New York Chapter

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Welcome to the New York Chapter of IFDA
Please contact us at our NYC Chapter Headquarters:
IFDANY, Suite 417, NYDC, 200 Lexington Avenue, NY, NY 10016 • Ph: 212 686-6020 • Fax: 212 686-6258
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To make a post-Take a Seat event donation directly to our selected 2015 charity, visit our Habitat for Humanity NYC Women Build Promise Page here. 
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Find us on twitter and Instagram as IFDANY. 

When tweeting about Take a Seat, our hashtags are #IFDAtas and #IFDAtakeaseat 



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SUMMER 2014 


Members are always welcome to attend board meetings, see calendar to left.  
Please reconfirm date and place with IFDA NY office.
5:30 PM - 8 PM
Hearst Tower
NEW YORK, NY 10019
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Orli Ben-Dor, Market Editor, Hearst Design Group; Gregory Herringshow, Assistant Curator, 
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; and Gina Shaw, VP Product Development York Wallcoverings, will look at the history of wall covering----and what has stuck through the ages, 
how wallpaper is taking over the design industry today, and what to expect in the 
next few years. Come learn a thing or two and get inspired.
Wallpaper is hotter than ever----and so are the views from the 44th floor of Hearst Tower!
IFDA would like to thank our event host, Hearst Design Group and 
York Wallcoverings, and event partners
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Inspired by Design 
 at HG Stones
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
28 West 25th Street
6 - 8 PM
IFDA Members Benefit 

Join IFDA for an eventing of Design Inspiration with chairman of HG Stones, Babu Reddy, who will give us a brief tour of their new Flatiron Resource Center and a overview of their latest products.

Wine and Cheese Party to follow.

Member Benefit for IFDA Members ONLY plus one Guest

Reserve your Seat Now!

Optional Donation at the door - all proceeds will go to the IFDA Educational Foundation Valerie Moran Grant
A special thank you to our newest Silver Sponsor

 for hosting this event!


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Please join IFDA for an evening
Inspired by Design  
Global Design and Trend Report
Thursday, June 11, 2015
6-8 PM
Cliff Young Showroom 
200 Lexington Avenue, Suite 505
Between 32nd and 33rd Streets

Please join IFDA and color & trend expert Patti Carpenter for an exciting evening of upcoming trends, global views, and future visions from the streets and markets of NYC and Paris. Patti Carpenter is an award winning Creative Director in globally sourced home accents, clothing, personal accessories and gifts, as well as color + trend forecasting.

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



Please note: Additional $5 at the door

Advance Purchase online:
IFDA Members:  $20
Non- IFDA Members:  $40
IFDA Student Members: $5
Non-IFDA affiliated Students: $15
                     A special thank you to our sponsor Cliff Young for hosting this event!
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Saturday June 6, 2015
10:00 AM
IFDA Educational Foundation Walking Tour

Explore the neighborhood where NY began! 

The tour will span 400 years of NYC history and architecture and will weave together the history of Lower Manhattan with the architecture, people and events that power Wall Street.

Stops include Trinity Church, Federal Hall, the NY Stock Exchange, and sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings.


Meet at the US Custom House at Bowling Green.

 The building is also known as the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian. 


US Customs House

One Bowling Green

New York, NY 10004


Guided tour 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM 

Please be prompt.


Optional dutch treat lunch following. 

$40 per person 

A portion of this fee will be a donation to IFDA Educational Foundation's Valerie Moran Grant.   





Stops include Trinity Church, Federal Hall, the NY Stock Exchange, and sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings. 
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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

between 20-21st Streets

N, R, 6 to 23rd Street Stations

15 minute walk from Penn Station


benefiting Habitat for Humanity


ticket includes signature cocktails- Take-a-Seatini

wine, perseco, noshes

live Jazz Musician, Albert Marques on the keys

Gift Bag

Silent Auction Items to bid on

and of course

our famous



Michael Tavano, MC


Bryan McDaniel, Auctioneer






To make a post-Take a Seat event donation directly to our selected 2015 charity, visit our Habitat for Humanity NYC Women Build Promise Page here.


To purchase tickets to gala auction, click here.


Why be a Take A Seat event patron- click here.


Patron levels: click here. 


Take an ad in the auction program and online folio: click here.


To pay online for ads and patron packages, click here.




Ad Specs:

1/4  Page Color Ad, size 2-1/4” w x 3-5/8” high ($400)

1/2 Page Color Ad, size  4-3/4” wide x 3-5/8” high  ($600)

full page ad  4-3/4” wide x 7-1/2” high         ($975)

Minimum 300 dpi jpg or pdf file.


Ad Due: By Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Email ads to:



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


Click Here to see the 2014 Take a Seat FOLIO of all the NY chair designers and their entries.  


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


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

Pinterest 2013 Board






To support our IFDA NY TEAM direct giving initiative for 

Habitat for Humanity NYC - Women Build 2015

please click here


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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


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Tuesday, May 5, 2015 

6-8 PM


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Thursday, April 23, 2015 

6:00 - 8:00 PM


Jonathan Bressler Studios


Join IFDA NY for An Inspired Evening with Decorative Painter 


Jonathan Bressler 
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Jonathan Bressler Studios
163 Bowery, 5th Floor *
New York, NY 10002
(btw: Delancey and Broome Streets)
*Please note: Jonathan Bressler's Studio is a four flight walk-up
Jonathan Bressler has been painting faux finishes and doing murals on the walls and ceilings of some of the most prestigious real estate in the tri state area since 1985. His work has appeared at the Kips Bay Designer Show House three times. He has also taught  faux finishing at NYSID for many years. Jonathan currently offers classes in faux finishing at his studio.
Jonathan Bressler Studios is a showcase of faux finishes on the walls, ceilings, floors and home furnishings in a 2,000 square foot loft. During the April 23rd event, IFDA NY members gain special access to Jonathan's Studio and will participate in a faux finish demonstration with the artist. Refreshments will be served.


This Event was for IFDA Members Only.   


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An Historic Landmark Event

The IFDA NY Chapter &  

New York School of Interior Design

cordially invite you to attend an exhibit overview & reception for 


Rescued, Restored, Reimagined:  

New York's Landmark Interiors


 City Hall, Manhattan. Photograph by Larry Lederman © All rights reserved.


Wednesday, March 11: 6 - 8 PM

Opening Remarks & Overview: 6:45 PM

 Wine & light appetizers will be served.

New York School of Interior Design

161 East 69th Street

Between Lexington and 3rd Avenues
New York, NY 10021-5108



Winner of the 2014 IFDA Educational Foundation's Ina Mae Kaplan Grant for Historic Preservation, the exhibition features an in-depth look inside public spaces, both familiar and less-known, that are designated as interior landmarks. 


Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the NYC Landmarks Preservation law, the exhibit will highlight the importance of these landmark interiors through archival images and new photography by Larry Lederman. 


David Sprouls, president of New York School of Interior Design, will welcome attendees and Kitty Hawks, renowned interior designer/member of the curatorial team, will give an overview of the exhibit.    





David Sprouls is the president of the New York School of Design. He served as vice president of enrollment management and director of admissions at NYSID before being appointed president in 2012. Before his tenure at NYSID, President Sprouls worked in admissions at Albright College and Fashion Institute of Technology. He received a BA in Art History and American Studies from Rutgers College and a BFA in Restoration from the Fashion Institute of Technology. 


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Illuminating Residential Projects II
Thursday, February 26, 2015
(new date)
5:30- 8:30 PM
Hafele Showroom
25 East 26th Street at Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10010
Refreshments 5:30 PM  
Presentation 6:15 PM  
Networking 7:30 - 8:15 PM


Join IFDA, Designer Lighting Forum and ASID  at our hands-on workshop for an exciting opportunity to work with a Lighting Designer and see first-hand how technological advances in lighting can impact an environment. Actual samples of textiles, stone and wood will be used to demonstrate which lamps to use. 
Lighting Designers: (subject to change due to new date, shown above)
Nathalie Faubert, IES, Senior Associate, 
Cline Bettridge, Bernstein Lighting Design  
Nelson Jenkins, AIA, LC, IES, LEED Principal, Lumen Architecture  
Alina Ainza, LEED AP Principal, Ray Studio  
Ryoko Nakamura, Principal, Vera Design Studio  
Charlie Dumais, Design Director, BOLD  
John Newman, Principal, Studio Newman
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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

6:00 - 8:00 PM

Discussion followed by Networking & Cocktails


This is a Member Benefit - For IFDA Members ONLY


Fireside Chat at Hearth Cabinet
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Please join us for an evening of crackling fires & bourbon tasting at  

Hearth Cabinet Ventless Fireplaces  

with founder, architect & entrepreneur  

Arthur Lasky, who will give a brief presentation about how his product was  


"Inspired by Design"


Hearth Cabinet Fireplace Showroom

250 West 26th Street

NY NY 10001


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ColorVoyant 2015:  

Visualizing "Silence"


Monday, February 2

8:30 AM - 10:30 AM, 

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:30 AM

Presentation starts promptly at 9 AM

 NY NOW, Javits Center, Room 1A02-03 



     Join New York City's International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) as Doty Horn, Senior Vice President of Design at Congoleum Corp and Founding Director of ColorVoyant, a visionary color marketing firm, presents the next direction in color. 

      As a member of The Mix/Global Color Research Panel, a London-based forecast agency, Doty's insights reflect a thorough understanding of the emotional impact and power that color has on the consumer market and will address practical applications for four themes: Noise, Braille, Blur and Quiet.

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Doty Horn is the Senior Vice President of Design at Congoleum Corporation, a leading flooring manufacturer and is the Founding Director of ColorVoyant, a visionary color marketing firm formed in 2011. For seven years as Benjamin Moore's Director of Color and Design, Doty established color strategies and trend forecasting for market-focused programs using color as the driving principle. With a background in the fashion Industry and through extensive traveling for trend research at international trade shows, Doty has established a rich foundation for understanding color and design trends that inform her leadership in color. Doty believes that "if you can understand the "big picture," then you know how to contribute to "the whole"... a perspective that translates well when strategizing color and design direction within any market. No matter the industry, color and design are the two threads that tie everything together.
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NEW at the NY NOW Market!
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Best in Market @ NY NOW Winter 2015

Developed to promote and support NY NOW HOME and the design/furnishings industry, IFDA (International Furnishings & Design Association) judges will select new and innovative product in eight categories: Furniture, Lighting, Textiles, Tabletop, Green Sensibility, Art, Gourmet Housewares and Innovative Booth Design. Winners will be announced at the end of this Event.

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Cocktails, Conversation & Conections
watch for updates each month
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Thank You Chapter Sponsors
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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.


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

CHARLOTTE MOSS: Interior Design


       MICHAEL BOODRO, Editor-in-Chief Elle Decor

       NEWELL TURNER, Editor-in-Chief, House Beautiful

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

       DARA CAPONIGRO, Editor-in-Chief, Veranda

       JENNIFER LEVENE BRUNO, Publisher & Chief Revenue Officer, Veranda

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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



MICHAEL BRUNO, President & Founder, Online Marketing

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

CLODAGH, Principal, Clodagh Designs: Enlightened Design Award

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



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

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

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

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

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

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



JEFFREY PETERSON, Associate Publisher, Architectural Digest: Advertising

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

JAMIE DRAKE, Principal, Drake Design Associates: Interior Design

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

CLODAGH, Principal, Clodagh Designs: Interior Design

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

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

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

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

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



CHRISTIANE MICHAELS, President, Waverly: Design

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

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

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

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



ELLEN FRANKEL, President, ECPM Inc.: Community Service

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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



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

JOHN MASCHERONI, President, Mascheroni Designs: Design

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

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

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





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





Brooklyn Bridge Park

42nd Street Redevelopment Association


Bryant Park Restoration Corporation

Crain’s New York Business Newspaper

Ellis Island

Furnish a Future

Gracie Mansion Conservancy

Harlem Renaissance

Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club Show House


Museum of Modern Art

New York Design Center, 200 Lexington Avenue

New York Times

The Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The New Grand Central Station 

Museum of Arts and Design




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