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An interior designer’s project raises funds for the homeless

Rooms designed to help New Yorkers living with HIV and Aids

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An interior designer’s project raises funds for the homeless

April 24 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

New York-based interior designer James Huniford, founding chair of Design on a Dime, has enlisted the talents of more than 50 fellow designers (including Katie Lydon, Laura Bohn and Miles Redd, creative director of Oscar de la Renta Home) for a fundraiser for Housing Works – a US-based non-profit that, since 1990, has provided free housing, job training and legal advice for more than 20,000 homeless and low-income New Yorkers living with HIV/Aids.

Each designer will fit out a room with homewares and furniture donated by more than 100 designers, artists and brands. Following a VIP reception (and the chance to buy), all products will be available to purchase at a public sale. All the proceeds – which last year totalled $700,000 – will benefit Housing Works’ new 874 Jefferson Avenue Project: a three-year project to transform an abandoned building in Brooklyn into 12 sustainably built housing units.