Interior designer Paris Kostopoulos and artist Tina Psoinos of Paris K Design are remembering Michael with “Faith,” a custom-created “vignette” dedicated to the pop superstar, who died in December. The vignette, which is a scaled-down room, will feature a stenciled image of the singer amidst monochromatic walls and neutral furniture. The display will be one of many featured at the Housing Works’ annual “Design on a Dime” event at New York’s Metropolitan Pavilion.
Proceeds from the sale of items from “Faith,” as well as similar vignettes, will benefit Housing Works, an advocacy group focused on fighting homelessness and HIV/AIDS.
Kostopoulos and Psoinos said they choice to honor Michael because of his generation-defining talent, philanthropic work and “attitude to life.”
“He is a role model to all, paving the way for other gay contemporary artists at a time where being gay was still a stigma. Thanks to him, we are a step closer to equality,” the pair told The Huffington Post in a joint statement. “We grew up listening to his velvety voice. He not only helped shape our music, but the lifestyle we now recognize as normal... back then, it was revolutionary.”
The Housing Works mission resonated deeply with Kostopoulos and Psoinos, too. “We wish to contribute to those affected to live a healthier life, free of prejudice and discrimination. For us, it is also a personal matter as we are very close to someone with the virus,” they said. “Design on a Dime celebrates diversity and design and we are honored to be part of that community.”
Housing Works’ “Design on a Dime” will take place April 26-29 in New York. Head here for more details.
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