Real Simple: Design on a Dime
I was invited to the Real Simple Design on a Dime event held in New York last night but couldn't make it. Now I wish I had. Thom was there! Thom! My hero.
Charles King; Founder; Maggie Gyllenhaal, actress; Thom Filica, designer, Thom Filicia.
This is going to sound totally braggy, but just over the past few month's I could have mingled with Orla Kiely, attended a taping of the Martha Stewart show, met Amy Butler, Nathalie L?t?, and the crew over at Domino magazine just to name a few. But I feel shy about showing up at these events alone. And last night I could have swapped stories with THE Thom Felicia over at Design on a Dime. Had I known he would be in attendance -- I most certainly would have been there. Serves me right for not reading the invitation a little more carefully!
Real Simple, along with co-chairs Maggie Gyllenhaal, designer James Huniford and Real Simple's managing editor Kristin van Ogtrop hosted Design on a Dime to benefit Housing Works. They are the nation's largest community-based AIDS-service organization. During the event, thirty designers ? including Thom Filicia, Sills Huniford, Jamie Drake, and Charlotte Moss created room vignettes that people were able to purchase from at 60-80% off the retail price. All proceeds benefited Housing Works. Here are some of the rooms. What do you think? There's a lot of artistic expression here. Click on each image to enlarge.
Soft, casual, symmetrical. Maybe a little too beige? But I would gladly take tea in this room. But IKEA wouldn't approve.
A little too much patriotism for me here.
I'm not sure I know how to feel about this room.
What's on those fish lamp shades anyway?
Hmm. Gold hands, green and lilac?
What do you think of some of these rooms? Do you have a favorite? I like Thom's best. I think it must be hard when you're a designer with work constantly in the public eye, must be a lot of pressure to perform, be innovative, and still stick to your own vision.
(Images by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)