DIFFA INSTALLATION 2011
LOCATION / NEW YORK, NY
COMPLETED / 2011
Born Again—This piece generated no waste. We were invited to create a dining installation for the annual fundraising dinner for the Design Industry Foundation Fighting Aids in New York. The charity event offers a lavish party and dinner in dining environments created by selected designers specifically for the event. Our immediate concern was the waste that a temporary event potentially generates. We were also fascinated with the notion of creating an intense environment with quotidian materials—like those found in a hardware store—to contrast with the very expensive, labor intensive, crystal studded, velvet wrapped surrounding dining installations.
Our installation was made with discarded furniture pieces from trash rooms around Manhattan. We covered the pieces in duct tape to unite the disparate objects in a field of color. The rug is also duct tape. The lights were designed by Slade Architecture and the dishes were rented by DIFFA. At the conclusion of the event, staff and students kept the pieces and brought them home—rebirth for discarded furniture!