May 4, 2018

Higher Purpose

Designers, manufacturers, and students worked together for New York’s Dining by Design, benefiting DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. 

Pratt Institute. Photography by Tom Sibley. 

1. Pratt Institute

Theme: The elephant in the room, aka the ongoing battle against HIV/AIDS, was represented by an 8-foot-high galvanized-steel version.

Mentor:  Barry Richards of Rockwell Group.

Interior Design. Photography by Tom Sibley.

2. Interior Design 

Theme: To convey the light within, a vinyl wall graphic and luminous Formica surfacing evoked the sun’s rays, an inspirational setting fabricated with Shawmut Design and Construction.

Maiarelli Studio. Photography by Tom Sibley.

3. Maiarelli Studio

Host:  Novità Communications.

Theme: A vintage Underwood typewriter centerpiece, wall text by abolitionist Sojourner Truth, and paper-boat chandeliers made from articles on the epidemic alluded to the power of facts.

Jeffrey Beers International. Photography by Alan Barry.

4. Jeffrey Beers International

Hosts:  Maya Romanoff and AKDO and Walters.

Theme: To salute David Bowie’s philanthropic efforts against HIV/AIDS, a twinkling glass-bead wall covering mimicked the swirling patterns of a jumpsuit he wore in 1973.

Rockwell Group. Photography by Alan Barry.

5. Rockwell Group

Host:  The Rug Company

Theme: Inspired by a rug David Rockwell designed with his daughter, Lola, 400 strands of dip-dyed wool formed an enclosure that created a contemplative environment to reflect on HIV/AIDs.

Arteriors. Photography by Alan Barry.

6. Arteriors

Theme: An ode to the scarab beetle, once revered in Egypt where the brand’s founder has familial ties, featured gold-leafed iron chandeliers glinting like their shells.

Rottet Studio. Photography by Alan Barry.

7. Rottet Studio

Hosts: S. Donadic and Fendi Casa.

Theme: Painted MDF partitions fringed in silk wisteria recalled the hues of Dutch 17th-century still lifes, a monochrome scene representing unity.

Gensler. Photography by Tom Sibley.

8. Gensler

Hosts: Gensler and Knoll and EvensonBest.

Theme: Revisiting a tale of hope and healing, 1,000 paper origami cranes, symbolizing the New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, flew above Harry Bertoia chairs.

Rapt Studio. Photography by Alan Barry.

9. Rapt Studio

Theme: An exterior clad in dichroic film drew attention, but the all-black interior with a designated spot to stow cell phones stripped away distractions, so diners could focus on human connection.

Perkins + Will. Photography by Austin Otto.

10. Perkins + Will

Hosts: Perkins + Will and Steelcase and Empire Office and Coalesse and Viccarbe and Designtex and Flos.

Theme: Before dinner began, guests chose their own Piero Lissoni stool from a cubby, an allusion to the power of individuals.

Alessandra Branca. Photography by Alan Barry.

11. Alessandra Branca

Host:  Benjamin Moore & Co.

Theme: A trellis with Moorish arches strung with bronze lanterns was painted in the manufacturer’s color of the year, Caliente, transporting guests to a Moroccan garden at night.

School of Visual Arts. Photography by Tom Sibley.

12. School of Visual Arts

Theme: From linen-wrapped lanterns to painted cardboard tubes, all elements were made from donated materials in a cylindrical shape, symbolizing unity.

Mentor:  Tyler Wisler Home.

Matthew Goodrich and Kendall Lowe. Photography by Tom Sibley.

13. Matthew Goodrich and  Kendall Lowe

Host:  Design Within Reach.

Theme: Inspired by the surrealist theme of revelation through concealment, some chairs, the chandelier, and all artwork were covered in silk.

New York School of Interior Design. Photography by Tom Sibley.

14. New York School of Interior Design

Host: New York Design Center. 

Theme: Riffing on how New York’s mass transit system brings everyone together, hollowed out forms mimicked a subway tunnel and actual Metrocards accessorized tables.

Marc Thorpe Design. Photography by Alan Barry.

15. Marc Thorpe Design

Host: Franke.

Theme: Canopies of oak-veneered MDF incorporated niches showcasing the manufacturer’s fixtures, all in polished stainless steel, for a gallerylike setting.

Peter Pennoyer Architects. Photography by Alan Barry.

16. Peter Pennoyer Architects

Host: Sunbrella.

Theme: Dorothy Draper, Elsie de Wolfe, and Sir John Soane, their first names embroidered on the acrylic slipcovers, were guests at the fantasy dinner party tableau.

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