This October, 30 of the country’s most talented designers took part in Project Design 2013, an innovative fundraising show house project spearheaded by Kravet Inc. and magazine sponsor New York Cottages & Gardens. The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island (RMH-LI) received a head-to-toe makeover as the 18 bedrooms, kitchen, breakfast room, five common areas, first floor restrooms, and three laundry rooms were completely revamped by some of the most prominent tastemakers in the industry.
RMH-LI is a not-for-profit organization that works to provide comfort and shelter to families experiencing the pain of having a sick child in local hospital facilities. For more than 18,000 families, the house has become a “home-away-from-home” while their children receive treatment for chronic diseases and life threatening illnesses. By creating a temporary haven in a secure and comfortable environment among other families sharing a similar burden, RMH-LI gives families the ability to fully focus on the healing of their child.
However, with the wear and tear that it has endured during its 27 years of existence, the house was in need of some healing of its own in order to best suit the ongoing needs of the families it serves. The goal of Project Design 2013 was to renovate the house and help provide even more comforting accommodations to the 1,000+ families RMH-LI serves each year.
From Project Design 2013 creative director Anthony Baratta to distinguished designers like Bunny Williams, Jamie Drake and Eric Cohler, Kravet brought together some of the biggest talents in the industry to take part in the renovation. The finished product was celebrated with a Designer Showcase Gala on October 10th, during which the newly designed areas of the house were unveiled. RMH-LI then hosted an open house that ran from Friday, Oct. 11 through Monday Oct. 14 when community members were invited to tour the new rooms for a donation fee.
Project Design 2013 is a groundbreaking initiative in the design community because it is the first time that such a large scale show house project will stay open and serve the needs of the community in an ongoing way. The project will not only provide RMH-LI with the repairs and renovations it needs, but it also showcases the powerful and immensely positive impact the design world can make when working together for a common cause. For more, visit www.rmhlongisland.org.