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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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Recently Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA)’s Dining by Design 2009 Event was held here in Chicago, and Harrington students had the chance to showcase their work and their talent.

Representing Harrington was a team of 5 current Harrington Interior Design Students as well as a team from the Harrington Alumni Association.
Photos from the current HCD student dining set can be seen in this blog- the designers included Tomas Alvarez, Heather Harmston, Megan Klock, Brendan O’Connor and Kevin Scott. The students’ concept was inspired by Roy Lichtenstein’s painting: I DON’T CARE! I’D RATHER SINK THAN CALL BRAD FOR HELP!, a strong theme that centered around asking for help when you are in trouble and tied directly to DIFFA’s main objective.

Over the years, DIFFA has granted over $38 million to hundreds of AIDS organizations nationwide through its fundraising efforts. Interested in finding out more? Visit DIFFA’s website here.

See impressions of the entire event at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/klickli/sets/72157622768719438/
Photos courtesy Harrington’s Digital Department

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