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FROM THE PRESIDENT.... I don’t know about you but I’m relieved it’s finally Summer. This past Winter and Spring was a blur of activity. I saw IFDA members bustling around the hottest trade shows, gearing up to participate in various charity events, flexing their creative muscle at Design On A Dime, Kips Bay, and our very own Take A Seat program, which included a full-scale exhibition at ICFF this year. I also saw a lot of diligent note-taking as experts talked trends and shared a glimpse into the future of home. Right, so did I mention I’m glad it’s Summer? IFDA NY President Andrea Brodfuehrer at May’s Take a Seat For me this Summer is about letting go — event (Photo: Richard Lewin, kicking back with friends and family — sharing meals and beautiful vistas and Courtesy NYC&G)

In This Issue: Letter from the President


What’s Up This Summer


Join IFDA’s Trip to Paris


IFDA-EF Walking Tour Supports Moran Grant


IFDA NY in Action


Welcome New Members


Spotlight on Stacy Garcia


Remembering Flora Porras


Members Making News


A Word from Our Sponsors

taking the time to reconnect with others. Thankfully, our IFDA calendar has just that in mind, too, so that we can all Contributors: approach the Fall refreshed and reinvigorated. Rose Gilbert, FIFDA—Editor Oh, but did I mention our Summer Social (Thursday, July 23, on the Grohe Anna Israel—Editor roof)? Or the July and August CCCs -- Cocktails, Conversation & Connections Andrea Brodfuehrer at fun evenings in cool NYC venues? Can't go all summer without some IFDA Susan Hirsch fun! Su Hilty, FIFDA Maureen Klein Andrea Claudia Gisele Tejeda



September in Paris! Join IFDA's Trip to Maison & Objet See the City of Lights -- and special delights, like touring the great Museum of Decorative Arts with a private guide and shopping Maison&Objet, the leadingedge design show-of-shows. IFDA NY Chapter Gold Sponsor, Maison&Objet Paris is working with Froggy Travel to offer a great trip at a great price, Sept. 3 - 9. With the three-star hotel Fontaine du Luxembourg as our base, the IFDA trip includes a private transfer from the airport, six nights at the hotel (located next to the elegant Luxembourg garden and French senate), a welcome cocktail reception, an unlimited pass for Parisian public transportation, and a free pass to the dazzling Maison&Objet show. Oh, and did we mention the guided visit to the Louvre's famed Musee des Arts Decoratif? All for $1,195.00 double occupancy ($1,890.00 single, upon availability). Click here for the Maison & Objet website ( Register at Froggy Travel > IFDA SEP 2015.

EF Steps Back into NY History: IFDA Walking Tour Supports Valerie Moran Grant by Susan Hirsch, NY VP Educational Foundation Taking 400 years of New York City history literally in stride this month, IFDA Educational Foundation (EF) led an architectural tour through the Lower Manhattan neighborhood where NY really began, visiting landmarks and revisiting the history, people, and events that power Wall Street today. Led by a professional historian, the IFDA group toured the Beaux Arts US Custom House, grand old bank building with 40-foot granite columns and elaborate detailing, the Greco-Roman Federal Hall, NY Stock Exchange, and sites associated with 18th century slave uprisings. The tour ended at Trinity Church, whose history traces to the 1690s (originally built with help from Captain William Kidd, the pirate). The present, gloriously Gothic church dates from 1846 and has one of the few cemeteries in Manhattan. The walking tour raised funds for the Valerie Moran Grant Fund, established by the NY Chapter in memory of innovator, designer, merchandiser, and business leader, Valerie Moran, FIFDA. Valerie was a past president of the NY Chapter and a Circle of Excellence recipient in 1998. Special thanks to Leslie Young and Cliff Young Ltd. for their generous contribution to the Valerie Moran Grant Fund. For more information or to make contributions, go to or send a check to IFDA-EF 2401 Harbor Island Road, New Bern, NC 28562. IFDA/EF is a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization. 2

What’s Up This Summer Coming Events @ IFDA JULY 7/13: COCKTAILS, CONVERSATIONS & CONNECTIONS 5:30-7:30PM (Venue TBA) 7/14: INSPIRED BY DESIGN @ HG STONES 6:00-8:00PM 28 W 25th Street **Members Only** 7/23: SUMMER SOCIAL w/ NKBA 5:30-8:00PM Grohe America 160 Fifth Ave, 4th Floor @20th Street **Members Only**

AUGUST 8/3: COCKTAILS, CONVERSATIONS & CONNECTIONS 5:30-7:30PM (Venue TBA) 8/16: IFDA SELECTS— JUDGES DAY AT NYNOW IFDA’s team of judges names best-in-show products. 8/17: A VISUAL JOURNEY: EXPLORING TRENDS IN COLOR & MATERIALS 8:30-10:00AM @ NY NOW, Javits Center Stacy Garcia gives her insider perspective on this season’s most important color trends. Breakfast hosted by Pratt & Lambert

IFDA NY IN ACTION Talk about having new spring in our step! After that winter of everyone's discontent, IFDA shifted into high gear with a series of Springtime events that also engaged the larger design community. We raised spirits and we raised funds for worthy causes like Habitat for Humanity. We raised our glasses, too, making IFDA the toast of the industry with such projects as IFDA Selects and our escorted tour into the "Future of Home" in Material ConneXion's library of dazzling new resources. We also scored a standing ovation for our third annual Take A Seat gala auction, celebrating the Pygmalion pleasures of upcycling old and odd seating pieces. Now that it's summer, the livin' may be easy, but it's still filled with must-do events (check the calendar on page 2 for upcoming options). GLIMPSING THE FUTURE AT MATERIAL CONNEXION — We have seen the future -- thanks to the spectacular event at Material ConneXion in May -- and it is all about design. The panel of expert prognosticators assembled by moderator Hermine Mariaux laid out 10 big coming ideas and influencers. Dr. Andrew H. Dent, Material ConneXion's VP Library and Materials Research head, cited sugar, the connected home, and soft and hard surfaces. Matilda McQuaid, Deputy Curatorial Director, Head of Textiles for CooperHewitt, saluted technology's impact on textiles; and Leslie Clagett, founder of KB Culture, discussed new appliances and multifunctional surfaces. (Ask the IFDA office for the detailed list of their Big Ideas.) IFDA SELECTS THE BEST IN SHOWS — Teams of industry experts judged The Best at the Architectural Digest Home Show, ICFF, and Brooklyn Designs.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST HOME SHOW: ABOUT TO PASS JUDGMENT (from left): Andrea Algaze, Hermine Mariaux, Andrea Brodfuehrer, Julie Schuster, Claudia Giselle Tejeda, Caterine Wright, Stacy Garcia, Dwayne Clark

ICFF: SEEKING IFDA WINNERS — Judges panel includes (from left) Atsuko Mayachi, Yasue Ishikawa, Michael Tavano, Deborah Martin, Andrea Algaze, MANSION IN MAY -- The spectacular 30 x 60 ft. drawing Andrea Brodfuehrer, Gregory Allan Cramer, and room James created in the Turn-of-the-Century Beaux Maureen Klein Arts mansion, Blairsden, wowed the record crowd who viewed the 2014 showhouse, which raised $2 million for the Morristown Medical Center in New Jersey.

BROOKLYN DESIGNS: SET TO SELECT THE BEST — Judges Scott Hohl, Patricia Fox, Andrea Brodfeuhrer, Wendy Silverstein, Rose Ott, Nancy Fire, Richard Segal, Tracey Steele, and Claudia Gisele Tejeda.


IFDA IN ACTION TAKE A SEAT TAKES ANOTHER BOW -- How can you turn an old chair into a new house? IFDA wizards, along with New York Cottages & Gardens, did it for the third time last month, up-cycling derelict seating pieces into dazzling works of art and artifice that raised funds for Habitat for Humanity New York. With 26 imaginative chairs on the auction block at Safavieh Home Furnishings, "We reached our $10,000 goal," reports Committee co-chair Maureen Klein. And for Chapter members, friends, and admirers who first saw the chairs on display at the ICFF, the fun that fueled the third annual TAS gala was simply priceless.

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO MAKE TAKE A SEAT STAND OUT! Co-Chairs Maureen Klein and Andrea Brodfuehrer led their enthusiastic, talented team to a highly successful third take on Take a Seat. (Photo: Richard Lewin, Courtesy NYC&G)

IT TAKES A VISION TO UP-CYCLE AN OLD CHAIR! Two dozen -plus designers worked magic, bringing new life to tired old chairs (and $$$ for Habitat for Humanity NY). (Photo: Richard Lewin, Courtesy NYC&G)

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.

SHOWCASED AT ICFF: Take a Seat chairs took a star turn in the IFDA booth imagined by Penny Sikalis and Patricia Fox.




...WHILE AT THE AUCTION DOWNSTAIRS— Designer Lani Adeoye’s Lilo chair kept Emcee Michael Tavano in the loop, literally.

THE POINT OF IT ALL?— Raising funds and fun with creations like the (Day) Bed of Nails, designed by Bromley Caldari Architects and Martin Azzopardi (and tested, gingerly, by IFDA NY board member Anna Israel).

THE TAS PROJECT WENT TO HER HEAD— Patricia Fox models the garden party from the collection of whimsy toppers she conjured with Mari O’Connor.

Keith Davis -- A 13-year veteran of the gift, home and furniture industries, Keith is a Leasing Manager for the International Market Centers, Las Vegas Market. Based in New York, he leases and manages the home décor temporaries, and is responsible for the cONE Temporaries, a curated exhibit for design- and luxury-

WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS! Esmeralda Coral Askenas, a recent grad of NYU with a Certificate in Interior Design, is the workshop manager at an antique shop in Tribeca and has recently been offered a position at a boutique architectural design firm in Chelsea. She has been an active member of IFDA since February 2015 and says she "has enjoyed being part of this great organization." 5

WELCOME, NEW MEMBERS! driven furniture, home décor, and table top. Since his early days at the LA Mart in Los Angeles, Keith says, his "passion for design and journalistic mindset for the creative process" make him want to understand how his customer’s products are born. Not only fascinating, he says, it also affords insights on how best to show those products at market. An avid traveler, Keith journeyed earlier this year to see the singular design of South Africa, displayed at Design Indaba in Cape Town.

grained” a 68-ft.-tall structure. She has appeared on ABC's "Extreme Home Makeover," and was recently named “Extraordinary Woman of Nassau County” for excellence in her profession and volunteerism. Vivian Rosenberg, student member, expects to graduate from the New York School of Interior Design with a BFA next spring. Born and raised in Brooklyn, she says she loves spending days sourcing fabric and furniture all over the City. An internship at Michele Bitter Designs gave her a taste of "reallife" projects, Vivi reports. She is also a member of IFDA, ASID, and IIDA.

Amanda Foran, who says she early-on realized her calling in design, followed that calling to earn her Associates Degree in Interior Design at FIT in 2011. Working in the industry led her to her "true passion," home products, so she is currently back at FIT, working toward a BA in Home Products Development, graduating next May. Introduced to IFDA at a FIT Home Products club, Amanda volunteered for several events and has now become a student member.

Also new to IFDA NY:

Scott Cook, Lapicida, LLC Frances C. Digiovanni Babureddy G. Mareddy, HG Stones AnnMarie Negritti Shameka Newkirk Richard L. Segal, Metropolitan Home Hardware & Bath, LLC Debbie Viola, Custom Art Anne-Elizabeth Spittler Finishes & Murals by Debbie Rikki Tenenbaum Viola. For five years voted Alexandra Voukitchevitch. "Best Artist of Long Island" in a Long Island Press contest, Debbie specializes in unique fine plasters, finishes and murals. For the Ritz-Carlton Central Park lobby, she created faux marble on wood to match existing marble. She also restored St. Agnes Cathedral in Rockville Centre, NY, where she “faux wood6

IFDA Spotlight On:

Stacy Garcia Stacy Garcia is out to make the world feel at-home, both at-home and traveling to the many hospitality sites outfitted in her signature bold colors and unexpected designs. Chapter Gold Sponsor, uber designer, and (as it says on her business card) Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer of the two thriving fashion companies she's built since her 26th birthday, Stacy sees design "as a form of communication, a language. "At the end of the day, design is about wanting to feel connected," she SETTING A FANCIFUL TABLE -- Stacy Garcia waxed imaginative with her new believes. "If you are part of a tribe of ‘Paper Muse’ Collection for York Wallcoverings at DIFFA’s ‘Dining By Design.’ people, you feel more connected." Which is exactly why she decided to connect with IFDA, Stacy says. She had scored big in hospitality design with LebaTex, the commercial textile supplier named for her great-grandmother, Leba, that soon became de rigueur for five-star hotels and resorts across the globe. In 2004, she spun off the Stacy Garcia design house, a global lifestyle brand producing designs for textiles and carpeting, wallcoverings, lighting, furniture, and more. Earlier this year, she launched "Stacy Garcia New York," her signature luxury residential collection. So, Stacy recalls, "We were looking around for a group to align with. We looked at other organizations -- I'm a member of multiple industry organizations. What I loved about IFDA is that it offers cross-pollination. You get different view-points. And the people had so ‘WILD POPPIES’ LIVE UP TO THE NAME -- Stacy’s New York much energy, so much passion!" Collection by York Wallcoverings

Both of which Stacy herself has plenty. Born in Guadalajara, a descendent of German, Russian, and Polish immigrants, she took her BFA in Surface Pattern Design from Syracuse U and studied textile design at Central St. Martins in London. Then she was off on her career path, working for Ralph Lauren's Home Collection and Richloom Contract fabrics before going on her own. Today, Stacy's design "tribe" is peopled with trend and color experts -- she's a Chairholder at the Color Marketing Group -- plus, hands-on artists like engravers and loom technicians. "I'm inspired by the designers, manufacturers, and individuals with whom I work," Stacy says. "And I hope to empower others to have the confidence to make their own connections and creations -- in design and in life."


Members Making News MOVING ON, MOVING UP — Linda Kulla and Penny event on the 19th of June. Sikalis, long-time, load-bearing chapter members have No rest for the obsessed! June 20 found them out at opened new chapters in their professional lives. the Sag Harbor Art & Craft Fair. Past President and long-time treasurer, Linda was Worth the effort, reports Tamara. Their "soft" opening recently named Director of Business Development at made hard news in such media as NY Social Diary, The TTS Worldwide, LLC of Westbury, NY an international Editor At Large, NY Spaces, Elle Decor's social global logistics company. Reporting directly to the media....and, ta-dum, the IFDA NY eNews you're president, she is responsible for new business reading). opportunities in the home furnishings Industries. BEARING WITNESS / WITNESSING BEARS — Past Chapter President and current treasurer, Penny is Su Hilty FIFDA, VP Sponsorship, spent the first half of now sales manager at Home & Textiles Today (H&TT), a June notching her passport on her seventh global major New York-based trade publication that is part of adventure with Lindblad Expeditions. Progressive Business Media. She will report to H&TT After exploring the Baja, Galapagos, Costa Rica and publisher Warren Shoulberg. Panama, the Antarctic, Egypt, and Alaska, this trip was A veteran of the textiles business, Penny is responsible really cool: Su and her sorority sister/traveling buddy for advertising sales and new business initiatives. Most covered the Arctic Circle, including the Svalbard recently VP for Surtex , the international art licensing Archipelago and Iceland. and surface design show, she was in charge of Business See polar bears? Development at George Little Management (acquired "The first night!" by Emerald Expositions in 2014). Kayaking? That's Su ‘SOFT OPENINGS CAN and her boon BE HARD!’ — Ask companion stroking Tamara Stephenson, VP across the Communications, megaWoodfjord on the blogger and half the north shore of creative team behind Spitsbergen Island in "Root Cellar," the new the Archipelago. home collection she's just launched with fashion designer Susan Young. ‘ROOT CELLAR’ IN BLOOM — Tamara Stephenson (right) and colleague Susan Young launched their new collection at myriad charity galas, including the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Gala at Cipriani’s.

To put their fabrics, tabletop cloths, napkins, tea towels and pillows on the fashion map, they've been all over the map, locally, in a "whirlwind" of five philanthropic design industry charity events, starting in April with the Lenox Hill Neighborhood Gala at Cipriani's. Next: the Design On a Dime Gala, IFDA's Take A Seat Gala, the New Canaan Beautification League's luncheon and tea, and the Southampton Fresh Air Fund

TOURING KIPS BAY BACKSTAGE — Charles Pavarini III (top) leads IFDAers through this year’s decorator show house which included —drum roll— Pavarini’s own dramatically lit, lapis-and-aqua paean to ‘Midnight Manhattan.’ (Photo: Rose Hittmeyer) 8

REMEMBERING FLORA PORRAS (1961 - 2015) Exuberant and fun, vibrant and energetic, creative, caring, and devoted to IFDA, Flora Porras will be remembered in many important ways as the New York Chapter mourns her sudden death from a brain aneurysm in June. Born in the Lima Province in Peru and forever proud of Peruvian culture and traditions, Flora came to the US in the 1980’s. She traveled with Heddy, her sister, to become nanny to Jessie and Michael Chance, children of a family in Westchester, New York, who now have children of their own. She stayed for some 10 years, teaching the youngsters many valuable lessons and making incredible costumes for them every Halloween -one of Flora’s favorite holidays. Recognizing her artistic talents, the family arranged for her to attend art classes, which is where she first met IFDA’s Christine Jeanquier. “Her paintings were colorful, reflecting with poetry the soul of the people and country she loved so much. Two years later, I organized her first exhibition in Larchmont and sold everything!” Christine recalls.

loved parties, and creating the products that America would find at their local retailers. She gave back in her community, too-- volunteering at her local soup kitchen and working endless hours to help restore the rich woodwork in her 150-yearold White Plains church. Flora loved the IFDA Educational Foundation walks, and just this month had signed up for the walking tour of downtown New York. She never showed. By then she was already planning the best party ever in heaven. Flora, we miss you, and can only imagine the fabulous costume you must be wearing to that heavenly fiesta.

Christine moved around the world after that, but credits IFDA with helping them to reconnect 30 years later. They even planned to create a chair together for Take a Seat last year before work got too busy. By then, Flora was Senior Concept Designer at Amscam Inc. -- she’d been spotted by someone from the company when she was taking those art lessons 17 years earlier.

-- Maureen Klein

Generous with her time, joining many IFDA special event committees over the last 11 years, always adding sparkle, charm and creative touches, Flora


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