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DIFFA hosts Dining by Design Tour

Jaime Drake designed this dining installation for DIFFA's Dining by Design fundraiser.
Jaime Drake designed this dining installation for DIFFA's Dining by Design fundraiser.
Sora Vernikoff

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids had its 17th annual Dining by Design Tour at Pier 94, 12th Avenue at 55th Street, New York, NY to help make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

At this celebration, designers from the world of fashion, interior design, art and architecture displayed amazing dining environments to help raise funds for organizations working on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and the treatment and education in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

Attendees at this event were able to preview these incredible dining by design installations while at the same time being able to sample food from New York City's top restaurants and top gourmet merchants coupled with handcrafted wines of La Crema winery in addition to some amazing signature cocktails from Patron.

Now one of the attendees, Johanna Barger of New York shared why she was attending this all important fundraiser.

Johanna shared that she is a senior designer for Jaime Drake whom she described as "a fabulous interior designer. That he's well known for using color in his designs and he is also well known for his restoration work at Gracie Mansion."

Johanna went on to share that the installation that Jaime Drake created for Dining by Design was done for Benjamin Moore.

Benjamin Moore had graciously donated $50,000 to DIFFA and $20,000 to The Alpha Workshops (

Johanna continued to explain that Jaime's Lucite dining table with two banks attached, each one located underneath either end of the table(and actually filled with lots of money) with a three sided giant canvas (surrounding the table which had ad words taken from actual print to raise HIV/AIDS awareness) was Jaime's way of saying that he wanted others to contribute funds to DIFFA to help do their part in also fighting for a cure.

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