DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS will launch its 16th annual DINING BY DESIGN tour with 4-days of events running concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94, 12th Ave. at 55th Street in New York City on Thursday, March 21st through Sunday, March 24th. This year, DIFFA will honor two of their greatest supporters in Isabel & Ruben Toledo, famed designers and artists as well as long time board member Rick Wolf. The Toledo’s, who will receive the annual Rockwell Service Award and Rick Wolf, who will be presented with the Unsung Hero Award will be honored at the Gala celebration, this year taking place on Thursday, March 21st as a kick-off to DINING BY DESIGN. The event will bring together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create spectacular, over-the-top dining environments.
The multi-city tour, which in past years has raised more than $14 million for DIFFA, will feature awe-inspiring dining installations by some of today’s most prominent design luminaries such as David Rockwell, David Stark, Michael Amini, Margaret Russell, Aerin Lauder, Alfredo Paredes, Barry Dixon, Vern Yip, James Magni, Rachel Laxer, TUG Studio, Michael Aram, Arpad Baska and Marc Blackwell as well as students and emerging designers. The full slate of participating designers will be announced in the coming weeks.
“We are thrilled to be able to honor Isabel & Ruben Toledo as well as Rick Wolf at this year’s DINING BY DESIGN,” said Felecia Webb, Executive Director of DIFFA. “Their generous spirit and long term commitment to DIFFA has been an amazing resource for our organization. We look forward to recognizing their amazing work!”
Supporters of DIFFA since its founding, Isabel & Ruben Toledo have spearheaded countless initiatives for the organization including involvement in the creation of the original DIFFA Love Balls in the Eighties, designing the graphics for the inaugural DINING BY DESIGN, mentoring the NYU Student Design Team in 2012, co-hosting DIFFA’s 25th Anniversary and many more. DIFFA is thrilled to have an opportunity to honor them for the continuous selfless work they have done to help the Foundation and its cause.
Long time board member Rick Wolf, President of Wolf-Gordon, a wall covering company based in New York, has donated to DIFFA monthly through his company’s Gift of Hope Program, raising over $1 Million since the mid-nineties. As one of the most consistent and caring figures in DIFFA’s history, Rick Wolf’s contributions have had an had a substantial impact for years.
Guests at the gala dinner honoring the Toledos and Rick Wolf on Thursday, March 21st will dine within the design installations, making the event a truly unique experience for all who attend. Following DINING BY DESIGN New York, DINING BY DESIGN will travel across the country to various cities.
Sponsors include: La Crema, Patrón Tequila, Benjamin Moore, One Kings Lane, Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), and New York Design Center.
Media Sponsors include: Interior Design, Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Manhattan magazine.
The schedule of events for DINING BY DESIGN New York is as follows:
Thursday, March 21st 6:30PM-11:00PM
Cocktails and table hopping are followed by an elegant seated VIP dinner accompanied by dancing and a silent auction loaded with hospitality experiences and luxury items.
Tickets available at $500.
PUBLIC TABLE VIEWING
Thursday, March 21st-Saturday March 23rd 10:00AM-7:00PM, Sunday March 24th 10:00AM-6:00PM
Explore the latest in design trends as you view the amazing installations and shop the silent auction.
Tickets available at $30 and include access to the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.
COCKTAILS BY DESIGN
Saturday, March 23rd; 7:00PM-10:00PM
Designers and guests mingle at Pier 94 during this dazzling display of the amazing design installations, while sampling treats from NYC’s top restaurants and gourmet food purveyors paired with delicious La Crema wine and Patrón cocktails.
Tickets available at $200.