Students Unite Good Design with Good Cause

This year, NYSID was once again invited to participate in DIFFA, Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, which is held in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Home Design Show at Pier 94 in Manhattan. The NYSID team consisted of Elizabeth Battin and Nick Domitrovich of the MFA program and Suzy Genzler and Tim Hwang of the BFA program.  Rene Estacio served as the faculty advisor for the third year in a row and Clodagh Design, one of the world's leading design studios, mentored the team.

The concept for this year's dining experience–FLOAT–allowed the team to create an atmosphere of illusion and altered perspective. The primary graphic element in the installation was created by using over a mile and a half of white rope contrasted against a black background.  A reflective chandelier allows the space to remain intimate. All elements are handmade and carefully considered, from the walls and the furniture to the place settings and lighting elements.

Using everyday materials such as rope, powder coated steel chain, thread, wire mesh, paperclips, and wire, the team created an elegant, sophisticated, and complex environment with a minimal budget. (Photo, L-R: Rene Estacio, Nick Domitrovich, Suzy Genzler,  Elizabeth Battin, and Tim Hwang)

We hope you can stop by to view and support the NYSID team design!

Compiled by The NYSID DIFFA Team

Five New York schools are invited to participate in DIFFA's Dining by Design Student Initiative–Fashion Institute of Technology, New York University, Parsons The New School for Design, Pratt Institute, and New York School of Interior Design.

The 2012 Architectural Digest Home Design Show runs March 22–25 at Pier 94 (55th Street at Twelfth Avenue) in New York City.  For more information visit

Phyllis Greer