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Eye On Design: A Night in Korakuen Dining Installation

A Night in Korakuen
All Photos By Gail

For his firm’s participation in this years Dining By Design event, renowned Interior Designer Roric Tobin calls on his extensive work in Japan and his deep appreciation for Japanese design, imagining an evening celebration in the classical Japanese garden of Korakuen.

Table Detail

This setting for A Night in Korakuen evokes the gardens, starting with a deep blue carpet from Stark as its base. The focal point is the dramatic Flow dining table with its striking shock of orange veins running through the Onice Bella Rosa slab from ABC Stone,which is set on a metallic casting of wooden branches.

Origami Crane Chair

At the two heads of the table are Crane chairs in contrasting veneer based on the iconic origami shape. The seating is filled out with acrylic ballroom chairs with cushions upholstered in colorful silk.

River Rock Buffet

The River Rock buffet has a cabinet of grey birdseye with a slab of aqueous cast glass floating above. Rushes and irises surround the piece to make it feel as much a garden sculpture as furniture.

Lotus Leaf Side Table

The final piece from the Roric Tobin Designs collection is the Lotus Leaf side table, which consists of three small disks of Verde Ming marble in a simple stepped formation.


Tablescape elements are courtesy of Christofle, with china silver and geometric candelabra which complete the look. Above, a dramatic flock of illuminated origami cranes sweep through the air. Finishing the scene are dramatic contemporary kimonos mounted on the upholstered walls.

Installation With Kimonos

This vignette was created in collaboration with Modern Luxury Media.

Eye On Design: You Are Beautiful Dining Installation By Gensler With Knoll

You Are Beautiful
All Photos By Gail


here’s another one of my favorite Dining By Design Installations from this year’s DIFFA event, which features carefully curated dining vignettes that raise awareness for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS. Gensler New York’s 2019 design concept, titled You Are Beautiful, served as a celebratory reminder to all those individuals living with HIV/AIDS that they are Beautiful, both inside and out, they deserve enduring happiness, and, most importantly, they are not alone in their fight.

You Are Beautiful

In partnership with Knoll, EvensonBest, and MillerBlaker, the free-standing vignette embraces the idea of joyful inner beauty too abundant to be contained. The raw and honest space, flanked by stained plywood, reveals the cut-out and applied “You Are Beautiful” message luring guests to peer inside.

Yellow Dishes

A warm color palette informed by the branded red color of an AIDS ribbon articulates the vibrant interior, featuring furniture and tabletop accessories by Muuto and Filzfelt.

Balloons Detail 2

Finally, a series of colorful, transparent Beach Balls dance above the table, representing playfulness and lighthearted respite to spark conversation and empower the values of enduring happiness.

You Are Beautiful

High Fives all around on this one!