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 2018 sponsor packet of information.




IFDANY Board of Directors Meeting
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. 

2018 schedule: 

Tuesday, November 13

Tuesday, December 4

C-3 Cocktails, Conversation & Connections

Watch for e-invite for location and to register.

2018 Tentative Schedule

Monday, November 5

Monday, December 3


 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!


Monday, Oct 1st, 2018
Monday, Oct 1st, 2018  

St. Cloud Rooftop 
Knickerbocker Hotel
New York's Landmark Beaux-Arts Hotel  
( where rumor has it the Martini was invented!)

6 Times Square 17th floor 
enter at 42nd Street near Broadway  
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 
Cash Bar
This is a Trade-Only event you  
must bring Your business cards  
for the best networking in Town!  

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 

 Monday, September 17, 2018




New York's New Hot-Spot,
Every Bit As Glam as Elsie De Wolfe Herself
AKA Lady Mendl: Actress, International Celeb, 
Croix de Guerre Honoree,
Author of 'The House in Good Taste' 
Known as the World's First (paid) Interior Designer


1412 Broadway New York, NY 25th floor  
Monday, Sept 17th    
5:30 PM  - 7:30 PM
This a Trade Only Event,  
Please Bring Your Business cards  
for the best networking in Town!  





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

Monday, May 7th
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
At The Historic 'New' FREEHAND HOTEL in The Flatiron District

(formerly the George Washington Hotel, 
since 1928 home to such creatives as W.H. Auden, 
Christopher Isherwood, 
and Keith Haring)
Monday, May 7th
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
23 Lexington Ave
@ 23rd Street  
George Washington Bar, 2nd Floor

Cash Bar
Bring Your Business Cards
Ne Plus Ultra Networking 

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 Selects" initiative supports and promotes the design industry, highlighting new and innovative products debuting at New York City trade shows.
Also plan on toasting to the show's success Saturday, May 12 with a 
Celebratory Reception from 3-5pm
followed by a not-to-be-missed 
Keynote Address by renowned architect Jonathan Marvel in conversation with Paul Makovsky (Metropolis) from 5-6pm
Thank you to the following for their support
Brooklyn Designs is a survey of the contemporary design scene in Brooklyn. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the borough's creative economy and continues to serve as an incubator for emerging designers and a platform for established brands, producing a range of creative products and services across furniture, lighting, accessories and technology.
The 2018 edition will move to a new home at the Brooklyn Museum at 200 Eastern Parkway, kicking off the first weekend of NYCxDESIGN from May 11-13. The juried exhibition will feature 50+ brands including beloved design studios Fort Makers and Token; conscientious textile designers Quiet Town and Five and Six Textiles; newcomers Ama Connection and Zeray Studio; and hi-tech brands Fitchwork and Brooklyn SolarWorks.

The show will also present special installations from Pratt Institute and the Textile Arts Center, a shoppable marketplace, and talks with prominent figures in the design world including a keynote address by renowned architect Jonathan Marvel.

Sunday, May 20 - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 

ICFF- Javits Convention Center
Out & About at
Join Us May 20-23, 2018
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC
Visit all the IFDA Selects "Best in Show" winners 
Their booths will be identified by IFDA Selects framed award certificates 
after 2:00 PM from May 20, 2018 through the duration of the show.   
The "IFDA Selects"
Initiative supports and promotes the design industry, highlighting new and innovative products debuting at New York City trade shows.
If not, there are on site fees. 
Walk the show and see the IFDA Member /Sponsor booths 
and make time in your schedule to hit the show highlights...

Happy Hour at


   Opening Day, May 20 from 4 - 5 PM, Booth 1657
Come relax, mix, mingle, network and enjoy a glass of Prosecco 
at last year's ICFF IFDA Selects Winner for Lighting!    
About ICFF  
ICFF is the premier North American platform for International Design showcasing the latest in exclusive luxury interiors, contemporary design and high-end furniture. Doubling in size over the past three years, the 30th annual ICFF, scheduled for May 20 -23, 2018 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in NYC attracts more than 800 international exhibitors and draws a crowd of over 36,000 design industry peers in the residential, retail, commercial and hospitality sectors. 

ICFF is also the foundation of NYCxDesign, New York's official design week and citywide celebration of global design with 350,000 participating design professionals and enthusiasts. Several new partnerships are making their 2018 debut: Collective Design for ICFF NY brings a curated selection of exciting contemporary designers to the Fair under the Collective Concept program and Handmade in Germany World Tour, which will feature a dramatic presentation of the best in German artistic innovation, creativity and design.

In addition, ICFF will host a silent auction during the Fair with proceeds to benefit the Alzheimer's Association and the Anna Hernandez/ Luna Textiles Education Fund Award in memory of Anna Hernandez, the award-winning founder of Luna Textiles, who succumbed to Alzheimer's at the age of 56. For more details: 
The third edition of ICFF South Florida will be held on December 4 - 6, 2018, at the Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center, presenting hundreds of leading brands and addressing every facet of better interiors for residential, hospitality, commercial and high end retail. 
Visit more information.

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, May 10, 2018
2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House 
125 East 65th Street 
Between Lexington and Park Avenues
Meet at 2:45 PM for our 3:00 PM Tour
Please gather at sign-in desk.
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 2018 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 10th
at 2:45 PM for our 3:00 PM Tour
Please gather at sign-in desk.

2018 Kips Bay Decorator Show House 
125 East 65th Street 
(between Lexington and Park Avenues) 

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
Click on front door for more showhouse info!
 Register Now! For the Kips Bay Showhouse Tour


Thursday, March 22, 2018 

Out & About on Trade Day,  
Thursday, March 22  
or anytime through March 25 at...
Register for your trade badge here:
Please be sure to visit our IFDA Selects winners 
and IFDA member/sponsor booths at Pier 94, 
as well as DIFFA's DINING BY DESIGN vignettes at Pier 92.  

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 
after 1:00 PM on March 22nd .
End Trade Day at
and gather around as they pour fireside prosecco 
amidst their beautiful designs in 
Booth 140 from 4-5 PM on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
About the Architectural Digest Design Show 
The 17th annual Architectural Digest Design Show, held from March 22-25 at Piers 92 & 94 in New York City, showcases the best in the design and luxury market. The four-day fair features more than 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories, including: accessories, appliances, art, beds, building products, carpets & rugs, children's furniture, closet systems, connected home, design services, electronics, fireplaces, flooring, furniture, hardware, lighting, metalwork & stairs, outdoor furnishings, paint, prefab homes, safes, spas, stone & tile, tabletop, wall coverings, windows & doors, and window treatments. From product launches to special events to panel discussions with top design leaders on a variety of topics, the show is a must-attend for the industry's professionals and discerning consumers. The Architectural Digest Design Show is produced by The Mart, a Vornado Property and hosted by Architectural Digest. For more about the show, visit 
About DIFFA's Dining by Design
Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) will host its annual DINING BY DESIGN fundraiser from March 22-26. Staged for five days, DINING BY DESIGN showcases extraordinary dining environments from renowned designers and brands to raise critical funds for DIFFA's work fighting HIV/AIDS. For the ninth consecutive year, the New York event will be held at Pier 92 in conjunction with the Architectural Digest Design Show. Ticket holders will receive free admission into DINING BY DESIGNFor more information go to

 Monday, March 5th

5:30 PM  - 7:30 PM
From the ROARING '20s
to the ROCKIN' 2000s...  
19 West 31st 
Manhattan's newly rediscovered, authentically old Speakeasy,
named for editors Charles Dana Gibson & Henry R. Luce.
Underground at the newly restored 1894 LIFE hotel, 
former site of LIFE Magazine.
5:30 PM  - 7:30 PM 
Monday, March 5th
Cash Bar 
Bring Your Business Cards!
Knock Three Times & Say, Joe Sent Me


 Thursday, February 22, 2018

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM 
Hafele Showroom 
20 West 22nd Street, Suite 201  

  Meet the Trending Media Influencers 

- and see what's happening in their space - 
Stacy Dove
"Social Media Goddess" for Steelyard
Nancy Fire
Design Director, HGTV Home
Veronika Miller
CEO of Modenus Media 
Katie Olson 
Executive Editor, Editor at Large and Business of Home
Christine Philip
Editor-in-Chief, Global Glam International Luxury Magazine
Jana Platina Phipps
Trim Queen blog and social media channels
Moderated by David Santiago, Casa Santi


Puttin' on the Paint  
From Theory to Selection
Join the spirited conversation with  
Benjamin Moore's Amy Figueroa &
Sherwin-Williams' John Mohrmann
as they discuss their respective "color of the year",  
key trends in paint colors, the emergence of new technologies  
& much more. . .   
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The discussion will be moderated by
Libby Langdon: interior designer, author, product designer and makeover television personality.
Monday morning, February 5, 2018
Coffee & networking @ 8:30 AM with the presentation @ 9 :00 AM
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center during NY NOW
Room 1A-01


5:30-7:30 PM

10 Columbus Circle

4th Floor



Glamour and great views . . .  



 Ascent Lounge  

 in the Time Warner Building

 2018 IFDA Kickoff Party  

Tuesday, January 16, 2018




A great opportunity to start the year off right 
Learn about new opportunities to get involved in IFDA 


Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 
5:30 PM
Fisher & Paykel
150 East 58th Street 3rd Fl - Suite 361 
Special Thank You to
 Fisher and Paykel 
 IFDA NY Silver Sponsor
for hosting this  Event

 Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Rising Stars of Design 
Celebrating the 2017 Honorees
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
5:30 to 8:00 PM
Robert Allen Showroom
979 Third Ave. Suite 305

Our Master of Ceremonies:


Tyler Wisler

"Great design is what you make of it; what makes you happy... I'm just here to help steer you in the right direction, open your eyes to a world of sometimes unrecognized beauty, embrace creative possibilities, all while having a good time implementing it. That's great design!"


Our Product Design Honoree:

Michele Quan



Michele Quan, MQuan Studio, Ceramic Artist  

"Sometimes when you look at the sky, it can cut straight to the bone and this moment, in the midst of it all, is what I attempt to convey. My hope is that my work both serve as objects of contemplation to inspire reverence and as a source of encouragement and refuge"


– Our Interior Design Honorees –

* * *

 Tamara Eaton



 Tamara Eaton, Tamara Eaton Design

"Successful design isn't just about aesthetics; it's also about creating a comfortable environment that can withstand the test of time."

* * *

Samantha Goldman and Samantha Polkow 


Samantha Goldman and Samantha Polkow, Handin Browne 

Handin Browne is inspired by clean, contemporary spaces that still feel inviting. The firm works closely with clients to mix streamlined interior and architectural elements with traditional shapes and collected pieces. They often focus on space and flow, while neutral tones, natural materials and straight lines are a common thread in all projects. 


* * *

Ashley Darryl


Ashley Darryl:  Ashley Darryl Interiors

Ashley's diamonds in the rough are vintage pieces from eras past. Ashley loves mixing antiques with classic and contemporary pieces to create an eclectic look.  According to one client, "Ashley's design vision is immaculate. She comes up with ways to mix textures and patterns that result in magazine ready spaces."

IFDA NY Thanks  
Robert Allen  
for Hosting this Event!










Monday, January 8th  •  5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

C-3 Cocktails, Conversation & Connections
111 East 48th 
between Lex & Madison
The InterContinental Hotel New York
A 'Notable Railroad Hotel'
Built by the Vanderbilts in l926 
As Part of the Grand Central Terminal Expansion


 Wednesday, Nov 29th, 2017

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Lefroy Brooks 
134 W 18th St
Global Trends in Design
Join us for a creative conversation and discover the emerging international trends in color, print, pattern, surface design and materials with a focus on their influence on the current US Home Decor and Home Accent Industries. 

Patti Carpenter  
Global Trend Ambassador  
Maison & Objet, Paris



IFDA Members: $25.00
Non Member Guests:  $40.00
and all IFDA Student Members: Free
Non Member Students $5.00 
Special Thank You to Lefroy Brooks 
for hosting this event


 Celebrate 2017 with IFDA  
at our Holiday Party 
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
15 W. 20th Street
IFDA Members, IFDA NY Sponsors, and all students: No Charge
Each Member may bring one Potential-Member Guest: $25.00
Special Thank You to
for hosting this  Event


Thursday, Oct 5th, 2017

Celebrate IFDA's 70th Anniversary!   







Details to Follow   




Saturday October 7, 2017 


Join us for the IFDA Walk of the Flatiron area 
of Manhattan and Madison Square Park
Saturday October 7, 2017
meet at 10 am
at Madison Square Park Southwest corner
Broadway and 23st by the Stewart statue
Madison Square Park is a true urban park in the heart of Flatiron and NoMad. With its distinctive horticulture and stunning gardens. Named for James Madison in 1814, the park has a rich history including being the birthplace of baseball.
Our tour will be guided by Miriam Berman. Ms Berman is the author of the highly acclaimed history of the Flatiron neighborhood, Madison Square-The Park and its Celebrated Landmarks. She has done extensive research for The City Parks Foundation, Manhattan User's Guide and Campaign for the New Madison Square Park. Her book is available on Amazon and she will be happy to sign your copy.
The approx 2 hour tour is rain or shine.
Optional lunch at a local restaurant
Members  $45
Guests  $55
Student members  $10
Student guests   $20
Tickets are non-refundable
Register early since there is a limit to the group.
Deadline: Monday Oct. 2nd or until openings are filled.
The proceeds from the tour will benefit the  
IFDA Educational Foundation Valerie Moran Memorial Grant.  
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.

International Furnishing and Design Association (IFDA), founded in New York City, has 12 chapters worldwide. Providing a professional forum for communication and interaction among its high-profile members, the IFDA promotes career advancement and educational opportunities. Celebrating its 65th Year in 2012 the association is structured to increase public awareness of the furnishings and design industry through specialized programming and service to the community.  

The IFDA Educational Foundation, organized in 1970, is the philanthropic arm of the organization, dedicated to the support and service of the home furnishings and interior design community. A non-profit, tax exempt 501c3 organization, the Foundation raises and distributes funds in the form of grants and scholarships to foster educational activities and benefiting individuals and / or institutions in the industry. Administered by a five-member Board of Trustees, IFDA/EF supports the development of industry professionals through sponsorship of educational programs, aid to IFDA Chapters through Chapter Partnerships Grants, and financial participation and support of design related projects of museums, libraries and historical landmarks.


Monday, August 7, 2017 

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM

IFDA NY C-3's: Cocktails, Conversations & Connections!




Top of the Strand

at the Mariott Vacation Club Pulse

33 West 37th Street

(come early to beat the crowds) 


 Bring your business Cards

Best Networking in Town!

 Register Now!


Thursday  August 10, 2017 

5:15 PM

Celebrate the Frank Lloyd Wright's 150th Anniversary 


Join IFDA for a guided tour

The Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 Exhibition

Unpacking the Archive


On Thursday  August 10, 2017  

promptly at  5:15 PM

Meet at the VIP Lauder Lobby/MOMA Film Entrance


at  11 W 53 St

Entrance nearest to 5th Ave  by the metal awning and next to the Modern Restaurant


               1 hour tour led by an Art Historian

          Prepaid fee includes admission to the museum 

which is open until 9pm.

A portion of the fee benefits the IFDA Educational Foundation Grant honoring Valerie Moran

Members                  $45

Guests                      $55

Student members       $25

Guest students           $35

Please Include cell phone number in your RSVP

      No food or drinks. No flash photography. All items over 11"x15" must be checked. It is recommended not bringing large items. 


Click Here to Register for the Event!


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.



Wednesday, August 16, 2017

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Learn to Redefine the Art & Science of Illumination



Come experience the infinite possibilities and magic of lighting with LED technology experts giving lighting demonstrations performed with a variety of LED fixtures to Illustrate the full capabilities of incorporating lighting into your environments.  From color temperature to dimming compatibility, you will gain a new appreciation and understanding of light.  

 Good lighting helps stimulate the senses, promote well-being, reinforce health and nourish the imagination, by bringing the best of intelligent LED lighting and engineering innovation to the lives of everyone it touches. 

This 'light and health' CEU will teach you how to stay ahead of the science and technology of using LED light to promote health and effectively translate LED lighting into tools to promote well being, heal the sick, or combat workplace illness -  solving even the most complex challenges faced by specifiers today.


USAI Lighting Collaboratory 

13 Crosby Street, Ground Level 

New York, NY 10013

between Howard and Grand Streets


IFDA members: $20

Non Member Guests: $40

Students: $5 

IFDA Student Members:  Free

Click Here to Register


Thank you to USAI Lighting Collaboratory  

for hosting this event


This Program will have 1 CEU credit 



Monday, August 21, 2017

The Impact & Influence of LIGHT on COLOR


Amy Figueroa, our Benjamin Moore authority, will give an overview of the properties of color and light. You will also gain an understanding of metamerism, Color Rendering Index (CRI), Light Reflectance Value (LRV) and how these elements impact design & color decisions.


at NYNOW, Monday, August 21st

 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM 

  Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Room 1A 01 Lower Level 


Amy L. Figueroa is an Architectural & Design Representative for Benjamin Moore, North America's favorite paint, color and coatings brand. As part of Benjamin Moore's A & D Representative Team, she serves as a Brand Ambassador. In her tenure at Benjamin Moore, Figueroa works closely with Architects and interior designers to provide product specifications, continuing education courses and color tool resources. In addition, she hosts networking events to bring designers and contractors together, instilling key brand messaging and industry news. 

Prior to Benjamin Moore, she owned and operated her own Painting and Decorating Company in the Hudson Valley of New York from 1999-2012. Her work has been seen on both Extreme Makeover Home Edition and the American Choppers television series'. In addition, she is a Certified Professional Life Coach specializing in Executive and Career Coaching, and also has a creative passion for photography. 

Figueroa is currently a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, AIA, International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA NY), and the National Association of Professional Women.


IFDA Members $25 

Guests $45

Student Members $0 

Student Guests $10


After August 14 & at the door:

IFDA Members $40 

Guests $60

Student Members $10 

Student Guests $20   


 To Register for Seminar Click Here 


This presentation is CEU certified. Register to get your credits here.






Progressive Party

Visit both Showrooms   

Taste a "Toto Tornado" while listening to Steel drum players

Listen to the Baby Seals and drink a "Hafele Hurricane"

Stay for all the Great Raffles  

This is a Pre-Registered Members Only Trade Event. 



 SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017




SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017

9 AM - 3:30 PM



NEW YORK, NY 10016



Karim Rashid, Keynote Speaker

Award-winning global design force, Karim Rashid will kick off DesignEDGE with his keynote presentation, "The Future of Design,” followed by a catered gourmet lunch and roundtable discussion focusing on your individual business needs. 


Top Row: Karen Marx, Caleb Anderson, Jamie Derringer

Lower Row:Kevin Greenberg, Susan Jamieson, Chad Stark


The afternoon offers a revealing conversation between industry visionaries entitled, “Leading by Innovating.”  

Moderator Karen Marx, Home Furnishings Director for the HEARST DESIGN GROUP,

will lead an in-depth dialogue with 

Caleb Anderson, partner and principal at DRAKE / ANDERSON

Jamie Derringer, founder and Executive Editor of DESIGN MILK; 

Kevin Greenberg, founding principal of SPACE EXPLORATION DESIGN

Susan Jamieson, founder and principal of BRIDGET BEARI DESIGNS and 

Chad Stark, Senior Vice President of STARK and President of SCALAMANDRE.


Covering crucial topics about the design industry today and how to be fearless and successful in a fast-paced, quick-changing world. Learn their strategies on how to build and broaden your brand, create new ways to establish leadership and trust with consumers and colleagues, harness the latest tools of social media and technology, create and expand global business and much more.

The summit culminates in an open Q&A forum with the panelists where you will have the opportunity to pose the points and questions that matter most to you.







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Out and About at





The Brooklyn design event for contemporary furniture, lighting, accessories and art

May 5-7, 2017 at the Brooklyn Expo Center, 72 Noble Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn


Head to Brooklyn for incredible offerings, inspiration & networking especially on


VIP (Press & Trade) Preview: 10am-1pm

Show opens to public: 1pm-7pm   

Shuttle service will be provided on TRADE DAY ONLY between  

Manhattan & Brooklyn

Click Here for Details 

Other transportation options are on the BKLYN DESIGNS website

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. 

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



Benjamin Moore Presents: 2017 Color Trends

Friday, May 5 @ 11:00 AM

A CEU-accredited course presented by Amy Figueroa of Benjamin Moore will examine the color trends dominating 2017 and the distinction between fads and trends.

End the day at the Keynote & Opening Night Party  

hosted by Metropolis

Key Note: 6pm-7pm

Featuring Todd Bracher discussing "The Evolving Role of Designers"

Opening Night Party: 7pm-9pm

Meet at Benjamin Moore @ 7 PM to network with IFDA Members & Guests

Thank you to the following for their support



ABOUT BKLYN DESIGNS is Brooklyn's premier design event showcasing a cross section of design, architecture and art. Founded by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce in 2003, it was one of the first design fairs to shine a spotlight on the creative economy in Brooklyn and serves as an incubator for emerging designers as well as a platform for established brands producing a range of creative products across furniture, lighting, tableware, art, textiles and jewelry.

Demonstrating the collaborative spirit of design, the show features inspiring collective exhibits, pop-up lounges, installations, hands-on demos and a diverse conference program in addition to an exciting array of products, including many that have received Brooklyn-Made certification by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The show will also feature cafes and bars from Brooklyn's beloved vendors as well as family-friendly programming throughout the weekend.

With thousands of visitors over the course of the three-day show, BKLYN DESIGNS is one of the most vibrant shows in New York City and of the anchor fairs of the citywide NYCxDESIGN initiative


 Thursday, May 11, 2017

2:45 for 3:00 pm tour

desk of


2017 Kips Bay Decorator Show House

 125 East 65th Street

 (between Lexington and Park Avenues)  

IFDA Members Benefit 

Visit IFDA Rising Stars of Design as they present their rooms

Nick Olsen Inc

 Neal Beckstedt Studio

 Dineen Architecture + Design 

 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.


Join Charles Pavarini III, IFDA, head of Pavarini Design, a full-scale New York based award-winning interior design firm, for a private guided tour of the 2016 Kips Bay Decorator Show House. Learn all the trade secrets of how each room was created.


Besides being an active IFDA member, Pavarini is chair 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.   




Celebrating A Recent Commission:  

The Contemporary Austin-Jones Center




JAN GERARD, IFDA, and her team at Contract Workroom located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, are celebrating the completion of a recent commission that was installed in Austin Texas.



Says Jan– "Our project with LTL Architects of NYC is now complete and installed on the Moody Rooftop event space of the The Contemporary Austin-Jones Center, a museum located in downtown Austin, Texas. The Project was a tall order: 250 linear feet of 22 feet high curtains, fully operable. Artisans in our workroom constructed these using 400 meters of an exceptional outdoor fabric from Sefar. The curtains were made with carefully considered details, including rows of topstitching for both durability and beauty." 

You can find out more about Jan's workroom for Interior Designers, Architects, and Set Designers at





On March 29th, 2017 a launch event for Foundations of Interior Design, 3rd edition, by Susan Slotkis was held at the Fisher & Paykel Experience Center at the A&D Building.  F&P is a new Silver Sponsor of IFDA NY Chapter.  Susan Slotkis is an IFDA Professional and former board member of both IFDA NY as well as IFDA International. Attendance reached 75, including many members of the Chapter, some of whom contributed to the book.  

Foundations of Interior Design, 3rd Edition, enables readers, whether students or practitioners, to "gain an unprecedented understanding of the principles of interior design," says Deborah Martin, Associate ASID, IFDA Professional. 



 Susan Slotkis, (L) with Susan Rosensweet at the book signing table. 



Deborah Martin, IFDA, Part of Lux Pad's– NY's Top 20 




Deborah Martin Designs is pleased to be included in Lux Pad's ranking of the top 20 New York design professionals based on favorable Houzz reviews.  The Lux Pad is the online destination for all the latest luxury home fashion news, features, trend reports and exclusive interviews with design industry professionals.  See more of Deborah's work at



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 new 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. 

Obeetee, Inc. 

137 West 25th Street, 12th Floor 

New York, NY 10001




EF Supporter and ready to Sing!  $20 

 I can't attend but would like to support EF!  $10

Your event fee for IFDA EF is a tax deductable donation.

IFDA-EF is a 501c3 Organization 

For additional information: Email

or call 212 686-6020

 Learn more about the IFDA Educational Foundation 

or to apply for a Professional Grant or Student Scholarship

go to 



Come Celebrate SPRING with IFDA NY 


Monday, April 3, 2017

5:30 - 7:30 


Overlooking  the Hudson River from the Landmark ROOFTOP BAR at THE JANE  

Designed by the architect of the immigrant stations at Ellis Island...Built in 1908 as the Sailors' Home and Institute by The American Seamen’s Friend Society ...Sanctuary to survivors of the Titanic...Birthplace of the legendary rock musical "Hedwig and The Angry Inch"...Restored by MacPherson and Goode to resurrect its eccentricities and serve as a reminder of the nautical history of New York City...So worth the trip to 113 Jane St! 

(8 min walk from 14th St. / 8 Av subway;  Head southeast on W 14th St.toward 8th Ave; Turn right onto 8th Ave 0.1 mile; right onto Jane St. and head toward the Hudson)

Cash Bar • Bring Business Cards • Nautical but Nice Networking!


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  Thursday, March 9, 2017


 IFDA guided tour of the Exhibit of Visionary French Designer and Architect Pierre Chareau
 Thursday, March 9, 2017 
at the Jewish Museum 
5th Ave and 92 St
Meet in the lobby at 3pm
 Pay your entry fee at the museum $15.00 
($12.00 Seniors, $7.50 Students)
         The guided docent tour will be followed by a film about Maison de Verre.
          At the conclusion of the tour we will meet in a local restaurant (to be determined) for 
Cocktails, Conversation and Connections

          Please RSVP by March 1,  so that we can reserve the docents at the museum for our tour. 
Pierre Chareau (1883-1950)
        The exhibit at the Jewish Museum is the first US exhibition showcasing over 180 rarely seen  furniture, lighting fixtures, and interiors, as well as, his Maison de Verre, the glass house completed in Paris in 1932. Chareau was one of the most sought after designers in France.
        Pierre  Chareau balanced the opulence of traditional French decorative arts with interior designs that were elegant, functional, and met the requirements of modern life. 
This event will be a fundraiser for the IFDA Educational Foundation's General Fund.
Please be as generous as you can! If you would like to make a donation, please bring a check made out to IFDA EF. Cash Donations will also be accepted. 
The IFDA Educational Foundation gives out scholarships and grants to students and design professionals.

Monday, February 6, 2017

The Influence and Impact of Color on Home Decor


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8:30 AM 

at NY NOW 

Jacob K Javits Center

Room 1A 01 Lower Level 


Tamara Matthews-Stephenson 

The keynote presentation will focus on how color choices influence the mood in our home and how color inspires & transforms our interior design.


Tamara will also discuss the current trends on the horizon, the movements of combining and layering color and texture, how the latest technologies influence color and where we are headed for 2017!

Through her presentation you will see inspirations from her travels to Heimtextil in Frankfurt, Deco Off and Maison&Objet in Paris, High Point Market and Mercanteinfiera in Parma, Italy

From her recent trips to London and Paris, images and trends gleaned from fashion shows, pop up shops, street art, gallery openings and book signings will be shared

Tamara is a residential interior designer, freelance writer and product designer working and living in New York City. She and her family divide their time between the bustling city and their beach cottage in the quiet hamlet of Springs in East Hampton. The two different locations suit her personality well and have helped to fine tune her design aesthetic, which some have referred to as "sophisticated cottage."

In 2008, she began merging her former writing experiences with her design training by penning her popular lifestyle blog Nest by Tamara.

In 2015, Tamara and fashion designer Susan Young began collaborating on collections of textiles for the home, which are sold to the design trade in showrooms around the country. Root Cellar Designs are made in America, inspired by the history of decorative arts, nature, fashion and every day items. Just recently the company launched a wall-covering collection.

Tamara has been an IFDA NY board member for 5 Years, as VP of Communications. She spearheaded and managed the non-profit , volunteer-run association's social media platforms and created the IFDA NY blog.


 Kickoff Party 2017

Thursday January 26, 2017 

5:30 PM to 8:00 PM EST 

Fisher & Paykel

150 East 58th Street 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10022 








Do you know someone who should be nominated as a


Rising Star of Design?


then by all means read below!


 IFDA Rising Stars of Design Nomination


It is the time of year for IFDA Rising Stars of Design!
Please nominate both Interior Designers and Product Designers to be considered for the 2018 Honorees.
Candidates should be:
  • In business a minimum of one year and maximum of 6 years
  • In business in the tristate area and a requirement of accepting is they must attend the awards night in Nov here in NYC (date & location TBA) and give a short Power Point presentation of their work.
  • They are not required to be an IFDA member.
  • May not have won another similar industry award.
Please give us the Nominee's:
Phone if you have it
Any additional web sites where we may view their work (Houzz for example)
Product line if a product designer 
And one to two sentences on why you think they stand out.
Please submit nominations via email  
Winners will present their work at our annual
IFDA Rising Stars of Design Event In November.
We hope you will join us to celebrate the future of the Design Industry! 




Our 2017 Stars . . .  .
Left to Right: Rose Hittmeyer & Andrea Algaze, IFDA Rising Stars Event Co-Chairs;  
Michele Quan, MQuan Studio (Product Design); Ashley Darryl, Ashley Darryl Interiors;
Tamara Eaton, Tamara Eaton Design; Samantha Goldman & Samantha Polkow,
Handin / Browne.       Front Row: our MC: Tyler Wisler
If you have any Nomination or Rising Stars Event questions Please Contact or call 212 686-6020 



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


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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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