DIFFA’s Dining by Design Set to Inspire Again at the Architectural Digest Design Show

2018 Diffa installation by @abranca showcasing @benjaminmoore color of the year 2018 caliente af-290
Image Above: 2018 Diffa installation by Alessandra Branca showcasing Benjamin Moore color of the year 2018 Caliente AF-290

Each March at Pier 92 in NYC, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) hosts its signature fundraiser DINING BY DESIGN (DBD). Local and international designers are invited by DIFFA to transform a raw space into a showcase of over-the-top dining environments to help raise funds to fight HIV/AIDS. 2019 celebrates DBD’s 10th year co-located with the NYC-based Architectural Digest Design Show and DIFFA’s 35th anniversary. As an exhibitor at the AD Design Show, KOKET has long loved visiting DBD. And this year we are so excited Love Happens mag is a media sponsor helping to support this important foundation.


Since 1984, DIFFA has been fighting to raise awareness and grant funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventative education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.

“Combating misinformation, ignorance, and prejudice is a vital element in the fight against HIV/AIDS and DIFFA is committed to continuing its support for this important work. By combining talent, creative marketing strategies, and a national network, DIFFA has found a way to leverage the resources of the design community to improve the lives of thousands of people impacted by HIV/AIDS.”



diffa's dining by design at the architectural digest design show

Top design talents and beautifully made décor products fill the 30,000 square foot space dedicated to DBD. The marvelous outcome attracts over 40,000 guests to come experience the array of dining installations by more than 30 designers, architects, manufacturers, and brands. As a result, the event raises nearly one million dollars annually and helps to spread the DIFFA’s mission.


Design by Roric Tobin Designs for Modern Luxury for DIFFA's Dining by Design 2019
Design by Roric Tobin Designs for Modern Luxury for DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2019

This year’s designers include: Black Designs + Artists Guild, Sheila Bridges, Mikel Welch, Stacy Garcia, Damour Drake, Kingston Design Connection, Joshua David Home, Inc. Architecture, Lucinda Loya. Patrick Mele for Benjamin Moore, Roric Tobin for Modern Luxury. And David Scott Interiors for Roche Bobois, and Stonehill Taylor for Ultrafabrics.


DBD is open to the public from Thursday, March 21st to Sunday, March 25th. Two celebrations also bookend the event. Beginning on Thursday, March 21st, Cocktails by Design will kick off DBD. The event will then close with the renowned DINING BE DESIGN Gala dinner on Monday, March 25th.


brown stool with gold base - tresor stool by koket to be auctioned at diffa's dining by design 2019 event at architectural digest design show
Trésor Stool by KOKET

In addition to the design installations, DBD features a silent auction. The catalog includes original artwork, unique experiences and innovative products. Look for KOKET’s Trésor stool!

“While we’re getting better at preventing and treating HIV, there’s still work to be done to wipe this awful disease off the map. DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN is the design community’s call to action and of course, we respond in style. Every year, top talent designers from around the world create lavish installations that astound, inspire, and most importantly, raise money for HIV/AIDS-affected communities in need. What DINING BY DESIGN shows us over its five-day run is that together we can all make a DIFFA-rence!”

Cindy Allen, DIFFA Board Chair and Interior Design’s Editor-in-Chief

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