DIFFA’s 17th annual Dining by Design will start this Thursday, March 20, and run through March 24th. The event brings together exalted design talent—David Rockwell, Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren, Kati Curtis, etc.—and such high-profile epicurean destinations as Indochine, Mari Vanna, Asellina, and scores of others, all in the cause of raising funds to fight HIV/AIDS.
“This is a special year for DIFFA, which has made a huge difference for a cause that has deeply affected the design community,” says Rockwell, founder and President of the Rockwell Group. “For this year’s Dining by Design, we’re deemphasizing the dining environment, including the furnishings, materials and table setting, in order to focus on what matters most: celebrating DIFFA’s 30 years of improving the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.”
The event has raised more than $14 million since its launch, and now also includes a student initiative, involving the Pratt Institute, FIT and the New York School of Interior Design.
Public viewing of the always-spectacular installations will take place on Friday, March 21st and Saturday, March 22nd from 11am to 7pm, as well as Sunday, March 23rd from 10am to 6pm. Tickets are just $30.