Art…whether it lifts us out of a dark mood or plunges us deep into a contemplative moment, art has the power to make us feel…at this year’s Dining by Design, I found myself reeling with divergent emotions…every installation, every collaboration, brought forth a unique and honest message…whether playful or edgy, I felt something extraordinary…and I couldn’t help but think, this art was created for such an incredible cause…countless numbers of volunteers, designers, architects, sponsors, board members, students, mentors, and the list goes on and on, all united in the fight against HIV/AIDS…of the 40 remarkable installations, I selected 17 to feature in today’s post…while some were designed by industry leaders, others were the tireless work, and vision, of student design teams…from Ralph Lauren to NYU, these designers brought thoughtful innovation and boundless energy to their craft…a seamless and fitting reflection of what DIFFA brings to their ongoing mission every day…I couldn’t be more proud and honored to share this post with you.
DIFFA = Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids
Rachel Laxer Interiors with Robert Kuo
The Marie Antoinette/Alice in Wonderful wall treatment is an enlarged reproduction of an original painting titled “Calamity” by artist Ray Cesar. The copper repousse root table and stools as well as the life size sheep sculptures are all designed by Robert Kuo.
Interior Design magazine, designed by Ali Tayar
Parsons The New School for Design, Mentor: 2Michaels
Inspiration Statement: ALL ENCOMPASSING: Creating an environment of transformation and change of topography, of connections, of life, translating an ebb and flow of material and light as memory in a space.
Arteriors, designed by Barry Dixon
Elizabeth Bolognino Interiors LLC
Ralph Lauren Home
Marc Blackwell New York
Fabricut, designed by Vern Yip
The New York Times, designed by Frette
Kravet, designed by Aerin Lauder
Gensler & Herman Miller ~ MANY HANDS (walls of hershey kisses morphed from purple to silver as the public participated in this interactive display)
It takes many hands to shape a life
The perfect hug
Those laughs with a best friend
That first kiss
It takes many hands to transform a community
That cup of sugar for a neighbor
The shoveled driveway for a friend
Those words of encouragement for a child
We invite you to take a kiss, and join the many
hands it takes to spark positive change.
Profiles, designed by James Magni
Federico Delrosso hosted by Corinthian Capital Groups, LLC
New York University, Mentor: David Rockwell & Barry Richards (over 1000 wire hangers were used to create this sculptural masterpiece)
Inspiration Statement: “Deconstructed Closet” draws its inspiration from subversive icons of solidarity and revolution. A closet is no longer a place of shame, but one of beautiful transformation.
EDG hosted by The Rodger Thomas Collection (LED lights gracefully morphed from purples to pinks and greens to yellows within this portable dining unit)
Benjamin Moore, designed by David Stark (the last photo is from the Cocktails by Design party on Saturday night!)
photography by danielle boudrot for a thoughtful eye