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20 hot Austin designers sign on for DIFFA's Urban Picnic By Design

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Kim West will design a picnic basket for DIFFA's inaugural Austin event.  Photo by Jessica Pages

Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, more commonly referred to as DIFFA, makes its grand debut in Austin this fall with Urban Picnic By Design in support of AIDS Services of Austin. On Monday, the highly regarded organization announced the hot designers that will participate in its first local initiative. 

Twenty Austin designers will create custom picnic baskets and table settings — including plates, wine glasses, flatware — for the event at Textile Event Space (310 E. Third St.) on September 11. Guests can bid on baskets created by designers including Joel Mozersky, Keith Kreeger, Kim West and Urbanspace Interiors at the end of the evening. 

So far, 16 designers have been announced: 

  • Anita Erickson of Red Chair Market
  • Ashlina Kaposta of The Decorista
  • Candice Leigh of OH! FOX  
  • Elizabeth Mollen of Stone Textile  
  • Erin Williamson of Design Crisis
  • Joel Mozersky of ONE. ELEVEN. DESIGN.  
  • Keith Kreeger of Keith Kreeger Studios
  • Killy Scheer of Scheer & Co.
  • Kim West of well dressed space
  • Maureen Stevens of Maureen Stevens Styling and Design with Jeannie Vianney of By Jeannie
  • Rebekah Gainsley of Blink
  • Robin Colton of Robin Colton Studio
  • Sarah Stacey of Sarah Stacey Design
  • Sylvie Moulin of Casablanca Living
  • TreeHouse
  • Urbanspace Interiors

While the designers will supply the backdrop for the event, Royal Fig will provide the picnic-appropriate fare. The farm-to-table menu includes watermelon, feta and olive salad; fried chicken; orecchiette pasta with asparagus and spring peas; grilled corn with cilantro butter; beet, pickled red onion and goat cheese salad; and homemade green chile corn muffins.

And in true DIFFA fashion, guests can expect some elaborate surprises. "The evening will be full of over-the-top surprises from each designer," says participating designer Sarah Stacey. "I’m in the process of putting together a French garden, art nouveau themed table set up. You may see a metalwork canopy with hanging [and] living plants."

Individual tickets are $125 per person; tables for ten are available for $1,000. Tickets can be purchased online

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