President

David Santiago

201.686.5969

santi@casasanti.com


On behalf of 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.

Our board Members

Jennifer Munich - Treasurer

Ifdasocial@gmail.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

Zahava Schwartz - VP Membership Chair

zahavaschwartz55@gmail.com

Linda Kulla, FIFDA - VP Membership Retention

linda@ifda.com

Andrea Aglaze - VP Programs

gazer5@aol.com

Garette Johnson - VP Programs

garrott@garrottdesigns.com

Michelle Slovak - VP Special Events

mslovakdesign@yahoo.com

Maureen Klein - VP Professional Development

getklein@optonline.net

Rose Gilbert, FIFDA - VP Education

gilbert.rose@gmail.com

Clare Coleman, FIFDA - Director at Large

ckcpr@aol.com

Andrea Warriner - Chapter Advisor

andrea.ifdany@gmail.com

Diamond Industry Partner

Platinum Industry Partner

Gold Industry Partners

New York Gold Industry Partners

New York Silver Industry Partners

To see or download videos of some of our recent virtual webinar events, please click on the NEWS tab.

Click the EVENTS tab for the calendar listing of  upcoming events or scroll down for event previews.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

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Wednesday, September 14, 2022   10:00 -8:00PM EDT

For Full Listing of how IFDA is participating see our IFDA International Calendar listing at:

IFDA NY- What’s New What’s Next at NYDC, 200 Lexington Ave.

and…

IFDA Needs you to help host the IFDA table

at What’s New What’s Next.

 If you are attending, take a little time at the 4th Floor office

to promote IFDA and meet other members.

Click here to Volunteer! 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2022   5:30 -7:30PM EDT

Click here to RSVP 

 

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Monday, August 15, 2022   4:00 -5:00PM EDT

This panel will explore the behind-the-scenes aspects of creating and maintaining a sustainable home while championing sustainable design – with insights from brands like Nemo Tile, sustainable textile manufacturer Nassimi, and an architecture and design firm with high-level expertise in Passive House design: The Turett Collaborative.
Each of the aforementioned have a unique sustainability story to share and can provide valuable insight on how the design industry and homeowners can pursue sustainable practices whether specifying products or designing a home or renovating one.

NYNOW Javits Center

Talk Lounge Booth #501

Monday August 15th 4:00 PM

Click here to RSVP

(You must have a NYNOW show badge to attend this event)

 

PANELISTS:
Iwan Nassimi, Executive Vice President
As the leading manufacturer of sustainable performance textile, Iwan can speak to what to look for, what to care about, and most importantly, how it handles the messes, highlighting material innovation and why its NEW liquid barrier textile, Supreen, is the ultimate sustainable performance fabric.
@nassimillc
Katie Michael-Battaglia, Creative & Design Director
Having 30 years of professional experience in Interior Design, Katie has designed projects in multiple market sectors and a demonstrated history of working in the building materials industry. NY State Certified Interior Designer, LEED Accredited & NCIDQ certificate holder as well as Professional Member of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Past President and former VP of Student Development of the New York Chapter of IIDA. Her work has included projects for very large corporate headquarters, retail showrooms, large entertainment facilities as well as boutique hospitality and residential.
@nemotile
Wayne Turett, Architect & Founder
An award-winning NYC-based architecture and design firm.  Wayne is well-versed to speak about sustainable architecture practices, IAQ, energy efficiency, and Passive House design. Sharing how to integrate these practices into everyday design and how even small steps, a desire for change, and a positive mindset can all contribute to a more sustainable world and lead to healthier lifestyles.
@turettcollaborative
MODERATOR:
DAVID SANTIAGO – IFDA NY Chapter President
David Santiago is an award-winning designer and owner of Casa Santi Interior Design established in 2011. He caters to clients who seek the unique, creative details that elevate a project blending his traditional sensibility with the unexpected, known as his signature and trademark  “Santified”. His Strictly Santi brand was created as an umbrella brand, since then, David launched several products; a lighting collection with American Brass & Crystal Lighting and a wallpaper collection with Bijou wallcoverings entitled The Passport Collection, catering to hospitality and residential markets.  David continues to grow as a brand ambassador and give back through the media platforms as a guest designer on the NBC hit television series “George To The Rescue” and a design and lifestyle correspondent for “The Donna Drake Show” on CBS NY.
Fun fact about David: he is an accomplished classical opera singer, an alumni of Mannes College of Music. David is the Cultural Outreach Officer for Teatro Grattacielo and has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the New York City Opera, among others.
@SomebodyGetMeSanti
 
Social Media:
@ifdany
@nassimillc
@nemotile
@turettcollaborative
@somebodygetmesanti
@hospidential
@ny_now

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Monday, August 8, 2022   5:30-7:30PM EDT

Cocktails, Conversation & Connections at Gallow Green

IN PERSON

at

The McKittrick Hotel Rooftop Bar

542 West 27th Street

Between 10th and 11th Avenues

Click Here to Register

Cash Bar
Bring Your Business Cards

Best Networking in Town!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022   12 noon EDT

 

Join

Patti Carpenter, Global Trend Ambassador,

as she reviews the color, materials, prints and surface designs discovered at Maison & Objet’s latest edition.

Moderated by IFDA NY Chapter’s President, David Santiago.

Wednesday July 27th at Noon EDT

 on Zoom

Click Here to Register 

 

Patti Carpenter
Global Trend Ambassador
Patti is Principal of carpenter + company and an award- winning Designer in globally sourced home décor, accessories, fragrance and gifts, with experience in product design and development, merchandising and color + trend forecasting. As a Micro-Enterprise specialist with U.S. presidential recognition for domestic and international expertise in artisan development, small producer and entrepreneurial training and economic development  she has designed and sourced Private Label collections for Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, The Phillips Collection, ABC Carpet and Home, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren. She has worked in 57 countries. Patti is an expert in Color + Trend research and forecasting and consults with Pantone. She is the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet, Paris. She is an active board member of SERRV International-one of the founding organizations of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), BADG (Black Artists and Designer Guild), The High School of Fashion Industries and The Bienenstock Furniture Library, as well as the co-founder of the Kaleidoscope Project. Patti is also the recipient of the  Gift For Life Industry Achievement Award for 2021 and the Withit Industry Leadership Award for 2021 for the Kaleidoscope Project. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022   5:30 PM

Join  IFDA
and the 
Alzheimer’s Foundation of America  
to tour its newest educational initiative:
The Apartment
 
A full scale model studio residence designed to showcase ways individuals can make a  
home “dementia-friendly.”

 

Wednesday, August 3rd

5:30 PM EST  

IN PERSON

322 8th Ave.     7th Floor

New York City

Please bring a $20.00 Donation in Cash

or a check made out to

 to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA)  

Click here to register  

IFDA Members Only.

Space is limited so RSVP quickly. 

The mission of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is to provide support, services and education to individuals, families and caregivers affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias nationwide, and fund research for better treatment and a cure.

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Wednesday, July 20, 2022   11:00 AM

The Five Critical and Simple Steps  
to Organizing Your Home with
Summer Rose
Learn the Five Critical and Simple Steps to Organizing Your Home with the founder of Star Organizers, Summer Rose. Summer will show you some wild before and afters, crazy stories, the best thing she has ever found in a client’s home, and great tips that you can start using today to get and stay organized!
Born and raised in Miami, Summer Rose graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Business Management and a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Communications. As a young girl, she jumped at the chance to organize her friends’ rooms – and still does! Her favorite thing to do was organize her aunt’s hair scrunchies, clips and makeup. Summer has been passionately organizing for over a decade!
Due to great demand for her organizational services, Summer realized how much she could improve people’s lives through these skills. As a result, Star Organizers was born. Summer currently resides and works in New York City and travels to organize clients’ homes all over the world. Clients have flown Summer out to 19 different states and six countries for her organizational expertise.
Summer not only helps you create effective strategies for your home and office, but she also helps you create effective strategies for your life. She teaches you how to effortlessly follow these strategies so your space and your life are consistently clutter free.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 

11:00 AM EST

On Zoom!

Click here to register 

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Wednesday, May 5, 2022   12:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Wednesday, May 11, 2022   12:00 PM

Join IFDA-NY Chapter President David Santiago

and members from Room & Board
and the brand’s commercial arm, Room & Board Business Interiors, over Zoom
for an insider’s view of the company’s sustainability and product development practices,
including first-of-its-kind Urban Wood Program.
Learn how the brand is taking an untapped, undervalued wood supply chain and making furniture on a national scale that’s timeless,enduring, and better yet-sustainable.
Speakers:
  • Gene Wilson, Vice President of Merchandising & Vendor Management for Room & Board
  • Emily McGarvey, Director of Sustainability for Room & Board,
  • Jenon Bailie, Merchandising & Design Director for Room & Board,
  • Elise Nicpon, Director of Business Customer Experience for Room & Board Business Interiors

Click Here to Register for the Link to Join

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Monday, April 25, 2022   6:30 PM

Meet Members

Nadine Homann, IFDA and Theresa Seabaugh, IFDA

ON ZOOM

Wednesday, April 20, 2022   12:00 PM

 

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Wednesday, March 9, 2022   11:00 AM

Macro Lifestyle Trends  

for 2022 and Beyond

Join Global Trend Ambassador,

Patti Carpenter,

as she discusses the lifestyle transformations

that have endured and advanced in design

for 2022 and beyond.

 

Patti is Principal of carpenter + company and an award-winning Designer in globally sourced home décor, accessories, fragrance and gifts, with experience in product design and development, merchandising and color + trend forecasting. As a Micro-Enterprise specialist with U.S. presidential recognition for domestic and international expertise in artisan development, small producer and entrepreneurial training and economic development she has designed and sourced Private Label collections for Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, The Phillips Collection, ABC Carpet and Home, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren. She has worked in 57 countries. 

Patti is an expert in Color + Trend research and forecasting and consults with Pantone. She is the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet, Paris. She is an active board member of SERRV International and BADG (Black Artists and Designer Guild), and the co-founder of the Kaleidoscope Project. Patti is also the recipient of the Gift For Life Industry Achievement Award for 2021 and the Withit Industry Leadership Award for 2021 for the Kaleidoscope Project.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022   12:00 PM

Wednesday Webinar Series: 

It’s All About YOU!

Attend an international market;

present a program to promote your chapter and

increase visibility for you and IFDA among clients and colleagues;

research furniture design or textiles;

participate in a preservation project.

All of this can be for you, yes you, because of

Educational Foundation financial support available to you !

 As members of IFDA, you are automatically a member of the Educational Foundation with all the privileges it brings to you and your chapter.

Helen Wagner, Educational Foundation Chair,

will tell you more about how to open these doors at a webinar on

  

Wednesday, March 23, at noon.  (EST)

Presenter – Helen Wagner, IFDA Educational Foundation Chair

Moderator- David Santiago IFDA NY Chapter President

 

Helen Wagner, Educational  Foundation Chair, joined the New York Chapter of IFDA in  1993.  As Manager of  3M Public Relations in New York City, she led the efforts to support furniture and textile manufacturers throughout the world.

Helen  continues to be actively involved in the  IFDA New York Chapter and has served as chapter secretary as  well as on numerous committees.  Over the years, she was recipient of two of the chapter’s  prestigious  Circle of Excellence Awards – for Community Service and another for Public Relations.

After ten years in New York City, she moved back to 3M’s Global Headquarter in

Minnesota to lead  Public Relations for the  $32 billion company with operations  in 70 countries. She now divides her time between St Paul and New York City.

 Helen is also a lecturer at universities and professional organizations. A teacher at heart, she has been a university adjunct professor in business and management.  For more than 20 years, she has worked as a volunteer reading teacher for elementary school children to bring her mantra to life, “reading is freedom”.

David Santiago launched his design business Casa Santi Interior Design (www.CasaSanti.com) to cater to clients who seek the unique, creative details that elevate a project blending his traditional sensibility with the unexpected. His Strictly Santi brand was created in 2018 and since then, David launched several products; a lighting collection with American Brass & Crystal Lighting and a wallpaper collection entitled The Passport Collection, catering to hospitality and residential markets with Bijou wallcoverings.
David is known as the “Prince of Wallpaper” highlighting his ability to master the art of wallpaper application on every project. David is acknowledged by the High Point Market Authority as an influencer. Currently, David continues to give back through the media platforms as a design and lifestyle correspondent for “The Donna Drake Show” on CBS NY and guest designer on the NBC hit television series “George To The Rescue”.

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Monday, February 28, 2022   6:30 PM

Really

Get to know the IFDA members!

Networking at its BEST!

Monday February 28, 2022

6:30 PM EST

Meet Michelle Slovak, IFDA and Jennifer Munich, IFDA

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Monday, February 2, 2022   11:00 AM

MAXIMIZE YOUR BUSINESS

FOR PERSONAL USE

 

 

 

Sherri Skov

Financial Representative

Sherri.skov@cfsllc.com

C 203.232.3834

 

 

Robert Worgaftik, CLU ChFC, CFP, CLTC

General Agent

rworgaftik@cfsllc.com  860.677.2600 X623

www.cfsllc.com

For more information about event click here for our IFDA Calendar Listing

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Monday, January 10, 2022   6:30 PM

Click Here for the Link to Join

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Wednesday,  January 12, 2022, 11 AM

What makes an iconic American design?

Join Saana Baker of The Textile Eye

for a look at style-defining color and pattern,

from historical companies established during the

gilded age to mid-century masters,

to the cutting-edge designers defining the tastes of tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

Wednesday,  January 12, 2022, 11 AM

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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

https://springboardfutures.com/2020/12/01/how-will-you-be-living-in-2030/

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Survey Forecasts Changes in Future Home Design

Kitchen & Bath Design News    USA • Dec 4 • 1:19

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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:

Decorating Life with Casa Santi Interior Design

 

 

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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.

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