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DIFFA Dining by Design 2013

by habituallychic

03 . 23 . 13
My favorite events each year are those that benefit charity and partner with designers.  They always seem to bring out the most creativity and this year’s DIFFA Dining by Design was no exception.  I just realized that I’ve been covering DBD as they call it since 2009 and each year, the tables just keep getting better and better. This year, they decided to mix things up and moved the Gala Dinner to Thursday night and the Cocktail by Design event to Saturday night.  I think that meant a lot less people hungover at work on Friday. 
I was honored to be a guest of Manhattan magazine and Fendi Casa at the Gala Dinner. Their table was designed by Inson Wood and was definitely on trend for spring with its black and white striped walls.  Of course, the furnishings were all Fendi Casa.  I was seated next to interior designer Robert Couturier and definitely have a new design crush.  More on that later.  It was a really fun night that raised lots money.  What could be more chic than that right?! 
DIFFA Dining by Design
Pier 94 
West 55th Street at 12th Avenue
March 21-24, 2013
Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tickets $30 
Cocktails by Design 
Saturday 7:00 – 10:00pm 
Tickets $200

Manhattan magazine and Fendi Casa designed by Inson Wood. Fendi Casa will be opening a store in New York this July.

AERIN and Lee Jofa.  Aerin Lauder has a line of fabrics coming out with Lee Jofa soon!

Ralph Lauren Home
That’s a real waterfall wall behind the table. 

NYDC and Thom Filicia. 

Elizabeth Bologino Interiors

Profiles designed by James Magni

Echo Design

Fabricut designed by Vern Yip

Gensler & Herman Miller

Kinky Boots, Maya Romanoff, Rockwell Group
Eric Warner for Aesthete Ltd. hosted by Tracy Reese. 


The New York Times designed by Frette. 

The New York Times designed by Lady Tina Green & Pietro Mingarelli for Lalique.

Benjamin Moore designed by David Stark

Pratt Institute mentored by Arpad Baksa and hosted by J. Josephson, Inc. 

Federico Delrosso hosted by Corinthian Capital Group

Beacon Hill

Arteriors designed by Barry Dixon

Rachel Laxer Interiors with Robert Kuo

Beautiful branches on the bar. 
Marc Blackwell New York

If this photo looks weird, it’s because I had to shoot between two sheets of plexiglass to get a photo of the back wall. 

Rottet Studio LLC & Morgans Hotel Group

Rachel Ashwell Shabby Chic Couture

New York University mentored by David Rockwell & Barry Richards.  Not sure if you can tell but the design is made from brass coat hangers. 

Interior Design magazine & Wolf Gordon’s “Supper” designed by Ali Tayar with Alejandro Cabrera, Parallel Design. 

Architectural Digest
Please note that due to photography and space constraints not all tables are featured in this post.  To see them all, please visit Dining by Design in person until Sunday, March 24, 2013. 

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  1. Jamie Herzlinger March 23, 2013 | 8:27 pm

    Wonderful post! Thanks for all the great pics! It is as if I had been there!
    Have a great weekend!

  2. thejewishhostess March 24, 2013 | 1:42 am

    Thanks for the great pics! Gorgeous tabletop inspiration!!!

  3. Francine Gardner March 24, 2013 | 12:20 pm

    The tables were so amazing this year! My favorites were the ones designed by the students. Last night was a fun night, music drinks, great food and friends…

  4. Karen Albert March 24, 2013 | 12:33 pm

    Fabulous and Fun, thanks Heather!
    Art by Karena

  5. Emmie {Blue11} March 24, 2013 | 7:49 pm

    Oh my gosh, those tables are incredible! It sounds like it was an amazing event!

    I’m actually involved with Kansas City’s Dining by Design. I just posted about the event and I shared some of your pictures to give my readers an idea of how beautiful the tables at DBD are.

    Thanks for the great post!

  6. tracysnewyorklife.com April 30, 2013 | 2:00 am

    So much creativity! I can’t pick a favorite. I’ve worked with Inson on a project and he is excellent at putting a table together–always thinking outside the box.
    Congrats to all the designers!