Continuing our look at DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2018, we start with the beautiful Ralph Lauren Home table. Inspired by the courtyard of Ralph’s restaurant in Paris, the romantic setting under their Evalina chandelier included chairs brought in for the occasion from Ralph Lauren’s Bedford estate.
Blue and white has been a longstanding theme with their collections and here Cote d’Azure, Mason and Casey stoneware create a charming painterly mix. Underneath, the new white Belcourt porcelain, produced in collaboration with Bernardaud, adds a crisp and refined touch.
The Dagny hand-cut crystal has long been one of my favorite patterns
The new Bailey wine tote in wicker and leather with wine opener, cheese knives and four porcelain plates
also echoes the Paris store with its signature insignia and ticking stripe interior.
As the warmer seasons approach, the single carrier on the table is perfect to remember for summer picnics and as a memorable house guest gift (sure to secure repeat invites).
Alessandra Branca‘s table for Benjamin Moore was a showstopping homage to the company’s color of the year, Caliente. Vibrant and strong, Alessandra harnessed its radiant energy for an exotic ode to Morocco.
Enclosed by treillage with Moorish arches, brass hanging lanterns and flowers by Zeze, the space featured selections from Alessandra’s Casa Branca collection including her Udaipur paisley linen as tablecloth
Editor in chief Pamela Jaccarino likened it to a spring igloo. Stepping inside, you were instantly enveloped by the cushy curved walls in an exuberant embroidered Manuel Canovas floral expertly upholstered by Anthony Lawrence-Belfair. Like Jeannie’s bottle, the curved bench seats were strewn with an abundance of brightly hued pillows.
Under the fabulous floral chandelier created by Floratorium,
place settings of Versace china for Rosenthal,
Juliska dinner and flatware
and Lindroth design lanterns which will debut on the site in the next couple weeks.
Crate & Barrel went bold with sparkling chrome, black and white and pops of vivid green.
Taking inspiration from their logo’s iconic ampersand, they creating flooring in a graphic pattern that plays off the large scale chevron on the walls.
Placesettings continued the contrasting black and white with new Schott Zwiesel Level Wine glasses exclusive to the store.
With elements of the quotidian NYC routine, from the newspaper, to Metro Card, iconic Greek New York coffee cup and take-out, they acknowledged and elevated the everyday in design.
Arteriors designed a space inspired by the timeless scarab.
With a nod to firm founder Mark Moussa’s Egyptian roots, the sacred beetle is included in art, wallpaper and decorative accessories.
Designer Bennett Leifer created a lush pear garden space for Donghia with a nod to their sinuous Anjou mirror. Echoing the fluid shape, Leifer included Donghia’s curve sofa, upholstered in the new organic patterned Bark with Renaldo sconces.
Ward Bennett was a self taught Renaissance man who designed everything from building to furniture, tableware and more.
Herman Miller‘s table was an ode to Bennett’s organic minimalism,
featuring his popular Landmark Chair that is a part of their Geiger division.
The Gensler table created and hung 1,000 paper cranes, representing one of the 123,887 New Yorkers currently living with HIV/AIDS.
Every fold is in honor of an individual and the birds as a flock are a symbol of hope and healing through a collective story of strength and perseverance.
Novita, the marketing and communications agency handling the AD Design Show and the DIFFA event, collaborated on a booth with Maiarelli Studio, in honor of the press and journalists, who work to inform and educate. The floating newspaper boats are a visual metaphor for the truth in a sea of fake news.
all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence
Congrats to all the designers and brands including the ones featured here and those I didn’t have a chance to cover, on their participation in this worthy evening of design.