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DIFFA's Dining By Design 2011

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I know I'm a little late on posting these, but on Saturday I ventured to Pier 94 to visit the Architectural Digest Home Show, DIFFA's 2011 Dining By Design Event, and The Artist Project New York.  As usual it was a pleasure seeing friends and acquaintances through the DIFFA organization as well as visiting the lovely vendors and booths at the other two corresponding events.  This year seemed to have a new vibe and feeling about it as the event was honoring Margaret Russel, the new Editor in Chief of Architectural Digest.

DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) is an amazing organization that's main supporters come from all fields of fine design and the visual arts.  It is one of the country's largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventative education for those at risk.  Since being founded in 1984 by Patricia Green and Larry Pond  the organization has granted over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide.

The largest traveling DIFFA event that occurs nationwide is Dining By Design, which brings together the nation's top designers and talent to create outstanding table-scapes and environments for diners of the annual gala to enjoy as well as visitors like myself to be inspired by.

I have made a point attend DBD every year since my participation in 2008 with the Fashion Institute of Technology.  Not only is it is a visually inspiring experience, the members of the organization are all amazing people and inspire me to participate in volunteering as well as submitting donations when the funds are available.  Below are a few of my favorite DBD installations. Please enjoy!

Have to fill you in on this one, the designer found a barber from the Bronx to hand shave the entire booth, it took something like 15 hours to finish the task!

And my favorite!

Please check back soon for images from the AD Home Design Show and The Artist Project New York!All photographs included in this post were taken by Lauren Gries.  All rights reserved.