Dining By Design ~ 2014

Architectural Digest 

DIFFA's big, hotly anticipated fundraiser each year is Dining by Design.  Top visionaries, along with a sponsor (in most cases) create the most exquisite tabletop vignettes or installations.

The Design Industry raises money to help fund organizations that improve the lives of those living with AIDS, educate the targeted population, and support public policy initiatives.  35.3 million people are living with AIDS worldwide.  They still need our support!

We can all make a DIFFArence!

Benjamin Moore & Jamie Drake

Arteriors probably created my favorite vignette of the show.  This is totally up my alley: organic and globally inspired

Essie & Robert Verdi

Inside the mouth of the whale ~ The skeleton pulls you in, to a dynamic tea party; nautical in nature and whimsical in feel.  I loved the picture of the little fish on the goblets.

FIT & Jes Gordon

A classical dreamscape ~ marrying the historic beauty of the old world with the modern

Luxe Magazine, Fendi casa & Phillip Corrivan

which sits comfortably next to the futuristic ~

Marc Blackwell

This subtle chinoiserie vignette had an expansive feel ~

Beacon Hill & 2 Michaels

This was a tribute to the artistry of Maya Romanoff, whom we lost a few months ago.  His firm was founded on the craftsmanship of dying and draping, and from that came exquisite wallpapers.  Many of the items came right out of his Chicago studio.

Maya Romanoff & Kara Mann

DVF ~ In keeping with her truly dynamic style


This was the most provocative ~ 1/2 masculine, 1/2 feminine, each with its own identity sitting comfortably together.  I'm thinking tolerance and acceptance was the driving force.  Look how beautiful it can be.

New York Design Center & Kati Curtis

Ralph Lauren usually WOW's, but not so much this year.  I think of Dining by Design like I think of showhouses.  You might not be bowled over all the time but you always walk away a little more inspired, and it's always a good time!

Ralph Lauren

Manhattan magazine & Soren Rose Sponcer

Knoll & HOK

Every year these talented individuals leave us in awe and delight!  If you didn't make it this year, remember that it falls this time every year, so put it on your calendar.

ph: CLI

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