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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Picnic by Design 2015 Basket Designs and Winners

Vanessa Deleon Associates Picnic By Design 2015

I love the summer! One of my favorite events to participate in is Picnic by Design. It was an incredibly successful DIFFA event - collecting 40K in the fight against HIV /AIDS. Incredible baskets by uber talented designers to delicious food and drink from top restaurants and brands. The soiree had a nice vibe on a rooftop overlooking the Hudson river. 

photo credits: Erik Bardin

Kristen Ward Guerrero Picnic By Design 2015

Among the buzz, a panel of judges made up of design and hospitality industry taste makers were on hand to select the top three most impressive baskets. The jury includes: Cindy Allen, chairman of DIFFA and editor-in-chief of Interior Design; Louise Vongerichten, head of development at the acclaimed Chef's Club US; Christophe Rammant, president of EGE & Bolon; Stephanie Goto, principal of STEPHANIEGOTO and Barry Richards, principal and studio leader at Rockwell Group. 

And the top baskets were...... ARCHIVES id, Gensler, Nile Johnson and Michele Alfano /MODmade NY. Yes, my basket design tied for first with Gensler. When I heard my name I was in complete shock and glee! Thank you to the judges, I really appreciate the honor. featured my basket design along the other winners!  Below is when Cindy Allen called out my name and congratulated me...I was beyond excited!

Big thanks to Tiago Fonseca, and Keith Karabec of Five Star Millwork who once again brought my idea to life. The picnic basket design transforms into headphones with speakers. Ya gotta vibe a bit at a picnic, right?

 more winners:



 Nile Johnson 

images from the event:

 Sponsor- STK (grilled octopus)

Sponsor Robert Allen 

Sponsor Poggenpohl

my peeps!

Cetra Ruddy


Bryon C. James-Rodriguez

Carl Lana for Clifton Dry

Cheryl Umbles

 Rixner Wright

Christina May Design

Kristen Ward Guerrero

 Mong: Torodova

Images credit: Erik Bardin.

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