DIFFA San Francisco Dining By Design

I was given the opportunity to get a sneak peek at the amazing installations and tablescapes being put together for the 11th annual Dining By Design benefiting the  UCSF Positive Health Program.  The event is part of DIFFA’s (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) national roster of fundraising efforts to fight HIV infection and raise AIDS awareness.

What I saw goes beyond mere table settings — these are truly works of art.  They range from elaborate tablescapes to full-room installations.  Countless hours of work  by local and national designers go into creating the tables.  Fortunately, many of the tables are underwritten by corporate and private table hosts who off-set the costs associated with the designs.

Walking the event floor was my idea of heaven.  Imagine three levels of amazing tablescapes,  glassware, china and floral arrangements each more inspiring than the other.

Each designer chooses a table theme based on a time, place, event or mood.  Essentially, this is a tablescape throw down and the designers let their imagination soar…..

Out of all the different tables and installations, these two were my absolute favorites….

The first installation is simply amazing.  All white, sleek, and modern.  It is a textbook example of how to use color to influence mood and space.  Standing in it was like being inside an iceberg….a tricked out iceberg with lights and a beautiful table, but an iceberg nonetheless.

The above table was less about the installation but the adorable theme the designers chose to convey – chemistry – which is appropriate when you consider that cooking is nothing about applied physics and chemistry.  However,  the designer went all out using a variety of science related props to create a tablescape that was fun but sophisticated.

I left the event feeling inspired and having a new item on my design “bucket list”.    I am putting it out there that I want to design a table/installation for one of the DIFFA events at some point during my career.  Okay universe, I put it out there…..let’s make it happen!

For more information on Dining by Design, visit www.diffasf.org.

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2 thoughts on “DIFFA San Francisco Dining By Design

  1. Thank you very much Courtney for featuring the fabulous Dining by Design!

    Both nights of the event were amazing as always, showcasing the incredible talents of the designers and offering visual delights great food and plenty of libations. We are all looking forward to next year!



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