Every year, DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, has a fundraising five day event where they gather artists and interior, event, and fashion designers from all over to create amazing, innovative dining installations. In addition to the awesome tables, the guests are feasting on delectable food and wine. Not only is it to showcase the amazing talents behind each table and the wonderful food, but all the proceeds from the events benefit DIFFA's AIDS awareness, prevention and treatment programs.
Here are some of my favorites.
Faune Yerby's setting was reminiscent of a New York rooftop, with images of water towers on plates, screen panels, and tags hanging over the table and from centerpieces.
Michael Tavano designed a graffiti-inspired room for the New York Design Center, with art by Christian Avila and a contrasting formal dinner setting. The theme is "Fine Dining, Urban Living."
Interesting and really creative use of light using buckets and umbrellas. If you know who they are designed by please let us know.
** UPDATE ** The incredible umbrella lights were designed by Shelly Sabel. Beautiful! If you were dining at this table and looked up, they look like flowers. Go to her site to see some more of her latest lighting designs, sculptures and installations.
A chic and sophisticated table by Eric Warner.
This is beautiful table designed by the Fashion Institute of Technology with their mentor David Beahm. An interactive and elegant red and white table that invited guests to write "wishes". I love the place mats, a great way to start conversation.
Come back later for two more posts of some pretty amazing tables!