Thursday, May 14, 2015


Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) annual DINING BY DESIGN was held in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Show from March 19-23, 2015 at Pier 92. DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN fundraising event brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create extraordinary dining environments, from lavish and opulent to outrageous and whimsical. 

Festivities included Cocktails by Design on Thursday, March 19th, followed by the DINING BY DESIGN gala on Monday, march 23rd. A portion of all ticket sales benefits DIFFA and helps in the fight against HIV/AIDS. 

In addition to the elaborate installations, attendees were able to shop the silent auction to help raise additional funds for the cause. The silent auction, which was also accessible online, featured a wide array of art, photography, travel, hospitality experiences, and more. 

This year's table installations were so creative and inspirational! Check out the highlights from this year's DIFFA DINING BY DESIGN. Hermés and Anthropologie were two of my favorite installations. Which ones are your favorites?

essie, designed by Robert Verdi

Sunbrella, designed by Dransfield & Ross

The New York Times, designed by Robert Passal Interior and Architectural Design

Marc Blackwell New York

Moen, designed by Evette Rios

Pratt Institute, mentor: Elizabeth Bolognino

Stacy Garcia New York

Manhattan Magazine & Fendi Casa, designed by Noelia Ibánez

Bolon, designed by VIIIR

New York School of Interior Design

Lignet Roset and Rottet Studio

Ottowa, Canada's Capital, designed by Geoff Howell Studio

Perkins & Will

 M Moser Associates

Interior Design, designed by Ali Tayar, Parallel Design

HBF & HBF Textiles, designed by Ghislaine Viñas

Kravet Inc., designed by Hunt Slonem: Hunt Slonem is a world-renowned artist known for Neo-Expressionist painting of exotic animals and tropical plant life. Groundworks for Lee Jofa translated iconic works into a collection of stunning fabrics, wallpapers, and carpets. 


Benjamin Moore & Cosentino, designed by Tyler Wisler

Spin Ceramics, designed by Kitty Hawks

Casali with Tonon, Mohawk Group, Ghelamco and Artemide, designed by Mac Stopa

New York Design Center, designed by Marks & Frantz

Roche Bobois, designed by Stephen Burks, Manmade

Architectural Digest, designed by Bronson Van Wyck

Echo: Explore where the two dimensional and three dimensional worlds begin and end. Immerse yourself in Echo's Heirloom India collection of wallpapers and fabrics. 

Calvin Klein Home: The serene dining setting features circular shapes and celebrates tactile materials such as leather, stone, raw wood, metal and glass. 

Gensler + 3form: Outside | Inside - Blurring the lines between outdoor and indoor living, this dining experience envelopes you within the landscape making dwelling and site one. The modern house is your backdrop as you mix and mingle with old and new friends from the outside, in. 

Caesarstone and Gaggenau, designed by Stephanie Goto

Anthropologie: Inspired by the ceramics of South African artist Ruan Hoffman and murals by Rebecca Reouché, Alexis Givens created an environment where diners are transported to a magical moonlight feast. 


Beacon Hill, designed by Corey Damen Jenkins

Ralph Lauren Home

- Kim Weling

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