ELLE DECOR’s Dining by Design presented by GE is “the Cannes of tabletop,” proclaims avant garde filmmaker John Waters. “The fundraiser was an experiment in its first year,” explains David Sheppard, Executive Director of DIFFA. “But over the years we have refined the concept, and now entering its fifth year, ELLE DECOR’s Dining by Design is one of the most eagerly anticipated events in New York and in many of our chapter cities around the country.”
Todd Merrill showcased the modern antiques sold in his downtown shop with a lush, over-the-top setting with mid- and late-70’s furnishings. To fit with one of the dinner’s sponsors, French vodka Jean-Marc XO, Merrill chose all European pieces, including a French Lucite table with a fishbowl in the center. The Toso chandelier had 750 glass links that had to be individually wrapped and linked before the event.