 – 23, raised a whopping $1.2 million!!!

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This is truly an event like no other, where all of the invited designers ask their favorite vendors for donations. So because we have no idea who will contribute, and even more confusing, what they’ll contribute, it is a constant flexing of our creative muscles to design the most cohesive space we can with the assortment of goods we are able to procure.

It’s actually kind of awesome, and the camaraderie that develops between all of the designers is special and rare.

This year, my design was all about art! I even had artists reach out to me asking to be a part of this event. With celebrities shopping the gala and media coverage by Elle Décor, it’s no wonder they would want to be a part of NYC’s premier shopping event.

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Working with this eclectic collection of art meant I had to figure out how to make it all make sense. Well, who better to help curate the pieces than the artists themselves? Thus, the story of “The Artist’s Lair” was born and built to be a space where creative souls could surround themselves with stimuli that spark that internal passion.

I’m proud to say that 17 independent artists were showcased in my installation. Their paintings, photographs and sculptures all beckoned guests to stop in and explore, and I couldn’t be happier to have collaborated with them and with Living Spaces to help such a deserving cause.

Below is a complete list of the Living Spaces products I was fortunate enough to use in my installation:

Rug – Everly Watercolor | Rug – Lochlan Cobalt | Rug- Royce Yellow | Rug – Kyrin Black | Rug – Jonty Indigo | Mirror – Giselle Square | Floor Lamp – Jarvis | Floor Lamp – Dunton | Table Lamp – Nova | Floor Pillow – Orange Medallion | Floor Pillow – Blue Medallion | Floor Pillow – Grey Medallion | Teak Aluminum Stool | Metal + Glass Hourglass | Brass Magnifier on Stand | Aluminum Dish | Glass Orb

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