This year’s Dining by Design event, sponsored by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, was a splendiferous experience of over the top, eye-popping table settings that are sure to elevate our own table settings for the upcoming holiday season.
Held at the San Francisco Design Center’s Galleria, the venue provided the perfect backdrop for thirty-five imaginatively created table designs presented by members of the Bay Area’s architecture and interior design community. The largest were on the main floor, while each of the other three floors gave guests the opportunity to promenade amongst the tables while nibbling on delicious treats, sipping wine, and socializing.
Words cannot properly convey the level of creativity and imagination, never mind the scope of the elaborate construction and detailing that went into each of the tables. Fortunately, that’s what pictures are for, so without further ado, browse and enjoy.
|Made of cardboard, this presentation is a total environmental experience designed by John Lum Architects for 7x7 and California Home + Design|
|Hart-Howerton's constructed steel cage included an exotic bird. |
Designers wore animal handler suits, just to be on the safe side.
|Restoration Hardware's environment,|
designed by Gary Spain with Will Wick,
was garden-esque and serene.
|The Design Center's own presentation was elegantly assembled by Candace Barnes.|
|Valley Forge Fabrics' intimate tented table was created by Brayton Hughes Design Studio|
|Gensler and Haworth's presentation was a teepee wrapped in photographer's slide viewing sheets to tell their story.|
|Ralph Lauren Home brought their ponies to the show |
with this horse show gazebo
|If you like watching TV while dining, |
then Hok and Teknion with Sidemark's designs are perfect for you!
|Panels behind Kravet's table setting of fabric covered boxes |
and exotic floral arrangement make for an intimate dining experience.
|Hartmann Studios' environment was a study in blue light with lucite chairs to keep the space feeling airy.|
|The Academy of Art School of Interior Architecture and Design |
fulfilled their name perfectly!
|Antiques & Art Exchange display included 4 mirrored pillars |
from the Doris Duke estate for added glam.
|Napa Valley Linens took their assignment literally and created this touching memorial to AIDS victims.|
|Several designers collaborated on creating International Furnishings and |
Design Association's festive presentation.
|Pollack Architects, Steelcase and GCI's presentation was very, |
well, architectural and modern, of course!
|Adeeni Design Group creatively combined elements for Poggenpohl's table.|
|Ketel One's table was designed by Jute, using elements from |
nature to tell their story.
|Split wood as only nature can do is the table underneath the setting that was |
designed by MTP Architects and Ted Pratt
for the table sponsored by Drs. Diane Havlii, Art Martinez and Brad Hare.
|John Gidding Designs Inc. is responsible for this intriguing table for |
HGTV. Note the table itself; a true work of art.
|The light fixture is the main attraction with each table setting different in |
Shari Steele Designs and Studio Karliova table
|Dots of light from the custom chandelier are reflected on the |
surface of Studio Bradfield's table design.
|Kaye Fleming Design and Atmospheres by Joseph Cunningham's|
table uses light and flowers as the focal point.
|Ian Stallings' design for Chandler Properties' table uses nature in a |
grand scale to add drama and intimacy.
|How The New Yorker magazine sees San Francisco is the inspiration for |
Michael Friedes table designed for Sterling Bank & Trust -
The Seligman Family Foundation
|Wilson Campos Designs uses whimsy for MOMS Pharmacy's table.|
|For a change of pace, The Weaver Design Group presented this |
table setting that was inside McCrae & Company's showroom.
|If you look very closely, you can see real fish swimming inside the vases|
on Edward Nglam's intriguing table design for John Vaughn and friends.
|The Rustic Chateau table was designed by Mimi Durand-Suhl, |
and tells its story perfectly.
|Imagine Alice in Wonderland lost in the Egyptian museum. |
Designer Donald O. Greene makes it easy to do in his fantasy filled tableau.
|The Emerald City is the fantasy presentation by Wildflower Linen and |
For more information about DIFFA's Dining by Design, you can visit their web site by clicking here.
All photographs by Beryn Hammil.