The annual Design on a Dime fair kicked off last night with a party hosted by actor turned East Village bar owner Alan Cumming. If you missed it, you can still cumm on over to Metropolitan Pavilion to peep an array of vignettes created by local designers. Unlike BKLYN Designs, which returns to Greenpoint next month, admission to this one is free, and proceeds from whatever you buy go to Housing Works and the non-profit’s efforts to house formerly homeless individuals with HIV/AIDS.

We made the rounds earlier today and checked out rooms created by Greg Dyer of Element Design Group:


CarolEgan Interiors:


Cathy Hobbs Design Recipes:

And more than 60 others. Scoop up this Barack portrait before it’s gone:


Okay, so the furniture at Design on a Dime isn’t literally going for ten cents on the dollar. But you won’t have to charge Obama-level speaking fees to afford it, either. A shabby-chic bamboo room divider was price at around $125, which is more within reach than Design Within Reach.

Design on a Dime, at 125 West 18th Street, continues Saturday, April 29, from 10am to 5pm.