Dining by Design Tweet Chat today – and you’re invited!

This afternoon at 1:00 PM EST I’m participating in a Tweetchat about the upcoming 20th Anniversary Dining by Design Event in New York. #DiningByDesign is a huge annual undertaking where designers and brands join together to create a series of amazing dining spaces in order to raise money for #DIFFA Design Industry for Fighting Aids. This has always been an event near and dear to my heart as I lost one of my best friends to AIDS in the late ’80’s.  I thought I would share some of my favorite images I’ve shot at various #DiningByDesign events both in Boston and New York.

Some of this year’s designers and design professionals such as myself will be tweeting today about the upcoming show, but also about dining room design trends, what we’re seeing in our own backyards and what’s trending. If you wish to join, go to Twitter and search for the hashtag #DBD20 – this will sort out all the tweets related to the tweet chat topic in one place. I hope to see you there!

So, going all the way back to 2007 (wow, a decade ago???) Dining by Design came to Boston and showcased some of the best Boston design talent. The event included a cocktail party, a formal dinner (big bucks raised) and tours over the course of a few weeks. It was held at the Black Falcon Terminal.

This table was designed by Charles Fletcher, a designer who has since moved to Switzerland.  I loved his naturalistic and lovely table settings.

And here’s Charles with my niece Katie who came as my date (she was a college senior at the time).

And Katie and Auntie Linda…  Wondering if I should cut my hair short again, this was kind of cute… 

A detail from Charles’s tablescape. Loved the little froggy.

GE Monogram’s tables were hot!

Michael Ferzoco’s table was sophisticated. I’m pretty sure he was not at all orange in the face in real life…

And this table was designed by Raffinelli Events (who did this year’s White House Christmas decor) and Winston Flowers. You can’t see it too well in this photo, but the walls were filled with flowers. Elle Decor magazine – a big sponsor of the event at the time due to Margaret Russell’s long involvement – asked me if they could use this photo in their magazine recap of the event as they’d not captured as good a photo. So, I can honestly say that I’ve been “published” in Elle Decor!

You can read the full post with more photos here. Unfortunately, none of my photos from the 2008 DBD in Boston are showing up anymore. Not sure what happened to them and sadly, this was the only two years that the event was staged in Boston.

Moving forward to 2010 at the regular home of DBD NY – at Pier 92 in New York – the show is staged in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Show.

This table setting was pretty in pink. Design by Eric Warner for Aesthete. Ltd.

Care to invite a giraffe for dinner? Design by Jesgordon/Properfun

Kravet Fabrics showed their stuff in this setting. Loved the mix of fabrics on the chairs and bento boxes.

Marc Blackwell New York designed this chic and romantic space. Loved the table softly lit from within.

There are tons more photos here on my original post.

And moving forward to 2015, also in NY Pier 92.

I’d never want to leave this tented dining space by Bronson van Wyck and Architectural Digest.

And talk about drama at the showstopping Marks and Frantz booth, sponsored by New York Design Center.

One can never go wrong with a Marilyn reference when designing a glitz and glam space.  Designed by Noelia Ibanez, sponsored by Fendi Casa and Manhattan Magazine.

Stacy Garcia’s space featured the new line of beautiful wallpapers.

There are several more photos of amazing spaces on my original post here.

So, enjoy these little bits of glam and I hope you can join in today. Even if you can’t, you can check in after the fact by searching Twitter for the hashtag #DBD20 to get the transcript.

All photos by Linda Merrill (except the one I’m in, and I don’t recall who took that one!)

xoxo Linda

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