On Wednesday night, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, known as DIFFA, kicked off an amazing two-night event called Dining by Design. Wednesday was Table Hop and Taste, which involves extremely fancily-decorated dining tables displayed on four (!) floors of San Francisco’s design center. It was quite a spectacle. One of the displays featured a human centerpiece, one depicted Alice in Wonderland’s dinner party in the basement of the Cairo Museum (no kidding), and another featured moveable, remote control tables.
So it’s hard to imagine that tonight, all of those tables will be full of food and people and functioning as actual dining tables for the event’s Gala Diinner.
Below I’ve posted tons of photos of well dressed tables as well as humans. I did have some favorites. You know those moments when you look at a design and you’re just overwhelmed by waves of love and joy? Just me? Well that happened to me like three times last night. First, it was with the teepee made out of photo slides with the amazing amber-colored crystal glassware and a lambskin for every chair inside designed by Gensler and Haworth. Then it happened again with Studio Bradfield’s amazing tribute to Alexander McQueen’s 2006 runway show. And then there was the turtle and bugs table by Jute interior design. Amazing! (I’m sure those turtles died a natural death.)
All photos by me except for the final three of Studio Bradfield’s table, which are by Laura Morton. See designer credits after the jump. If you know who created an uncredited design, please let me know!
1. 7 x 7 and California Home and Design, by John Lum Architecture
2. Gensler and Haworth
3. Gensler and Haworth
4. Local designer extraordinaire, Agustin Sanders
6. Apparently in charge of the human centerpiece by Steven Miller
19. The incredible moving, remote-control table. Poggenpohl, designed by Claudia Juestel of Adeeni Design Group.
20. The incredible moving, remote-control table. Poggenpohl, designed by Claudia Juestel of Adeeni Design Group.
21. Poggenpohl, designed by Claudia Juestel of Adeeni Design Group.
22. Jute Interiors
23. Jute Interiors
27. Barbara Waldman and Dennis Winger by Kriste Michelini Interiors
29. One well-dressed woman
30. Three well-dressed men
31. The wonderful Iris Bianchi and friends
32. New Yorker-esque table, Sterling Bank and Trust Seligman Foundation, by Michael Friedes design
33. New Yorker-esque table, Sterling Bank and Trust Seligman Foundation, by Michael Friedes design
34. William Campos Design
35. John Vaughn and friends, by Edward Ngiam designs
36. The Rustic Chateau, by Mimi Durand-Suhl
37. Alice in Wonderland’s Dinner Party in the Cairo Museum by Donald Greene
38. Alice in Wonderland’s Dinner Party in the Cairo Museum by Donald Greene
39. Alice in Wonderland’s Dinner Party in the Cairo Museum by Donald Greene
40. The Mad Hatter, a.k.a. Donald Greene
41. Fashionable peeps at the “Emerald City”
49. Taste Catering and Event Planning, designed by Billy Cook