On a day when the economic news was as brutal as the cold outside, it was a relief to walk into the Black Falcon Terminal, where scads of local interior designers were readying a wonderland of flowers and furnishings to raise money for HIV/AIDS research. Last weekend's DIFFA's Dining by Design event included a traveling exhibition of whimsical and creative "dining rooms," underwritten by national sponsors, where well-heeled donors shared a swank repast for a good cause. Top local designers got to show off their talents, too, dreaming up gorgeous table arrangements of their own. South End designer Dennis Duffy constructed what he called "La Fantasy Japonaise," a vaguely Art Deco installation swathed in pinks and florals. Marc Hall and Kate Kennen created a lush, green indoor wall garden. A.J. Williams said she got the idea for her design -- all white plexiglass and birch -- from a George Michael concert. As they say, you never know when inspiration will strike.
— Hayley Kaufman, Globe Staff
(Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)