Sunday, April 3, 2016


Pratt Institute
Mentor: Elizabeth Bolognino

It's been another amazing year for DIFFA DINING BY DESIGN at Pier 92, which took place from March 17th-20th, during the Architectural Digest Design Show at Pier 94. Using whimsical dining environments as the medium, the co-located DINING BY DESIGN exhibit showcases the power of design and serves as a source of inspiration, innovation and creativity beyond the imagination - all in effort to aid in the fight against HIV/AIDS, raising nearly $800,000 for the non-profit. The NYC edition is DIFFA's largest fundraising event for the foundation, rounded out by two fabulous fêtes - COCKTAILS BY DESIGN on 3/17 and DINING BY DESIGN Gala on 3/21. The ticketed events helped raise more crucial funds for the cause.

Here's a look at this year's participating table vignettes, designers, and their inspirations. I remember when there were only a half a dozen participants, and now the installations have grown close to 40! 

Crate and Barrel
Celebrating the joy of everyday objects, the art of the dinner table and the simple joy of gathering. 

LAB at Rockwell Group & Roche Bobois
Inspired by water in its three states, custom projections "play" against a wall of mist

Rockwell Group + KNOLL 
The "ultimate whiteboard" experience, an all-white room with Knoll Piton stools surrounding a white Knoll Reff table with artist Jon Burgerman transforming every surface. 

New York Design Center, designed by Antonino Buzzetta
Celebrating the New York Design Center's 90th birthday with an elegant rooftop party set high above the bustling streets of Manhattan.

Welcome to the house that Dot built, with a zebra who has changed her stripes.

Nourison, designed by Tyler Wisler
"Underwater Fantasy" creates a sparkly, serene dining setting, inspired by Nourison's Prismatic rug collection. 

Robert Allen @Home, designed by Madcap Cottage
"Into the Garden" - a tented wonderland of floral fever and whimsy, and pattern inspired by far flung travels for a sophisticated and fresh journey. 

M Moser Associates
Transoformation of the 1990's Urban Environment of Avenue A - "Dining in the Sky" is a rose-colored view of industrial materials against a soft palette of amenable patterns. 

Sunbrella, designed by Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design
"Out of the Blue" uses Sunbrella fabrics to create tropical foliage, African patterns and boldly saturated blue hues to represent tranquility, serenity, life, power and knowledge - characteristics necessary to advance medical treatments and educational programs to eradicate HIV/AIDS worldwide.

Design Within Reach, designed by ICRAVE
An imagined poolside somewhere in a California desert, as late afternoon turns to early evening. Floaty planes, bold colors, and striking "shadows" evoke Palm Springs' utopian modernism for a breezy retreat. 

Studio O+A and Teknion
The power of the circle - as geometric form, structural archetype and symbol of unity. Celebrating the strength inherent in a ritual both ancient and modern: sitting down to dinw with friends and comrades over a cause.

Marc Blackwell - This Life!
Today we look up in hope. Hope for a  cure. Hope for a change, hope for a future, different from our past. We look up, for a cure. 

Baccarat for Modern Luxury's Manhattan Magazine

Ralph Lauren Home

SA Baxter Architectural Hardware + INGRAO
Through a study of mixed metals, created an ideal space to unveil the new lighting collection by SA Baxter. This space is an ode to traditional and modern metal work, such as Paul Evans and contemporary craftsman Paul Cocksedge. 

Architectural Digest

1stdibs, designed by Betil Dagdelen & Cristina Grajales Gallery

Kravet Inc.

 Underwater wonderland inspired by the lost city of Atlantis, with organic shapes, gilded finishes and seeded glass.

The New York Times, designed by Lladró and Darren Varden Design 
Black and White and Read All Over" is a love letter to the Gray Lady 

Luxe Interiors + Design with LIAIGRE, designed by Sasha Bikoff
A rainforest with de Gournay's 'Le Eden' wallpaper

Gensler + 3form + Herman Miller
To symbolizes reflection and togetherness, a heart that bonds to AIDS awareness ribbons was created. Bookended by mirrored planes, they repeat perpetually to honor the selflessness and generosity of those who support DIFFA and the larger fight against HIV/AIDS. Their infinite hearts save infinite lives. 

NY School of Interior Design
Mentor: Tyler Wisler

Parsons The New School For Design
Mentor, Jes Gordon

 Bolon by VIIR 
Inspired by the timeless mystery of our oceans, the Bolon Collection highlights design fluidity, visual motion and soft pastel shades.

Poltrona Frau, in collaboration with Alexandra Champalimaud
"The Urban Explorer," with a collective mission to transform  concrete, urban dwellings to a place of luxury, comfort and allure.

Interior Design Magazine

Gaggenau, designed by Paris Forino
Inspiration taken from the peony - white pink, and deep crimson 

Benjamin Moore and Cosentino, designed by Julia Buckingham
Muse: the great Paris fashion houses. Reminiscent of long, flowing silk-charmeuse white gown with sparkling chandelier earrings, chunky lacquered bracelets, and a strikingly modern sculptural necklace hidden under a snow-white fur wrap. 
- Kim Weling

1 comment:

  1. Ah! My soul got felt so better and amused after digging the deep into your Diffa dining tables collection. Absolutely this was one of the best read and experience considering the design magic of dining table and celebration. The Pratt Institute, Crate and Barrel (the art of the dinner table and the simple joy of gathering), the white Knoll Reff table, Kravet Inc., Arteriors, Luxe Interiors + Design with Liaigre- all were so amazing. Love those all particularly I was charmed mostly by New York Design Center- designed by Antonino Buzzetta and M Moser Associates -Dining in the Sky. So inspiring, innovative and creative. I appreciate your fabulous and hilarious project.' Also happy to share about Anne Quinn Furniture, a furniture store in Toronto, Ontario that sells dining tables, dining table set, beds, dressers, chairs, and other solid wood furniture. Maybe some home addicts and foodies find it interesting.