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    DIFFA: The Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’s Dining by Design event, held in six U.S. cities throughout the year, recruits event and interior designers to create elaborate dining installations for a fund-raising dinner.

    For the 21st installment of Dining by Design, designers and manufacturers brought elaborate vignettes to Pier 92 in New York. DIFFA’s annual fundraiser, part of the Architectural Digest Design Show, supports organizations that fight HIV/AIDS. Leaders from Perkins + Will, Rapt Studio, Rottet Studio, Rockwell Group, Gensler, and more, dreamed up wonderful spaces full of glamour, vibrant eye-catching colors, and whimsical settings.

    Interior Design contributed its own table with the theme of light. “As chairman of the board for the past six years, it’s been so invigorating to be a part Dining by Design year after year,” says Interior Design editor in chief Cindy Allen. “This March, we celebrate Dining by Design in a time that could really use some light and inspiration. The entire five-day event is a celebration what we do best: dining, designing, and making a DIFFA-rence!”

    Here’s a look at some of the highlights from the Cocktails by Design Opening Night event.  Thank you, to esteemed photographer Alan Barry for your sensational photos of the vignettes.

      Cindy Allen surrounded by friend + Jayne Michaels + Joan Michaels
        Interior Design
          School of Visual Arts & legendary Professor Maureen Crilly
              ROCKWELL GROUP
                  Giuseppe Baldassarre | Visionnaire + Teresa Laughlin
                    Cindy Lee + Stacy Marcus + Rebecca Woo Norman + Steven Rappos
                      Rajini Alex + Helen Allen+ Liz Nightingale + Helene Oberman + Darrin Vardin
                        Peti Lau + Ally Coulter + friend + Alana Moskowitz
                          Michael Rabatin
                            Suzanne Costa
                              Martin Kessleman + Rob Satran + Francine Monaco + Alexandra Polier
                                Jennifer Powell + Lisa McMahon + Patrick Hamilton + Michael Tavano
                                  Guillermo Martinez + Robert Hughes + Ally Coulter + Luis of Ralph Lauren
                                    Pier 92 in New York City – DIFFA
                                      Dawn Robinson + Kate Goerlich + Darron Diaz
                                        Susan Long + Friend + Tucker Robbins Pier 92 in New York City – DIFFA
                                          Pier 92 in New York City – DIFFA
                                            Pier 92 in New York City – DIFFA Gretchen + Melissa Gerard
                                              Antonino Buzzetta + Rio Hamilton
                                                Wesley Moon designed this spring igloo with Manuel Canovas floral fabric
                                                  Wesley Moon for Luxe Magazine
                                                    BENNETT LEIFER + DONGHIA
                                                      Peter Pennoyer Architects + Sunbrella
                                                        DESIGN WITHIN REACH
                                                          Alessandra Branca + Benjamin Moore


                                                              Rio Hamilton

                                                              Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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