Unique Spaces: DIFFA's Dining By Design At Pier 92

Every March, just as the last of the winter snowfalls begin to melt from the bustling city streets, the Mid-Town Manhattan edifice known simply as Pier 92 magically comes alive.  Within its nondescript four walls overhanging the Hudson River, internationally celebrated interior designers come together with global leaders in home décor, bringing to life opulent, whimsical, and often over the top visions whose creation and sole purpose is to build awareness to and raise funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS.

It was nearly fourteen years ago when the creative team behind eponymous shelter magazine Architectural Digest curated an exhibit highlighting the works of specialty craftspeople, visionary artists, and luxury décor brand, known as the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.  Since the show's inception, the annual design fair has become an international destination for the world's interior design community.  Highly anticipated and integral to each year's ADHDS festivities are the extraordinary tabletops, the spotlight of Dining By Design, the fundraising brainchild of DIFFA, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS.  Tours guided by the tables creators, a lavish cocktail party where guests explore the fantastical design creations, and the final gala where party goers are invited to take a seat and enjoy a prepared meal within one of the installations all combine to become the largest fundraising event for the foundation, mobilizing immense resources so that DIFFA may provide funding to organizations not only working to end the plight of HIV/AIDS but also providing treatment, direct care, and educational services to those living with or impacted by the auto-immune disease. 

Although certainly the immense contributions these settings bring to DIFFA and the organizations they serve, this year's edition generating over $750,000, for the DCoopMedia editorial team, what makes each of these unique settings special is that each is a tangible reflection of the incredible talent and endless creativity possessed by each of the designers involved, their imaginations allowed to run wild bound only by the limitations of reality. 

With over 40 visions brought to life inside Pier 92, it's difficult to choose our favorites.  For your inspiration D'Scoop is showcasing just seven of our favorites.

Tyler Wisler for Benjamin Moore & Cosentino. Photo by timothy bell

Tyler Wisler for Benjamin Moore & Cosentino. Photo by timothy bell

Tyler Wisler for Benjamin Moore & Cosentino
I certainly imagine that I've just stepped off the streets of Williamsburg and a fabulous concoction of a meal is awaiting my taste buds. 
www.BenjaminMoore.com // www.SilestoneUSA.com
www.TylerWislerHome.com

Anthropologie. Photo by timothy bell

Anthropologie. Photo by timothy bell

Alexis Givens for Anthropologie
The setting of a moonlight feast inspired by the ceramics of South African artist Ruan Hoffman. The ceiling, in true Anthropologie fashion, is made from blue plastic cups.
www.Anthropologie.com

Hickory Chair. Photo by timothy bell

Hickory Chair. Photo by timothy bell

Susan Hable for Hickory Chair
Overlooking the Hudson River, Hable's space is a lesson in livable minimalism - clean lines meet warmth & personality.
Furnishings - Hable by Hickory Chair // Mural - Susan Hable // Chandeliers - David Weeks Studio
www.HickoryChair.com

Hunt Slonem for Kravet. Photo by timothy bell

Hunt Slonem for Kravet. Photo by timothy bell

Hunt Slonem for Kravet
An art installation where not only the people in the installation but also the audience could be lost in the print. More bunnies than you can shake a stick at.
Fabric & Wallcovering - Hunt Slonem Collection for Lee Jofa
www.Kravet.com
www.HuntSlonem.com

"ALL TOGETHER NOW"

Architectural Digest. Photo by timothy bell

Architectural Digest. Photo by timothy bell

Bronson Van Wyck for Architectural Digest
A blue and white folly inspired by the Tartan Tent at Chateau de Groussay in Montfort-l'Amaury, France.
Textiles - Bamboo Trellis by Bruncschwig & Fils // Place settings - the Bunny Williams Collection for Ballard Designs // Tapers - Creative Candles // Chandelier - Currey & Company // Chairs - Bernhardt
www.ArchitecturalDigest.com

Ralph Lauren Home. Photo by timothy bell

Ralph Lauren Home. Photo by timothy bell

Ralph Lauren Home
A whimsical interpretation of the Mad Hatter tea parties that occur after hours.
Paint - Ralph Lauren Home
www.RalphLaurenHome.com

Stacy Garcia. Photo by timothy bell

Stacy Garcia. Photo by timothy bell

Stacy Garcia | New York
Hollywood glamour, feminine whimsey, and a touch of fairy tale enthusiasm come together as modern & delicate.
Furnishings - Astor Arm Chair, Gustav Metal Side Chair, and Henley Dining Table by Bernhardt // Textiles - Fabric Muse for LeBaTex // Wallcovering - Paper Muse by York Wallcovering // Dinnerware - Spode, Vintage
www.StacyGarciaInc.com

Marks & Frantz Design for New York Design Center.  Photo by timothy bell.

Marks & Frantz Design for New York Design Center.  Photo by timothy bell.

Lydia Marks & Lisa Frantz of Marks & Frantz Design for New York Design Center
Presented from a backstage viewpoint, the geometric patterns, glamorous lighting and decadent exuberance harken back to Hollywood's Golden Age.
Seating - Cassandra Occasional Chair for Henredon // Table - Mark Double Pedestal by Kindel // Chandelier - Hanley Large by Arteriors // Sconces - Baron & Metro by Currey & Co. // Floor Lamps - Lulu by Amanda Nisbet for Niermann Weeks // Obelisks - Cicero by Currey & Co. // Cachepots, Aqua Peacocks - Global Views // Dinnerware - Minstrel Gold by Lenox // Tabletop - Annieglass // Flatware - Nambe // Glassware - Michael Wainwright // Votives - Orrefors Kosta Boda // Textiles - Bengal Silk Emerald, Mini Deck by Diane von Furstenberg, all from Kravet // Wallcovering - Fretwork Foil by GP & J Baker at Lee Jofa // Floorcovering - Labyrinth by Cole & Son for Kravet // Tassels - Kravet // Floral - Aisling Flowers/Tess Casey // Backdrop - Drop Shop NYC // Upholstery & Drapery - Marks & Tavano Workroom // Construction - DCM Fabrication
www.MarksandFrantz.com // www.NYDC.com


For More Information about DIFFA:
DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS || www.Diffa.org


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