Photo Flash: POSE Star Billy Porter Hosts DIVERSITY X DESIGN, A Benefit for DIFFA
On Saturday night in Los Angeles, Billy Porter ("POSE," "American Horror Story: Apocalypse") hosted DIVERSITY x DESIGN, an Emmy season soirée celebrating diversity, inclusion and representation on television. Presented by BOOM Events, the evening benefitted DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, the national non-profit organization that raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that provide treatment, direct care services, preventive education programs and advocacy for individuals impacted by HIV/AIDS.
The star-studded cocktail party was held at the gorgeous BOLON and Louis Poulsen showrooms at Helms Design Center in Culver City, California. Among the guests in attendance were Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman ("American Horror Story: Apocalypse"), Mary Chieffo ("Star Trek Discovery"), Jake Choi (ABC's upcoming "Single Parents"), Kathryn Gallagher (Lifetime's new series "You"), Adrian Gonzalez (Starz's "Vida"), Carla Jeffery ("Disney's ZOMBIES"), Maya J (Radio Disney), Isis King("America's Next Top Model"), Rushi Kota ("Grey's Anatomy"), Abraham Lim ("The Fix"), Trace Lysette ("Transparent"), Emilia McCarthy ("Disney's ZOMBIES"), Elle McLemore ("American Dresser"), Ray Proscia ("Suits"), Carla Renata ("Superstore"), Dara Renee ("Freaky Friday"), Hailie Sahar ("POSE"), Ash Santos("American Horror Story: Apocalypse"), Linda Sirkedzhyan ("Corbin Nash"), Johnny Sibilly ("POSE") & Britney Young ("Glow").
DIVERSITY x DESIGN was generously sponsored by BOLON, Louis Poulsen, Helms Design Center, Asheville Salt Cave, Michael Hollingsworth Catering and HINT Water.
DIFFA: Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS raises awareness and grants funds to organizations that fight HIV/AIDS by providing treatment and direct care services for people living with or impacted by the disease, offering preventative education programs targeted to populations at risk of infection, or supporting public policy initiatives. DIFFA is one of the largest funders of HIV/AIDS service and education programs in the United States, mobilizing the immense resources and creativity of the design community. Since its founding in 1984, DIFFA has emerged from a grassroots organization into a national foundation based in New York City with chapters and community partners across the country that, working together, have provided more than $43 million to hundreds of HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide. www.diffa.org.
Bolon (est. 1949) - A third-generation family-owned Swedish design company and the creator of woven vinyl flooring, Bolon offers products that are trendsetting, with a distinct focus on innovation, quality, and sustainability. Bolon designs deliver the beauty of a woven textile with the benefits of resilient flooring - long life cycles and ease in installation and maintenance. Bolon's portfolio encompasses an infinite range of design possibilities, suitable for all commercial applications: indoor and controlled outdoor flooring, wall-coverings and area rugs. Headquartered and manufactured in Ulricehamn, a town in the heart of West Sweden's textile region, Bolon continues to be the world's leader in woven vinyl textiles and is globally represented and distributed through sales partnerships that ensure consistent and reliable product deliveries. Bolon is exclusively represented in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean by Bolon NORTH AMERICA | MI Studios, with offices and showrooms in New York, NY and Los Angeles, CA. bolon.com
Louis Poulsen was founded in 1874, Danish lighting manufacturer Louis Poulsen creates products that encompass the duality of design and light. Every detail in the design has a purpose. Every design starts and ends with light. Louis Poulsen offers a range of lighting aimed at the commercial and domestic lighting markets, with lights and solutions for both indoor and outdoor applications. In close partnership with designers and architects like Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Verner Panton, Øivind Slaatto, Alfred Homann, Oki Sato and GamFratesi, Louis Poulsen has established itself as one of the key suppliers of architectural and decorative lighting and has a global presence with dedicated showrooms in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Miami, Oslo, Los Angeles, Tokyo and Düsseldorf. Additional information is available at louispoulsen.com
Dawn Roberson, Amanda Barnes, Anthony Weege & Kathleen Cahill
Emilia McCarthy & Carla Jeffery
Jeffrey Bowyer Chapman
Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman & Ash Santos
Johnny Sibilly & Trace Lysette
Johnny Sibilly & Billy Porter