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An Unlikely Ally in the Fight Against AIDS

This year's Dining by Design exhibition marked DIFFA's 30th year supporting HIV/AIDS research and treatment.

DIFFA's Dining by Design exhibit was one of the coolest things at this year's Architectural Design Show Credit:

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Interior design probably isn't the first thing that springs to mind when you think of the search for an AIDS cure. But the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) has been doing its part for 30 years, granting more than $40 million in funds to hundreds of AIDS service groups around the U.S.

At this year's Architectural Digest Home Show in New York City, DIFFA brought together some of the world's hottest designers—including names like Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Gensler, Diane von Fürstenburg, and Robert Verdi—for its annual Dining By Design event. The "extraordinary dining environments" on display ranged from the classically beautiful to the ultramodern, and the functional to the fantastical.

The more than 20 bespoke dining rooms served as a stunning backdrop for five days of fundraising events. A cocktail party brought in $200 per guest, a benefit auction throughout the AD Show weekend offered up 62 choice items, and a gala dinner collected $500 a pop.

Some of the designers chose to tackle the lingering effects of the AIDS crisis head-on, while others focused purely on aesthetic design. But all of them were unified in their purpose: to help DIFFA provide direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk.


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1. Gensler / Herman Miller

Gensler / Herman Miller

Gensler / Herman Miller

2. Axor NYC / Slade Architecture

Axor NYC / Slade Architecture

Axor NYC / Slade Architecture

3. M Moser Associates

M Moser Associates

M Moser Associates

4. Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren Home

Ralph Lauren Home

5. SOM / millerblaker

SOM Miller Blaker

SOM Miller Blaker

6. Geoff Howell Studio

Ottawa: Canada's Capital

Ottawa: Canada's Capital

7. Knoll / HOK

Knoll / HOK

Knoll / HOK

8. Echo Design

Echo Design

Echo Design

9. IA Interior Architects / Teknion Studio

IA Interior Architects / Teknion Studio

IA Interior Architects / Teknion Studio

10. STUDIOS architecture

STUDIOS architecture

STUDIOS architecture

11. Marc Blackwell New York

Marc Blackwell New York

Marc Blackwell New York

12. Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

Pratt Institute

13. Designtex

Designtex

Designtex

14. Beacon Hill / 2Michaels

Beacon Hill / 2michaels

Beacon Hill / 2michaels

15. 3M Architectural Markets / Rottet Studio

3M Architectural Markets / Rottet Studio

3M Architectural Markets / Rottet Studio

16. Diane von Furstenburg

Diane von Furstenberg

Diane von Furstenberg

17. Calvin Klein Home

Calvin Klein Home

Calvin Klein Home

18. Luxe Interiors / Design Magazine / Fendi Casa

Luxe Interiors / Design magazine / Fendi Casa

Luxe Interiors / Design magazine / Fendi Casa

19. New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design

New York School of Interior Design

20. Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology

Fashion Institute of Technology

21. essie / Robert Verdi

essie / Robert Verdi

essie / Robert Verdi

22. Arteriors

Arteriors

Arteriors

23. Interior Design Magazine / Ali Tayar

Interior Design Magazine / Ali Tayar

Interior Design Magazine / Ali Tayar

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