DIFFA, Dining by Design at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids - DIFFA - Thirty years of providing treatment and care to those who are living with AIDS. Each year at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, design leaders and visionaries create the most spectacular tables for a wonderful event called Dining by Design. Taking center stage was Ralph Lauren's spectacular spring table, both rustic and elegant, here one can imagine having a casual yet sophisticated meal, a luncheon perhaps. The garden-like setting was punctuated by the magnificent Evalina Chandelier dressed with cherry blossoms.

My love for entertaining, dining and food come together here... As I walked through and admired each lovely table display, I could easily imagine myself and a few close friends sharing a lovely evening filled with good food, good wine and lots of laughter.

I will be showcasing 4 tables today with more to come tomorrow. I hope you the images captures by these photos as much as I enjoyed taking them!

Some tables were decadent, ornate, fun, over the top and others were simple and serene like Calvin Klein's zen-like setting with natural and Japanese influences which were expressed through warm woods, green moss, the most subtle of gold accents and a serene milieu.

By contrast we have the table designed by Kati Curtis - a sensory delight, with so much detail you can spend hours gazing and amazing at this fun and whimsical creation that illuminates the masculine as well as the feminine as she poses the question, which one dominates you? Which one guides you? Intrigues you?

Through her table Kati expresses the interplay of the boy and girl in us all - playing with the stereotypes we so easily fall prey to. Here a fantasy world is created using the many wonderful materials and playful elements of the New York Design Center that are used in such a way that while unexpected, they make perfect sense. Kati asks us to look closely, things aren't always as they seem!

For those of us who love Diane Von Furstenberg will instantly recognize these next tables. Her unmistakable style - her play on color and pattern, needs no introduction.  Here the designer's expertise in color, prints and mixing unexpected patterns and scales are at play in the garden, under large umbrellas, making us yearn for the Spring that so far seems so very far away. This is the designers first fabric collection for Kravet

I hope you enjoyed these unique and wonderful tables and please come back tomorrow for more!