DIFFA Dining by Design 2014

DIFFA Dining by Design is always one of the most anticipated events associated with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. And this year holds special meaning as the organization celebrates thirty years of the design industry’s mission to help those living with HIV and AIDS. Co-chairs Cindy Allen, editor in chief of Interior Design Magazine and chairman of DIFFA’s board of trustees, and Alfredo Paredes of Ralph Lauren welcomed everyone Monday night to the gala dinner. Today and tomorrow we’ll take a look at the tables created for this worthy cause. One of my favorite installations was Philip Gorrivan‘s worldly chic design for Fendi Casa and Luxe Magazine.

Philip Gorrivan DIFFA Dining by Design

Inspired by Massimo Listri‘s majestic photo of il Reggia di Venaria, Philip created a regal fantasy dreamscape masterfully melding old and new. Nathaniel Galka‘s trompe l’oeil panels, no doubt inspired by Christian Bérard’s iconic 1939 designs for l’Institut Guerlain, reinforce the palatial theme with sophisticated whimsy, echoed by a timeless marble checkerboard floor from Paris Ceramics. And Fendi Casa‘s Blixen chair and Pegaso table add an eclectic contemporary edge.

Philip Gorrivan DIFFA Dining by Design table

Luxurious tabletop by Christofle completed the divine decor.

Philip Gorrivan DIFFA dining by design table

The Ralph Lauren table is always front and center. This year’s setting featured pieces from their RLH Collection, the rustic chic line defined by period construction details and artisanal craftsmanship.

Ralph Lauren 2014 DIFFA Dining by Design table The stunning Evalina chandelier hung above, semi obscured by a beautiful burst of cherry blossoms.

Ralph Lauren DIFFA Dining by Design table

The table setting continued the casually stylish theme with natural and lavender tones.

Ralph Lauren DIFFA Dining by Design

Arteriors outdid themselves this year with a stunning Midas meets Bali exotic theme. Fusing Indonesian materials and textures with golden metallics, it was hard not to be transfixed by the moody gilded scene.

Arteriors DIFFA Dining by Design tableGolden Subin accent stools contrasted with the organic Kazu Dining table. And how clever to use the Guilded Screen as a ceiling with the Zanadoo chandeliers suspended above! The tabletop exuded a lush jungle essence.

arteriors DIFFA dining by design tabletop

On a completely different note was Calvin Klein Home‘s Zen-like dining space.

Calvin Klein Home 2014 DIFFA Dining by Design

Designed by creative director Amy Mellen, the elegantly minimalistic table expressed the purity of the collection. Mixing organic nature-inspired materials and colors with the subtle tone of my favorite Elipse flatware and mouth-blown, hand-polished Hampshire crystal, it was a table of understated luxury.

calvin klein 2014 diffa dining by design

Kara Mann‘s diningscape for Maya Romanoff was a tribute to the designer, a legend in the industry, who recently passed away. Incorporating hand-dyed installation art from the archives, the setting expressed the mix of textures and colors so representative of the line.

Maya Romanoff DIFFA Dining by Design table

Lush velveteen and silk drape the walls and ceiling. Mann explained “I wanted this space to have a bohemian feel to pay tribute to the fact that Maya’s business was built upon his tie-dye art.”

Maya Romanoff DIFFA Dining by Design

Chairs collected from an artist’s studio surrounded a rough hewn table featuring samples from the Chicago studio.

Maya Romanoff DIFFA dining by design tabletop

Kravet celebrated the launch of the Diane von Furstenberg collection for the house with color and pattern.

DVF for Kravet DIFFA Dining by Design

Her fearless approach to mix and match

DVF for Kravet DIFFA Dining by Design

extends from decor to table.

DVF for Kravet DIFFA Dining by Design

NYDC collaborated with designer Kati Curtis whose concept of gender expressed itself with a table divided in its approach against a background of Timorous Beasties wallpapers.

NYDC DIFFA Dining by Design

Showcasing the interplay of masculine and feminine stereotypes, the feminine side included lace, florals and pastels

NYDC Katie Curtis DIFFA dining by design

with placesetting of Gien Millefleurs Dinnerware and Rogaska glassware through the Richard Cohen Collection and Global Views Gold Ribbon vases.

NYDC DIFFA Dining by Design The masculine side featured rustic decor with Kravet plaids, leather, a Currey & Co light and darker tones. The Sister & Brother and Mother & Son Genetic Portraits by Ulric Collette are clever illustrations of gender relations.

NYDC Katie Curtis DIFFA dining by designThe male tabletop included MATCH dinner and glassware, also sourced through Richard Cohen.

Katie Curtis for NYDC DIFFA dining by design

Stop back next time for more of this year’s DIFFA Dining by Design tables.

7 thoughts on “DIFFA Dining by Design 2014

  1. THIS IS SO FUN!!! That Lauren chandelier!!!! Those metallic stump seating!!!! But the view that “got me”…that first photo with the photo….incredible. Who even cares about the food! :) franki

  2. Thank you! I have always enjoyed seeing the DIFFA vignettes and you got some great examples. AND I think the first one was spectacular. Looked like dinner in Versailles. I wonder if that is something the artist does. Would be great for a small dining room on a back wall. Great post kiddo. Maryanne;)

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