Over 40,000 guests will grace Manhattan’s Pier 94 over the weekend to check out DINING BY DESIGN, which features 40 beautifully curated and styled table installations by world-renowned brands and designers. The event highlights not only the collective creative talents of the participants, but also raises awareness and funding for the fight against HIV/AIDS.
Each dining vignette is a world of its own, testing the limits of creative table design by evoking distinctly different energies, textures, and tones. The sponsors behind the designs include Benjamin Moore, The New York Times, Crate and Barrel, Arteriors, Ralph Lauren Home, and more.
Here are some of our favorite dining displays from 2018 DINING BY DESIGN:
Design Within Reach
In partnership with hospitality designers Matthew Goodrich and Kendall Lowe, Design Within Reach’s ghostly installation included draped white fabrics, glossy grey-white chairs dripping with paint, and hushed statuettes of what resembled Grecian busts. Despite the minimalism of the hauntingly serene scene, the aesthetics have a transportive quality which temporarily redefines the art of dining.
Wesley Moon + Luxe
The vibrant, floral sanctuary by Wesley Moon + Luxe was also a standout vignette. Echoing fresh mid-spring parties and outdoor gatherings, the gold edging on the dinnerware adds a touch of royalty to the overall casual affair. A balance of elements – plush pillows, florals, pops of color, and delicate ceramics – creates a welcoming, cocoon atmosphere with a Mediterranean flavor.
School of Visual Arts
Designed by students at the School of Visual Arts (SVA) in NYC, this installment was an intense affair of brooding red light and stark theatrics. The dining arrangement (or lack thereof) feels like something out of a Samuel Beckett play or a film noir scene from the ’50s, with its prominent use of bars (circling the room, within the chair design). The dining room becomes, in this sense, a welcoming panic room, while playing on the psychological effects of opposites and contradictions. Curious, profound, and intellectual, this dining scene was definitely a showstopper.
Crate + Barrel
Crate+Barrel’s chic, contemporary dining scene featured a rich mix of textures and tones. Metallics, crystal and glass, green velvet, and verdant plant life come together as a dizzying display for the senses. Contrasting black and white patterns dominate the room and reveal the impact of using wall and floor coverings to create a specific look.
The New York Times
Golden egg bowls, bird-cage planters, tropical floral arrangements, and deep rosy desert hues dominate One King’s One by The New York Times. The vignette gives off a distinct sense of place and location, which proves how dining arrangement can be used to evoke particular geographical scenes.
Gensler + Knoll + Evenson Best
A rainbow spectrum of birds in midair adorns the upper half of the installation by Gensler + Knoll + Evenson Best. An otherwise sparse scene of white chairs with little to no embellishment, the gradient, multicolored birds give off a cheery energy that sets the tone for the spring season. The subtle touch of the suspended glass globe terrariums not only complements the birds, but creates the illusion of freedom within a defined space.
To get a sense of what to expect for this year’s AD Show, check out our quick guide here.