24.8.12

East & West Coast Parties

Picnic by Design



A number of young NYC interior designers came together to support DIFFA by spearheading Picnic by Design. The event took place this past Wednesday under a bright city sky.


Members of the design community enjoyed each other company, as they came together at the lawn of the MiMA roof-deck, a space designed by DIFFA’s own co-chair David Rockwell. Guests enjoyed a variety of picnic baskets designed by Mary Davis, Brooke Lichtenstein, Yiannos Vrousgos, Dwayne Clark, Bob Gaynor, Nigel Sielegar, Dee Kemper, and Michael Aram. This was an evening filled with laughter and cheers, as well as a movie screening of Mart Crowley’s revolutionary play-turn-movie “The Boys in the Band.”








Photos courtesy Marco Bollinger

The Pebble Beach Scene

Kristina Marchitto, from Rolls-Royce and Chef Thomas Keller

Vacheron Constantin Hosts Special Event 
with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars

Last Saturday evening, Vacheron Constantin, the world’s oldest high end watch manufacturer, hosted an exclusive event with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, prior to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the world-renowned annual classic cars show. The soiree took place at a private villa situated in the hills of one of the most beloved region in the US, Carmel-by-the-Sea. Guests were treated to a unique and customized dinner crafted by none other, Chef Thomas Keller and prepared by The French Laundry, his famous 3-star Michelin restaurant in Yountville, CA.

Hugues de Pins, president of Vacheron Constantin North America

In his welcome speech, Hugues de Pins spoke about the common values shared by Vacheron Constantin, Chef Keller and Rolls Royce Motor Cars, such as the passing-down of traditions, the constant search for excellence, and the nurturing of creativity in each of their respective industries.

Vacheron Constantin Historiques Collection
A view of the villa in Carmel, California
Photo credit Paul Boutros

During the cocktail, guests were invited into the kitchen to interact with The French Laundry team and witness the preparations for the meal. A staff of 19 from The French Laundry and Per Se, Chef Keller’s New York City restaurant, prepared and served the meal for 60 guests.

Models greeting the guests

Unless otherwise indicated, All images courtesy Derek Gardner Photography

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