April 1, 2015

Q&A with Arteriors' Mark Moussa on DIFFA's Dining by Design

Mark Moussa, the Founder and Creative Director of Arteriors, answers our questions on the inspiration behind the approach to Arteriors' table for DIFFA's Dining by Design event.

by New York Spaces

Arteriors' table for DIFFA's Dining by Design.

NYS: You recently designed a table for DIFFA's Dining by Design. What was that process like?

MM: Our outstanding in-house design team at Arteriors are the creative minds behind our brutalist-inspired table design. Collaboration is key. From ideating themes, to sketching out designs, selecting products, booth construction, installation, flowers and final styling details, there so much detail that goes into the final presentation.

NYS: Was it your first time designing a table for Dining by Design? Would you do it again? (why, if so)

MM: This is the third consecutive year Arteriors has participated in Dining by Design. Each year we're honored to support DIFFA, so much that we've already begun to think through what we can bring to next year's event.

NYS: What was the theme of your table?

MM: Our theme this year was Brutalism.

NYS: Was there a certain element that inspired your design?

MM: The design was inspired by the Brutalist movement and featured a dark palette with rough textures, geometric and abstract organic forms. Lighting fixtures were incorporated surrounding and above the table to beautifully illuminate the space.

NYS: What were some of the main products you used?

MM: Our booth featured entirely Arteriors products. Arteriors' Matthew Pendants were hung above the Naomi Dining Table while guests were seated on the Wimberley Ottomans. Place card settings were positioned on Gia Small Sculptures and the Nyla Sculpture was used as a decorative accessory for the table.

The booth was further illuminated by the Laura Kirar for Arteriors Falcon Sconces which surrounded diners and added a final touch of allure to the space.

NYS: You did it so well, what advice would you give to someone willing to combine so many pieces of

Arteriors' table for DIFFA's Dining by Design.

lighting in one room?

MM: The Falcon Sconces served as mood lighting, washing the cement walls with a beautiful glow. The Mathew Chandeliers had low wattage bubs to avoid over illuminating the table while maintaining the seductive mood. In a house you would probably use dimmers to control the ambiance.

NYS: What is new in lighting this spring at Arteriors?

MM: We will debut a variety of new introductions this April at High Point spanning across all lighting categories including table & floor lamps, pendants, chandeliers and sconces.

NYS: Is there a table you fell in love with? What grabbed you about it?

MM: The table for the New York Design Center, partly because it was the opposite of our simple and sparse brutalist design. This table was opulent and fanciful and had so many visual layers, it was stunning. I also loved how our Hanley Chandelier looked in the space!

NYS: What were some of the lighting trends you saw at Dining by Design this year?

There were a lot of overhead statement pieces—fantastic chandeliers and pendants that enhanced mood of each booth. Fixtures such as those are perfect for adding a touch of glamour to any space.

NYS: What was the best aspect of participating in Dining by Design?

MM: It's truly inspiring to be among so many design industry leaders in support of a great cause. It's always fun to be able to attend the dinner and get together with so many of your peers. We've been honored to participate in Dining by Design the past three years.

NYS: What can we expect from Arteriors this spring?

MM: We're looking forward to presenting our upcoming spring 2015 collection at High Point Market which will feature more than 200 new pieces, including a debut collection from our newest guest designer, Windsor Smith.

Arteriors' table for DIFFA's Dining by Design.