New York Chapter

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Welcome to the New York Chapter of IFDA
Please contact us at our NYC Chapter Headquarters:
IFDANY, Suite 417, NYDC, 200 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10016 • Ph: 212 686-6020 • Fax: 212 686-6258
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European Market Report  


Please join IFDA and color & trend expert Patti Carpenter for an exciting insight into Paris Market Week and Inspiration 2015 from Maison & Object - Europe's Premier DESIGN Trade Show.  Learn about upcoming Color Trends, Global Views & Future Visions - from the Market Floor to the streets of Paris.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

8:30 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Presentation

Cliff Young Showroom

Suite 505 

New York Design Center

200 Lexington Avenue



Patti Carpenter is an award winning Creative Director in globally sourced home accents, clothing, personal accessories and gifts, as well as color + trend forecasting.


Ms. Carpenter is currently an International Product Development and Design Consultant with her own firm for the past 14 years. She divides her time between working in the world of commercial design for her clients and working with artisans on behalf of international government agencies, and non-profit organizations.. She has traveled to 53 countries around the globe.


Special Thanks to Cliff Young Ltd., an IFDA NY Silver Sponsor, for hosting this event.


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Wednesday, October 1
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Take a Seat / Take a Bow



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 Seminar: Color Forecast: 2014 and Beyond  
Monday, August 18, 2014
8:30AM Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:00AM – 10:30AM  Program
Javits Center, 1A02-03 


Join New York City’s International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) for insights into trending colors and the inspirations and influences forming the looks we will see in the coming seasons.
DJ CareyCottages & Gardens editorial director, will explore color trends and examine how colors influence consumer well-being, purchasing and interior design. 
Renee Hytry Derrington, Group VP Design for Formica Group and Laminex Group creative director at Formica, will present TREND VISION 2014, color and style observations on the world and major exhibitions.
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014  

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM




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IFDA NY and  

NYC&G Magazine

Cordially Invite You to


Take A Seat 


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


 for the

The 2nd Annual Designer Chair Exhibit & Charity Auction



Room & Board

105 Wooster Street

New York, NY 10012


 Libby Langdon at 350 scale

Join MC Libby Langdon accompanied by a professional auctioneer, Harrie Copeland, as they auction off one-of-a-kind chairs created by leading local designers and artisans. Enjoy excellent company, fine hors d'oeuvres, fashionable drinks and the chance to take home a very special seat.


Proceeds from the New York event will benefit Habitat for Humanity as part of the IFDA "Helping Heroes at Home" initiative and local chapter professional development. 



To Learn More about our Take a Seat Media Sponsor, Visit

Special thanks to Kendell Cronstrom, Editor in Chief


To become a Patron for IFDA Take a Seat 2014,

please view our dedicated website:


  Meet the chair designers and follow the saga of their chairs and see the photos from last year's events in New Yori, California and Osaka... and meet this year's creative chairmakers from Arizona, California, Florida, New York, Philadelphia and Washington DC using the links below.






use #IFDATakeASeat 


Click Here to see the 2013 Take a Seat Folio of all the designers and their entries.


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Members are always welcome to attend board meetings, we hope to see you there.
2014 Board mtgs- open to all members
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Monday, April 28, 2014 

Four Things To Understand About Millennial Home Buyers


IFDA New York 


Jill Waage

Editorial Director of Home Content

 Better Home & Gardens



Monday, April 28, 2014

8:30 AM Breakfast and Networking

9:00 AM Presentation


Country Floors

15 East 16th Street

NY, NY 10013



Come hear an in-depth presentation on how the new millennial generation, armed with information, new ideas and a passion for personalization and individuality – of their homes – will reshape the home market for decades to come.     




Jill Waage is the Editorial Director of home content for Better Homes and Gardens,, Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Media, and branded home design books. She leads a major annual consumer research study on home buying preferences and presents the findings alongside the NAHB at the International Builder’s Show. She has been quoted in stories on home industry trends in national media outlets including The Wall Street Journal , MarketWatch, Washington Post, and CNN.

Jill is a graduate of Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where she studied magazine journalism and interior design.



Our thanks to Country Floors for hosting this IFDA NY event.


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Cocktails, Conversation & Conections
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Maison&Objet Trend Report




JOIN IFDA & Lonny Market Editor Catherine Dash for a fantastic virtual tour of the


Maison&Objet International Design Show


Trends & inspiration from the market floor to the streets of Paris 




Moderated by Catherine Dash Market Editor Lonny Magazine




Tuesday March 4, 2014


8:30 Light Breakfast & Networking


9:00 Presentation










212 753-2039





A Special Thank You

to our silver sponsor Resource Furniture

for graciously hosting this event for us!



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IFDA's What Color is your Future?

Trends in Color & Design


Find out at NY NOW


Monday, February 3, 2014 

Javits Center  

Seminar Room 1A02-03 

8:30 AM Networking and Continental Breakfast 

9:00 - 10:30 AM Program  


New York City's International Furnishings & Design Associationwill host a discussion of directional colors and emerging trends.   


Explore the future in color, materials, and shapes with

Tori Mellott of Traditional Home  


Sabina Jahic of Sherwin-Williams. 


 This seminar is IDCEC approved for 0.1 CEU credit and AIA & CES approved for 1.0 credits. 


IFDA Member Bonus: To receive a free NY NOW badge, register online with promo code IFDANYW14. Pre-register online at through January 28; or onsite starting February 1. 




ASID, NKBA and FGI members receive the IFDA member

price when they call or email and mention their affiliation.



tori at 350 

Tori Mellott joined Traditional Home as Senior Design Editor in 2011. Formerly Decorating Editor of Domino magazine, Tori has worked in design, styling, and editing for prominent shelter magazines, including Elle Décor, Veranda, and Lonny. Beyond her experience in publishing, Tori has served in creative roles at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The Nate Berkus Show.   


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Sabina Jahic, Allied ASID, is a Designer Account Executive at Sherwin Williams. She is involved with the Metro NY ASID Student Chapter mentoring program and the IDS Long Island Chapter. Before joining the company, she spent 15 years practicing Interior Design.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

5:30- 8:30 PM

Christopher Guy Showroom 

New York Design Center

200 Lexington Avenue, 16th Floor 

New York, NY 10016




with Master of Ceremonies Amanda Nisbet


This year, we will honor four Rising Stars of interior and product design. To recognize the mission and diverse membership of the IFDA, this is the first time we are also honoring a product designer at the Rising Stars event!


We will celebrate the unique perspectives on interiors offered by these up-and-coming designers with interior designer and IFDA member Amanda Nisbet as our Master of Ceremonies.




Since its beginning in 1998, Amanda Nisbet Design has become one of New York's most distinctive, sought-after creators of refreshing, abundant elegance. Her projects have been showcased in numerous publications, among them Coastal LivingHouse BeautifulOprah at HomeTraditional HomeVeranda, and The New York Times. Her first book, Dazzling Design, was published in 2012.


Interior Design Honorees:  


John Loecke & Jason Oliver Nixon  

Madcap Cottage



John Loecke and Jason Oliver Nixon are the dynamic duo behind the New York- and North Carolina-based interior design firm Madcap Cottage. Known for their whimsical use of color and pattern, the Madcap gents scour the world for eclectic finds that capture their unique and gimlet-eyed view of the world.  



Joan Dineen & Alyson Liss-Pobiner

Dineen Architecture



Joan Dineen and Alyson Liss-Pobiner began working together in 2006. Since then, they found that were able to combine and double their delight in built spaces, solving problems, and making people happy. Both possess degrees in Architecture. Liss-Pobiner also holds a graduate degree in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Art and Architecture, and Dineen a degree in Civil Engineering. It was inevitable that the duo would also expand the Architectural practice into Interior Design as working in New York City for a small firm is typically the case of being on the inside looking out.


Jon Call 

Mr Call Designs



Jon Call studied architecture in Seattle at Cornish College of the Arts before moving to New York to work for Diamond Baratta, where he was immersed in their world of vivid color, custom furniture, and storied tradition. After that, he worked for Shawn Henderson, another young designer, before striking out on his own in 2010. The name of the firm, a somewhat cheeky reference to the days when designers were known by Mr. or Mrs., embodies Call's spirit: he winks, rather than nods, at the past.


Product Design Honorees:


Gabriel Hendifar & Jeremy Anderson



Born from playful experimentation with vintage lighting components, Apparatus is a collection of lighting fixtures created by designer Gabriel Hendifar and partner Jeremy Anderson. Creative Director Hendifar formed his interdisciplinary approach to design from studying costume and scenic design at UCLA, later designing for couture label Jmary and most recently as part of the Raquel Allergra creative team. Having consulted for such firms as Ogilvy, LVMH, and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, Anderson left his career in PR to oversee Aparatus studio production and operations. 



Special thanks to Christopher Guy for hosting the upcoming IFDA•NY RISING STARS of DESIGN event in their beautiful new showroom at the New York Design Center. 








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International Furnishings and Design Association 

New York Chapter


Brooklyn Bridge Park 

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

6:00 - 8:00 PM   Cocktails & Presentation 

Galapagos Art Space, Brooklyn, NY



Brooklyn Bridge Park, Regina Myer, President


Master of Ceremonies

Carlo A. Scissura, Esq.

President & CEO

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce


Distinguished Speakers

Doug Blonsky, President & CEO, Central Park Conservancy 

Susan Chin, Executive Director, Design Trust for Public Space 

Paul Seck, Partner, Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc.

The Honorable Robert K. Steel

Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, NYC 


To see or download the Big Apple Programclick here. 
Big Apple Honorary Committee 


Chris Abbate, Principal, Novita PR


Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, Interior Design Magazine


Malene Barnett, Principal & Creative Director, Malene B Carpets


Rick Bell, Executive Director, AIA NY


Daniel Blitzer, Principal, The Practical Lighting Workshop


James Brett, President, West Elm


Vin Cipolla, President, Municipal Arts Society


Christopher Coleman, Christopher Coleman Interior Design


Susan G. Doban AIA, CEO, Doban Architecture/Think Fabricate


Jamie Drake, Drake Design Associates


James Druckman, President & CEO, New York Design Center


Stacy Garcia, Principal, Stacy Garcia Inc.


Alexa Hampton, President, Mark Hampton LLC


Cary Kravet, President, Kravet Inc.


Holly Leicht, Executive Director, New Yorkers for Parks


Jonathan Marvel, Principal, Rogers Marvel Architects


Charlotte Moss, Charlotte Moss, LLC


Amanda Nisbet, President, Amanda Nisbet Design, Inc.


Charles Pavarini III, Founder-President, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates, Inc.


Dr. Thomas Schutte, President, Pratt Institute


Nava Slavin, President, The Creative Edge, Inc.


Kate Kelly Smith, SVP Publishing Director & Chief Revenue Officer, Hearst Design Group


Laura Starr ASLA, Partner, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners


Barbara Tober, Chairman Emerita, Board of Trustees, Museum of Arts and Design


Jane & David Walentas, Jane's Carousel


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Thank You Chapter Sponsors
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Awards History
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One of the industry’s most anticipated and festive events, the Circle of Excellence has saluted outstanding leaders in the industry since its inception in 1992. It recognizes individual talent, corporate initiative and significant accomplishments within the design and home furnishings community.


DR. SUSAN WEBER, Director & Founder The Brard Graduate Center: Education

CHARLOTTE MOSS: Interior Design


       MICHAEL BOODRO, Editor-in-Chief Elle Decor

       NEWELL TURNER, Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful

       KATE KELLY SMITH, SVP/Publishing Director & Chief Revenue Officer, House Beautiful

       DARA CAPONIGRO, Editor-in-Chief, Veranda

       JENNIFER LEVENE BRUNO, Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer, Veranda

CARY KRAVET, President Kravet Inc.: Industry Resource/Product Design

CLAIRE COLEMAN, FIFDA, Founder: Anniversary Recognition Celebrating 65 Years of IFDA



CHARLES PAVARINI III, Charles Pavarini III Design Associates, Inc.: Interior Design

JOHN S. STARK, Chairman, STEVEN J. STARK, President, Stark: Product Design/Development

RAY GOMEZ, Director of Color Marketing, Benjamin Moore & Co.: Retailer/To The Trade Resource

ANGELA NAHIKIAN, Dir., GlobalEnvironmentalSustainability, Steelcase: Green Achievement

BILL MOGGRIDGE, Dir., The Smithsonian’s-Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum: Education

CINDY ALLEN, Editor-in-Chief, Interior Design Magazine: Media

KENNETH WAMPLER,Founding Director, The Alpha Workshops: Special Humanitarian Award



MICHAEL BRUNO, President & Founder, Online Marketing

BARCLAY BUTERA, President & CEO, Barclay Butera Inc.: Interior Design

INGE HECKEL, President, New York School of Interior Design: Education

DEBORAH NEEDLEMAN, Editor-in-Chief, Domino Magazine: Media

KARIM RASHID, Principal, Karim Rashid, Inc.: Industrial Design

ERIC VILLENCY, President, Maurice Villency, Inc.: Retail

CLAIRE COLEMAN, FIFDA, Pres., Coleman Communications: Recognition Founding Member IFDA



RAY ANDERSON, Chairman, Interface, Inc.: Enlightened Manufacturer Award

LARRY PORCELLATO, CEO, ICI Paints (Glidden): Enlightened Product Award

JOHN ADAMS, Founder, NRDC, National Resources Defense Council: The Laurel Award

BRIAN SCHWAGERL, Dir of Real Est and Fin Planning, Hearst Corp.: Enlightened Leadership Award

CLODAGH, Principal, Clodagh Designs: Enlightened Design Award

ARDATH RODALE, Chmn, Rodale, Inc.: Enlightened Media Award



CHRIS MADDEN, President, Chris Madden Inc.: Advertising/Marketing

DONNA WARNER, Editor-in-Chief, Metropolitan Home: Editorial/Media

FAROOQ KATHWARI, Chairman, Pres, CEO, Ethan Allen, Inc.: Revolutionary Retail Award

ALFRED and AMINY AUDI, Co-Owners, L. & J.G. Stickley, Inc.: The Laurel Award

ERIC COHLER, Principal, Eric Cohler Design, Inc.: Interior Design

LOU RENA HAMMOND, Founder & President, Lou Hammond & Associates, Inc.: Public Relations



JEFFREY PETERSON, Associate Publisher, Architectural Digest: Advertising

MARGARET RUSSELL, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Décor: Editorial/Media

JAMIE DRAKE, Principal, Drake Design Associates: Interior Design

SHERRI DONGHIA, Executive VP, Donghia Furniture/Textiles, Ltd.: Product Design & Development

HELEN WAGNER, Manager, Public Relations, 3M: Public Relations

MARVIN HOPKINS, President & CEO, Hunter Douglas, Inc.: Sales/Marketing/Management

GORDON SEGAL, Founder & Chairman, Crate & Barrel: Revolutionary Retail Award

NANCY GLASS, Producer & Host, HGTV: The Laurel Award

CHRISTINA MANCA, Textile Sales Manager, Holly Hunt, Inc.: Rising Star Award



COLLEEN BREWER, Home Design Editor, Bridal Guide: Rising Star Award

CLODAGH, Principal, Clodagh Designs: Interior Design

KATE KELLY SMITH, Associate Publisher, House Beautiful: Advertising/Public Relations

LARRY LASLO, Principal, Larry Laslo Designs: Product Design & Development

WARREN SHOULBERG, Editor-in-Chief, HFN: Media/Editorial

PENNY SIKALIS, VP/Group Mgr, George Little Management: Sales/Marketing/Management

LYNETTE JENNINGS, Host and Consultant, Lynette Jennings Television Show: Laurel Award



CHRISTIANE MICHAELS, President, Waverly: Design

CHRISTINE PRATT, Chmn. of Home Products Dev. Program, FIT: Education/Community Service

GALE STEVES, Editor-in-Chief, Home Magazine: Media/Editorial

ANNE MARTIN, Director of Marketing, WestPoint Stevens: Public Relations/Marketing

VALERIE MORAN, Chief Executive, Grange: Sales/Marketing/Management



ELLEN FRANKEL, President, ECPM Inc.: Community Service

STANLEY E. HURA, President, Stanley Hura Designs, Inc.: Design

KATHLEEN MAHONEY, FIFDA, Senior Editor, House Beautiful: Media
JEANNE M. BYINGTON, FIFDA, President, JM Byington & Assoc.: Public Relations/Advertising

NEIL S. JANOVIC, Vice President, Janovic/Plaza, Inc.: Sales/Marketing/Management



HELEN WAGNER, Mktg/Comm. Manager, 3M/Scotchgard Brand: Community Service

RAYMOND WAITES, Creative Vice President Design, Gear Holdings, Inc.: Design

LOUIS OLIVER GROPP, Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful: Editorial

CLAIRE COLEMAN, FIFDA, President, Coleman Communications: Public Relations/Advertising

GERALD PUSHEL, President & COO, F. Schumacher & Co.: Sales/Marketing/Promotion



ROSE GERACE, FIFDA, Director of Mktg & P. R., WestPoint Stevens: Community Service 

JOHN MASCHERONI, President, Mascheroni Designs: Design

RACHEL NEWMAN, Editor-in-Chief, Country Living: Editorial

SUSAN GRANT LEWIN, Creative Director, Formica Corp: Public Relations/Advertising

PAULINE DELLI-CARPINI, FIFDA, Director N. A. International Linen: Sales/Mktg/Promotion





In a long-standing tradition, IFDA New York gives its Big Apple Award to New York businesses and institutions that have had a positive impact on the cultural and commercial life of the city.  Over the years it has paid tribute to 17 worthy recipients.





Brooklyn Bridge Park

42nd Street Redevelopment Association


Bryant Park Restoration Corporation

Crain’s New York Business Newspaper

Ellis Island

Furnish a Future

Gracie Mansion Conservancy

Harlem Renaissance

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Show House


Museum of Modern Art

New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue

New York Times

The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The New Grand Central Station 

Museum of Arts and Design




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