Magnificent Tables Rule the 20th Year of DIFFA's Dining by Design

Parsons School of DesignMentor: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design. Theme: Items found in the five boroughs, then painted white, symbolized the idea that New Yorkers of all different kinds are united in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Parsons School of Design. Mentor: Ghislaine Viñas Interior Design. Theme: Items found in the five boroughs, then painted white, symbolized the idea that New Yorkers of all different kinds are united in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Messana O'RorkeHost: Florim. Theme: A single florescent fixture gelled in AIDS-awareness red helped to illuminate the 10-foot-long table topped with Italian porcelain tile. Photography by Eric Laignel.

New York School of Interior DesignMentor: Alex Papachristidis Interiors. Theme: For a pattern alluding to a heartbeat, a circular saw cut slots according to a computer-generated template, and they were then fitted with LED tape. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Antonio Facco Design StudioHost: Cappellini. Theme: Arranging the company’s Jasper Morrison tables and chairs, Marcel Wanders lamps, and Shiro Kuramata cabinets in pairs emitted a peaceful symmetry. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Pratt InstituteMentor: Tyler Wisler Home. Theme: Riffing on the Shaker's functional forms, sense of community, and dance traditions, rail-mounted student-painted chairs mingled with a disco ball. Photography by Eric Laignel.

ODA New YorkHosts: AJ Madison and Viking Range. Theme: In a kitchen setting, Le Corbusier’s quote about house-as-machine also alluded to the machines, aka appliances, sold by the first host. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Interior DesignTheme: All You Need Is Love was the op-art message, an adaptation of a scheme designed by the late architect Ali Tayar and implemented with SilverLining Interiors and Situ Studio. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Interior DesignTheme: All You Need Is Love was the op-art message, an adaptation of a scheme designed by the late architect Ali Tayar and implemented with SilverLining Interiors and Situ Studio. Photography by Jillian Buckley.

Interior DesignTheme: All You Need Is Love was the op-art message, an adaptation of a scheme designed by the late architect Ali Tayar and implemented with SilverLining Interiors and Situ Studio. Photography by Jillian Buckley.

GenslerHost: Knoll. Theme: The view from the Eero Saarinen stools was awash in deep colors, meant to evoke strength in the fight for life and love. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Gensler. Host: Knoll. Theme: The view from the Eero Saarinen stools was awash in deep colors, meant to evoke strength in the fight for life and love. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Gensler. Host: Roche Bobois. Theme: Beneath a projected-upon chandelier, guests were immersed in the brand, from Jean Nouvel Design’s acrylic-veneered table in the center to Hans Hopfer’s tufted cushions on the walls. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Gensler. Host: Roche Bobois. Theme: Beneath a projected-upon chandelier, guests were immersed in the brand, from Jean Nouvel Design’s acrylic-veneered table in the center to Hans Hopfer’s tufted cushions on the walls. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Gensler. Host: Roche Bobois. Theme: Beneath a projected-upon chandelier, guests were immersed in the brand, from Jean Nouvel Design’s acrylic-veneered table in the center to Hans Hopfer’s tufted cushions on the walls. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Perkins + WillHosts: Steelcase and Empire Office. Theme: Pulley systems, representing the effort needed to battle HIV/ AIDS, lowered Coalesse chairs by Michael Young and raised pendant fixtures when it was time to dine. Photography by Alan Berry.

Language Dept. Host: Design Within Reach. Theme: Brimming with lushness, this verdant tableau featured real moss and vines as a backdrop for velvet-upholstered chairs by GamFratesi. Photography by Eric Laignel.

M Moser AssociatesTheme: Highlighting the Getting to Zero initiative to end all new HIV/AIDS infections, data from the UNAIDS organization back-dropped Ramón Esteve chairs. Photography by Eric Laignel.

Rockwell GroupHost: Ovando. Theme: A potting-shed setting, rendered in colors reminiscent of the desert at dusk, featured live cacti as centerpieces and other succulents on the wall, with flowers projected on the tabletop. Photography by Eric Laignel.

DekarHost: Cambria and Luxe Interiors + Design. Theme: Meant to conjure the opulence of architect Renzo Mongiardino’s 18th-century palazzo in Genoa, patterns typical of Italy mixed with those of India. Photography by Eric Laignel.

BNO DesignHost: Poltrona Frau. Theme: In the Chinese year of the rooster, a key personality trait is assertiveness, as embodied by the host company’s hardworking founder, Renzo Frau. Photography by Alan Berry.

Coral & TuskHost: Sunbrella. Theme: A family of fabric bison overlooking Navajo-inspired textiles transported guests to America’s Great Plains. Photography by Will Ellis. 

Coral & Tusk. Host: Sunbrella. Theme: A family of fabric bison overlooking Navajo-inspired textiles transported guests to America’s Great Plains. Photography by Alan Berry.