NYSID create innovative environment for DIFFA's Dining By Design event

New York - March 11, 2011 - For the third consecutive year, New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) students have been invited to participate in Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS’ (DIFFA) Dining By Design, a fundraising event that brings together celebrated individuals in the worlds of fashion, interior design, art, and architecture to create extraordinary dining environments. The event is open to the public from March 18th – 20th at Pier 94 (12th Avenue at 55th Street), New York City.

The four participating NYSID students are Il Do Park, Christina Vestin, Hye Mi Kang and Eric Paeper. The student’s Dining by Design installation is entitled + / - is inspired by the idea that the solutions to our greatest challenges lie in our interconnectedness. The installation is an abstraction of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The goal of the project is to subtly weave the memory of the many interior designers lost to the epidemic into the fabric of our collective consciousness.  Interior designer Philip Gorrivan served as professional mentor to the team. 

Rene Estacio, the students’ faculty advisor said: "This year's DIFFA project, as with last year's installation (Cradle to Cradle) is as relevant as ever. I am proud to be their Faculty Advisor and to have this group of students join me in the future as fellow NYSID alumni.

Adds Christopher Cyphers, NYSID President: “Our participation in DIFFA’s Dining by Design event is one of the highlights of our academic year. I join the rest of the NYSID community in applauding our talented student team and celebrating the work they are doing for this worthy cause.”

The Student Design Initiative by Dining By Design invites students from several top New York City design schools—including NYSID, Fashion Institute of Technology, Parsons, NYU and School of Visual Arts who are paired with mentors and given a strict budget. The goal of the program is to give the next generation of designers the opportunity to work with some of the best design veterans in the business and participate in one of the industry’s keynote events.

In addition to participating in DIFFA, NYSID students Laure Aerts, Shannon Andrews, Cinthia Chuang, Isis Delomez, Alga Egilsdottir, Thomas Fazio, Dyan Grey, Anna Gaines Hunter, Karen Josue, Hye Mi Kang, Sehee Lee, Lauren Lefkowitz, Alejandra Munizaga, Eric Paeper, Mayuko Shibata, Dallis Stamps, and Christina Vestin will display furniture designs at the adjacent Architectural Digest Home Design Show (www.archdigesthomeshow.com).

DIFFA and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show are at Pier 94 (12th Avenue at 55th Street). Tickets are $25 and include admission to both events. For more information including tickets to Cocktails by Design (March 17th) and the Gala Dinner (March 21st), visit www.diffa.org or call 212-727-3100.


Founded in 1916, the New York School of Interior Design (NYSID) is New York’s only private, not-for-profit college devoted exclusively to interior design education and related disciplines. NYSID’s guiding principle is that the interior environment is a fundamental element of human welfare, and the college is committed to actively improving, through design, the quality of life for all segments of humanity. This ideal is put into practice by a dedicated faculty of well-known designers, architects, art historians, and authorities in the field who guide a diverse student body of over 750 full- and part-time students. NYSID offers certificate, undergraduate and graduate programs in the field of interior design, design history and theory, interior lighting, and sustainable design. The college is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and NYSID’s BFA is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States. Since being founded in 1984, DIFFA has mobilized the immense resources of the design communities to provide over $35 million to hundreds of AIDS service organizations nationwide. For more than 23 years, DIFFA has been one of the country’s largest supporters of both direct care for people living with AIDS and preventative education for those at risk.