DIFFA's Dining by Design 2011

Pictured left to right: Ernest Mariotto, Gabriela Meneghetti, Karina Kentsis, Courtney Springer
DINING BY DESIGN, presented by DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, in its eleventh year in San Francisco, is the most anticipated high-design charitable event, showcasing top designers who create fantastic, one-of-a-kind tabletop installations that are unveiled for two nights only, the Academy of Art University has been part of this even for years now and once again our table was a success!
Once again the Academy of Art University shines at the event,  a group of 11 Interior Architecture & Design students were part of this years table.
The concept: “one heART
Herman Melville said it best, “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men; and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects.”
We are one heart. One is in everyone. One is the piece of the whole and the whole is comprised of the one.
There exists an interwoven, interdependent, and constantly evolving transformation from the one to the whole and the whole to the one.
The power lies in the unity of each one of us to make up the whole, for without the one the whole cannot be; and without the whole, change cannot be.
Team Members: (in alphabetical order)
Todd Gildred, Melanie Gudim, Jessica Hammett, Karina Kentsis, Tina Maleki, Gabriela Meneghetti, Fatima Salahuddin, Courtney Richardson, Courtney Springer, Victoria van Zanten, Justine Zielinski
Here are a few images from the sketches to the final design…