Friday, May 16, 2014

Gratitude comes to mind when recapping our 2nd Annual Take A Seat chair charity auction in New York City


Recap of  the 2014 IFDA NY chapter
Take A Seat chair charity auction!
With NYC&G as our media sponsor, Room & Board as our host, Habitat for Humanity NYC our charity, and 28 talented designers on board transforming chairs, the stage was set for a spectacular evening!  

sampling of chairs created and donated from
Andrea Mihalik of Wild Chairy (left) 
Karim Rashid (right)
Libby Langdon, Kendell Cronstrom, Editor In Chief of NYC&G magazine, Lisa McMahon

Libby Langdon and Harrie E. Copeland in action...


June issue of NYC&G (left); 
Michael Tavano's chair (right)

generously raising the paddle, member & chair contributor Scott Hohl

Board & Committee member, interior designer and 
chair designer, Rose Ott with her daughter

This year we are over the moon with how our event came together.  In short, there were over 250 in attendance, with all 28 chairs selling to an enthusiastic audience at Room & Board store last Wednesday evening.  Interior designer Libby Langdon and professional auctioneer Harrie E. Copeland did a wonderful job of engaging the audience to create a fun-filled event.  Additionally, the entire team from NYC&G magazine was in attendance, and the CEO of Habitat for Humanity spoke to our audience about the exciting organization. We had additional sponsorship from AXOR and shopping website VIYET this year. On behalf of all of the IFDA board and committee members, we want to thank you for helping to make this event a success.  We hope to see you at our TAKE A BOW celebration on October 1 at the AXOR showroom in downtown NYC.  It will be time to come together, thank our sponsors and participating designers while presenting our gift to Habitat for Humanity as well as to SKYPE with other chapters to celebrate their upcoming events.  The TAKE A BOW event will kick-off six other chapters around the country as they prepare to host their very own Take A Seat chair auctions as well.

Thanks to 
Take A Seat founders 
Karen Wirrig and Maureen Klein

Lisa McMahon and I were this year's Co-Chairs.  
We are grateful for the outpouring of support and dedication within the community!
First, let's begin with our signature cocktail, 
(Tamara's homemade basil, 
lime, lemon vodka gimlet) 
It was the talk of the town, a hit, 
and aptly named by Lisa,
TAKE A CAB!  
28 designers put their talent to work together with their generous spirit to gift us these beautiful chairs.  
 committee members and chair designing team,
Andrea Algaze and Deborah Martin
chair designers Justin Shaulis 
& Toma Clark Haines
Chair designers Michael Tavano and Robin Baron with the evening MC interior designer Libby Langdon
chair designers strike a pose 
with our generous media sponsor, 
Editor In Chief NYC&G, Kendell Cronstrom 
designers and IFDA members 
hamming it up for the camera 

blogger and designer Carrie Leskowitz
with public relations guru Andrew Joseph  (left)
Lisa McMahon with our photographer 
Kate Jerte from Editor at Large
some members of our committee:
Andrea Algaze, Andrea Brodfuerer 
& Catarine Wright
Chair designer Vanessa Deleon (center) with friends
The incredibly supportive and talented 
Room & Board team 
 Lisa playing Vanna White for the evening...
Popular blogger Rio Hamilton
chatting with Carrie Leskowitz
 IFDA NY chapter President, Kara Marmion with
Kravet's Jennifer McConnell
 Lisa and I posing 
with Sara Fox Tracy of Habitat for Humanity NYC
 design team Moncef & Sara Toijuer
Jade Ng, IFDA (left) and Amanda Mobley (right) 
AXOR Hansgrohe.  Axor is hosting the IFDA Take a Bow event on October 1 when all six chapters will kick off the fall exhibits.
with chair designers Toma Clark Haines, Saxon Henry & Pryor Calloway 
Dustin O'Neal and his assistant with Joan Dineen, interior designer and chair designer 
(and, this year's IFDA Rising Star) 
  We even garnished great press.  
With Editor At Large taking professional party pics and covering our auction, we were in good hands! Check out the Editor At Large recap
Andrew Joseph with NYC&G folks
Habitat NYC's CEO 
giving us the skinny on the organization
interior designer Robin Baron's Chloe chair