Dining and Designing for a Good Cause

This week, I had the chance to attend Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’ (DIFFA) Dining By Design Gala at Pier 92 in New York. The annual event brings together designers and local talent to design creative dining environments. This year, multiple designers decided to incorporate DIFFA’s mission of raising awareness and providing treatment to those living with HIV/AIDS into their table designs.

I dined at the HBF & HBF Textiles table, which was designed by Ghislaine Viñas and featured a large zero to represent a day when the number of those infected with HIV/AIDS is zero. The table also displayed a number of fun collectables as well as Triscape Pouf lounge chairs by HBF.



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David Rockwell and Rockwell Group based their table inspiration off their recently completed project Chefs Club by Food & Wine. The table included a wide variety of items on display, all of which were for sale to help raise additional funds for the cause. The table also featured a demo table where chefs, designers, and editors gave demonstrations.


Perkins+Will designed an interactive table that allowed diners to scroll and sketch on the table throughout their dining experience. The end result made the table come alive with personalities that transformed the space from one environment to another.


Gensler and 3form teamed up to create an indoor and outdoor dining table that blended dwelling and site into one. The display featured a modern house with transparent walls as a backdrop, which allowed diners to interact with those inside and outside the display.


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Kitty Hawks and Spin Ceramics joined forces to create their elegant table that was inspired by their Chinese roots. The table included organic elements and pops of red to represent the AIDS ribbon and DIFFA’s overall mission.


The Arteriors table was inspired by the Brutalist movement and included concrete and repeated geometric and abstract organic forms. The table’s theme also incorporated rough textures and a dark palette.


A silent auction was also held during the event to raise additional funds for the cause. The auction included a large variety of bidding items, including art, photography, travel, hospitality experiences, and much more.

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