Over the weekend, Herman Miller partnered with architecture, design, planning, and consulting firm Gensler for the 2013 Dining by Design fundraiser in New York City. The annual event, hosted by DIFFA, invites top designers to create one-of-a-kind dining installations to support the organization’s mission to provide direct care for people living with HIV/AIDS and preventative education for those at risk.
“Many Hands,” the award-winning environment created by Herman Miller and Gensler, featured a long table with seating for eighteen provided by classic Eames Molded Plastic Chairs with ebonized solid ash wood legs. Shades of black, silver, and purple highlighted the dining surface as well as the setting’s backdrop: a surprising (and edible) wall crafted from rows of Hershey’s Special Dark Chocolate Kisses. Guests at the exhibit were encouraged to unwrap and enjoy a chocolate, which slowly transformed the color of the wall from the candy wrapper’s deep purple foil exterior to the silver of its opened interior. The concept visually demonstrated how small actions can make a remarkable difference — and spark positive change.
The Dining by Design event will move on to Kansas City in on April 13 and will be touring Detroit, Dallas, San Francisco, and Chicago in the fall. For more information, visit diffa.org.
Photos: Amy Feezor