DIFFA Dining by Design 2012

Each year, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) holds an event in major cities that I always make a point of attending. In New York, it is located with the Architectural Digest Home Show, and always proves to be one of the major highlights of the day. Designers, Furniture Companies, Paint Companies and others in the industry feature their work and wares in a table setting for the public to see, discuss and take away inspiration.

The best part is that the money raised goes to education and preventative care to people at risk for infection as well as treatment and direct care to those people living with HIV/AIDS. So, they add lots of beauty to the world, and help lots of people… not bad right?? I’d say that’s a pretty great organization.

At the event, there are always a lot of great table settings to see, but there are certain ones to which I am usually drawn. Color, contrast, style, beauty, and that certain je ne sais quoi are all things that catch my eye, and here are 10 of my featured favorites:


I like the repetition of the circle motif, as well as the beauty of the metallic objects.

Thom Filicia for Artistic Tile

This is a great example of how to decorate using only black and shades of gray. Very beautiful.

RDYC Interior Design and Architectural Development

I love this one… Ultra-Classic meets Ultra-Modern! Love.

Libby Langdon for Liebherr

I love the chandelier made from wine bottles!

Evette Rios for Hayneedle

This is the first installation I’ve seen that uses two levels. Way to think out of the box!


Drama! I would totally eat here.

Roger Thomas for Maya Romanoff

Sometimes all you need are tones and real beauty…

Marie Aiello for Resource Furniture

Video screen background, metallics, lucite, dramatic lighting, patterns, patterns, patterns… sold! Brava.

Eric Warner for Aesthete Ltd.

This one is great… Modern Elegance! I’m such a fan of the Philippe Starck “Louis Ghost” chairs.

Slade Architecture

Black, white and plastic! Sometimes contrast and boldness is key!

For more information on DIFFA or to attend their next event, check out their website at www.diffa.org

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