DIFFA’s Dining by Design in New York City

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While in New York City late last month I had the pleasure attending the Dining by Design event for DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) with several of my designer friends from across the country and other friends in the industry. Here I am with California designers Barclay Butera, Fernando Diaz, and Laury Barnes plus our New York friend and industry consultant, Steve Nobel.

I was in the City as part of Steve’s Design in New York event that I will talk about later this week. We were graciously hosted at the DIFFA event by Kravet whose beautiful table is featured above!

Kravet wasn’t the only table that shared my love of color at this year’s event.  Above is the masterpiece by Michael Tavano for the New York Design Center, and below, Benjamin Moore’s whimsical table designed by David Starck.

The Fashion Institute partnered with event designer extraordinaire, David Beahm to create this “wishful” display that incorporated profound quotes on the placemats and invited visitors to “tie on” a wish to this beautiful cantilevered structure above.

I have long been a fan of Carolina native, Marc Blackwell and have incorporated his beautiful china into many of my projects over the years including my parents home. Marc’s gorgeous tuscan creation was in partnership with Italian Winery, Castello di Gabbiano.

Possibly my favorite table of the night was designed by fellow Arkansan, Brad Ford.  Entitled “Change is Good” this chic table featured a plethora of piggies (an instant hit for this Arkansas Razorback fan!) and whose message was to give your spare change (hence the piggy banks) to DIFFA’s great cause!

Vivian Tam’s design for HP paid homage to its new pink laptop!

Designer Miles Redd collaborated with New York University Students to create this explosion of primary colors that reminded me of classic puzzles like the Rubix Cube but whose intent was to mimic a pixelated photo.

And the amazing Vicente Wolf, good friend of my friend Ronda Carmen at All the Best Blog, collaborated with the students at Parsons to create this vivacious table design.

And since I wasn’t able to snap all these beautiful photos myself, a special thanks to Heather Clawson at one of my favorite blogs, Habitually Chic, and the Metropolis Magazine’s Website where I sourced some of these images.  Check out the posts on both of these sites to see some of the other fantastic tables!!

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8 Responses to DIFFA’s Dining by Design in New York City

  1. Wow–look at those spreads! It’s a good thing I wasn’t there—I don’t think I’d have been able to pick my jaw up off the floor! Looks like you had an AMAZING evening Tobi!

  2. Looks like it was a fun night. Each table is so lovely and for such different reasons. Brad Ford’s table was BRILLIANT!

    Tricia – Avolli

  3. Willow Decor says:

    So enjoying all your posts. This was beautiful-what a fun time it must have been!! Amazing work!

  4. Steve Nobel says:

    The color in Tobi’s personality (and likely throughout her decorating) is only matched by the color on, around and beyond these tables. She is a breath of fresh air, and I look forward to seeing her again and again in New York.

  5. Brandy says:

    The photos are wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Alfred says:

    Those are some wacky setups. The Benjamin Moore table looks awesome but must have been awkward for the people not in the paint can. They probably felt left out.

  7. Nice photos…thanks for sharing this post.

  8. Great party I must say, great design is it costly?