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Upcoming Events

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Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 11:00 AM

^ For more info about ^ 22 Life Styled with Nancy Fire and to register, click here

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Wednesday, January 27, 2021, 11:00 AM

American Made Faucets: A Virtual Tour

Join Brian Gallop from Waterstone Faucets  for this One Credit CEU

To find out more and to register for this CEU credits event, above, CLICK HERE

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Recent Events

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Wednesday, January 13, 2021, 11:00 AM

^ For more info about ^ Be Inspired By Robin Baron and to register, click here

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IFDA Talk: 

How Air Quality affects the health 

and Safety of your family.

Now more than ever it is important to keep our families safe and healthy. Join us to learn everything you need to know about indoor air quality.
Active Pure is an FDA cleared active air purification technology originally developed by NASA. It is proven to eliminate 99.96% of airborne SARS-CoV-2 in 3 minutes in a military laboratory and proven to eliminate 99.98% of SARS-CoV-2 off of the surface in 6 hours.
The technology has also been proven against mold, fungus, bacteria, and other DNA/ RNA Viruses. Unlike filtration technologies such as HEPA or MERV filters, our system continuously cleans the air and surfaces in real-time. Existing installations include Major League Baseball, Hilton, Cleveland Clinic, Mitsubishi, etc.
 
Wednesday, January 6th 
11:00 am EST
Josh Rieders is a Principal at Medstartr Direct and Venture Partner at Medstartr Ventures. Josh is focused on finding and distributing best in class health and energy efficiency products. He has created partnerships in procurement to help companies save millions on their spending.  Josh also serves as an advisor to early-stage startups looking to develop their sales process and strategy. Before joining the startup community as a VC and entrepreneur, Josh sold financial instruments to C-Suite wealth managers while representing First Eagle Investment Management and Prudential Investments. Josh lead and grew sales teams at these firms and would advise financial advisors on portfolio construction, financial products, and best practices to close new business. Josh was the first member of the sales team at the startup options trading platform tradeMONSTER (Acquired by OptionsHouse) and worked directly with the CEO on customer acquisition. Josh is Series 7 and 63 licensed and holds a B.S. from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

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Wednesday, December 16, 11:00 AM

To find out more and to register for this CEU credits event, above, CLICK HERE

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 11:00 AM

Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 11:00 AM

Click here to find out more and to get link to register.

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Monday, December 7, 5:30 PM

To find out more and to register for this month's fun C3 event, above, CLICK HERE

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IFDA NY in the NEWS!

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How Will You Be Living in 2030? IFDA Predictions for 2030

by | Dec 1, 2020 | Blog, Trend

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IFDA NY is excited to announce that our uber-talented Co-President David Santiago was recently featured in VUE magazine! Click here to read the article – Let's Make Staycations a Family Affair with David Santiago: https://vuenj.com/decorating-life-casa-santi-interior-design/     •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  •  • IFDA NY talk addresses COVID design concerns [New York] International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) NY and Novità PR hosted a webinar late last month... Floor Covering Weekly Online - Sep 01, 2020 Audience Reach: 5,633
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The Home Textiles Today story:  https://t.co/khqHlP4FyY
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IFDA NY Seeking the Best and the Brightest . . . Nominate the next Rising Stars of Design 2020 – officeinsight

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Office Insight - Jul 30, 2020; Audience Reach: 1,760

See p 30 for IFDA NY’s Enlightenment Series continues...

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A new industry survey predicts homes that are smaller, smarter and healthier

What will homes look like in 2030? According to a new survey by the International Furnishings and Design Association, they will be smaller, smarter, and healthier...  INDUSTRY INSIDER, Business of Home

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...are varied and compelling." VP of the Educational Foundation for the NY Chapter of IFDA, Hirsh also directed IFDA's...Furniture World Magazine Online - Jul 27, 2020;  Audience Reach: 7,168

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Welcome New Members

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Ruth Olbrych, above, stumbled into the Home Furnishings business by way of establishing her online presence 20 years ago now, with Antiques by Zaar...selling Chinese antiques online. Ten years ago she determined the need to broaden her base by including other product in the line and therefore, she introduced ZAAR Design Center.

Other than a High Point, NC showroom, the business has been internet-based in its approach and reach. The Chinese antiques, which once were the anchor for the business, are now taking a back seat, and other product categories have been elevated to the fore. In lieu of her owning inventory, she has moved to serving as a representative of several companies, entering the world as newly minted independent sales rep. Companies that she represent are C and S Acosta/hand-cut mirrors out of Thailand, Frank Rogers Design/hand-forged tables out of Mexico, Jill Seale Design Studio/fabric designer out of Charlotte, NC...and Our House Designs/leather furniture, out of Hickory, NC. She is excited to introduce these companies to designers/architects/boutique owners in NY/NJ/CT. “I am thrilled for the opportunities afforded me by way of membership in IFDA to further this,” says Ruth.
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NADA BOULES, above, joined IFDA NY in Spring 2020, as she was wrapping up her senior year in the accredited Interior Design program at Hillier College of Architecture and Design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology in Newark. Crediting her “thirst for knowledge,” she also pursued a minor in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, simultaneously working toward her Master's Degree in Architecture. Nada says she has already proved her “passion for interior design,” working for licensed organizations which utilized REVIT/AUTOCAD and other programs to develop layout and diagrams with attention to specification details. Her skills include the ability to develop design presentations, create drawings for industry- specific projects, and take responsibility for the selection and specification of furniture and lighting. “It is my honor to be an IFDA member and a part of valuable experience and an opportunity for professional insight,” she says. “I thrive on inspiring collaboration within the furnishings production...(and am) committed to enhancing the fashion image and the design industry.”
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Fernando Rodriguez, (above) owner, Stewart Rodriguez LLC, the frequently published design firm in San Juan and New York, and of the destination home retail store In San Juan, Aaron Stewart Home (ASH), winner of the ARTS Awards for Best International Retailer in 2016 and 2017. Fernando points to his Instagram board to illustrate his design aesthetic: hand painted wallpapers, fashion icons, cerulean Caribbean landscapes, and sophisticated combination of colors and textures. A former marketing major who spent his early career fundraising at the Boston Ballet and in sales for Colgate Palmolive and GlaxoSmithKline, Fernando says, “A six-figure income could not quell my doubts. I turned 40 and realized, this is not my passion.” So, he “relinquished the company car and stock options,” and sought a career in fashion,” landing at Hickey Freeman, Joseph Abboud, and Tory Burch, before making another career leap to fashion director at lifestyle publisher Modern Luxury. “Finally, a job that married sales and fashion,” says Fernandez. “I was in my groove”...but then he and his partner, Aaron Stewart, decided to move to his native Puerto Rico. “We both had great jobs, but we were not really enjoying life,” Rodriguez says, “There’s a point when you stop and think, ‘What are we doing this for?” In 2013, they found the answer: they now live in San Juan with their family, Cooper and Clooney.

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CATHERINE GUSZACK, above,  has designed residential homes in the greater New York City area, the Hamptons, and Virginia, where she took her undergraduate degree in business and marketing, and studied interior design at the University of Richmond.

With a focus on new construction or entire-home renovations, Catherine describes her style as “crisp, clean, and coastal...using lots of neutrals with pops of bold color and texture to add character.” She likes to mix contemporary art with timeless pieces “to give space personality but remain classic.” She resides in Rye, NY, with husband, Greg, and two daughters, Avery and Abby.

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IFDA members, be sure to log into the Members Only portal and see Resources for past virtual event videos and notes as they become available.

IFDA NY judges pose with the awards to be presented to Best In categories at a recent Javits Center industry trade show.

The Board of Directors usually meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30PM in the 16th Floor Conference Room of the NYDC, (New York Design Center), 200 Lexington Avenue, NYC, between 32nd and 33rd Streets. Members are welcome to attend. Currently we are holding all meetings and events online.  To get the zoom link please email Rose Hittmeyer: ifdanyny@verizon.net and rhittmeyer@aol.com.

Sponsor New York Chapter

President

David Santiago

201.686.5969

santi@casasanti.com


On behalf of David and all of the IFDA Board here in New York, welcome! We are thrilled to welcome members from every facet of the furnishing and design industry. The IFDA promotes open sharing, mutual respect, and education, as well as community service and ethical practices.

Upcoming Events

Jan27

IFDA NY- American Made Faucets: A Virtual Tour, CEU available

Wednesday, January 27th, 2021

Time: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, UTC

IFDA NY- American Made Faucets: A Virtual Tour, CEU available

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Our board Members

Jennifer Munich - Treasurer

JMunich@PKHome.com

Susan Hirsh, FIFDA - Secretary

susanhirsh@optonline.net

Sarah Fletcher - VP Marketing & Communications

sapoflet@gmail.com

Susan Hirsh, FIFDA - VP Educational Foundation

susanhirsh@optonline.net

Su Hilty - VP Financial Resources

hiltybrady@aol.com

Rose Gilbert, FIFDA - VP Membership Retention

gilbert.rose@gmail.com

Jessica L Kaller - VP Programs

jessicakaller@gmail.com

Andrea Aglaze - VP Programs

gazer5@aol.com

Garette Johnson - VP Programs

garrott@garrottdesigns.com

Michelle Slovak - VP Special Events

mslovakdesign@yahoo.com

Susan A. Tucker - VP Trade Awareness

greatbydyzne@gmail.com

Erin Nova Peker - VP Trade Awareness

emanagerrin_peker@fitnyc.edu

Maureen Klein - VP Professional Development

getklein@optonline.net

Clare Coleman, FIFDA - Director at Large

ckcpr@aol.com

Charles Pavarini III - VP Awards and Recognition

Charles@pavarinidesign.com

J. Randall Tarasuk - VP Awards and Recognition

Randall@pavarinidesign.com

Andrea Warriner - Chapter Advisor

andrea.ifdany@gmail.com

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