For the 32nd annual Dining by Design event, hosted by the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA), interior designers from across the country gathered in New York City to create a collection of table settings worthy of dining too surprising than unexpected. . For Architectural Summary‘s table, designer of celebrity events (and AD special projects editor) Bronson van Wyck has created a lavish African-inspired vignette that transports diners from the city to the savannah. “The whole look here has a real artisanal quality to it, which is so nice when you’re sitting down to dinner,” says Van Wyck, under the flattering glow of Tucker Robbins pendants. (See the video below.)
“The base was this fabulous linen tablecloth from Larsen,” says Van Wyck, who also chose artifacts from Authentic Africa in Harlem and installed custom artwork to make the backdrop stand out. He layered contrasting pieces including black cutlery from Ralph Lauren Home and glazed stoneware plates from Blue Pheasant, as well as bamboo placemats, colorful napkins and black safety pin napkin rings from Dransfield & Ross. Gold-accented bowls by Michael Aram add sparkle and contrast to ebonized oak seating by RH, and green glass stemware and tumblers by Canvas Home complete the scene. The finishing touch: bead necklaces from Beads of Paradise.