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A Modernist Speakeasy for Design on a Dime

Alfonsina Romero-Waters (ARNY) and Daria Demin (Circa 22 Design Studio)
Alfonsina Romero-Waters (ARNY) and Daria Demin (Circa 22 Design Studio)

Interior Designers Alfonsina Romero and Daria Demin Present Prohibition-Inspired Room at Housing Work's Design on a Dime Event

NEW YORK CITY, NY – April  4, 2024 - Interior designers Alfonsina Romero-Waters (ARNY) and Daria Demin (Circa 22 Design Studio)  have joined forces to unveil a true prohibition inspired room inside a 10’x12’ booth at Housing Work’s annual fundraiser: Design on a Dime. This event, dedicated to raising funds to end homelessness and AIDS, brings top together designers to create unforgettable vignettes exhibited and sold at Opening Night.


The duo's booth captures the essence of a modernist speakeasy lounge, drawing inspiration from the glamour of the Prohibition era. Fusing opulence with simplicity, weeping flowers on the wall panel adorning the walls evoke the sorrow felt for those affected by alcoholism. In the heart of the room stands a radiant red lacquer bar shelf generously donated by Vondom. 


"We wanted to create an experience that seamlessly blends old nostalgia with modern trends," says Alfonsina, whose creative background extends beyond designing spaces. With over a decade in NYC's hospitality scene, Alfonsina combines design, marketing, and PR to create truly immersive experiences.


To pay tribute to the original spirit of the prohibition era, the Timothy Oulton - donated bar will exclusively serve non-alcoholic cocktails, staying true to the booth's historical theme. Hosted by Gin and Tonic Queen, nonalcoholic cocktails will be exquisitely crafted with London Essence mixers, echoing the era's ethos of temperance and innovation.


The ambiance of the duo's booth is elevated through strategic collaborations with luxury brands such as JAB Fabrics, Fromental, Metropolitan Lighting, Houles Paris, Tom Faulkner, Classic Sofa, Soy Creative, Pom Rugs, Luigi’s Blinds and Drapes, and Jan Kath Carpets. These esteemed sponsors have contributed to tailoring a space that displays a distinctive blend of history and innovation.

Preview of ARNY x CIRCA 22 Room for Design on a Dime
Preview of ARNY x CIRCA 22 Room for Design on a Dime


"We are thrilled to be part of this project and support Housing Works' mission," says Daria, founder of Circa 22 Design Studio. With 20 years of experience in interior design, Daria's expertise has been instrumental in bringing this vision to life with incredible contributions, including a unique custom piece designed exclusively for their concept from Classic Sofa.


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