Dining By Design Boston 2007

This weekend was the inaugural DIFFA‘s Dining By Design Boston 2007. I was lucky to attend the preview cocktail party last evening at the Black Falcon Terminal next to the Boston Design Center. It was cold outside, but the party was hot inside! A big open industrial space was transformed by some of Boston’s most talented designers. Attendees were treated by wines by Rosemount winery and tasty treats from some local eateries. I also finally got meet Margret Russell, editor in chief of Elle Decor, in person! We’ve spoken on the phone and she kindly sent me a copy of her new book “So Chic”. So, it was great to finally meet in person! No photo to mark the occasion, but still, fun!

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Katie Merrill and Linda Merrill

Here I am with my lovely niece Katie, who came as my date for the evening. Katie is an art history major in her senior year at Boston College, so she had some keen and funny observations about the different table displays.

 

One of our favorite displays was by Charles Fletcher of Charles Fletcher Designs, sponsored by Roche-Bobois and Shreve, Crump and Low. Charles’ display was a fabulous combination of upscale glitz and glamour, juxstaposed with natural elements such as live gold fish and a sod grass floor.

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Charles Fletcher and Katie Merrill
Charles Fletcher and Katie Merrill

 

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Charles Fletcher installation chandelier

Charles said that this chandelier took about 8 hours to hang, and was done piece by piece. It was quite a triumph in a small space, I only wish I’d gotten a better photo!

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Charles Fletcher table

The attention to detail was fabulous in this space – the place settings charming, down to the adorable frog napkin rings below.

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Charles Fletcher table detail frog napkin ring
Another favorite space was this mirrored jewel box designed by Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors, sponsored by Frank Ribaudo and Joe Posa. The graphic patterns on the ottomans is reflected in the floor, as is the black and white wallpaper. Topped by a hip orange drum shade pendant, the space was cool, chic and fun.

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Dining By Design Boston 2007 Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors
Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors

 

Dining By Design Boston 2007 GE Monogram

This space is by GE Monogram. I think I’ve seen photos of this display at other DBD events. I think the use of the ranges as dinner table was fun and the space as a whole is striking although it’s a bit “lab” looking.

 

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Dennis Duffy Design Group table

Another favorite space was this by Dennis Duffy of Duffy Design Group. I’m sad I wasn’t able to get a better shot of this space, as it was intimate, romantic and cozy. One problem with the layout of the venue was that the aisles between the displays weren’t wide enough. An extra few feet would have made a world of difference. Dennis’ dining room was swathed in a luxurious fabric tent with a pillar candle chandelier topping it off.

 

Dining By Design Boston 2007 Rafanelli Events

This electric space was designed by Billy Evers of Rafanelli Events Management and Marc Hall of Winston Flowers and was sponsored by Ricardo H. Rodriguez and Michael Kelley. I was honored that Elle Decor asked to print this image above in the magazine after the event!

 

Woodmeister Dining by Design Boston 2007 Master Builders and designed by Michael J. Lee

Another hard to photo space was this by Woodmeister Master Builders and designed by Michael J. Lee of R. FitzGerald & Co (in his pre-photography days). This space was an homage to the island of Nantucket and even included a working gas fireplace. This photo just doesn’t do this space justice!

 

Dining By Design 2007 Margaret Russell for Elle Decor

And finally, this is the Elle Decor dining room, decorated by Margaret Russell.

The gala dinner was held tonight and all of these spaces would be put to the test of real use! I’m sure all who attended had a great time!

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