Last week, DIFFA hosted its fifth annual Picnic by Design New York event at Mercantile Annex. DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) raised over $50,000 at the fundraiser, which featured a silent auction of picnic baskets. Twenty leading designers and firms, including Gensler, ICRAVE, FXFOWLE, and Ted Moudis Associates, donated custom picnic spreads for the auction.
Of the 20 baskets up for auction, very few actually featured a traditional basket. Instead, trays, backpacks, totes, and crates featured prominently in the packages, which were also outfitted with items like table linens, dining tools, games, books, and many a bottle of wine.
Attendees at the event were also treated to picnic fare from New York restaurants STK, Murray's Cheese, and Mr. Bing. Picnic by Design, which is also hosted in other cities such as Austin and Las Vegas, will launch a Los Angeles edition on November 5 at WestEdge Design Fair. Proceeds from the event support DIFFA's efforts to help organizations battle HIV/AIDS.