My favorite events each year are those that benefit charity and partner with designers. They always seem to bring out the most creativity and this year's DIFFA Dining by Design was no exception. I just realized that I've been covering DBD as they call it since 2009 and each year, the tables just keep getting better and better. This year, they decided to mix things up and moved the Gala Dinner to Thursday night and the Cocktail by Design event to Saturday night. I think that meant a lot less people hungover at work on Friday.
I was honored to be a guest of Manhattan magazine and Fendi Casa at the Gala Dinner. Their table was designed by Inson Wood and was definitely on trend for spring with its black and white striped walls. Of course, the furnishings were all Fendi Casa. I was seated next to interior designer Robert Couturier and definitely have a new design crush. More on that later. It was a really fun night that raised lots money. What could be more chic than that right?!
West 55th Street at 12th Avenue
March 21-24, 2013
Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am - 6:00pm
Saturday 7:00 - 10:00pm
Manhattan magazine and Fendi Casa designed by Inson Wood. Fendi Casa will be opening a store in New York this July.
That's a real waterfall wall behind the table.
NYDC and Thom Filicia.
Elizabeth Bologino Interiors
Profiles designed by James Magni
Fabricut designed by Vern Yip
Gensler & Herman Miller
Kinky Boots, Maya Romanoff, Rockwell Group
Eric Warner for Aesthete Ltd. hosted by Tracy Reese.
The New York Times designed by Frette.
The New York Times designed by Lady Tina Green & Pietro Mingarelli for Lalique.
Benjamin Moore designed by David Stark
Pratt Institute mentored by Arpad Baksa and hosted by J. Josephson, Inc.
Federico Delrosso hosted by Corinthian Capital Group
Arteriors designed by Barry Dixon
Rachel Laxer Interiors with Robert Kuo
Beautiful branches on the bar.
Marc Blackwell New York
If this photo looks weird, it's because I had to shoot between two sheets of plexiglass to get a photo of the back wall.
Rottet Studio LLC & Morgans Hotel Group
Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture
New York University mentored by David Rockwell & Barry Richards. Not sure if you can tell but the design is made from brass coat hangers.
Interior Design magazine & Wolf Gordon's "Supper" designed by Ali Tayar with Alejandro Cabrera, Parallel Design.
Please note that due to photography and space constraints not all tables are featured in this post. To see them all, please visit Dining by Design in person until Sunday, March 24, 2013.