Each year, the organization Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) calls on major designers to create dining installations for fundraising events. For years, SOM has participated in the initiative by conceiving not just tables but total dining environments. DIFFA is an opportunity for the firm to not only participate in a good cause, but also to explore unconventional design and fabrication processes. In this way, the program serves as an annual laboratory for innovation. For a 2005 event, SOM used a new acrylic polymer material to create a seamless, organically curved space.
DIFFA Dining By Design Pavilion 2