Design Trend from DIFFA: Modern Chic

May 1, 2010 Katja Presnal

My favorite design trend from the DIFFA 2010 was “modern chic”, simply elegant modern table settings. Some of these are very simplistic, others have amazing little details.

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

Manhattan Magazine table was designed by Marc Wilson Designs and Mark Tamayo and it was urban chic with moss and flowers symbolizing the Central Park, and yellow taxis and even Manhattan’s landmarks like Empire State Building and Statue of Liberty are represented in the table. I love the clear furniture and the yellow plexiglas under the table top looks amazing.

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

I loved this simplistic modern table and the moving images of the TV display behind it as an art piece. However – dining and conversation would be probably difficult to keep up, and beautiful doesn’t always mean practical.

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

And there of course was the Disney Signature design inspired by Cappellini.

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

The Continental Airlines table was one of the most innovative ones I saw. It was modern chic – but instead of minimalistic and sleek, it was whimsical and combined “modern” and “chic” like no other.

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

DIFFA 2010, DIFFA 2010 photos, modern design, modern table tops, entertain, modern chic table top

DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN 2010 was hosted during the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City in March. Read all of my posts featuring DIFFA and the Architectural Digest Home Design Show.

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Katja Presnal

Katja Presnal shows how to live Nordic inspired life to the fullest and plan your dream life. Katja owns Presnal5 strategic marketing intelligence agency and wants to help marketing professionals to combine a dream career and dream life via freelance work.Katja is an award-winning marketing strategist, and a well-known speaker. Katja has lived in five different countries, and seven states in the USA. Her three children were all born in different countries within three years. When not working or jet-setting the world, Katja is at home cooking big family dinners.She has been featured in NY Times, Glamour, Redbook, Fodor's, Forbes and Woman's Day magazines among many other national and international publications and written for MTV3 and Lifetime TV networks.

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