As the new year is fast approaching, the time comes for most to make resolutions. I personally try to avoid them, because I don't need more things on my to-do list that, but I do want to try to be a more socially and environmentally concious person in the way I live and the way my career choices takes me. That being said, when I was on the Domino website making sure I hadn't been missing issues, I found a project they embarked on.
"The domino design project—the transformation of an eight-story, 40-unit apartment building in the South Bronx into beautifully furnished homes for families living with HIV/AIDS—began nearly two years ago for domino, when interior designer Sara Bengur approached us about joining forces. Bengur and seven other talented designers signed up to turn the bare apartments at the Woodycrest House into high-style homes. We solicited donations for everything from armoires to cutlery, and they rolled in at a generous level and pace: Pier 1 Imports gave the team carte blanche to shop its wares; Jonathan Adler donated all the bathroom accessories;Dyson offered up a yellow vacuum cleaner for each apartment; Benjamin Moore provided the paint for both the units and the public spaces." [domino online]
The article went on to list all the different companies and designers who donated to the project. I hope that some day wherever and whatever I'm doing in the fashion industry, I can be a part of something like this, whether its financially, or with my services. Here are some photos of the empty apartments, and the finished results. Kudos to everyone involved in this!
Also, if you're in a charitable mood this New Year, another really great charity helping families afflicted/affected by HIV/AIDS is Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. They hold really great fundraisers in the NYC area, so if you live there, I suggest checking them out some time. They hold an awesome Flea Market every fall, a Broadway Bares cabaret-type event [that is exactly what it sounds like!], and a Stars in the Alley meet & greet with Broadway celebs and soap stars, among many other things!