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As one of DIFFA’s largest fundraising events, Dining By Design brings together top designers to create breathtaking three-dimensional dining installations. Since its inception, the fundraiser has raised more than $5.5 million. Each year, a team of design students from the Harrington College of Design partners up with a faculty member to create an annual DIFFA Dining by Design concept to show at the event held in the Merchandise Mart. This year, Harrington’s team included students Troy Atwood (ID), Erin Costello (MAID), Tim Naus (ID), Manuel Navarro (MID) and Danielle Vevea (MAID) led by their faculty advisor Constantine Vasilios, Interior Design instructor.

“Connections,” Harrington’s table for DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2010 took five interior design students five weeks, $2,000, and 6,500 coffee filters to complete.

Student designer Danielle shared, “Our design concept “Connections” was born at our first meeting in late September from two ideas. Our primary goal was to design a table that would engage attendees from across the room. A secondary focus was an observation that sharing a meal with others keeps us all connected in a way that technological methods of connecting with others never will. These two ideas fueled even the smallest design decisions displayed at the DIFFA event in the first week of November.

The round shape of the room mirrored the round KNOLL Tulip table to maximize conversation between diners. The backlit paper ceiling installation constructed from coffee filters connected the ceiling to the table and created an experiential environment. Carpet fiber connections defined the dining room walls. We even overlapped the chair legs to symbolize “Connections.” In the end, the opportunity to plan and execute a design for this event was an invaluable experience that would not have been possible without a dedicated team, the advice of Constantine Vasilios, or Harrington’s sponsorship.”

Great work Troy, Erin, Tim, Manuel, Danielle and Constantine!

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Yesterday I shared Sonnenzimmer’s commemorative poster they created for Harrington College of Design’s IMAGINE 2010 Event.

Harrington College of Design instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling also contributed to the event by creating a commemorative poster which you can see above. 

The concept for the poster first took shape from an initial drawing by Megan. After some collaboration between Duffy and Megan on details, text and atmosphere, the final imagery took shape.

Duffy shared, “The printing was led by Megan with assistance from me, as well as timely help from the wonderful Maria Sanchez of the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. In total, we printed four layers to produce the finished image, with each layer as a separate color.”

As a result of the project, Duffy and Megan plan to create more collaborative projects in the future – I, for one, definitely look forward to seeing the work!

Again, warm thanks are due to our Harrington instructors Duffy and Megan – thanks for your creative contribution to IMAGINE 2010!

Poster courtesy Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling.

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IMAGINE is an annual art auction organized by Harrington College of Design. Each year, a new charity is chosen to receive all the proceeds from the event. This year, the money raised was donated to Design Industries Foundation Fighting Aids (DIFFA).

For this year’s IMAGINE event, a commemorative poster was created by a well-known screen print studio, Sonnenzimmer, and Harrington instructors Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling. I followed up with Nadine Nakanishi from Sonnenzimmer to hear the background story behind their poster (pictured above) and here is what I found out…

“We were honored to work on a project of this scale, producing an edition of commemorative posters. It’s so nice to get a break from gig posters and the idea that we could actually be helping someone in need with our work feels really good.

With such a loaded word as “Imagine”, we struggled to find the right imagery for the project. Cliches are always hard to avoid, but this time around it was even harder than usual! We are sure everyone would get a good laugh from some of our initial sketches. Think bad, then think worse! After lots of back and forth, we eventually settled on an impossible geometric abstraction anchored by a warm color pallet. We wanted to reference the hope that DIFFA helps spread, without beating the audience over the head with the imagery usually associated with such a sentiment,” Nadine shared.
Warm thanks to Sonnenzimmer for your outstanding work and contribution to IMAGINE 2010!

Poster courtesy Sonnenzimmer

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The Harrington College of Design Student Government (HCDSG) was proud to present the sixth annual IMAGINE community art auction on Friday, Oct. 15, 2010 at the Center on Halsted.

The event featured donated Harrington faculty and student art work from all skill levels, all sizes and all media including prints, paintings, jewelry, pottery, sculptures, clothing, photography and graphics. Their diverse artwork was then offered in an exciting live auction and silent auction, with all the proceeds benefitting Design Industries Fighting Aids Foundation (DIFFA), one of the country’s largest supporters of direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventive education for those at risk. Merging care and commerce, DIFFA supporters come from all fields of design and visual arts, including architecture, fashion design, interior design, photography, industrial design and consumer product design.

“IMAGINE provides a tremendous opportunity for the Chicago design community to come together, while raising awareness and giving back to a worthy cause,” said Erik Parks, president of Harrington.

This year’s show also featured two posters created by Harrington Faculty members Duffy O’Connor and Megan Sterling and by Sonnenzimmer, a well-known screen print studio in Chicago which offered limited edition prints for sale to help in the fundraising. See the posters and learn about what inspired their design next week!

Photos courtesy Harrington Digital Photography student Danyel Duncan

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The DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) Chicago 22nd Annual Gala kicked off on Saturday, June 12 at The Palmer House Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago. The Gala’s theme, “Believe: 2010: See: 2020: Perfect Vision: An AIDS Free World” envisions a journey towards a future without AIDS. Through the stunning theatrics staged by Kehoe Designs, Total Event Resources and sparc, inc.,  attendees were whisked from the present to the feature in an array of lighting, lasers, media graphics and a swooping runway while enjoying cocktails, dinner, entertainment, a live auction and dancing. Check some glimpses of the event below:

Over 500 designers, industry leaders, architects and guests attended the event, including many from Harrington, such as Erik Parks, President of Harrington and past DIFFA Board Member, Dr. John Martin-Rutherford, Chairperson of the Interior Design Program and DIFFA Board Member, and several HCD alumni and students who attended or volunteered for the event.
As Dr. Martin-Rutherford said, “The DIFFA-Chicago Gala was one of the most memorable parties ever and the money collected will help tremendously in furthering the goals of AIDS eradication throughout the world and, particularly, through DIFFA-CHICAGO’s support of local agencies and non-profits engaged full-time in the struggle against this hideous disease.”
Proceeds from the event contribute to DIFFA/Chicago’s Excellence in Care grant program which has awarded over $2.5 million since 1987.  The Gala was co-chaired by Rick Gilman of Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP; Lynn Fordon of Steelcase; and Richard Cassis of sparc, inc.  Serving as Legacy Sponsor was Herman Miller, Steelcase was the Presenting Sponsor and Contract magazine was the Gala’s National Media Sponsor.    

Founded in 1984, DIFFA/Chicago is a not-for-profit fundraising and grant-making foundation that distributes funds to Chicago area HIV/AIDS service agencies that provide direct service, preventative education and outreach to people who are HIV positive, living with AIDS or at risk for infection
Photos courtesy Brad Kisner and BizBash Chicago

Harrington College of Design was proud to be a Partner sponsor of the event.

About DIFFA/Chicago:

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