Out & About… DIFFA

Spring has sprung ( at least the calender says that) so it's design trade show, show house and party season.
One of my faves on so many levels -first of all the cause and secondly the design, is the DIFFA Dining By Design event. The fact that it coinsides with the Architectural Digest Home Show and BlogTourNY makes this a jam packed week of design events.

I was invited to join designer Soren Rose, Flexform and Manhattan Magazine at their beautiful table for the gala dinner Monday night. This event brings just about everyone in the design industry out: Jamie Drake, Thom Filicia, Nate Berkus, Philip Gorrivan, Matthew Patrick Smyth, Robert Verdi to name a few were all there. 
There have been many pics all over the instagram, fb etc. so I'm just showing a few of my favorites.
This glowing all brass installation by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill was particularly glam. It was hard to get a good pic with light bouncing off all the reflective surfaces but trust me it was stunning.

The Maya Romanoff table with it's incredible textiles was another delight to the eye. Every surface was  covered in a beautiful mix of texture, pattern and color. Much of the fabrics were hand dyed pieces from the archives.
Romanoff who died earlier this year of Parkinson's will be sorely missed, but his design legacy is alive and well and lives on.
In a modern vein the Calvin Klein table was a study in pure simplicity and elegance. But then nothing less would be expected from Klein and creative director Amy Mellon.  The mix of organic rustic wood and gleam of understated gold was perfectly chic. I would love to replicate something similar for my porch table.
Mentor Jes Gordan and the students from F.I.T did a bang up job in their ode to Pinocchio. 
I loved the inside the whale concept.

The New York School of Interior design students with Mentor Shawn Henderson created a futuristic blend of angles along side a softer, sentimental place setting complete with doilies.

Dining in Soren Rose table was an intimate and elegant affair with attention to every detail.  
The marble topped FLY table and Soren Rose for Flexform Feel Good velvet chairs mixed beautifully with my dream credenza, Soren's Reflect sideboard.
The inspiration behind this vignette was the bespoke tailor, where every piece is unique and personalized to the client. Each object is thought out, with attention to detail. This is not for the trend driven throwaway and move on client, but for the person who, when they buy does so for investment in a piece for it's beauty, craftsmanship and sustainability.
This concept was brought home perfectly in the collaboration between BDDW and Rose. Each Soren Rose interiors client is given a custom key to their home. Soren worked with Tyler Hays to add a door to the Nixie clock as a special holder for the keys.
The commissioned painting by John Copeland, Silas cutting board by Peg and Awl and Lostine salt and pepper mill blended perfectly in the mix.
Detail of the Reflect sideboard and Fredericks and Mae arrow's.
Soren Rose Studio Hex mirror with SRS brass hook. The devil is truly in the details.
Notice the Still Life for SRS hats in the background as a nod to Soren's love of hat's.

images, Soren Rose Studio & Moi