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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,, October 28, 11:00 AM

Learn about

3D Visualization and Augmented Reality for

the Interiors and Furnishings Industry


To find out more and to register for the above event, CLICK HERE

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Monday, November 2, 5:30 PM

Cocktails, Conversation, Connections + Creation... a holiday edition!

Learn how to make stunning centerpieces with B Floral

To find out more and to register for the above event, click here.

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Recent Events

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  Wednesday,, October 14, 11:00 AM

To find out more and to register for the above event, CLICK HERE


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Wednesday,, October 7, 11:00 AM

What's new and exciting at Samad Rugs?

Join IFDA NY Chapter Co-President

David Santiago 

and Nicole Samad 
for a look into what's new and exciting at Samad Rugs.

Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2020


To find out more and to register for the above event, CLICK HERE

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Monday, October 5, 10:00 AM

To find out more and to register for the above event, CLICK HERE

  Monday, October 5,  5:30PM

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Wednesday, September 30th, 11:00 AM

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5:30 PM, MONDAY, August 3, 2020

Click here to see full Cooking with Chef David C-4 invite details and to register.

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11:00 AM, Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Designing Your Future: A Legal Framework to Empower your Business

                  • What happens if my installer tests positive for coronavirus?
                    • Who actually owns my designs when I license them?
                      • How do I stop someone from stealing my ideas?
                        • What exactly is a trademark?
                          • Do I need permission to incorporate this image into my work?
Join Seth Kaplowitz, managing partner of Kaplowitz Firm
and Garette Johnson as they offer guidance and answer your
legal questions in the age of COVID.

   Speaker, Seth Kaplowitz                                             Moderator, Garette Johnson 

Click here to see full Designing Your Future Legal Framework invite and to register.

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11 AM, Wednesday, July 29, 2020

^ Click on flyer above to see full invite details and to register.^

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Click Here to Nominate the Next Rising Stars of Design 2020

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IFDA NY in the NEWS!

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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...
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The times are a-changing for #home #trends. @IFDANY looks ahead for the coming decade. 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

IFDA NY Seeking the Best and the Brightest . . . Nominate the next Rising Stars of Design 2020 July 30th, 2020 / New York,...

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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.

Sponsor New York Chapter


Andrea Warriner

212 686-6020


On behalf of Andrea, 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


IFDA NY- Increase your online sales with 3D Visualization and Augmented Reality

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

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

IFDA NY- Increase your online sales with 3D Visualization and Augmented Reality


IFDA NY- C3: B Floral Shows us how to create stunning centerpieces

Monday, November 2nd, 2020

Time: 05:30 pm - 06:30 pm, UTC

IFDA NY- C3: B Floral Shows us how to create stunning centerpieces

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Our board Members

Andrea Warriner - Co-President


David Santiago - Co-President


Jennifer Munich - Treasurer


Jonathan Baron - Secretary


Sarah Fletcher - VP Marketing & Communications


Susan Hirsh, FIFDA - VP Educational Foundation


Su Hilty - VP Financial Resources


Rose Gilbert, FIFDA - VP Membership Retention


Jessica L Kaller - VP Programs


Andrea Aglaze - VP Programs


Garette Johnson - VP Programs


Michelle Slovak - VP Special Events


Susan A. Tucker - VP Trade Awareness


Erin Nova Peker - VP Trade Awareness


Maureen Klein - Development / Website Administrator


Clare Coleman, FIFDA - Director at Large / Founding Member


Richard Segal - Past President / VP Trade Awareness


Charles Pavarini III - VP Awards and Recognition


J. Randall Tarasuk - VP Awards and Recognition


Amy Figueroa - Sponsor Liaison


International Gold Sponsor

International Silver Sponsor

New York Gold Sponsors

New York Silver Sponsors

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