New York Chapter


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

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If you would like to become an IFDA NY sponsor,
click here to see the 2019 sponsor packet of information


IFDANY Board of Directors Meeting
Usually, the 2nd Tuesday of the month
5:30 - 7:00 PM
  NYDC  •  200 Lexington Avenue   •  16th Fl Conference Room

Please Check with IFDA NY office to confirm time and location.

All members are welcome to attend the board meeting. 

2019 schedule: 

Tuesday, June 11

Tuesday, July 9

Tuesday, August 13

Tuesday, September 10

Tuesday, October 15

Tuesday, November 12

Tuesday, December 1


C-3 Cocktails, Conversation & Connections

Usually, the 1st Monday of the month

Watch for e-invite for location and to register.

July 1

August 5

September 9

October 7

November 4

December 2


3rd Wednesday of every month  
NYDC at 200 Lex   conference room 16th Floor
 BYOB lunch or purchase at the Butterfield Cafe
Please join other IFDA members for round table discussions on a variety of industry related topics including:
Client Management
Contracts, Insurance, Legal issues
PR and Promotion
Running Your Business- software, apps, systems, invoicing, digital tools
Hiring and Working With Employees
Using Social Media and BloggingTo Make More Sales
Pricing for Interior Designers
Online Stores vs. Brick and Mortar
Developing and Selling Products
Branding and Finding your Niche Market
What You Should Know About Materials


Wednesday, June 19, 2019
 1:00pm - 3:00pm


TRENDS seen at Milan Furniture Fair
3rd Wednesday of every month  1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NYDC at 200 Lexington Ave- Conference Room 16th Floor
BYOB lunch or purchase at the Butterfield Cafe
Irina Alex, one of IFDA' s newest members, will bring her global point of view to June's Lunch Club by reporting on trends at the Milan Furniture Fair. It is the largest trade fair of its kind in the world with exhibitions showcasing the latest in furniture and design, lighting and home furnishings from countries around the world.  
Irina Alex is an accomplished sales professional with over 10 years of experience and building her career in a variety of roles and industries with a heavy emphasis on hi-end, luxury goods and services retail. She ran a successful company, which delivered interior design solutions to the high-end local market, serving clients in Paris, France and in Moscow, Russia.
( please register your guests individually)

TUESDAY, JUNE 25, 2019
5:15PM- 7:30PM
Join us on Tuesday June 25 
for a walking tour of
Northern Manhattan's AUDUBON MURAL PROJECT
           TOUR STARTS AT 5:15 PM 
Meet In front of Hamilton's Eatery,  
3570 Broadway (between West 146 & 147) 

            ENDS APPROX. 7:30 PM AT BROADWAY AND 157 ST
Our tour guide will take us to see 30 murals of  
climate-threatened birds that have been painted  
on buildings throughout
John James Audubon's neighborhood.  
We will also view the exterior of several landmarked buildings including:  
*Loth & Co. Silk Ribbons (1885),
*1818-38 Amsterdam  
*32nd Police Precinct Station House (1871), 1854 Amsterdam 
*Audubon Terrace Historic District,  
*Hispanic Society Museum and Library;  
*American Academy of Arts and Letters   
*Boricua College
*Trinity Church Cemetery.
Rain or shine
Proceeds from our tour will benefit the  
IFDA EF Valerie Moran Grant Fund
Members $30.00
Guests     $35.00
Students  $25.00
RSVP ASAP Limited number can participate
     Optional: Dutch Treat Dinner at Suggested Dinner Venue: 
Bo-No Trattoria, 3658 Broadway (corner West 151st), 646-682-9249,  Open till midnight.    

No cancellations of registered tours
Tickets are non-refundable
Proceeds will benefit the IFDA Educational Foundation
Valerie Moran Grant Fund
Valerie Moran
was a visionary in the design industry who lost her battle to cancer the summer of 2014.  She started her career as an interior designer and in 1985 she began a longtime affiliation with Grange, later serving for a short period as chairman of B&B Italia, America. Valerie also became a professional consultant in product development, space design, and business, marketing and merchandising for several brands, and presented popular seminars, here and abroad.
IFDA benefited directly from her business acumen: she served as president of the New York Chapter and chairman of the Past President Council.  She will be widely remembered as a gracious, generous, joyful, and compassionate woman, whose big beautiful smile lit up the lives of all who shared her company and enthusiasm for life.  She will also be remembered by future generations in the design industry via the newly established IFDA Grant ($3000) which will be awarded to an IFDA professional interested in furthering their studies by expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows, or professional development studies.
To apply for the Grant and the others offered by IFDA EF:

Wednesday, June 26th, 6:00 PM

Chelsea Frames and
Galerie Protégé
197 Ninth Ave
(Between 22nd and 23rd Streets)
IFDA has a new CCC!   
Collecting, Curating and Creating ART   



                                           Dáreece Walker                        Sara Meghdari

Four perspectives on Art TODAY


Woe is the interior designer or architect who fails to persuade a client to acquire the key works of art that will serve as the Jewel in the Crown for his/her design.
Art Consultant Elizabeth Sadoff will discuss strategies to conquer this challenge and
hopefully achieve a successful outcome.
Displaying art to its best advantage is an art in itself.  Daniel Beauchemin, CEO of Chelsea Frames, will steer us through integrating framing and art purchases into a design project. When should one begin to think about that? He will teach us to educate our clients on collecting for the long and short term. How do we manage small and impulse purchases?  Tips on reframing what they own to freshen and create a synergy with a new environment.


 3 and 4. 
Two emerging Star Artists, Sara Meghdari, an Iranian-born interdisciplinary artist, and   
Dáreece Walker, artist, sculpture and activist, will talk about their work, creative processes, as well as ideologies which are trending in the art world right now. We will see their work on display at the Galerie Protégé and they will give advice to collectors on how to spot the unrecognized gems in the art community.





 – Our Art Mavens –


Elizabeth Sadoff:
Elizabeth Sadoff Art Advisory is a Manhattan-based, full-service art advisory firm, specializing in art selection and placement for interior design and architectural firms.  ESAA also brings budding collectors together with artwork that they would not have discovered on their own.  Its vision is to promote the work of emerging and mid-career artists -leading sculptors, painters and photographers of our time as well as artists' estates.
Growing up in a home where design and the comforts of living were a central and daily part of life Daniel Beauchemin knew his future lay somewhere in the design world. Graced with a multicultural environment by his parent's circle of friends, he grew an eclectic taste for all that is beautifully designed. 
His studies included architecture, furniture design and art history which expanded into interiors. With 10 years of design experience under his belt he moved to NYC and was introduced to the framing industry through a friend. He purchased Chelsea Frames in 1995 which became the focus of his work and life. By 2009 Chelsea Frames had become one of the most renowned framing studios in the USA with customers that spanned the globe. 
     Larson Juhl, offered him a design opportunity to design frames in Europe in September 2009. Senior Manager, Jaclyn Acker took over the NY operations, which allowed Daniel and his husband to make the move to the Netherlands. After 6 ½ years in Europe he would return to NY and the framing studio where he can again work daily with clients, collectors and designers, And back to his first love - The Guy who walked into a frame shop.
Sara Meghdari is an Iranian-American interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. She has been twice awarded the Alice Beck-Odette Scholarship Award as well as the Thomas Reiss Memorial Award. She is an alumni of the Engaging Artists Residency Program with the More-Art Organization. Meghdari's photography and videos have been included at the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center (2018), the 10th Annual Governors Island Art Fair (2017), and the Queens Museum of Art (2016) among others. 
Dáreece Walker was born in Manhattan, and received his BA in Fine Arts from Colorado University and an MFA from the School of Visual Arts.His recent  shows include Prizm Art Fair, Miami, FL., Black Is The Giant, a solo show, at Long Gallery in Harlem, and Governors Island Art Fair, NY. 
      He has made work for BLACKLIVESMATTER, and his work has been used in protests as visual aid in New York and Florida during the George Zimmerman trial. Walker was RAW Colorado Springs Visual Artist of the Year 2012, and received the Paula Rhodes Memorial Award for excellence in Fine Arts from SVA in 2016. His work is in the permanent collection of his alma mater UCCS, the NAACP Colorado Springs Chapter. 
Non Member Guests $40
IFDA Members $20 
Students Free with ID
Tickets are nonrefundable
A Special Thank you to our Event Host  





Monday, June 3rd
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
23 Lexington Ave
Enter on 24th Street 
at the Funky, Fun, Award-Winning
in the Freehand Hotel
23 Lexington Ave
Enter on 24th Street 

Monday, June 3rd
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cash Bar
Meet Your Design Industry Colleagues
Business Cards a Must
Advance Notice: There will be lines. Come early. 
As NY TIMES critic A.O. Scott has noted: 
"...long lines are signs of abundance and hedonism."

Wednesday May 15th
Window Treatment Challenges
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
NYDC at 200 Lexington Ave- Conference Room 16th Floor
BYOB lunch or purchase at the Butterfield Cafe
Wednesday May 15th - Window Treatment Challenges
Pinch Pleat, Roman, Pocket Rod, Stationary Panel 
What does it all mean and what to use where?!!
 Lunch Club welcomes Jan Girard of Contract Workroom
She'll discuss different styles and solutions to all of your window treatment challenges.  She'll present her own work and help you navigate the process of working with a workroom to design window treatments that are not only beautiful, but that will also satisfy all of requirements of the space and delight the client. Please feel free to bring fabric samples that you may have questions or concerns about or pictures of your work that you may need help or advice with.


How on Earth Do You get the  
Client to Pay? 
Thursday, May 16th 
 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
150 East  58th Street 3rd Floor
A Panel Discussion with an
Attorney, Accountant, and Client Relationship Expert
Moderated by an Interior Designer
to learn best the business practices  
to keep your cash flow in the  
The Attorney:
Alex K. Ross (Ross & Katz PLLC) works closely with clients facing major legal challenges in their work and sometimes in personal matters. He work resolutely to address these tough situations with an approach that is generally even-keeled and empathetic, 
responding quickly to clients and other parties involved in a transaction. Because of his experience in litigation, 
Alex has the ability to tailor real estate and commercial  contracts to eliminate most risks to a large extent, but is not afraid to be tenacious as needed. 
Alex provides a broad range of legal services, that benefit corporate clients as they grow into middle market companies as well as serving as an 
advisor to development-stage companies.
The Accountant:
The Art of Money Matters, Your Outsourced CFO is led by its Principal, Tricia M Taitt, who has a strong track record of managing and improving the financial operations of growth-oriented, small to mid- sized companies  helping senior leaders decode the numbers so that they can betterunderstand their business and make strategic decisions more confidently.  After spending eight years on Wall Street she realized that her core finance and accounting skills were highly transferrable to small and mid sized companies, which is where she could make a bigger and more personally rewarding impact.
The Client Relationship 
Richard R. Shapiro is Founder of The Center For Client Retention and a leading authority in customer relationship management and loyalty. For 30 years, Richard has spearheaded the research conducted with thousands of customers from Fortune 100 and 500 companies compiling the ingredients of customer loyalty and what drives repeat business. He is a best-selling author, international keynote speaker, and, an adjunct professor at FIT. He  has created and delivered interactive workshops for showroom managers and sales associates for the New York Design Center and the D&D Building.  As a recognized thought leader, his expertise is in developing strategies to ensure a quintessential customer experience and a high level of customer retention.  
The Interior Designer:
J. Randall, Vice President Pavarini Design, manages their construction projects, coordinates project development, and interacts with all project tradesmen and the Clients. He plays an avid role in materials and finishes specification as well as procurement of furnishings and artwork traveling both nationally and internationally to source and share great product for a discerning clientele base. He has been a leader in the design of the company image and web presence while he maintains the roles of company author and controller.
In 2016, Randall founded The Original Lawn Furniture Co. with partner, Charles Pavarini III.  He is  also an active IFDA NY Member.
Thursday, May 16th 
 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
150 East  58th Street 3rd Floor
IFDA Members $20
Guests $40
Students Complementary with RSVP and ID 


Thursday, May 21, 2019  

Click on front door for more showhouse info! 

IFDA Members Benefit 
Join Charles Pavarini III head of Pavarini Design, a full-scale New York based award-winning interior design firm, for a private guided tour of the 2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Learn all the trade secrets of how each room was created.

Besides being an active IFDA member, Pavarini is a member of the Kips Bay Show House Designer's Committee and is a recipient of numerous awards and accolades within the industry, one of which is the prestigious IFDA Circle of Excellence Award (2012) for Interior Design.

Thursday, May 21st
at 2:45 PM for our 3:00 PM Tour
Please gather at sign-in desk.

2019 Kips Bay Decorator Show House 36-38 East 74th Street  
Members may bring one Guest. You Must RSVP for a tour ticket. 
Entry fee will be paid directly to the 
Show House at time of arrival.     
Join us for a Dutch-treat drink afterwards 
at a location to be announced on the tour.
Charles Pavarini III, IFDA member and IFDA Circle of Excellence 2012 Honoree



 Monday, May 6, 2019

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM


in the

of the
299 Madison Ave @ 41st St
14th Floor
299 Madison Ave @ 41st St
14th Floor
Monday, May 6
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cash Bar
Meet Your Design Industry Colleagues
Business Cards a Must
Rhymes Optional

Wednesday, APRIL 17, 2019: THE POWER OF COLOR 
Special Guest Speaker: Betsy Karp
  "AM I HAPPY?"  
Are you tired of getting up in the morning frustrated with no energy and a lack of desire for what you're doing?   
Discover how the alchemy of color can shift your mood, uplift your energy, and change your attitude completely.   
See for yourself how color has incredible healing powers and is a beautiful tool to bring out your best, authentic self.  Betsy will share her knowledge of color theory, chakra healing, and a color-guided meditation to shift your mindset and energy.  
Come experience how to FEEL color from the inside out!
Betsy Karp, The Color Coach is a certified health and wellness counselor, fashion designer, artist and a spiritual mentor.  Her passion for the visual arts inspired her to use color-healing techniques to create inspirational color programs where she helps people connect to their mind, body, and soul through the use of color.  Color inspires, motivates, empowers, heals and uplifts ones energy and disposition.  Betsy helps you regain the clarity and self-love you need to transform you life with color, guiding you on a path to a healthy and positive lifestyle.  Learning how consciously integrating color into your life can change you mood, relationships, and you outlook on life.  Betsy creates a safe space in a healing environment to help you restore balance, harmony and vitality.  Through special color healing techniques, she incorporates guided meditation, personal color analysis, and chakra healing.  During the process you will work together to design a map of the journey to achieve your personal goals and desired living.  Her clients walk away feeling alive, inspired and happy.  

  Monday, April 1, 2019

Z A V O Lounge  
1011 Third Ave @ 60th 
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Cash Bar
Meet Your Design Industry Colleagues
Business Cards a Must
"Captures the sophistication, sexiness & vibrancy of NYC itself" --
No April Fooling!   


Benjamin Moore Presents
8:30AM - 10:00AM
969 Third Avenue
RSVP by 3/21/2019
CEU's Available 
Breakfast Served
Contact Amy Figueroa with Questions:


 Saturday, April 13th, 2019 

10:15 AM
Join us for a tour of the   

 Woolworth Building Lobby and Mezzanine 

 and an exclusive peek at the Southeby's Model Apartments     

This private tour is guided by Ray Victor who discusses the importance of this landmark building. Ray Victor's background in commercial production and digital advertising will give you insight into the design and architecture of this magnificent skyscraper. 
At about 12pm we will be met by a Southeby's International  Representative who will bring us to one of the beautifully furnished  model apartments for an exclusive access tour.  
Meet us at the main entrance under the overhang at 10:15m.  
Our 90 minute tour starts promptly at 10:30. 

 No food, drinks, pets or children under 10.

Tours include stairs and significant standing time.  

Photographs are permitted but no flashes or video.
No refunds of booked tour fees. 
Members $55 
Guests $65
Member Students $45
Student Guests $55
Deadline for booking this tour is April 1. 
Register as early as possible since this tour is limited 
Proceeds will benefit the IFDA Educational Foundation
Valerie Moran Grant Fund
Valerie Moran
was a visionary in the design industry who lost her battle to cancer the summer of 2014.  She started her career as an interior designer and in 1985 she began a longtime affiliation with Grange, later serving for a short period as chairman of B&B Italia, America.
Valerie also became a professional consultant in product development, space design, and business, marketing and merchandising for several brands, and presented popular seminars, here and abroad.
IFDA benefited directly from her business acumen: she served as president of the New York Chapter and chairman of the Past President Council.
She will be widely remembered as a gracious, generous, joyful, and compassionate woman, whose big beautiful smile lit up the lives of all who shared her company and enthusiasm for life.
She will also be remembered by future generations in the design industry via the newly established IFDA Grant ($3000) which will be awarded to an IFDA professional interested in furthering their studies by expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows, or professional development studies.
To apply for the Grant and the others offered by IFDA EF: 

Wednesday, March 20th, 2019


 Kitchen and Bath Design Challenges

With Special Presentation by Toni Sabatino 
IFDA member & President NKBA 
NYDC at 200 Lex conference room, 16th Floor
 BYOB lunch or purchase at the Butterfield Cafe
Scroll up or see calendar sidebar to read more about the Members Only Lunch Club events.

Straight from Paris...
the hottest trends at Maison & Objet      

Tuesday, Feb. 26th, 2019
5:30 PM Cocktails
Presentation 6:00 PM
Patti Carpenter: 
on Maison & Objet

Principal of carpenter + company, Carpenter is an expert in color and trend forecasting, and is a consultant with Pantone as well as the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet in America and Paris. She has created private label collections for brands like Bloomingdale's, Sferra, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, The Phillips Collection,  

ABC Carpet + Home, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren.

Cliff Young Ltd. 
200 Lexington Ave.
 Suite 505
Members $20
Student $0

CocktailsConversations and Connections
Monday, March 4th 2019
71 West 35th Street 18th  Fl
Marriott New York
at 6th Ave and 35th Street
Monarch Rooftop Bar
Be Cool Without Being Cold!

Monday, February 4, 2019
 The Ten Essential Palettes for Living and Design
Join us as internationally renowned textile and product designer,
 Lori Weitzner provides a rich, layered perspective on the use and significance of color in our world. She will share insights on how color affects our moods, engages the senses, and how to use it to enhance where we live and work. This experiential lecture will sure to captivate, inspire, and inform throughout. What a perfect follow up to the IFDA Summer 2018 presentation: 
The Soul & Science of Color.

Monday, February 4, 2019
Coffee & networking @ 8:30 AM 
with the presentation from 9 -10 AM.

Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during NY NOW - Room 1A-01

Attendance Fees:
Prior to January 31, 2019
Non-Members: $45.00
IFDA Members: $25.00 
Non-Member Students: $10.00
Student Members: NC 

After January 31 and at the door
Non-Members: $60.00
IFDA Members: $40.00 
 Non-Member Students: $20.00
Student Members: $10.00
Take Lori's color analysis test before the lecture to learn what color worlds work best for you!
Or visit for more info.

IFDA Members, don't forget to get a complimentary badge for NY NOW to see what's new & next.
Use code IFDAWinter2019 and click here.
Lori Weitzner, principal and creative director of Lori Weitzner, Design is Internationally known for her contributions to the world of textiles and wallcoverings under the brand Weitzner. She has also translated her signature aesthetic- collaborating with such brands as Samuel & Sons for passementerie, Papyrus for cards and gifts items, rugs for Perennials and West Elm as well as consulting for major brands such as Hunter Douglas. She just launched her first "textile infused" jewelry and accessory collection under her own name this year. Her work is housed in the permanent collections of the Cooper- Hewitt and London's Victoria Albert Museum and she is the recipient of more than thirty prestigious design awards. She is the author of Ode to ColorThe Ten Essential Palates for Living and Design , published by Harper Collins and frequently lectures on color, wellness and design.
There will be a raffle drawing for two of her books, 
so bring your business cards.



Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Kickoff 2019 with IFDA


Join the fun and learn all the ways IFDA 
can boost your career and support your business!
January 24th, 2019
5:30 PM
150 East 58th Street 3rd Fl - Suite 361
Thank you to our host 
IFDA NY Silver Sponsor
IFDA Members and Sponsors Only  

 Monday, January 7, 2019

C3- Cocktails, Conversation & Connections 

Monday,  January 7th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  11 East 36th St
Between 5th and Madison Aves.
Meet Design Industry Colleagues
(Ireland in New York)  
Monday,  January 7th
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
  11 East 36th St
Between 5th and Madison Aves. 

Cash Bar
You Must Bring Your Biz Cards!
Best Networking of the New Year
*Irish word for fun/enjoyment that has been brought into the English language, used when mixed with alcohol, Music  and/or IFDA Members.




Dec. 10th 5:30 PM

Come celebrate the upcoming
at HearthCabinet® Ventless Fireplace's 
Manhattan showroom 

Dec. 10th 5:30 PM
 250 West 26thStreet | 2nd FL.
We'll be serving up some fireside 
hors d'oeuvres & libations, 
so come on out and enjoy a fun & cozy evening!

Wear your most "Instagram-able" 
festive holiday attire!
( IFDA Members Only!)

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Unexpected Opportunity Featuring Dynamic Duo
from Japan!
IFDA and FIT are delighted to offer this last-minute event for you to meet and experience the work and world of these two famous designers.
Kiichiro Ogawa and Akari
Direct from Japan and Art Basel Miami Beach
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
1PM - 3PM
Katie Murphy Amphitheater
FIT, Fashion Institute of Technology
Seventh Avenue at 27th Street
New York City 10001
  • Watch Kiichiro demonstrate his signature painting style
  • Virtually travel through Akari's peaceful Paper Forest 
  • Be enthralled by visions of The Last Supper- their recent installation at the DaVinci 500th year celebration in Paris
  • See Kiichiro's Peek-a-Boo bag, just revealed at Art Basel Miami, and commissioned by FENDI... one of only five artists world-wide selected to participate
  • Hear how these two artists communicate through art, network and live their dream
Kiichiro Ogawa
Artist-Creator, Kiichiro has a long history of working in the architectural world. Today he is an avant-garde artist, focusing on painting stage costumes, clothes, bags, furniture and walls. He imagines the artistic environments of new hotel spaces and remodels old spaces like public buildings and private homes into bars, cafes, and stores - creating lifestyle-focused art, spaces, fashion, interiors, and music. This "art de vivre" concept drove him in 2013 to found and produce MACHI DÉCOR when he gathered companies, independent creators and designers from all over, and now brings in over 60,000 visitors each year to Osaka. As a teen, punk music and fashion influenced him, but having little money, he began drawing skulls and strong words with bleach on his jean jackets creating both written and visual messages, blending punk sprits and irony with his personal aesthetics.  After years of wearing suffocating corporate suits, he transformed that symbol to create his signature brand trademark showing his artistic Individuality, and today his painted garments are one of his most popular products.
The "byakari" division of Shinohara Obanoyama Design Company was established in 2015 as a lifestyle brand and produces parties and events for corporate and private clients with a focus on creating interactive time and space experiences. Akari's first "PAPER PARTY" was produced in 2012 as a festive backdrop constructed entirely through a cardboard medium, expressing new possibilities and transforming the area into an eco-friendly environment, full of fun, excitement and peer-to-peer interaction. For corporate clients, byakari provides marketing strategies and company re-branding services. Over the years they have garnered a strong hospitality sector following as a result of the many clever decor concepts they created for cafés and restaurants. The very popular "Home Party Lesson" series provides themed-based cuisine and decor, honing in on a uniquely Japanese interpretation of the latest European trends. As President of IFDA Japan, Akari has discovered many additional marketing opportunities that has helped her company grow.       
There is no charge for this event, but space is limited.
Please RSVP by Monday 5 pm. 
All attendees must RSVP and provide their photo ID  
at the security desk.
Special Thanks To 
Akari and Kiichiro Ogawa
Shannon Maher
Chairperson and Assistant Professor
Home Products Development
Fashion Institute of Technology
and to
IFDA NY and IFDA Japan
International Furnishings and Design Association, IFDA.COM
for making this event possible.


Starry Night - City Lights

Thursday, December 13, 2018

160 5th Avenue

4th Floor

entrance on West 21st Street

5:30 - 8:00 PM

Click on Image to RSVP
 Members ONLY

 Wednesday, November 7, 2018

"Have It Your Way"
5:30 PM check-in 
6:00 PM networking & cocktails
7:00-8:00 panel discussion
Join us and top industry leaders as we discuss how  
Design Customization is "hot right"now,
in this "Have it Your Way World"
Add value for your clients when you can offer them  
personalized design options.
Nancy Fire
Creative collaborator, lifestyle, designer, trends expert, product developer
For more than two decades, Nancy Fire has been at the epicenter of some of the world's most exciting lifestyle trends. She has worked with leading brands and celebrities to capitalize on the emerging trends she curates to develop new product lines. Fire's passion for design led her to start Design Works International, a lifestyle company in NYC, that serves as both a design think tank and a working studio where textiles, home furnishings, and fashion come to life. 
- dreamers, idlers, and strollers of cities.
"Today's consumer knows that a perfect product should reflect the expertise, talents, and dedication of craftsmen from all over the world. Building a bed sheet that is breathable, durable, soft, smooth, and environmentally friendly with a modern touch. . You find not only manufacture partners and brands, but also histories and families."  
It's fitting, then, that Flaneur's modern approach to the bedroom should be encapsulated in an old Chinese saying: "Read tens of thousands of books; travel tens of thousands of miles."
Flanuer is an IFDA NY Silver Sponsor. 

David Santiago
launched his design businessCasa Santi Interior Design  
The trademark, Strictly Santi, is known for a clear, distinct vision that transcends into the world of functional case goods, a plush upholstered furniture collection, and home accents that is the "Santified" touch. A well deserved self-proclaimed reference to himself, the "Prince of Wallpaper" is David's ability to master the art of wallpaper application. A room literally becomes magical and transformed through his vision of unique uses leaving no surface off limits including the ceiling! David is acknowledged by the High Point MarketAuthority as an influencer.

Arthur Lasky  
Architect and President HearthCabinet™ Ventless Fireplaces 
Mr. Lasky's designs have been built across the U.S.and worldwide.  His works range widely in building type, scale, and budget from small scale residential to large scale industrial. He cofounded Silberstang Lasky Architects in 2005 and has taught at Columbia University and NYC Technical. His work as a sculptor is in private collections. 
HearthCabinet™ designs is the only ventless fireplaces and is the safest ventless fireplace fuel system available, designed by an architect-led design team, They are handcrafted in Brooklyn by seasoned craftsmen to  ensure high quality.

- dreamers, idlers, and strollers of cities.

Tianjiao Saikhantal Yu (aka TJ) and Lu Xiong are co-founders of Flaneur, a contemporary luxury brand that specializes in providing sophisticated solutions to the custom color, dyed to order service. Flaneur custom-dyes sheet sets and duvets to any Pantone color or to match with any samples, giving interior designers fresh bedding options, and more control over the bedroom looks they design. The premium concierge service takes a form of the online live chat service with . custom dyed beddings delivered in 14 days, the fastest turnaround time in the industry.
Flanuer is an IFDA NY Silver Sponsor.
  Wednesday, November 7, 2018
5:30 PM check-in 
6:00 PM networking & cocktails
7:00-8:00 panel discussion
Hosted by
Design Works International
494 8th Avenue 12th Floor  
(Enter on 35th Street) 
Members $20
Student $0
Thank you to our host
Design Works International




Rising Stars of Design 2018 

Thursday Nov. 15th  
Tile Bar 
45 W 21st St

 The event will be on Nov 15th  5:30 PM at Tile Bar  45 W 21st St, New York, NY   5:30 pm for cocktails and the presentations to begin at 6:15 pm.  After the presentations guests usually mingle a bit more with wrap-up about 8:00 pm. Our MC will be George Oliphant from NBC’s George to the Rescue. 

 Meet  IFDA's 

Rising Stars of Design 
Our Master of Ceremonies 
George Oliphant 
from NBC's George to the Rescue
Our Interior Design Honorees

Anelle Gandelman    Ariella Duker 
A list Interiors
We combine our interior design, fashion styling and art history backgrounds with the powerful dynamic of our partnership to create livable, luxury interiors. We re-imagine the classics, making them new and fresh, creating tailored, modern spaces with bespoke details.
Casey DeBois  
 DeBois Design
Has a discerning eye and flair for contemporary style and specializes in translating sophisticated tastes into practical modern designs. Casey credits traveling as a driving source of creativity, drawing inspiration from colors, textures and materials she encounters across the globe. She is always excited to find ways to incorporate this inspiration into her work, seamlessly marrying originality, imagination and practicality to bring a client's vision to life.
Andrew Torrey
BA Torrey
has an eye for superb craftsmanship and use of luxurious, tactile finishes and materials, his rapidly expanding boutique company creates spaces that reflect each client's unique personality - and then elevates that vision into one-of-a-kind spaces and homes.  After He created a room for the prestigious Kips Bay Decorator Show House in Manhattan, he was counted among some of the most talked about and respected interior designers in the country.

Our Product Design Honorees

Adam & Sofia Zimmerman
ot-tra by Zimmerman Workshop
Ot/tra started as a side project at Zimmerman Workshop Architecture + Design, like the firm's architectural projects, the solid wood furniture reflects the same level of attention to technical rigor, meticulous detailing, quality construction, and a softened contemporary aesthetic. 
Thursday Nov. 15th 
Tile Bar 
45 W 21st St
IFDA Members $20
Guests $35
Students $0
Thank you to our host who is creating one of their 
dazzling signature cocktails . .
"The Rising Bar" 
to celebrate our Honorees. 
Come and be the first to toast IFDA's newest Stars with one!

 Thursday, October 11, 2018
Radio City Art Deco Tour 
Thursday, October 11th 
Meet at 2:45 PM. 

 Tour starts promptly at 3pm for this 80 minute tour

1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020
Meet under the marquee on 6th Ave just past 50th street 
Go behind the scenes of the Showplace of our nation to discover the art deco masterpieces, learn the history of the iconic Great Stage, and explore the history of the Radio City Rockettes. 
Optional have a Dutch Treat drink at a nearby cocktail bar after the tour, location to be announced on tour day.

 Members $35

 Guests   $40

 Students $30

 Click Here to Reserve your Ticket

 No Refunds

 Limited tickets available so RSVP by Oct 4th 


IFDA Goes to High Point 

Saturday, October 13 – Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Please join IFDA as we tour High Point together!  

Here is a chance to meet and spend some time with IFDA members from other chapters and learn something new!

Please join us for any or all of the following activities:

Saturday October 13th - INSIDER’S TOUR” 

8:30am - 7pm

Come early and take part of the “INSIDER’S TOUR” being led by one of our Florida Chapter Members- Sara Chiarilli (Read the full description of the tour on line at HPMKT, under "Tours")

Sarah’s schedule for IFDA is as follows: 

Meet up - 8:30am

Stanley Furniture – 9:00am

Sarreid LTD - 10:30am

Lexington - 12:00 pm shuttle at noon, have lunch & see showroom

Bramble - 3:00

Surya - 4:30

Showplace party - 5:30-7:00pm

You must register for this tour as space is limited. Wonderful for those who have never been to HP, or not attended the last 4 markets. 

Sunday October 14th - IFDA Private Tour & Breakfast at Thibaut 


One of the most beautiful showrooms, will have a short presentation just for us. Please RSVP to Ida McCausland here and Thibaut will plan to have your rep there!


Sunday October 14th - Decorative Painting as a Design Solution!  0.1 CEU

10:00am - 11am  

SAMS (Suites at Market Square Seminar Room), Seminar Room 

Here is a chance to find out what Decorative Painting is all about -from the experts! Diane Williams, member of our Richmond IFDA Chapter  and President of IDAL- International Decorative Artisans League, will be presenting this visually exciting seminar along with Cathy Run (IFDADC) and Lori Wilson, IDAL VP. You will learn how to collaborate with decorative painters, what the different types of decorative painting are, the language and vocabulary, and much more.  And... how to find a professional, what education to look for and why it is important. For more information on this event, please contact Diane Williams:


Sunday October 14th - Educational: Conquering Delegation-Phobia

2:30pm - 3:30pm 

Home Furnishings Association Retailer Resource Center- 1st Floor Plaza Suites

Whether in our IFDA Chapters, our business, families or other volunteer organizations: discover how to develop and respect proper lines of communication, how to overcome your fear of holding people accountable, what job descriptions should look like and why they are extremely valuable, how to positively communicate employee performance and coach improvement, and how to make a great workplace environment.

Speaker: Joe Milevsky, JRM Sales & Management, Inc.


Sunday October 14th - Kravet Celebrates 100 Years

4:00pm - 6:00pm 

Market Square, Floor 2

Celebrate Kravet Inc.’s centennial with our highly anticipated launch of “Inspired Design: 100 of the Most Important Designers of the Past 100 Years.”

Kravet, Lee Jofa, Brunschwig & Fils, Kravet Furniture & Kravet Fabrics


Sunday October 14th - Famous Dinner Party

6:00pm - 9:00pm   

American Leather, Showplace, Floor 5

No High Point Market is complete without our famous dinner party. Join us at 6pm for a delicious dinner, deserts, and exclusive Italian wines from our partners at More & Giles.


Monday October 15th - Educational- Getting the Most Out of Your Photography Budget

0.1 CEU

10:00am - 11:00am  

200 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1

How do you get magazine worthy, book worthy and stunning photography?  

Alden Parkes, guest speaker.


Monday October 15th - Sell Yourself! Get Them to Buy from YOU

1:00pm - 2:00pm 

Home Furnishings Assoc Retailer Resource Center- 1st Floor Plaza Suites

Discover how to present yourself with polish and pizzazz, communicate with confidence, and dramatically differentiate yourself; how to pinpoint and promote your million-dollar personal selling word, make an instant impact and make yourself memorable, how to use self-promotion to take your business to the next level and beyond. What you need to know to “Wow” anyone, any time, and stand out as a uniquely-qualified, one-of- a-kind leader in your field. Fred Burns, Business By Design.


Monday October 15th - The Best of the South - Bourbon and Biscuits

**4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Chelsea House, 200 N. Hamilton St., Floor 1 

Specialty bourbon cocktails and gourmet biscuit selections like Rosemary Garlic Biscuit with Beef Tenderloin and Buttermilk Biscuit with Fried Chicken and local honey. The event is part of the Hamilton Wrenn Design District's Third Night Celebration!


Tuesday October 16th - Power Hour: Design Trends for New Homes, 0.1 CEU

1:00pm - 2:00pm  

SAMS T-1014Suites at Market Square Seminar Room 

Grab lunch and join us to learn key design trends home builders are incorporating into new homes that impact furniture, art, and accessory selections. Key takeaways will include: How Upcoming Design Trends are Impacting Home Builders; What Home Builders want to see in Home Decor and Interior Design; Creating the Appropriate Style and Function for New Homeowners, and many more. Ideal presentation for Professional Interior Designers, Furniture Store Representatives and Owners, Professional Home Stagers and Professional Interior Decorators. Q&A will follow the presentation.


Tuesday October 16th - Tuesday Night BBQ

**6:00pm - 8:00pm  

SAMS T-1014, Suites at Market Square Seminar Room

We’ll be serving our traditional Southern Style BBQ with all the fixins. Enjoy good food, good friends, beer, and wine and simply relax while listening to live entertainment.


**One of these nights, we may substitute an IFDA only dinner out depending on interest and schedules

Want to join IFDA at High Point? We'd love to have you join us!

Please contact Philadelphia Chapter Member Ida McCausland to let her know you will be there!


Thursday Oct. 25th, 2018

Trends, trends, trends  
Learn about what's ahead and how it can impact your business...  

 5:30 PM Cocktails

Presentation 6:45 PM 
Benjamin Moore NYDC Showroom
200 Lexington Ave.
 Suite 814
 Our Speakers   . . .    
Lori Weitzner:
on emerging lifestyles and the impact from a design standpoint

Principal/Creative Director, Lori Weitzner Design, internationally recognized for her contributions to the world of textiles and wallcoverings. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Cooper-Hewitt and the Smithsonian Design Museum, among others, and she has collaborated with many brands, including a rug line with West Elm. She is the author of
Ode to Color: The Ten Essential Palettes of Living and Design.

Patti Carpenter: 
on Maison & Objet
Principal of carpenter + company, Carpenter is an expert in color and trend forecasting, and is a consultant with Pantone as well as the Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet in America and Paris. She has an eponymous home textiles brand and has created private label collections for brands like Bloomingdale's, Sferra, Neiman Marcus, Crate & Barrel, The Phillips Collection, ABC Carpet + Home, Donna Karan Urban Zen and Ralph Lauren.
Thursday Oct. 25th, 2018
5:30 PM Cocktails
Presentation 6:45 PM 
Benjamin Moore NYDC Showroom
200 Lexington Ave.
 Suite 814
Members $20


 Student $0


  Thank you to our host and Gold Sponsor 

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Join the New York Design Center for the 10th annual 
What's New, What's Next, 
a showcase of new ideas, design, materials, and products.
The most anticipated interior design event of the season boasts presentations, book signings and cocktail parties with the industry's top editors, designers, taste-makers.
Thursday, September 13
12:00 PM - 8:00 PM
IFDA will have a meet and greet outside our 
office in Suite 417on the 4th Floor.
This is a perfect opportunity to take advantage of your membership 
to meet LOTS of people by volunteering for a short time to greet visitors,
or take over the IFDA Instagram Feed (training included if you are Instagram Shy!)
If you are coming to the Event bring a guest with a business card 
to the IFDA office, say Hi! and receive a member's only goodie bag!
 Click here to Volunteer 


4 nights packages in Paris 7-11 September


Only $ 2,098.00

AIR FROM MAIN HUBS IN THE US (call for other cities).
Charming and very comfortable properties, all located in the Saint Germain-Latin Quarter are conveniently close to a RER station on the direct line to the Maison&Objet show.

HOTEL REGENT’S GARDEN is near the free shuttle bus to the show.

Leaving the US Thursday Sep 6th to land Friday 7th in the morning, you will have 4 full days to visit Maison&Objet and enjoy spectacular Paris. Leave Tuesday the 11 to land home same day. Call to extend your stay.
Air from the USA main hubs. Call 301 364 5050 for smaller cities.
4 nights in a lovely and comfortable hotel in the heart of Paris, conveniently located for easy access to the show.
Daily breakfast
Access to enter the show as many times as you wish.
3 days “Paris Visit” for free use of the entire Parisian transport system (RER, Metro, Bus Tramway).

Package from $2,098.00 for single

Add a 2nd person from only $1,069.00

Add 4 nights in the Loire valley for a guided tour BEFORE the show

Add 4 nights in Provence/Languedoc for a guided tour AFTER the show

For more details, to register to and see possible added tours, go to

 You can contact us at or by calling 301 364 5050
We also have contracts with many airlines for business class seats.

Friday September 21, 2018

Benjamin Moore Flanders Facility Tour
An IFDA Members Benefit
Friday September 21st
9:00 am Sharp
9:00 am:
Meet IFDA NY in the Lobby of NYDC 200 Lexington Ave. Leave as a group on a Benjamin Moore sponsored bus. Light refreshments will be served. 
11:30 am:  
Arrive at the Benjamin Moore Flanders Facility. Head into the conference room to discuss products. Lunch will be served.
12:15 pm: 
Tour the outdoor facility inclusive of the famous Paint Test Farm.
1:00 pm:
Split into two groups of  members, to tour the labs within the Flanders facility.
1:30 pm: Hands on/roll out some of Benjamin Moore's newest and exciting products focusing on Aura, Ultra Spec 500, Scuff X  and Century. 
2:15 pm: 
Meet back in the conference room to recap and then head back to Benjamin Moore Showroom - The NYDC showroom  
4:30 pm: Arrive back at the NYDC and the new 8th Floor  Benjamin Moore Showroom is open until 5PM!
Meet Our Tour Guides
Rodger Lippman is entering his 25th year serving as an Architectural & Designer Representative for Benjamin Moore & Co. He enjoys assisting Architect and Design professionals with their specification needs.
Brian Milli has been with Benjamin Moore for five years, and has over twenty years' experience delivering training to the consumer goods, telecommunications, real estate, and hospitality industries. 
 IFDA Members $25.00
Space is very limited, so reserve your seat today.
IFDA Members only Please
For more information contact Rodger Lippman at
IFDA NY gratefully thanks our Gold Sponsor and Tour host
Benjamin Moore


Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color 
At the Cooper Hewitt Museum
Join IFDA for a private docent tour
Saturday Sept. 22nd
Arrive at the museum at 10:15 AM in the Great Hall.
The 50 minute tour of the exhibit begins promptly at 10:30 AM. 
The Cooper Hewitt Museum    
2 E 91St at 5th Ave 
The tour explores how global and stylistic objects from the Smithsonian Libraries and Cooper Hewitt demonstrate how designers apply the theories of great color thinkers to bring excitement to the visual world. It expands awareness of our personal and rewarding relationship with color.
Our fee includes admission to the museum and you can stay and explore until 9pm.
Members $40
Guests     $45
Students $30
Limited Tickets available so RSVP before Sept 18th
Photos without flash 
No selfee sticks
Camera and closed water bottles within a small bag allowed
Large bags will need to be checked
Proceeds will benefit the IFDA Educational Foundation Valerie Moran Grant fund
Valerie Moran
was a visionary in the design industry who lost her battle to cancer the summer of 2014. She started her career as an interior designer and in 1985 she began a longtime affiliation with Grange, later serving for a short period as chairman of B&B Italia, America.
Valerie also became a professional consultant in product development, space design, and business, marketing and merchandising for several brands, and presented popular seminars, here and abroad. 
IFDA benefited directly from her business acumen: she served as president of the New York Chapter and chairman of the Past President Council. She will be widely remembered as a gracious, generous, joyful, and compassionate woman, whose big beautiful smile lit up the lives of all who shared her company and enthusiasm for life. 
She will also be remembered by future generations in the design industry via the newly established IFDA Grant ($3000) which will be awarded to an IFDA professional interested in furthering their studies by expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows, or professional development studies.

Thursday August 23, 2018
The IFDA welcomes all members and their friends
to a spectacular evening   
on Manhattan Yacht Club's floating clubhouse  
The Willy Wall!

A unique NYC experience with fantastic views, fun music, amazing sunsets and the opportunity to watch the club's sailing races.

We encourage you to bring a picnic dinner and beverages should be purchased at The Willy Wall's full-service bar.
Thursday August 23rd

Start Time:
To catch the start of the Sailboat Races, catch the 5:45 or 6pm ferry.    
Tickets do sell out, so please purchase yours early!
  • Ferries leave every half hour from the World Financial Center Ferry Terminal in Manhattan and from both Surf City and The Warren Street Pier in Jersey City. From Manhattan you will be taking the Yellow Liberty Landing to Warren Street where the WW Launch will pick you up to take you to the Clubhouse.
  • The World Financial Center Ferry Terminal is located in Brookfield Place/ Battery Park City in Tribeca.  The closest subways are The World Trade Center, Chambers St 1,2,3 and Chambers St A train
  • In Jersey City the Launch Boat to the Willy Wall will first leave Surf City (where you can park your car) and then Warren Street Pier.
Your ferry ticket will include a ride from Manhattan to the Willy Wall and a return trip to Jersey City. 
          For options returning to Manhattan Click Here 
For more information please check out the website here: 
       Hope to see you there!!
 Note: Wear closed sturdy shoes as there will be wet surfaces and you will have to jump on to the ferry. We appologize, this event is not Handicapped accessible.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Gotham County Fair Summer Social
Wednesday, July 18th
5:30 PM to 9:00 PM
20 West 22nd Street

Space will be limited to members so sign up early.
IFDA, NKBA, IDS, and DLF Members Only
You MUST bring your printed Ticket for entry.
IFDA Thanks our Event Hosts and IFDA NY Sponsors!
Hafele America Co. and TOTO USA 

 Monday, August 13, 2018
The Soul & Science of Color   
From Theory to Selection
Two of the most engaging professionals, 
Nancy Fire & Betsy Karp 
will talk about the soul & science of color. 
Learn about its impact on trends, product, 
emotions, well-being and more for both retailers & consumers. 
This is a must attend presentation. 
Sign up NOW!
Monday, August 13, 2018
Coffee & networking @ 8:30 AM with the presentation @ 9 :00 AM
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during NY NOW   Room 1A-01

 Nancy Fire
Design Works International
Nancy Fire has been at the epicenter of some of the world's most exciting lifestyle trends for more than two decades. She has worked with leading brands and celebrities to capitalize on the emerging trends she curates to develop new product lines.
Fire is gifted at adapting her sensibilities to embrace the way consumers are engaging with retail today on trend, color, and style. Her passion for design led her to start Design Works International, a lifestyle company in NYC, that serves as both a design think tank and a working studio where textiles, home furnishings, and fashion come to life.
When she is not in her NYC studio collaborating with her design team, you can find Fire trotting the globe in search of trend and inspiration or keynoting at some of the biggest industry events.
Betsy Karp  
"The Color Coach"
Betsy Karp's 30-year career as a pioneering fashion designer and color expert has helped the fashion industry improve the quality of their collections; leveraging their brands and increasing their customer bases. Her platform as "The Color Coach" has proven that the emotional, spiritual, psychological and energetic forces of color have impact on all aspects of fashion, wellness, and spirituality.
Betsy's out-of-the-box approach merges her deep understanding of color and design and how these compliment the demands of companies and the personal needs of individuals.
She is an avid traveler who writes about sensual experiences of color, art & culture. Her column, The Courtesan of Color is featured in Lumination Magazine. She trained in Florence, Italy, and her art is at home in private collections around the world.
Attendance Fees:
IFDA Members: $25.00
Non-Members: $45.00
IFDA Students: NC
Non-Member Students: $10.00
After August 9:
IFDA Members: $40.00
Non-Members: $60.00
IFDA Students: $10.00
Non-Member Students: $20.00
Deadline to Register August 11th
IFDA Members, don't forget to get your badge for NY NOW to see what's new & next.
Use code IFDASummer2018 and click here to get your complimentary badge


FRIDAY May 11 - SUNDAY MAY 13, 2018
Celebratory Reception 3-5pm, Saturday, May 12

 Out & About at

Brooklyn's premier design event

showcasing furniture, lighting, accessories and technology 
May 11 - 13, 2018  Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Head to the Brooklyn Museum for incredible offerings, inspiration & networking  
It's easy to get to! For transportation options CLICK HERE 
Show officially opens:
Saturday & Sunday from 11 AM -6 PM    
Look for all the IFDA Selects "Best in Show" winners whose booths will be identified by IFDA Selects framed award certificates 
after 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 12.
The "IFDA  
Thursday, June 7, 2018
Global Design Trends from  
& the Streets of Milan

Pack your bags & come join us for an
Evening in Italy . . .  
Global Design Trends, Insider Tips, & Inspiration 
Thursday Evening 
June 7th  
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm 
      At Resource Furniture
969 Third Avenue at 58th Street
  4th Floor   
Prosecco & Antipasta
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm Registration & Networking 
7:00 pm Presentations and Panel 
Challie Stillman   
Design Director, Resource Furniture  
Kristin Coleman
Vice President, Novità  
Christine Abbate   
President, Novità  
Challie Stillman will recap the trends of Salone del Mobile.   
 With more than 13 years in the luxury home furnishings industry, Challie brings a wealth of experience to her role as Design Director at Resource Furniture, overseeing nine showrooms across North America while curating an extensive collection of innovative furniture solutions. When she is not attending Stern School of Business in pursuit of her MBA, Challie also works on a variety of residential, hospitality, and commercial projects, including furnished micro-unit and co-living developments and extended stay hotels.    

Kristin Coleman will recap the trends of Fuorisalone.   
Kristin is a native New Yorker with ten years of experience in design marketing and public relations. She heads the Ceramics of Italy team and projects such as the Architecture & Design Film Festival and the US Pavilion of the Venice Architecture Biennale. She is also on the creative production team for Brooklyn Designs, the PR Committee for NYCxDESIGN and the Marketing Committee for Coverings.  

Christine Abbate will give insiders Pro tips for attending and navigating Salone.
Prior to founding Novità in 1996, Christine was Director of Marketing & Promotion for the Italian Trade Commission - Tile Center. Fluent in Italian, Chris has developed Novità into one of the leading PR and marketing agencies serving the design industry. She is currently on the Board of Trustees for DIFFA, the Steering Committee for NYCxDesign, the board committees for Marketing, PR and Conferences for Coverings and the PR Advisory Committee for Plus Pool.          
Non-Member Guests: $40
IFDA Members: $20
Student Guests: $10 
Student IFDA Members: Free 

IFDA Gratefully Thanks our Event host and IFDA NY Gold Sponsor  


Tuesday, April 24th, 2018 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
It's fun to 
Sing into Spring
 with the IFDA !
Join us for drinks and karaoke as Obeetee rolls up their rugs for a fun evening of socializing and networking
 for a great cause!
Bring your friends and your favorite songs !
Pick out your song or join us for the 70th Anniversary version of the " IFDA song" !

 Your attendance will support the IFDA Educational Foundation benefiting the Valerie Moran Memorial Grant which awards professional members interested in expanding their horizons through travel, trade shows, and professional development studies.
See you there! 
Tuesday April 24th 
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Obeetee, Inc. 
137 West 25th Street, 12th Floor 
New York, NY 10001

 Special Sample Sale for attendees, with a portion of the proceeds to go to 
The IFDA Educational Foundation




Thursday, Oct 5th, 2017

Celebrate IFDA's 70th Anniversary!   









Friday, October 14, 2016



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Join us as we honor outstanding leaders in

Education: DLFNY, Designers Lighting

Forum of New York 

Humanitarian: Iris Dankner for Holiday House

 Interior Design: Alexa Hampton 

Media: C&G Media Group

Product Design: Dakota Jackson

Retailer: West Elm


Friday, October 14, 2016

6:00-7:00 PM Cocktails 

7:00-8:00 PM Award Presentation 

Union League Club, 38 East 37th Street, NYC


 Click HERE to view the COE 2012 Program Folio 

•  2016 Circle of Excellence Patron Levels and Benefits 

•  2016 Circle of Excellence Ad Rates/Spec Sheet


 2016 COE Honorary Committee

Andrew Joseph PR

Cary Kravet

Charles Pavarini III

Charlotte Moss


David Sprouls, New York School of Interior Design 

Dr. Susan Weber, Bard Graduate Center


Eric Cohler

id 810 Design Group

Nest Studio

Jim Druckman, NYDC

Julie Carlson, Remodelista

Justin Shaulis

Kate Kelly Smith for the Hearst Design Group

Keita Turner Design

Kenneth Wampler, The Alpha Workshops

Mr Call Designs

Pryor Callaway

Shawn Henderson

Vicente Wolf

Wendy Goodman


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The "IFDA Selects" initiative supports and promotes the design industry, highlighting new and innovative products debuting at New York City trade shows.

Winners will be identified by IFDA Selects framed award certificates. 


8AM- 6PM
Together IFDA NY and Habitat for Humanity are building hopes and furnishing dreams. Join our team of 10 and a force of other charitable volunteers on Sunday, September 27th at Habitat for Humanity's Women Build Blitz project site in NYC.







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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

IFDA NY, Safavieh and NYC&G Magazine

Cordially Invite You to


Take A Seat 2015 

 Gala Charity Auction


  Wednesday, May 27th

6:30 - 8:30 PM

Safavieh Home Furnishings

902 Broadway, NY, NY 10010


benefiting Habitat for Humanity


• • • 

Click Here to see the 2015 IFDA NY Take a Seat FOLIO.  

Click Here to see the 2015 IFDA NY Take a Seat Gala Auction SlLIDE SHOW.

Click Here to see the 2015 IFDA NY Take a Seat Gala Auction PROGRAM.  

Click Here to see the 2014 IFDA NY Take a Seat FOLIO. 

Click Here to see the 2014 IFDA NY Take a Seat VIDEO of the event at Room&Board.

Click Here to see the 2013 IFDA Take a Seat FOLIO.

Pinterest 2013 Board





Saturday, May 16 - Tuesday, May 19, 2015 

Take a Seat chair exhibit at ICFF- Booth 3033

Javits Convention Center 

36th Street and 11th Avenue, NYC


booth 2015

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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


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.




ALEXA HAMPTON: Interior Design


DAKOTA JACKSON: Product Design

WEST ELM: Retailer



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

CHARLOTTE MOSS: Interior Design


       MICHAEL BOODRO, Editor-in-Chief, Elle Decor

       BARBARA FRIEDMANN, VP/Publisher & Chief Review OfficerElle 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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