A profusion of faux butterflies acts as a centerpiece on this garden-inspired table. (Photo: Sean Santiago)
Last night the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA
) hosted their third annual Picnic by Design
, bringing together New York's top design talents to create stunning, immersive picnic blanket tablescapes for a charity dinner and cocktail party. Lonny
stopped by the penthouse and rooftop fete to raise a glass to the brilliant designers and scope out some of the most creative entertaining ideas the city has on offer.Two takes on seaside style—graphic and modern and Asian-inflected—scored major points with us. (Photos: Sean Santiago)Our Top Takeaways:
- Non-Floral Centerpieces While botanicals were definitely a mainstay on many blankets, the designers employed some creative alternatives, such as a spray of faux butterflies (top) and sculptural driftwood pieces.
- Layers on Layers A picnic is traditionally a simple spread, but the creatives behind these dining set ups layered blankets, rugs, placemats, and textural woven elements (above left) to give their place settings all the richness of a tabletop dinner.
- Themes Throughout The theme of a picnic doesn't have to be red-and-white gingham and woven straw baskets. Picnic by Design's sister event Dining by Design set a precedent for over-the-top, enveloping tables, so last night's ranged from a set up that mimicked floating down an Asian river (above right) to a tribute to Orange is the New Black (more on that next week).