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by WAG
by WAG

Setting a creative table

The Patrick Mele for Benjamin Moore vignette at DIFFA’s Dining by Design combined Old World glamour with contemporary flair. Photograph by Mary Shustack.
The Patrick Mele for Benjamin Moore vignette at DIFFA’s Dining by Design combined Old World glamour with contemporary flair. Photograph by Mary Shustack.

We admit it. We kind of dropped the ball this past holiday weekend, going for an ultra-casual approach rather than incorporating a bit of creativity into our table settings.

We promised ourselves we’d do better as warm-weather entertaining kicks into high gear – and with that were reminded of an inspiring afternoon we had earlier this spring.

While at the Architectural Digest Design Show, held in the pier buildings alongside the Hudson River in Manhattan, we got to tour Dining by Design, the signature event and fundraiser of DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS).

Regional and international designers were invited “to transform raw spaces into over-the-top dining environments,” as press materials described it, and the participants certainly took the mandate to heart.

Among our favorites were the peacock-themed splendor from the Rockwell Group to the homage to the pearl from Robert Verdi and McKenzie Liautaud to the winter-turns-to-spring work of Stacy Garcia, the Hudson Valley-based company that we first worked with back in 2017.

Keeping all of that world-class creativity in mind, we now have no excuse not to step up our decorative game for the next holiday gathering.

For more, visit diffa.org.

– Mary Shustack