Interior Design Inspiration: DIFFA Dining by Design

Every year at the Architectural Digest Home Show, interior designers and even interior design students create stunning tablescapes for Dining by Design to raise funds and promots the Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA). Per the DIFFA website “DINING BY DESIGN brings together internationally celebrated designers and local talent to create three dimensional dining installations that awe, inspire, and delight”.

Since this is Wordless Wednesday, I will let the pictures tell the story. Enjoy!

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Neutral and serene

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Circles and More Circles

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Student Design with Cardboard and Rope

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Love the colors in the backdrop and the different flowers in each bowl


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Cheeky Colorful Lampshades

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Layers of Fabrics by Echo - dining in Marrakesh? (from Echo blog)


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Left - cotton and spools of thread. Right - butterflies (photos from Interior Design magazine)

I love to hear from you…If you could create an unusual tablescape for your next party, which one would you choose?

(all photos mine except for last two: Echo blog and Interior Design magazine blog respectively)


ProjectUDesign: Interior Design Students at SCAD

The Thursday Treasure is brought to you by ProjectUDesign. This is an opportunity and challenge to 15 students from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to create an upholstered wing chair that is not only sustainable but one that people would want to buy.  BiOH® polyols has teamed up  with Century Furniture and Toray Eco-Design Ultrasuede to make this project happen.
Here are the contest rules as laid out on the ProjectUDesign Facebook page.
1. A $1,000.00 cash prize from BiOH Polyols at the close of the Fall High Point Market on Oct. 20th will be awarded to the student of the winning design selected by online voting.
2. The addition of their winning eco-friendly wing chair design to Century Furniture’s permanent line-up, with production to begin this fall!
3. Royalties from Century Furniture on each chair that gets made and sold!
The best part is that you can vote for your favorite chair online at ProjectUDesign on Facebook. The chair is chosen entirely by you, John Q. Public. The first round of voting ends on October 3rd, so be sure to check it out right away!
I created an interior design inspiration board with my favorite chair, the Luna, by Matt Gray. I envisioned his comfortable and encompassing chair in a home office, preferably mine! This chair could be a place of escape during a busy work day whether to take a break for a cup of coffee or to read a book or just to retreat with your thoughts in the middle of the day.

Matt Gray, student at SCAD, describes his design as follows “Luna is a chair which reinterprets the wing chair based on its use as a place to escape. The wings extend to completely surround the inhabitant. Armrests and lumbar support are provided by carefully sized pads. The Hardwood base cradles the frame as the frame cradles the inhabitant. The womb like shape provides a sense of security and privacy.”

In case you missed them throughout the post, these are the most important links:

BiOH’s blog: 

Site for voting:

Site for student videos: http://youtube/com/user/BiOHpolyols

I love to hear from you. Which of the wing chairs is your favorite?
Ok so what are you waiting for? Go vote!
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