Sunday, August 24, 2014

Creative Picnic Ideas: DIFFA Picnic by Design 2014

Wouldn't you love to invite a few friends and knock their socks off with a creative picnic? Steal some ideas from this fabulous event where the DIFFA organization, who promotes education for those living with AIDS/HIV through the creative arts, puts on an amazing summer event called “Picnic by Design.” Last week's event showcased up-and-coming and premier design voices who created intimate, unique picnic-scapes. Guests picnic'd on an urban rooftop and took home all the wondrous baskets!

Event is Sponsored by BolonRobert Allen , PoggenpohlCanard Inc.Interior Design Magazine New York Design CenterDark Horse wines, VDKA 6100Corralejo Tequila & Harlem Brewing Company, Nitehawk Cinema,Baked by Melissa & KIND Bars.

The event was so much fun! Besides the landscape of creativity, guests were swaying to music by DJ swells, instagramming to an instagram Tint wall, munching on Nitehawk cinema's yummy tangy popcorn and going back for more sweets that melted in your mouth by Baked by Melissa. Oh, cant forget those amazing cocktails- oh so good....Libations from darkhorse wines, VDKA 6100, Corralejo Tequila & harlem Brewing company.

See the designs below without commentary from me. You will be impressed, and touched by the ingenious creativity! 

MoD Design Guru


Think Fabricate

Simple Dwellings

Nicole Dufour - atelier ndd

The 3rd Floor Lab

Vanessa DeLeon

Patrick Mele

Tina Ramchandani Creative

Workshop APD

Maurie Assouline for Creativa


Michele Slovak

Kristen Guerrero

Julie Schuster

Ali Akimova for archives ID

Antoinette Loupe

B&N Industries

Barabara Fina

BHDM Industries

Brad Ford

Cheryl Umbles

Danielle Colding

Dustin & Paris


Hubley designs

In architecture & design

Jennifer Flanders

Johanna Berger

Image credits: Timothy Bell, Sarah Sickles

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Urban Rooftop Picnic tomorrow night: DIFFA Picnic by Design event 2014

Tomorrow is the third annual Picnic by Design event! Forty designers are coming together in the support and fight against HIV/AIDS. On an urban rooftop in NYC, designers will create unique picnic baskets that are sold online in advance. Guests will enjoy an evening under the stars (we hope, as the forecast is rain), great food and wine at their one-of-a-kind designer picnic experience. Each guest gets to take their basket home too! 

Here's a sneak peek of my picnic design and four other talented designers who are using Robert Allen Fabrics, one of the awesome sponsors of the event.. 

MoD Design Guru: Farm-Chic inspired wheelbarrow converts into a table|picnic experience. 
Uses Reclaimed oak with Landsmeer (Citrine), Illusion Weave (Citrine), Kingswalk(Citrine), and Mod Reeves (Steel) featuring the sunny colors from Robert Allen and DwellStudio’s Modern Color Theory collection. Constructed with the incredible Five Star Millwork-Master trimmer

More cool designs by...

Baskets are all sold out but Cocktail Party tickets are available for only $75 and will sell out! 

Sip libations from Dark Horse wines, VDKA 6100,
Corralejo Tequila & Harlem Brewing Company

Sample treats by Nitehawk Cinema,
Baked by Melissa & KIND Bars!

View the basket designs & relax in lounges
courtesy of Bolon Robert Allen!

Enjoy summer sounds by DJ Swells

Wednesday, August 13th
7:30-10:30 pm
Midtown Loft & Terrace
267 Fifth Avenue @ 29th Street

Thank you for your support in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

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Friday, July 25, 2014

Design, Food and Charity: DIFFA Picnic by Design Summer Event 2014

Images from DIFFA Picnic by Design 2013

Design, Food and Charity is a great combination for a summer event. It will be my third year participating in DIFFA's Picnic By Design. This event rocks and this year I was able to workbehind the scenes on the steering committee. What an awesome event 2014 will be.... amazing sponsors, donations and designers! Picnic By Design redefines the concept of a traditional picnic where 40 designers come together to create innovative picnic basket experiences that are sold online in advance with proceeds benefiting DIFFA. Guests who purchase a basket  will enjoy a dinner, wine and desert for two under the stars on an urban rooftop. They will be amazed by a truly unique picnic setting! 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:30-10:30pm

Midtown Loft & terrace 267 Fifth Avenue @ 29th street

Purchase your picnic basket for two here

Designers are sharing their designs on DIFFA's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest! Check out some inspiration!

Here's a sneak peek of MoD Design Guru's picnic.... Farm-chic represents the wheelbarrow to table/picnic experience.  The mood will be set with reclaimed oak, Robert Allen fabrics ( one of the key sponsors) and firefly LED lighting. 

Participating designers includeAntoinette Loupe _ Aesthete & TastemakerArchives IDAtelier nnd/Nicole Dufour DuRocherB+N IndustriesBarbara Fina – Fina Design LLC.Brad Ford IDBryon C. James for House of OasisCheryl UmblesCRD AssociatesDan Mazzarini and Brian Humphrey of BHDM DesignDanielle Colding Design, Dustin & Paris, GenslerHollymount Ltd.Homestories,HUBLEY DESIGN INTERIORSHUX HUX DesignInc.Architecture & DesignJennifer Flanders Inc.Jeremiah Brent, Johanna Barger,Jonathan Berger Interior DesignJulie Schuster Design Studio, Kristen Guerrero, Lindsey Coral Harper Interior DesignMatthew David Celebrations, Maurice Assouline – Creativa Design, Mee Tran StudioMichelle Slovak, Design and DecorationMod Design Guru,Nile Johnson Interior DesignPatrick MeleRichard A. Baquero Interior Design Inc.Samantha Knapp for Tigerlily’sSamuel Masters,Simple Dwellings by Elizabeth BrahaThe 3rd Floor LabThink FabricateTina Rachmandani CreativeVANESSA DELEONWest Chin, and Workshop/APD.

Thank you to all the terrific sponsors for the event! Woot woot!

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