By danielle


Let your imaginations run wild and that will merely skim the surface of the amazing table displays that we saw last night at DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN. There were 38 fabulous creations in all. Some of our favorites included David Rockwell’s entirely crocheted setting. We were lucky enough to speak with the source and David told us the knitting needles are wired to a micro-controller inset in the top of the table and actually make a musical note when touched together. For the gala dinner, there will be 10 sets of needles – a set for each table guest – each producing a different sound to create a harmonious interactive experience. We also learned that the Martini glasses (complete with their custom-knit drink cozy and LED lights) glow when touched. We also loved the lavish mix of products from The New York Design Center. Designed by Michael Tavano, the space was blazing in hues of yellow and red and perfectly mixed traditional with contemporary to showcase the whole spectrum of offerings available at the building. Also rich in color was Kravet. Their table mirrored their superb ad campaign that juxtaposes their products with household and everyday items. There were tables designed by students/mentor/administrator teams from Parsons The New School for Design, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts – Department of Drama and Pratt Institute – School of Architecture. After seeing their work, it is safe to say that the future of design is in good hands.

Hitting home (and reminding us why we all turned out for this event) was Dalzell Productions‘ Resist, which featured a bound, upside-down, blindfolded victim that hung over the center of the table. This display made an extremely emotional and powerful statement about the millions of people that are affected by AIDS and HIV. Thankfully there are organizations like DIFFA that support the direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and provide preventive education for those at risk. We applaud your work and encourage all of our readers to make a contribution.

Still-life shots of our favorite moments

Resist – Dalzell Productions
Beringer Vineyards designed by Marc Blackwell
Eight O’Clock Coffee designed by Evette Rios
Gary Bias for Eventco Productions

David Rockwell – Rockwell Group

Top: Michael Tavano, Alix Lerman & Lloyd Marks representing The New York Design Center
Bottom: The NYDC table designed by Michael Tavano

Interior Design senior editor Annie Block posing in front of The New York Times table designed by Vicente Wolf
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Pretty in pink and o so innocent?!? The silhouette to the right (not pictured) is a bit more risque!
Kravet, Inc

Top: Our photographer – being artistic!
Bottom: Interior Design’s Gayle Shand and Karen Donaghy

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