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DIFFA's 17th Annual Dining by Design Highlights


DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids hosted its 17th annual Dining by Design event concurrent with AD Home Design Show in New York City this past March. 

The event brought together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create spectacular, over-the-top dining environments in support of organizations working on prevention, treatment and education in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

This year's exhibit featured table top installations by design stars like David Rockwell, Diane von Furstenberg, Jamie Drake, Robert Verdi, Kara Mann, Margaret Russell, Marc Blackwell, Kati Curtis, Ralph Lauren, Barney’s, ESSIE, Calvin Klein, Gensler, Herman Miller, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Maya Romanoff, and Roche Bobois, among many others as well as tables from leading New York City design schools including Pratt Institute, Fashion Institute of Technology and the New York School of Interior Design, bringing the next generation of designers to the forefront of the artistic community. 
Dining by Design is not just an exhibit but becomes an event venue in its own right on opening night with Cocktails by Design and on closing night with the official Dining by Design gala during which VIP guests are able to dine at the gorgeous tables. 

Modenus editors and their team of bloggers on BlogTour were able to tour the show and DIFFA exhibit and selected their favorite vignettes. 

Ralph Lauren wowed with a french country interior in an urban setting that was classically traditional with a very casual and livable feel. The highlight, Ralph Lauren's Evalina Chandelier, all but covered in cherry blossoms. 

The minimalist setting by Gensler and Hermann Miller was contrasted by its lively mural that celebrates love in all its forms and an ever changing lighting scheme that changed the mood of the space, symbolizing the ups and downs in love and life. 

Kati Curtis for New York Design Center stunned with a display that celebrated the feminine and masculine in all of us. Carefully selected details made this space a show stopper. On the feminine side: Chandelier by Metropolitan Lighting Fixture; Dinnerware and Glassware Richard Cohen; Fabric Timorous Beasties. On the masculine side: Eufaula Chandelier by Currey & Company; Dinnerware and Glassware Match;  Mirror Thom Filicia for Vanguard and Fabric Lee Jofa. 

Diane von Furstenberg created a wonderfully bold space in celebration of life for Kravet's newest collections. We love the unusual table height and comfortable low seating all wrapped in bold colors and patterns. 

Playing on circular shapes seen at different perspectives, STUDIOS architecture created a centerpiece of translucent disks strung on steel wire from the table to the ceiling. The lit backdrop echoed the centerpiece, while a stainless steel table and chairs provided simple structure. 

Inspired by Massimo Listri's beautiful photograph  of il Reggia di Venaria,  Philip Gorrivan created this striking vignette where old meets new as the iconic image is underlined by the whimsical mural by Nathaniel Galka and juxtaposed by Fendi Casa's Blixen Chair and Pegaso Table. 

“Just like Pinocchio trapped inside the belly of the whale, the most challenging times of our lives can lead us to a more positive journey” was the statement from Fashion Institute of Technology's “Belly of the Whale” installation. Wonderful details like the nails as table runner to hold place cards and greenery with the inspiring place cards telling guests what matters most in life. 

Stay tuned for more highlights from AD Home Design Show as we share favorite design finds and trends next week.