Michael C. Fina and designer Antonino Buzzetta proudly supported DIFFA and DINING BY DESIGN 2015.
DIFFA (Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS) held it’s annual DINING BY DESIGN event this month. Michael C. Fina is a proud supporter of DIFFA and this year we were so excited to work with renowned Interior Designer Antonino Buzzetta to sponsor a table for the event. It was an amazing time collaborating on this project for a great cause.
The table features bold design, juxtaposing classically styled tableware alongside more modern pieces, all in a simple but eye-catching black, white, and gold color scheme. The entire table is set before a mesmerizing golden reflective background and deep red floral arrangements bring a soft warmth and depth to the display. Black and gold geometric centerpieces rise up from the glass table to draw attention to the modern light fixture, which is multiplied dozens of times by the angular background, lighting the entire installation fabulously and truly making the gold accents sparkle from every angle.
If you didn’t get a chance to stop by DIFFA’s DINING BY DESIGN event this year, make sure to stop by Michael C. Fina’s flagship store at 500 Park Avenue in New York, where a recreation of the installation is currently featured in our windows.
NEW YORK, April 4, 2014 — TheKnot.com, the number one wedding planning destination, today announces the wedding day of The Knot Dream Wedding. Now in its second year, the program followed one couple through every step of the wedding planning process with each element voted on by America. This year, TheKnot.com selected Rebekah Gregory and Pete DiMartino as the very deserving recipients of The Knot Dream Wedding. Today, America can tune in to watch the wedding take place at the Biltmore in Asheville, NC, live on TheKnot.com starting at 11 a.m. See all photos from the day on Instagram and Twitter by following #TheKnotDreamWedding and @theknot.
Rebekah and Pete were at the finish line of the Boston Marathon cheering on Pete’s mother last year. When the bomb exploded, Rebekah’s first thought was to protect her son, so she shielded him. She has endured 15 surgeries over the course of the past year, as well as preparing for the upcoming amputation of her left leg. Pete lost 90 percent of his right Achilles tendon and suffered multiple broken bones in his ankle. He has undergone surgeries and months of physical therapy. Their shared experience as a result of the explosion and surviving their injuries brought them even closer together and strengthened their relationship.
“We could not think of any couple more deserving of The Knot Dream Wedding,” said Rebecca Dolgin, TheKnot.com editor in chief. “We are so thrilled to help them overcome their past and bring on their new beginning to an amazing life together.”
Rebekah and Pete handed off all wedding planning decisions to America. Voting took place weekly on TheKnot.com/DreamWedding where people around the country voted for seven weeks on every element of the wedding, including the location, overall theme, bridesmaid dresses, hair and makeup, rings, cake, flowers and even Rebekah’s dress.
“Solidifying forever with Pete DiMartino just makes my heart really happy. And the fact that we get to share our special day with so many others thanks to The Knot, that’s pretty cool to me,” said Rebekah Gregory, The Knot Dream Wedding bride. “Although we do not feel more deserving of this honor than anyone else, we couldn’t be more excited to have shared our journey with so many other people and to have had America plan our wedding! Everyone has trials in life and this just happens to be ours. But if we can inspire one person to keep pushing forward by sharing our story, it’s totally worth it to me. And I don’t care if I have to hop, wheel or roll down that aisle, I will get to the other end of it because the person waiting for me is the only thing that matters.”
Since Valentine’s Day, thousands of people across the country tuned in to help Rebekah and Pete’s wedding dreams come true. Additionally, Lee Brice, an award-winning country artist, is providing the couple with his new song “I Don’t Dance” as their first dance. Rebekah and Pete will dance to the perfect wedding song, along with enjoying the winning wedding elements:
-- Location: Asheville, NC, the couple's favorite vacation destination, was
chosen for the wedding among other cities that the couple has ties to,
including New York, Boston and Louisville. A garden ceremony at Biltmore
was chosen for its fairytale setting next to a real-life castle.
-- Theme: The theme America chose is Enchanted Garden, a vision created by
celebrity wedding planner Marcy Blum of Marcy Blum Associates. With green
and brown woodland colors, plus whimsical elements like hanging lanterns,
this theme is a nod to Biltmore's gardens.
-- Rings: Classically Cool wedding bands were selected: a pave diamond band
for Rebekah and a titanium band for Pete, both by Michael C. Fina.
-- Bridesmaid Dresses: Rebekah's girls will don chiffon gowns in falcon,
complete with a trendy sweetheart strapless neckline by Watters.
-- The Dress: Rebekah will wear a gorgeous ivory fit-and-flare dress with
beaded embroidery, a dropped-waist and sweetheart neckline by Sophia
Moncelli for Kleinfeld Bridal.
-- Flowers: The romantic and playful whimsical woodland centerpieces
features a willow adorned tree trunk base and a secret garden of flowers
in shades of pink, plus blooming cherry blossoms designed by Holly
Chapple. All flowers are American grown from the California Cut Flower
Commission and will play into the enchanted theme with shades of pink,
lavender and peach.
-- Cake:Cake Alchemy will create a masterpiece of delicate white ruffles,
buttons and stunning peony sugar flowers to match the garden theme.
-- Hair & Makeup: Rebekah came to NYC for a hair and makeup trial with Alli
Web, founder of Drybar, and Kate Watson from Too Faced. The winning look
will be revealed on the wedding day.
About The Knot
The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource, reaching nearly every bride in America through the #1 wedding website, TheKnot.com; The Knot national and local wedding magazines; #1 wedding planning and fashion apps The Knot Wedding Planner and Wedding LookBook by The Knot; The Knot book series; syndication placements across the Internet and regular television appearances. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO; http://www.xogroupinc.com), a consumer Internet and media company devoted to weddings, pregnancy and everything in between, providing young women with the trusted information, products and advice they need to guide them through the most transformative events of their lives. Follow The Knot on Twitter @theknot.
For nearly 20 years, Lucas Ruppli has been Chief of the Design Department at FURRER JACOT in Switzerland, overseeing the development of outstanding luxury partner jewelry.
Lucas Ruppli was born in Schaffhausen, a small town famous in Europe for its gold and silversmith ateliers. This influence, combined with his childhood passion for collecting gemstones, motivated him to become a goldsmith. As the Chief of the Design Department at Furrer Jacot, Switzerland, he is also responsible for the goldsmith students within the company. Mr. Ruppli is constantly teaching willing young apprentices the art of craftmanship and manufacturing of jewelry. In addition, he is a consultant at a technical college for future goldsmiths. In 2000, Mr. Ruppli reached the final of the Diamonds International Awards and in 2004 he was one of the winners of the renowned Diamonds International Awards.
His sources of inspiration are based in so many different fields such as nature, architecture, the society or industrial design. The father of two personally prefers to explain the design idea for each individual as: “I deeply care about creating objects that have shapes and forms and relationships which derive from nature, architecture, society at large or from the mechanical industry. Looking at technical objects, I am interested about the details and on how they are integrated in the whole object.”
The designer also needs peace of mind, physical, mental and emotional well-being in order to be able to create. But the spark itself emerges from something deeper, something that triggers a chain of thoughts that will lead to something as significant as a wedding band. “I combine things that might not fit together,” he says in a calm and reserved voice, “for example, how can I make a wedding ring out of a pigeon that has been run over?” It may sound provocative on the surface, but it makes sense, more often, it may be one of the fundamental laws of creativity. The designer needs the mental tension, the dissonance that seeks a resolution in a finished product.
When a happy couple purchases wedding bands designed by him, then the tension is present as well as the resolution; certainly an excellent prospect for a healthy and harmonious marriage.
Lucas Ruppli will be at Michael C. Fina (500 Park Avenue) for a special Furrer-Jacot trunk show on Thursday, March 6. Clients will be able to speak with him about his designs and the event will be introducing the new 2014 wedding band collections, as well as the premier of Furrer-Jacot’s new engagement ring collection. For more information or to make an appointment for the event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On February 12-13, Michael C. Fina will be hosting a special trunk show event…just in time for Valentine’s Day! The store at 500 Park Avenue will be unveiling the largest collection of Hearts On Fire designs in the world, including the newest 2014 collections.
Wednesday & Thursday, 10am to 7pm
500 Park Avenue (E. 59th Street between Madison & Park)
Secure your appointment for this two-day only event by emailing email@example.com today!