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Publication Date: 2018-03-08

Behind the Design

DIFFA Dining By Design 2018

Each year, Dining By Design, the gala fundraiser for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS), proves to be one of the industry's liveliest and most compelling events—and raises nearly $1 million. This year's edition, which kicks off on March 22 with a cocktail party and closes with a seated dinner on March 26, promises to be especially memorable, with more than 40 festive, imaginative, and playful dining environments created by top talents and brands. Installed on Manhattan's Pier 92 during the Architectural Digest Home Show, these colorful installations take table settings to wild new heights. For tickets, click here.


Working with Sunbrella, architect and designer Peter Pennoyer takes a playful approach, creating a fantasy dinner party scenario, with guests including Elsie de Wolfe and Dorothy Draper. The space is dressed in colorful performance fabrics and trims from Sunbrella, with custom urns by Frances Palmer Pottery, and pendant lights by Remains Lighting.

The Rug Company teams with architect, designer, and set designer David Rockwell, who conjures a high-tech cocoon using hand-dyed carpet fibers.

Arteriors looks to the power of the scarab, a sacred symbol of ancient Egypt, to create a dark and seductive dining environment.

The students of Pratt evoke natural beauty while addressing "the elephant in the room"—the continuing AIDS crisis. 

Design Within Reach will take a playful, surreal approach to working with iconic design pieces.

Donghia enlisted designer Bennett Leifer to celebrate spring, creating a whimsical pear garden using the firm's funishings and fabrics.


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