Photo Tour: Tabletop Highlights of Dining By Design 2013

 Design: Marc Blackwell

Design: Marc Blackwell

Janet Ramin - Need decorating inspiration for your next holiday dinner party? Take a look at the following exciting tabletop design set in wild, fantasy backdrops and you won’t be able to wait to host your next party!  DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, hosted their annual fundraising Dining by Design event showing off creations by top designers and event planners. 

The lingering cold weather outside may protest, but springtime flourished through the tabletop décor at the show. Designer Marc Blackwell, known for his tabletop and home accessories, showed off his sparkling china collection – with designs so beautiful, they deserved to be displayed both on the table and on the wall! The orange tulip centerpiece picked up the sunny color scheme from the china.

 Design: Echo Design

Design: Echo Design

Echo Design also ushered in spring with their butterfly and seashell tabletop décor. Echo Design started their company with a collection of scarves; since then they have expanded to creating bedding and bath accessories. For their display, they enclosed a seashell and butterfly collection under a glass tabletop and painted a mural of butterflies fluttering by.  

Kenneth Cobonpue, a Filipino designer, set his outdoor party in a green, eco-friendly and very romantic gazebo. Who said green design can't be beautiful? Cobonpue added dishes of bamboo and touches of green with leafy napkin rings and a moss centerpiece. The airy gazebo and furniture is made of easily renewable rattan

 Design: Kenneth Cobonpue

Design: Kenneth Cobonpue

 Tabletop details by Kenneth Cobonpue

Tabletop details by Kenneth Cobonpue

Interior designer, Rachel Laxer, imagined an 18th-century French garden fete for a very theatrical party design. Corsets lace in the napkins amidst an abundant bouquet of roses and ranunculi. The gold stools and table is designed by Robert Kuo. A cheeky mural - a la Fragonard - of a ballgowned-lady brings fun and frivolity to the setting.

 Design: Rachel Laxer with Robert Kuo

Design: Rachel Laxer with Robert Kuo

Designer Ali Tayar collaborated with Alejandro Cabrera to create a modernist approach to the Last Supper.  By using checkerboard graphics, a skewed perspective and striking red chairs, the result is a dizzying feast for the eyes.

 Design: Ali Tayar and Alejandro Cabrera

Design: Ali Tayar and Alejandro Cabrera

Thanks to Janet Ramin of Sheffield School for her photos and DIFFA event report. Are you interested in learning more about decor? Take a look at Sheffield School's Complete Course in Interior Design. At Sheffield, you'll learn how to transform a space, create color schemes, and select furniture, lighting, and accessories.