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RLI just participated in a fantastic charity event in New York City, Dining by Design, hosted by the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), which was along side the Architectural Digest Home Show at Pier

94 in NYC.

The artist Ray Cesar a

nd Vered Gallery in East Hampton, NY generously allowed us to use a piece entitled “Calamity” which we enlarged to 9 x 11 ft . Not only was it breathtaking, it was the star for our table installation. I was also incredibly lucky to be able to co-host the event with Robert Kuo, the fabulous artist and furniture designer.

The three-day event included an exciting display of creative design, delicious cuisine and all around glamour. But more importantly this amazing charity raised funds that will go toward direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and help with programs aimed at prevention and education about the disease.

My inspiration was part Mad Hatter part surrealist and above all a sense of elegance mixed with humor. It tries to capture the feeling of the unexpected. The lacquer top and copper repoussé root table and stools and life sized sheep sculptures are all designed by Robert Kuo.

RLI Front View DIFFA Table

The incredibly talented floral designer, Gabriel Marquez, designed the centerpiece based on the Rembrandt floral and fruit paintings. This entire project came together with the guidance of Frank Verkaik, who is a master events planner and oversaw the installation.

RLI Table Close Up

Here are just a few of the other wonderful designs that were featured at the DIFFA event:

Maya Romanoff and The Rockwell Group created a sexy installation (Kinky Boots) that was fun and playful. We both used corset inspired napkins rings for our table settings.

Two Sets of Napkin Rings

RLI Napkin Rings & Kinky Boots Napkin Rings

Kinky Boots Table

Kinky Boots Table

Marc Blackwell’s table featured assorted decorative plates hung in a pattern on the wall. I loved the large lamp as the centerpiece, easy solution when you don’t want to install a chandelier. As you can see root tables and stools are also common theme.

Blackwell DIFFA Table

Mark Blackwell Table

Another theme that we saw at the show was the use of moss. It was used in the centerpiece under the natural woven tent-like installation of Kenneth Cobonpue. Moss was also featured on the wall and floors of Eric Warner’s installation. We used moss as our plate chargers and as the filler between our floor tiles.

Copbonpue DIFFA Table

Kenneth Copbonpue Table

Eric Warner DIFFA Table

Eric Warner Table

Margaret Russell’s Architectural Digest table brought us a crisp black and white design accented with lovely spring colors in the centerpiece. It was quite eye catching.

AD Table

Architectural Digest Table

The Ralph Lauren Home design was a beautiful long table design, the picture of supreme elegance with my favorite white flowers.

Ralph Lauren DIFFA Table

Ralph Lauren Home Table

Many throughout the weekend viewed the show and the event raised both awareness and funding for an important cause. We were delighted to work with such talented people. A truly amazing event!

To see more of our pictures from the DIFFA event please visit the RLI Facebook page or follow us on Twitter. For more information about RLI please visit our website or email us for a design consultation.

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