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Georgia Chapter


Welcome!  Normally we meet the 3rd Tuesday of each month

Come for networking, gaining industry knowledge

from experts and business educational knowledge to grow your business now! 

Bryan Marquardt, Chapter President

To view our Calendar of Events, please click the "News & Events" tab at the top menu.

 The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), founded in New York City in 1947 and now with 16 chapters worldwide, provides a professional forum for communication and interaction among its high-profile members. The IFDA, a not-for-profit volunteer-run association, also promotes career advancement and educational opportunities and is structured to increase public awareness of the furnishings and design industry through specialized programming, networking and service to the community.

Our Contact Information:

PO Box 244066

Atlanta, Georgia 30324

404-324-7019

ifdaga@gmail.com

 

 

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IFDA INTERNATIONAL SILVER SPONSOR 

 



2013 ANGEL TREE

 

Photos from August Meeting at Westside Foundry

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Tina in the Visuals department came on board recently and is revamping the look and styles of the furnishings and accessories offered at Westside Foundry.

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Owner and speaker David Lewis gave a presentation on the history of the rugmaking industry starting with the nomads in Persia centuries ago.  These rugs were essentially the  floors inside the tents that they rolled up and traveled with.  These handmade pieces were made over months and years of handiwork.  Prized for their beauty and longevity, the rugs became an industry unto themselves as trade from other parts of the world opened up, starting with the Mediterranean Sea and Roman, Turkish empires.  Today, rugs are still made in the old tradition and fetch thousands and thousands of dollars.   Technology and fashion have replicated these traditional historic patterns and colors to bring these styles to the mass market using synthetic materials and machinery.  

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Rob Gini (on the left) opened his Westside Marketplace showroom next door to the Foundry, offering one of a kind antiques and unusual findings from vendors from all over catering to the film and screen set designs that are growing in the Atlanta market.

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Photos from July's Meeting at Silk Route Grand Opening

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Photos from June's Meeting at SubZero Wolf

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Meeting Photos at Beaux Arts at 14th Street Antiques

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Design Student Jennifer shows off her Senior Project from college.  Impressive!

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Kenneth from Beaux Arts

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Lisa Thompson Rubin, the manager of 14th Street Antiques shares with us about how they help the design community source unique pieces that are one of a kind.

Photos from International Arts Group Cinco de Mayo party

Donna and Barbara

Teresa and Sharron

Codarus Event Photos

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Donna and Amy pose for the camera!

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Katrena, the Codarus Manager tells us about the company and products offered.

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Vivian makes an appearance!

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Katrena shows us the various textile goods they offer.

January Chili Cookoff

The IFDA Georgia Chapter Chili Cookoff was a great success! We had an awesome time and want to thank our chili contestants and International Arts Group for hosting and giving the tour of what's to come in the future! More pictures will come soon! Join IFDA Georgia Chapter today!

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IFDA Georgia Chapter Gala

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Susan Burks opened her home for the IFDA gala.  We thanked our sponsors for their support and thanked the Board of Directors for their volunteerism in 2012.  

Join IFDA today and be part of the fun!

2012 Angel Tree is a Success!

The 27th Annual Angel Tree was a Huge Success!

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The IFDA GA Chapter Angel Tree event on Tuesday, November 13 in the Duralee Showroom at ADAC was amazing! 

We hold dear our tradition of joining with design center staff and guests within the design industry to give back to the community through the Angel Tree project. Each year, we work to bring holiday cheer in the form of presents to children living among us who would otherwise have none. We are coordinating again this year with the Department of Family and Children's Services (DFACS). 

We are so proud to report that all of our Angels were claimed very quickly and many people went home with their names on a list for additional Angels!
 
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Angel Tree Event

We are proud to announce that we ran out of angels at this years 27th Annual Angel Tree event benefitting hand picked children from DFACS for the holiday season.   This is the first time that we ran out of children, so we ask that if you want to sponsor a child, please contact us.  We will getting more angels to hand out very soon.   

Giving Twice-An IFDA miracle story

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Yesterday before our IFDA meeting, I checked with our Guest Speaker Rochel Collins to make sure she had everything she needed for her presentation later that same evening.  "I'm good except I need a blank wall or screen for my presentation.  I have the projector," she said.  One problem.  Our meeting is at Mandarin Antiques, and THERE ARE NO BLANK WALLS!  So I assured her I can find a screen.  My two sources were winners in my mind, until I discovered that they were BOTH out of town!  What to do in a panic!?  This was the day of the presentation and we had NO SCREEN!!

I recalled last December I had donated my grandfather's home projection system to the GoodWill along with other items I can brought down from Cleveland after his passing.  What was I going to do with a 1960's home projector?  Maybe, just maybe I'd find one similar at the GoodWill.  It was a long shot.  

I went to the GoodWill at noon of the presentation day.  I looked through a sea of people pouring over used furniture, golf clubs, unwanted popcorn poppers, etc.  Amongst the golf clubs in this rack, I saw what looked to be a long tubular item.  I pulled it out and realized it was the SAME projection screen that I had donated 10 months earlier!   I quickly checked it for condition as it had some cobwebs on the fold-out stand legs but checked out OK.  

I headed to the register.  I cannot believe this!  Where's the price?  Where's the price?  I wondered.

I got to the register, and she rang it up for $6.96!  I quickly paid and peeled my car out and went to set up the meeting.  

After the presentation, I shared the story with the group and everyone loved the story.  I guess it was meant to be mine again afterall.  I am going to donate it to IFDA in case we need it again.  Thanks Grandpa for helping me out yesterday!

 

 

 

Chapter Sponsors

Platinum

International Arts Group
International Arts Group
Beaux Arts at 14th Street Antiques
Beaux Arts at 14th Street Antiques

Gold

Silk Route
Silk Route
Codarus
Codarus

Silver

Horizon Home Furniture & More
Horizon Home Furniture & More
Charles Ray & Associates
Charles Ray & Associates
Liberty Oriental Rugs
Liberty Oriental Rugs
The Finished Room
The Finished Room
AmericasMart Atlanta
AmericasMart Atlanta

Bronze

Kings Home Furnishings
Kings Home Furnishings
Westside Foundry
Westside Foundry

Member Partner

Giordano Window Treatments
Giordano Window Treatments
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