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 ~
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!
|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.