Take A Seat Press Release September 29, 2014




Martha Rosellini, IFDA


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SAN FRANCISCO CA. September 29, 2014  The San Francisco Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) along with media partner SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens) will host TAKE A SEAT exhibit and charity auction Helping Heroes at Home, raising funds and awareness for the needs of veterans by providing the wheelchairs they deserve through the Wheelchair Foundation.


TAKE A SEATis a project that brings together leading members of the furnishings and design industry of the Bay Area to create one-of-a-kind chairs to build support for our nation’s veterans. The auction gala will take place Thursday, October 16th at the Janus et Cie, San Francisco Design Center with Chairs on exhibit from October 1st – October 15th at the Galleria within the San Francisco Design Center.


Six chapters across the nation are participating and planning IFDA TAKE A SEAT chair exhibits and events. In October, chapters in San Francisco, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Scottsdale and Washington, D.C, will hold IFDA TAKE A SEAT, following New York’s event held earlier this year, sponsored by NYC&G (New York Cottages & Gardens).


The San Francisco Chapter is proud to have the talents of exceptionally distinguished San Francisco designers & artisans participating by designing chairs for our charity auction.  

Select participating designers include:

Jiun Ho; Furniture and Interior Designer, Jiun Ho Inc.


Benjamin Dhong: Benjamin Dhong Interior Design


Gioi Tran and Vernon Applegate; Founders, Principal Designers, Applegate Tran Interiors


Matthew Leverone; Principal, Leverone Designs


Jeffrey Holt; Designer, Hewn Showroom, San Francisco Design Center


Barbara Beckman; Barbara Beckmann Designs


Jill Tosta; Janus et Cie


Michael Poulsen; Conde House


Mikki Bourne; In the Niche of Time


Jackie Lopey; Principal Designer, Venue


Ania-Omski-Talwar; Principal, Orange Interiors


Mari Mahoney; Design Plus Consignment Gallery


Giancarlo Vega; Fashion Designer


Elizabeth Sinatra; Elizabeth Sinatra Designs


Belinda Berry; Hat Maker


Jamielyn Duggan; Eimaj Designs by Jamielyn


Kaitlyn Pinson; Interior Design Student, Cañada College


Raul Caberera III;  Design Plus Consignment Gallery – San Francisco


James Woodard; Principal, Seigo Designs


Drew Humphrey; Drew Humphrey Construction


Roxana Santos de Hayden; Artist


Kathy Monteiro; ToileChic

Emcee: Heather Holmes, Emmy award winning journalist is co-anchor of KTVU Channel 2 Weekend News. She joined KTVU in 2006 after working several years in New York. Holmes can also be seen during the week reporting for the ten o’clock news.



IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) is an all-industry association providing services and products to the furnishings and design industry, and to consumers. For more than 65 years, IFDA has resided at the epicenter of networking and education for the design industry. Over the years, IFDA has taken a stronghold position by adapting and setting new standards in the ever-changing marketplace (e.g., changes in buying and selling patterns, imports from overseas, rise in competition). More info on IFDA at


Sponsors include:


SFC&G (San Francisco Cottages & Gardens), our exclusive media sponsor, delivers the finest regional luxury design editorial to residents of one of America’s most affluent communities. The magazine informs and inspires readers with beautifully photographed features on architecture, interior and landscape design, plus insider views of real estate, entertaining and art. The magazines are oversized and well designed to emphasize superior journalism and photography, inspired by a local “sense of place.” Visit Like us/follow us: Facebook (SFCandG); Twitter (@SFCandG), Instagram (SFCandG) and Pinterest (@cottagesgardens)


McGuire Real Estate is a luxury boutique that focuses on San Francisco Bay Area's high-end niche markets, has been an integral part of the community since 1919. Their local expertise, global reach, extraordinary service, and deep commitment to the communities they serve make them leaders in their field. Headquartered in San Francisco, McGuire has offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Marin, the Peninsula, East Bay, and Wine Country. As an exclusive international associate of Savills, one of the world’s largest premier real estate companies, and a broker member of Luxury Portfolio® International, McGuire connects their clients and properties to a world-wide marketplace.


See more of our designers and event updates at:


·      IFDA Take A Seat Events website: IFDA Take A Seat,


·      Facebook,


·      Twitter (@IFDAcalifornia)


·      New York’s May, 2014 event,


·      The Wheelchair Foundation,

The Wheelchair Foundation is a division of Global Health and Education Foundation, 501(c) 3 charitable foundations.    Federal Tax ID #94-3353881.