Each year, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) transforms a raw space at Pier 92 into a showcase of magnificent, over-the-top dining environments to raise money. At this year’s 18th-annual Dining by Design, which takes place March 19 through 23 (concurrent with Architectural Digest’s Home Design Show), 50 top interior designers will transform a slice of the event’s 30,000 sf of decorated exhibition space.
Benjamin Moore table designed by Jamie Drake, 2014 Dining by Design display
DIFFA will not only host a public viewing, but also a cocktail party and gala dinner. New this year, DIFFA has added lectures and panel discussions at the AD Home Design Show theater, as well as docent-led tours of the dining displays.
The exhibition itself will feature installations by Tyler Wisler, Hickory Chair, Roche Bobois Paris, Ralph Lauren Home, Corey Damon Jenkins, Anthropologie, Hunt Slonem, Marks & Frantz, Arteriors Home, Calvin Klein Home, Echo Design, the Rockwell Group, Kitty Hawks, Hermès of Paris, and many more. There will also be tables from leading New York City design schools.
Roche Bobois Paris table designed by Hariri & Hariri, 2014 Dining by Design display
“We are excited that Dining by Design is back and bigger than ever,” said Johanna Osburn, executive director at DIFFA. “Whether it’s from our longtime DIFFA benefactors or designers and brands joining us for the first time, the demand to participate has been off the charts.”
The exhibit will be revealed to the trade only on Thursday, March 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Cocktails by Design will take place that evening at 7 p.m. Tickets are $200 at the door or $150 in advance. It will then be open to the public on Friday, March 20, and Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 22. Tickets are $40 and provide entrance to the AD Home Design Show as well.
Beacon Hill table designed by 2Michaels, 2014 Dining by Design display
“We hope that this uptick in support is an indicator of increased awareness. HIV/AIDS is still a critical issue, which affects the lives of many,” Osburn said. “It is our goal to convey that message while offering a thought-provoking and memorable design experience that helps raise much needed funds."
The event will conclude with the Dining by Design Gala on Monday, March 23, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $500.
After Dining by Design New York is completed, it will travel to cities across the country. To date, the Dining by Design national tour has raised $17 million for DIFFA and its regional chapters.