The Design Industries Foundation for Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) launched the 2009 Dinning by Design tour with 5-days of events that ran concurrently with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in New York City.

The event brought together some of the most talented and celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture, creating spectacular, over-the-top dining environments that helped raise over $750,000.

The multi-city tour, which in past years has raised more than $13 million for DIFFA, features awe-inspiring dining installations by design luminaries such as David Rockwell for Rockwell Group, Marc Blackwell for Castello di Gabbiano, Jason Wu for Stolichnaya elit, Campion Platt for Architectural Digest, David Stark for Benjamin Moore, David Beahm for Continental Airlines, Alfredo Paredes for Ralph Lauren Home, HP, Christopher Coleman & Angel Sanchez for Profiles, Tracy Reese, Brad Ford I.D., Tracy Stern for SalonTea, Susan Lawton for Center44, Poggenpohl with Vasi Ypsilantis and Margreet Cevasco for Architects & Designers Building, Supima & sHoP for The New York Times, ddc, Jens Ahlemeyer and New Day Woodwork for The New York Times, Michael Tavano for the New York Design Center, Kravet Inc., Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. as well as Jerry Sibal for Design Fusion, Jorge Cazzorla for Celebrate Flowers, jesGORDON/properFUN, Eric Warner, Faune Yerby, Shelly Sabel, -ful Studio, The Alpha Workshops, and Razortoothdesign. 

Participating design schools included FIT with mentor David Beahm, the New York School of Interior Design with mentors Rick Shaver and Lee Melahn of Shaver/Melahn, NYU with mentor Miles Redd, Parsons with mentor Vicente Wolfe and SVA with mentor Robert Verdi. Each design mentor guided their student team through the creative process from conception to execution, working within a strict budget. The goal of the Student Design Initiative is to give the next generation of great designers the rare opportunity to work with some of the best design veterans in the business and participate in one of the industry’s keynote events.

Following Dining by Design New York, the installations will travel across the country to various cities including Kansas City, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, San Francisco, Chicago and Columbus.