September 8, 2017

DIFFA’s Picnic by Design in NYC Raises $50,000

Michele Alfano Design + Tiago Fonseca riffed on the Danish philosophy of hygge with a wood-and-moss basket and a wooden map of the Copenhagen coastline by Pangea Maps. Photography by Erik Bardin.

DIFFA‘s annual fete, Picnic by Design, took place in New York City on September 6. Twenty-two picnic baskets created by some of the city’s most celebrated designers were auctioned off. The event raised over $50,000, which will be used to fight HIV/AIDS. A stormy forecast didn’t stop the design industry from descending on the Stage 48 rooftop for the occasion, which toasted the end of summer with picnic-appropriate fare. We take a look at some of the most creative basket designs.

DIFFA board members Bill Murphy, Cindy Allen, Ilene Shaw, Ed Wood, and Eric Stroud at Picnic by Design. Cindy, Interior Design editor in chief, is the chair of the board. Photography by Erik Bardin.
Gensler, Studio TK, and Luum Textiles collaborated on a basket featuring Studio TK’s Qui table and the portable Carrie light by Menu. Photography by Erik Bardin.

NPZ Style & Decor’s basket, made from Bolon material, comes with items by Cassina, Shore Rugs, and Normann Copenhagen—plus a VIP tour of the architectural landmark Bell Works. Photography by Erik Bardin.

Scott Brogan Group contributed a custom Douglas fir picnic box packed with one-of-a-kind sushi plates. Photography by Erik Bardin.

Antoinette Loupé devised a basket complete with Tunisian and Moroccan inspired fabrics by Robert Allen and a turntable. Photography by Erik Bardin.

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