One of the most captivating visuals I enjoyed while attending this years Architectural Digest show in NYC was the Dining by Design fundraiser. Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) sponsor this event which showcased more than forty beautiful and stimulating dining environments for attendees to view.
Various interior designers, architects, businesses and students in the field are invited to showcase their own installation to exhibit during the event. Each display provides a visual experience that brings imagination to life. Some of the presentations that I particularly enjoyed were:
The Ralph Lauren Home environment was front and center when walking into the show and quite inviting. Wonderful combinations of hues of brown with exquisite bouquets spaced along the table created a serene setting where anyone would enjoy dining. The overhead glowing lanterns created a quiet ambience for the waterfall on the back wall to be quietly enjoyed.
The Benjamin Moore table did exactly what you would expect with a ‘splash of color.’ This table setting showcased every color combination imaginable and created an exciting and eclectic tabletop that would inspire anyone to breathe in a little color in their home! They brought color and texture throughout the design by pairing different colored chairs, wall design, and even the table and plates in varying colors.
Another display that spoke to my ‘closet heart’ was the design by New York University mentored by David Rockwell and Barry Richards. The base of the table and each chair was designed with brass coat hangers. Very innovative and fresh.
Rachel Laxer Interiors with Robert Kuo created a magical storybook space reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland complete with mural and corset-sytled napkin holders. The table setting was rich with flowers, porcelain animals, and an abundance of fruit to create a welcoming table. I particularly liked the tree trunk chairs.
Before exiting, we were sure to catch what ultimately was a favorite. The Rockwell Group joined producers Daryl Roth, Hal Luftig and Maya Romanoff to create one of my favorite dining experiences complete with fantastic hanging boots over the table. This space was to celebrate the opening of the April 4th Broadway opening of Kinky Boots, but it personally was fun to see boots as a theme at this shoe since they are a theme in my life every day when working with clients. Red was a powerful backdrop, and if you look closely – you see the ‘laces’ of the boots used as wall décor as well.
All in all, I truly enjoyed my entire experience at the Architectural Digest show and look forward to returning next year!
Ginny Snook Scott is the chief design officer at California Closets. She has over 25 years experience with California Closets and has helped over 1,000 clients create custom closets and organize their home. Connect with Ginny on Google+.