Dining by Design

by Kasey Caminiti | March 25, 2013 12:00 am

Insects and eveningwear don’t typically go hand-in-hand, but on Thursday night at the DIFFA[1] Dining by Design gala, ECHO[2], the renowned silk scarf company, and the ECHO family – which includes the brand’s founder, Dorothy Roberts, and her children, Steven and Lynn – proved otherwise. Sea shells, leaves and even snakes decoracted the table at the fundraising event[3] at New York City’s Pier 94[4]. 

The waterfront Manhattan venue was transformed by designers for a good cause: Since 1984, DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) has raised more than $40 million for health services. The Dining by Design dinner gala is one of the foundation’s annual events. For the occasion, architects, like David Rockwell[5], and brands, like Design Within Reach[6], let their imaginations run free in the creation of a fantastical installation.

Ruben and Isabel Toledo[7], the artist/fashion designer couple who were the guests of honor along with DIFFA board member Rick Wolf[8], praised each table’s innovation and thanked those for participating as they walked around the event. Unsurprisingly, they were fans of our own reptile-inspired plates. 

Take a look in the DuJour gallery for more photographs – you may even be inspired to try something new at home.

  1. DIFFA: http://diffa.org/
  2. ECHO: http://www.echodesign.com/
  3. at the fundraising event: http://www.elle.com/news/fashion-style/2013-diffa-dining-for-design-gala-honoring-isabel-ruben-toledo
  4. Pier 94: http://www.piers9294.com/
  5. David Rockwell: http://www.rockwellgroup.com/
  6. Design Within Reach: http://www.dwr.com/
  7. Isabel Toledo: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/20/isabel-toledo-michelle-ob_n_159373.html
  8. Rick Wolf: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703899704576204922700829378.html

Source URL: https://dujour.com/cities/new-york/echo-scarf-diffa-gala/