2016 Reflections

2016 is coming to a close and I am reflective on my career, the unique design events I went to and the wonderful accomplishments my children have made this past year. One of which was Rylie’s Bat Mitzvah. Half the year was focused on the planning and I admit that the blog took a back seat. So I apologize if you were wondering what happened to me? Friends were even surprised that I did not showcase a very important event on the blog that I have participated in for the past 5 years – DIFFA’s Picnic by Design 2016 which happened this past September at the ANNEX Mercantile in NYC.

For its fifth annual fundraiser 20 baskets were up for auction raising over $50,000. This event doesn’t feature the traditional picnic basket but instead whisks backpacks, wood trays,metal bowls, crates, chairs and games. My basket was the shape of a molecule and its contents had a cosmos feel. Thanks again to Sarkos for their amazing wallcovering which I used as a coaster in the design.

Michele Alfano- modMADE NY Picnic BY Design 2016
MOLECULAR BASKET

Below you will see some very creative ideas that can be used for your holiday parties coming up!!!

But first I must give thanks to our wonderful sponsors that make this event happen and all are listed below. Its always fun seeing Cindy Allen, Editor in chief of INTERIOR DESIGN MAGAZINE at the event too. I think after 5 years doing the event she knows who I am?? (lol)  Special thanks to my sponsor friends:  DXVDRS and AssociatesCorbettTroy lightingMr. Bing and Regal Wine Imports for their donations. Their generosity was very much appreciated! 

Most importantly thanks to my partner in crime Tiago Fonseco of Five Star Millwork who never lets me down and brings my crazy ideas to life. 

ME AND TIAGO FONSECA
Michele Alfano- modMADE NY Picnic BY Design 2016

MOLECULAR BASKET

Now see some of the images of the food, wine and people and creative designs from the event….The Picnic by Design event was written up online on INTERIOR DESIGN too!

 FXFOWLE
BIOLOGY OF HAPPINESS IN THE WORKPLACE
 STK NEW YORK CITY – delish!
  ME AND STACY GARCIA – what a pleasure to meet and chat!

   GENSLER + KNOLL
FRANK GEHRY CHAIR BY KNOLL
 
  ME AND BOB GAYNOR – always so much fun!

STANTEC ARCHITECTURE
THE URBAN PALATTE BASKET

VANESSA DELEON ASSOCIATES
PICNIC IN DOMINO PARK, LITTLE HAVANA

MR BING- OMG, so amazing!! Thanks you so much Brian Goldberg, owner of Mr. Bing who generously made Beijing vegetarian street food. Go spicy!!
 ICRAVE
TRAVELS TO FRANCE
MR BING
REGAL WINES
  STEVEN SOUTH, HLW SPONORED BY GEIGER
 SCOTT BROWNRIGG
MAD FOR MID CENTURY
  WILLS DESIGN
THE INTERIOR DESIGN SURVIVAL BASKET

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