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DIFFA does Shellmania

DIFFA 2012 on Pier 94 on the Hudson River

“SHELL SHOCK” when I saw this masterpiece.  Reminded me of the 15 years I spent on the beaches of Sanibel……collecting  shells……[which I have saved]……and now I know what to do with them.

Exquisite lighting………this table setting was created by Dwayne Clark and Bob Gaynor.

Arte Italica provided the glassware…….[some of which is in my own collection].

I shall treat my own “Garden Goddess” with this decolletage.

At first I thought……….why the BELL?  Well, it is a tiny tureen cover.  And…..”the calla lillies are in bloom” [eg  Katherine Hepburn].

So many to thank for making this creation possible.  Lillian August deserves beaucoup “kudos”.

La Crema Wines was very generous in supplying hundreds of bottles of wine…….and it was all consumed.

I will not re-create the white plaster table……….[will use a table cloth to simulate the look].

Silver…..coral and starfish……….

Clever use of the lucite chairs………thank you RDYC  Interior Design and Architectural Development for your support .

DIFFA’S DINING BY DESIGN

What is DIFFA?  Design Industries Foundation Fighting  Aids.   This is the 15th Annual Show…..in New York…..on Pier 94 in the Hudson River. It draws a talented and diverse group of Architects, Designers and Artists…..all displaying their exceptional talents.

It is held in conjunction with Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

A Bioluminescent Evening at Sea………by the Marie Aiello Design Studio…..and Resource Furniture.  Later this week I will do a BLOG and VIDEO of this “Tabletop”……….It was my favorite in the show.

KRAVET with JONATHAN ADLER……..Greek Key inspired walls……Gray Nixon Dinnerware…….Pop Highball glasses.  Love the gray and citrus color palate.

New York University students created this whimsy………..for Ethan Allen. I love the pink Flamingos………perhaps I need a few for the “New Look” on my terrace.

Love the chandelier……but the wind on my terrace would destroy all those crystals.  Boo hoo.

Strange and Spooky………but enchanting…..by HBA/HIRSCH BEDNER ASSOCIATES……..Kelly Sutton of Young,Broke & Decorating was chosen to design this room.

Click on…….   Kelly Sutton, CID, LEED AP | Young Broke and DECORATING

RALPH LAUREN………..of course.  This is his salute to Alfredo Parades for his contribution to DIFFA.

Designed by Thom Filicia……..the openly gay interior designer on the TV show…..Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.  [ I can be seen in the reflection in the mirror ]…….yes, you do have to look closely to see me.

He difinately added to the DIFFA GLAM of this worthy event.

MARIMEKKO……….who else!?    The Finnish Designer from the 60″s .  In the 70’s I did my entire bedroom with her fabrics…..125 yards of it.  Even the floor was done……..then polyurethaned with 5 coats.

You can purchase these in the new store on 5th Avenue………next door to Eataly.

DESING WITHIN REACH……….provided two chair for each guest……..one to sit in and one to take home…..[next to their coffee cup].


Marchesa for Lenox……..so elegant.

Ali Tayar with Jones Falls Furniture Company.  Dots printed by Custom Digital Printing by Wolf Gordon.

SLADE ARCHITECTURE……soooooooooo slick.  Beauiful.  They were the designers Mattel chose for the new Barbie-Doll store in Shanghai.

Midnight supper on a New York City terrace.  Does it look like mine?  This one was designed by Arpad Baksa

ECHO DESIGN GROUP gets my vote for the best “Tribal ” feel.

Love the simplicity……..the tribal feel…….the table…..the stools…….the black glassware.

Gay wedding cake.  Does a drag-queen jump out ? NO.  It’s the “I DO” State by State.  Dufner Heighes did it again.      FUN…….FUN………FUN.  Background photos of gay couples who got married.

SHAWN HENDERSON INTERIOR DESIGN.

LIEBHERR………….leaders in design innovation.

What to do with all those empty wine bottles?  Voila!

RING A BELL?  RDYC does with me!  Libby Langdon came up with this fabulous idea.

RDYC INTERIOR DESIGN and ARCHITECTURAL DEVELOPEMENT……….A shell fantasy taking me back to my summers on Sanibel Island in Florida.  An inspiration for me to replicate on my terrace this summer.  The tableware by Arte Italica………[many of which are in my own collection.]

“DIVA DALI”……paying homage to Salvador and surrealism.  Centerpiece by Joseph Stabilito….dinnerware by Barney’s.

Stephanie Goto.….a brilliant architect……… created this mysterious and magical dining room.  She also created one of my favorite restaurants here in New York…..MORIMOTO.

Nile Johnson for Philosophy Design Studio and Cheryl Umbles for Perspectives Interiors.  Gives me a great idea for placemats on my terrace.

Kudos to Tilton for this incredible tabletop.  I plan to duplicate the tablecloth for  summer entertaining on my own terrace.

The pattern…..”Vuelta” by Christian Lacroix.

TF + DIFFA Dining by Design 2012 | Tilton Fenwick | Curators of Chic

INPUT CREATIVE STUDIO RDYC put there their forward thinking into this clever tabletop……dedicated to all the “digital freaks” who dwell among us.

Mark Cunningham….hosted by Alfredo Parades………so strikingly beautiful……….I will try and duplicate the look on my own dining table. Would you like an invite to  dinner?

Elfin Vodka………all you can drink……at the COCKTAILS BY DESIGN PARTY.…..$150………treats from New York’s top restaurants……paired with LaCrema wines.  The specialty cocktails were a delight. [ Oh, the migraine the next day].

FIT …….[Fashion Institute of Technology] students created this magical world of swirling butterflies……[another idea for the redesign of my terrace trellis.]

BENJAMIN MOORE PAINTS……..wall of painted book covers….tabletop is layers of painted books….and whimsical paper sculptures popping out of books.

“GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER”……Styled by Alexa Stevenson

Dinner plates by John Derian

HERMAN MILLER……….takes me back to the 1950’s when I designed a clock for his firm.

DIFFA has generated millions of dollars…..and is proud to contribute to the fight against AIDS.

Pier 94 Videos – That’s So New York: DIFFA’s Dining by Design