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FROM THE PRESIDENT.... April is the coolest month -- as T.S. Eliot might have written, had he seen IFDA's agenda for this Spring! It's crammed with cool events...from "Inspired by Design" on April 23, when we visit famed faux artist Jonathan Bressler's loft studio in the Bowery, to May 27 and the third annual Charity, aka "Take a Seat." On this festive night of dazzling transformations, we'll auction seating pieces rescued and re-created by some of New York's top designers with proceeds going to benefit Habitat for Humanity.

In This Issue: Letter from the President


Coming Events


Take a Seat Takes a Bow at ICFF


Make the ConneXion


IFDA Spotlight on James Rixner


Members Making News


Welcome New Members In the meantime, on May 5, we'll take a look at "The Future of Home" as it will be transformed by technology and the A Word from Our amazing new materials on display at Material ConneXion. Also looking into Sponsors the near future, we're laying plans for more hands-on home-building with Habitat for in-depth overview of the art of wallcoverings...first-Monday networking events held in must-see New York Contributors: venues... and our annual Summer social...Wait! I'm so excited about our Rose Gilbert, FIFDA—Editor calendar of events I'm getting ahead of the season. Anna Israel—Editor I hope you will get excited, too. Membership in IFDA opens the door to Andrea Brodfuehrer information, conversation, socialization, and fun. If you are not yet a Maureen Klein member, join us. If you are already a member, join in! There's a great, Su Hilty, FIFDA adventure-rich Spring ahead! Claudia Gisele Tejeda Best regards, Andrea Brodfuehrer 1

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Take a Seat Takes A Bow at ICFF! by Maureen Klein New York's Take a Seat will take its place among some 700 exhibitors at the renowned International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) at the Javits Center May 16 - 19. The popular IFDA event features seating pieces reclaimed and rethought by some of New York's most innovative designers, then auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity. But this year, not before they've been seen by the 32,000 or so global design aficionados expected to flock here seeking the cutting-edge design ideas for which the ICFF is famous. "It's an exciting first for Take a Seat, one of IFDA's most creative events," said Andrea Brodfuehrer, Chapter President and NY Take a Seat co-chair. Now in its third year, Take a Seat was originally conceived to span continents via Skype-ing between IFDA Chapters. This year's simultaneous kick-off takes place on Wednesday, May 13th, incorporating the New England and Washington, DC, chapters. In New York, the auction paddles will be raised on May 27. Five other chapters -- Florida, Arizona, Philadelphia, Northern California and Minnesota -- are slating their exhibits and auctions for October. "It was what inspired me to join IFDA” said Elaina Hon, a new IFDA Board member, recalling the fun she had as a volunteer at the very first TAS gala.

Make the ConneXion: IFDA LOOKS FORWARD TO 'THE FUTURE OF HOME' Woven-in, light-emitting optical fibers in home textiles dramatically enhance wall and floor coverings and serve as pathfinders at night. 3-D printing plays a major role of in design and product development. Color-coded lighting changes mood and room functions. Countertops and carpets self-sanitize .... "The Future of Home" lies in these and other jawdropping developments now reaching residential design, says Hermine Mariaux, Chapter Director-at-Large and co-chair, with Susan Hirsh, of the must-see event scheduled for May 5. Members will be able to divine the future for home design at the NY headquarters of Material ConneXion, the world's leader documenting material innovation and advisor to Fortune 500 companies, agencies, governmental bodies and forward-thinking members of the design industry. With Hermine as moderator, panelists Dr. Andrew Dent for Material ConneXion, Matilda McQuaid, Head Curator for Textiles at Cooper Hewitt and well-known futurist, and Leslie Clagett, Products Editor of the Architect's Newspaper and Kitchen & Bath blogger of kbculture -- will take you into the new world of home design. Limited space at Material ConneXion will restrict seating capacity, so watch for further details closer to May 5. 2

Coming Events Keep an eye on the Chapter website & emails for updates and details

APRIL 4/23: INSPIRED BY DESIGN 6:00-8:00PM Members are invited to see in situ the acclaimed faux finishes and murals by artist/NYSID teacher/IFDA member Jonathan Bressler at his loft on the Bowery. Also a faux finish demo and refreshments.

MAY 5/5: THE FUTURE OF HOME 6:008:00PM @ Material ConneXion — Learn from the innovators how home will be transformed by technology and amazing new materials 5/27: TAKE A SEAT 3rd Annual “chairity” featuring seating pieces rescued and recreated by some of New York’s top designers and auctioned to benefit Habitat for Humanity NY.

JUNE 6/1: COCKTAILS, CONVERSATIONS & CONNECTIONS 5:30-7:30PM (Venue TBA) Our every-first-Monday evening of networking, Bring your business cards

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worked with fabrics maven Harry Hinson, then as a Bloomingdale's staff designer during the store's wavemaking days -- "It was like going to Harvard!" Next came HLW, where everyone said "TGIF" on Thursday afternoons. And James fired up his alter-career with clients who followed him from Bloomingdale's.

James Rixner

TGIF. We all say it, but James Rixner really means it!

One such client led him to seven more referrals in the same building. Soon there would be four more Kips Bay show houses, three annual Holiday Houses, and a first Mansion in May for the Morristown, NJ, Hospital (a record 30,000 people visited James' spectacular 30 x 60 -ft. drawing room last spring). And this year, a new giveback project: the annual Orchid Dinner for the NY Botanical Garden featured his tablescape inspired by Wright's Falling Water house -- "seeing that as a young man changed my world!").

The uber designer -and new member of IFDA -- owes his career to all those Fridays he didn't have to report to work at HLW. The venerable architectural firm gave its employees every Friday off, ample time for the energetic James to launch his own design firm. HOMAGE TO FALLING WATER -- James' tablescape at the 2015 Orchid Dinner was a nod to the famous house that 'changed his world.' Sponsored by Veranda, the dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel benefited the NY Botanical Garden.

Full disclosure: James was trained in architecture, urban design and city planning (at the University of Pittsburgh). "I had no formal training in interior design. It was second nature." However, his informal training began when he was 10, growing up near Pittsburgh with a jazz-musician father and working mother who "depended on me to run the house." Which soon included its decor -- "I insisted that my parents put French doors in the dining room -and they did it!" James still marvels.

MANSION IN MAY -- The spectacular 30 x 60 ft. drawing room James created in the Turn-of-the-Century Beaux Arts mansion, Blairsden, wowed the record crowd who viewed the 2014 showhouse, which raised $2 million for the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

During grad school, the Port Authority of New York recruited him for an urban design project. And when the two-year funding ran out, he "bailed on the whole urban design thing" to reinvent himself in classic New York style -- as actor, dancer, bartender, waiter, caterer at parties like the one Halston gave for Lisa Minelli's birthday with Liz Taylor sitting in the front row.

James has also taught at Parsons -- "I like to see young people get bitten by the design bug" -- and appeared regularly on network TV, and his work has been featured in the gamut of design mags, from Elle Decor and New York Spaces to The NY Times magazine. Building on his 25-year career in design, James joined IFDA this spring because "I'm still growing and still learning," he said, "And I want to make sure that our design legacy continues."

"I was in fast-forward the whole time!" James recalls. Which quickly landed him in with the very right crowd, including San Francisco designer Chuck Winslow (they co-opted on a Kips Bay room for Anthony Hail). He also 3

Members Making News Heartfelt Project -- Rose Ott, IFDA VP/ Social Media, is among the talents on display at the American Heart Association's designer show house, opening in Mill Neck, NY, next month. The little girl's bedroom and bath by Rose Ott Interior Design will feature "Gibbie" fabric designed by Tilton Fenwick, an IFDA Rising Star, along with furniture from Grange.

wretch' at heart, but the ink has dried up," Rose said. So debuting next month:

Cum Laud Come May -- Rosemarie Hittmeyer, Chapter administrator, just earned her Associates Degree in Interior Design from FIT -- Cum Laud, no less -- but the cap-and-gown moment won't come till the official ceremony in May. So Rose is still taking classes (and brushing up her resume. Pssst, she's most interested in hospitality environments but residential design is a "very close second," she reports).

High Qi -- Newly certified by the IDCEC and AIA, Chapter secretary Julie Schuster will be taking her CEU course, "Interior Design and Feng Shui," on the road next month with presentations in May with Lefroy Brooks in Chelsea and with Metropolitan Institute of Design in Syosset, NY.

Stone-Cool Design-Techo-Bloc, the giant Canadian manufacturer of hardscape andmasonry products, enlisted Deborah Martin Designs to style a handsome Long Island garden EXTERIOR DESIGN — Deborah Martin With NBC Open House and NY Cottages and Gardens as property for their for Techo-Block its media sponsors, "Home is Where the Heart Is" opens 2015 product catalogue. To soften up the landscape, with a gala on April l6 and runs through May 31. they brought the indoors out, setting the elegant KAVANTE Takes LA -- poolside for a colorful "Tea on the Terrace." Her prize-winning Celebrating a Sell-Out! -contemporary The sparkling holiday table creations are already runner she designed for in top showrooms in Croscill sold out the first Boston, Chicago, week it went on line for Dallas, and New York. Bed Bath and Beyond, Now designer Kim reports a proud Anna Price,IFDA VP/ Israel, Chapter VP/ unveiled Publications. Now she's in UNVEILED AT THE PACIFIC DC — Education, Kavante’s Scalloped Beside Chest the KAVANTE a new position at Macy’s Merchandising Group, eagerly Collection NEW at the waiting for new products she's designed, this time for A. Rudin showroom in The Pacific Design Center. Bloomingdale's, to hit the stores at the end of summer.

Meanwhile, New Yorkers can see her feng shui expertise in action this month when Julie Schuster Design Studio creates one of 50 tablescapes for the 2015 Lenox Hill "Garden of Eden" annual Spring Gala benefit. Veranda magazine is media sponsor for the gala, held at Cipriani 42nd St.

Next Stop: Cyberspace -- After three-plus decades as a syndicated newspaper columnist -- NY Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Copley News Service, and Creators syndicates -- Rose Gilbert, FIFDA, is launching her design/lifestyle coverage on-line. "I'm an 'ink-stained 4

Color Her Busy! -RISING STAR SHINES Susan Slotkis, author, AGAIN -- There's been an Adjunct Asst. professor extra twinkle in Michele at FIT, and member of Varian's eye since the the IFDA Speakers Architectural Digest Home Bureau, has been Show last month. Named buzzing between an IFDA Rising Star in chapters, delivering 2014, Michele added to her growing trophy CHAIRS COLOR CEU — Susan CEU presentations, first to Dania Beach and the collection when IFDA Slotkis with Florida IFDA UP AGAINST A WINNING WALL Florida Chapter, where --Varian’s Best in Show Selects presented her the she discussed "The Psychology and Perception of Color" wallcoverings at the AD Home Best in Show Award for at DCOTA (Design Center of the Americas). Next, it was Show. Wallcoverings— designed, Philadelphia to explore Wabi Sabi, the Japanese notion custom-printed and that beauty lies in imperfection. available through her shop/design studio in Soho (27 The CEU presentations are courtesy of the IFDA Howard St.). In fact, almost all the product Michele Educational Foundation's Claire Coleman Founders designs is made locally in the US, she points out. The Grant, honoring the New York member who invented exception: solid spun brass and copper lamp pendants, made by traditional artisans in Sarajevo. IFDA some 68 years ago. CALEB ANDERSON, Caleb Anderson Design -Named an IFDA "Rising Star" in 2014, Caleb Anderson holds a degree in interior design and honed his craft under the direction of IFDA Risen Star Jamie Drake.

Welcome, New Members! SONIA ANAND, Senior PR Associate at DADA Goldberg, a communications firm specializing in architecture and design. She works on public relations for Italian lighting design house Foscarini, Brooklyn-based luxury furniture designer Hellman-Chang, and Italian contract brand Arper.

The eponymous design firm Caleb went on to found is marked by "tasteful eclecticism that forges an understanding between timelessness and today," a signature style he has exhibited last year in Traditional Home's Designer Showhouse in the Hamptons and the NYCottages & Gardens' Designer Showhouse at the W Residences in downtown New York. Caleb dazzled the 2014 "Take a Seat" crowd with his mirrored remake of a once very drab and square chair.

Already serving as IFDA NY Vice President of Public Relations, Sonia was previously at McGraw PR, where she worked on publicity and events for House Beautiful, Veranda, Hearst's Designer Visions Show House, and Stark Carpet. She has also been PR manager at Bungalow 5. A graduate of George Washington University, Sonia is a member of the Susan G. Komen Also an allied member of ASID, Caleb was cited as one Greater NYC Young Professionals committee of "6 Faces to Watch" in 2015 by Lonny Magazine. 5

JEANINE M. PEDERSEN, Takasago International Corp. (USA) Marketing Manager of Trends and Communications, Jeanine works in the Marketing Department of the Fragrance Division at Takasago. Her 16 years' experience in the fragrance and flavor Industry includes an earlier post as Creative Trends Manager in the Fragrance Marketing

Home, Lonny, Forbes, InStyle, New York Spaces, Connecticut Cottages and Gardens and design blogs, Quintessence, Viyet Blog, and The Editor at Large. He sits on the Friends Committee of The Alpha Workshops and the Board of Directors of Live Out Loud. GISELLE ULMO, Giselle Ulmo Design -- With a background in fashion accessory design, Giselle spent many years designing and coordinating lines for top manufacturers and programs for retailers before "following my passion" back to school and a degree in interior design. She is also the founder and editor of Room Interiors Online, the site she created "to inspire readers and help them create spaces they love, no matter the budget."

Department at Noville's. Charged with identifying and tracking trends across multiple categories and industries, she provides insights, analysis, and recommendations based on this research. She is also responsible for communications and newsletters within the company. Jeanine sits on the Board of Directors for Women in Flavor & Fragrance Commerce (WFFC), where she chairs the communications committee and co-hosts an annual NYC Trend Excursion designed to offer cross-category knowledge and stimulate creativity.

MICHELE VARIAN, Michele Varian Home Design -- 2014 IFDA Rising Star for product design, Michele is an exfashion designer who began her own business selling home textiles to stores such as Barneys, ABC, and Neiman Marcus. Her then-tiny shop in SoHo has grown into a goto resource for designers and editors who seek out her decorative pillows and recently launched collections of lamps, furniture,

DARRIN VARDEN, Darrin Varden Design -- a child who "was always rearranging the furniture the second my parents would leave,” Darrin grew up to study at FIT, working as a design assistant at Drake Design Assocs. while he was still in school. After a stint at Charles Klein, he returned to Drake Design as a senior designer for six years before launching his own company in spring 2013. Named an IFDA Rising Star last year, Darrin is known for partnering with artists and artisans on such projects as New York’s historic Apthorp building and other NY landmarks, including structures in The Hamptons. His work has been featured at Holiday House NYC, the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island, Red Cross Red & White Ball and in such publications as Traditional

wallpapers and fabrics. While Michele’s shop stocks items from all over the world, the collections she designs are all "proudly" made in the USA (with the exception of copper lamps made by traditional artisans in Sarajevo). To encourage US product design and manufacturing, she recently hosted Detroit Built, showcasing new products designed and made in Detroit, her home town.


LET’S SHINE THE SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT Su Hilty, FIFDA — VP of Sponsorship The chapter depends on our many yearly sponsors to bring you the best in education, networking and service to the design & furnishings community. We are thrilled to have the following companies RENEW for 2015: At the GOLD level: American Hardwood Information Center, Hunter Douglas, MAISON&OBJET PARIS, New York Design Center, NY NOW, and Stacy Garcia, Inc. Moving up to Gold from Silver are Cliff Young, Ltd., and Resource Furniture. At the SILVER level: Benjamin Moore & Co., Forty One Madison, and Kravet Inc. And NEW to SILVER status we welcome HG Stones! The IFDA NY Chapter thanks them for their support and urge each and everyone of you to do the same!

AND NOW, A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS: September in Paris? Mais Oui! MAISON&OBJET Paris is now accepting submissions from new exhibitor applicants for the upcoming show, Sept. 4 – 8. Interested parties can contact the MAISON&OBJET Paris office via phone 212-564-0404 or by email: Want to attend the show yourself? Good news! IFDA NY, is working on a special Paris package , in conjunction with Froggy Travel, to be announced shortly. Attendez your emails!! KRAVET's new Samarkand Collection expresses the beauty of Kravet prints through a range of both large- and smallscale patterns, highlighting intricate paisley and ikat designs that can be used in both transitional and contemporary settings. Offered in rich washed denim blues, rusty reds, and soft neutrals, these stunning fabrics are ideal for light upholstery,

bedcovering, pillows and accessories. To find out more, visit AMERICAN HARDWOOD INFORMATION CENTER: Have we got a proposition for you! If one of your stellar projects, large or small, involves the product that is near and dear to our hearts – American Hardwoods -- the American Hardwood Information Center would like to feature it at, the authoritative resource for consumers and professionals seeking inspiration and information about American Hardwoods. Simply send a photo and a brief paragraph of pertinent details to and we’ll “put it out there!” Spotlight on YOU! HG STONES, a leading supplier in the surfacing industry -- and a new IFDA NY Chapter Sponsor -- announces its third showroom opening in Manhattan’s Flatiron 7

A WORD FROM OUR SPONSORS: District on May 13. As a go-to destination for interior designers, architects, and kitchen and bath professionals, this resource center at 28 West 25th St.will serve as a comfortable work and educational environment for the trade. Staffed with a knowledgeable and perceptive crew, the space will feature exotic natural stone, environmentally conscious product lines such as Neolith sintered (revolutionary bonded-powder) compact surfaces and Vetrazzo recycled glass surfaces. Call 212.964.0900 or visit for more information.

and desires, Hunter Douglas offers the widest variety of product operating systems that eliminate lift cords altogether or substantially reduce access to them. This makes them especially well-suited for homes with young children. The LiteRise® cordless lifting system is one such option. As streamlined as it is convenient, the system is now available on the full range of the company’s roller shades. Visit:

Never mind the chill, March was Outdoor Month at 200 Lex — It made our outside brighter, as the New York Design Center highlighted the array of outdoor products and resources available in the building. There were plenty of showrooms with a breadth of outdoor items to explore and weekly themed events to attend. If you missed it, visit for more information about exciting upcoming happenings.

CLIFF YOUNG, Ltd. RELEASES NEW ECATALOG for the SIGNATURE COLLECTION. Designed inhouse and manufactured with small shops, craftsmen, and artisans, the Signature Collection is fully customizable and available with ecofriendly options. View the catalog at catalog.

NY NOW named New York City’s Top Tradeshow By BizBash: Based upon economic impact, buzz, innovation and prominence within the communities it serves, NY NOW, the Market for Home + Lifestyle, was ranked NYC’s top tradeshow as part of BizBash’s “NY’s Top 100 Events 2015.” Visit for details. From Aug.15-19 at NYC’s Javits Center, NY NOW’s three comprehensive collections – HOME, LIFESTYLE and HANDMADE – as well as NEW! exhibitors, will encompass 100,000 products in 400+ product categories. Information and registration is available online at

RESOURCE FURNITURE IN SAN FRANCISCO! Bringing its expertise in smart living to a new space in San Francisco’s design district. Resource Furniture's new 1,800 sq. ft. showroom at 300 Kansas St., Suite 105, will provide area designers, developers, architects and residents access to the finest multifunctional furniture solutions available. A soft opening was held during the week of March 16th with the official opening party set for March 26. IFDA invitation; email HUNTER DOUGLAS – AHEAD OF THE PACK -- Known for members get a special for details. staying in the lead when it comes to customer needs 8





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