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04/14/2017 10:13 am ET

This May Be The Most Unusual George Michael Tribute You'll Ever See

The pop superstar will be honored with a stylish "vignette" for charity.
Interior designer Paris Kostopoulos and artist Tina Psoinos will pay tribute to George Michael in New York next month with a
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Interior designer Paris Kostopoulos and artist Tina Psoinos will pay tribute to George Michael in New York next month with a unique project. 

George Michael’s boundary-pushing legacy will be remembered with a unique tribute in New York.

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. 

The vignette will feature Tina Psoinos's stenciled image of the singer amidst monochromatic walls and furniture. 
Paris K Design
The vignette will feature Tina Psoinos's stenciled image of the singer amidst monochromatic walls and furniture. 

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.”

“He is a role model to all, paving the way for other gay contemporary artists at a time where being gay was still a sti
Paris K Design
“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," the pair said of the artist. "Thanks to him, we are a step closer to equality."

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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