I just enjoyed another year's DBD gala put together by DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids) and sponsored by Architectural Digest. This years gathering had a very intimate and special tone to it.
The air is community rather than competition. The designers are especially passionate about their work, too. Check out Diffa's site for the tour schedule. Here are some of my favorites:
Fashion Institute of Technology with mentor David Beahm. The message is strikingly simple-- "leave your
wish." All were invited to
scribe our own wish and tie it to the ever-growing overhead sculpture of
Michael Tavano for New York Design Center (Photographer
Rick Lew) with the help of a commissioned local graffiti artist. Michael Tavano does a beautiful job narrating color, design and style with the
street story of AIDs. Details:
Chic graffiti crusted dinnerware; Homey cherubs on the ceiling to symbolize our
dear ones lost to AIDS.
Parsons, The New School for Design with mentor Vicente
Wolfe brought colors to life with Color Mayhem. The premise: What if Benjamin Moore paint colors came to
life when no one was looking? The
result: A whimsical, hand constructed series of robot characters with colorful
personalities that I would invite over for dinner anytime.
New York University with mentor Miles Redd. This primary feast combines animated color and digital fireplace with traditional lines in the dining table and chairs. The result is a vivid table full of fun.
David Stark for Benjamin Moore & Co. The Natura paint can turned dining room was big enough
for a party of 20, but the paint's actual impact on the environment is
minimal. We chose to introduce our
zero voc paint that's available in any color over dinner. Some guests donned their painters' hats
as they lifted their paint brushes onto the evolving canvas and found virtually
no odor to the paint. Details:
Paint cans as light fixtures and centerpieces- now that's reuse at it's best!
Francois Simard for Kravet. A burst of color through upside down beach pails makes a
fun statement overhead.
SHoP Architects and Supima for The New York Times. Articulated blooms create a semi-private dining space
that is as tactile as it is appealing.
Details: Place setting templates cut from fabric adorned the table.
David Beahm for Continental Airlines. This classic combination of Black White and Red is
accented with a crisp blue and creates an inviting and rich table by David