A Whale of a Table

Every year, interior designers, architects, and others create imaginative dining environments to benefit Dining By Design, a fundraiser for DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS. For the 2014 event, Visual Presentation and Exhibition Design majors Angel Chang, Gabriella Gambino, Jae Min Song, and Robyn Williamson, all class of 2014, created an award-winning student entry based on a scene from Pinocchio in which the rebellious marionette is swallowed by a whale. They constructed gigantic vertebrae out of PVC pipes, built the table to look like a raft, hung nautical rope and lanterns, and set the table with mismatched bottles and glassware. The project was overseen by Adjunct Associate Professor Glenn Sokoli and mentored by event designer Jes Gordon.