Friday, May 2, 2014

Part 2: The 2nd annual Take A Seat charity auction with profiles of designers and their chairs -- Betsey Johnson, Karim Rashid, Joan Dineen, Justin Shaulis, Joan Dineen, Pamela Copeman, Robin Baron, Andrea Algaze & Deborah Martin

We are happy to announce the upcoming May 14 
Take A Seat chair auction invitation is now published both in print and online in NYC&G magazine.
This May issue of the magazine is chock-filled with beautiful local design projects.  With just days until our 2nd annual Take A Seat chair charity auction, please purchase tickets here -- space is limited! Proceeds from our event will go to  
Habitat For Humanity New York City.  
About Habitat:
Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing. Currently, the organization is rehabilitating vacant houses in Queens for homeownership, performing critical repairs on homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy and revitalizing community centers throughout the five boroughs through its 
Brush with Kindness program. 
To learn more, visit 
or follow them on Twitter at @HabitatNYC.
Today, let's continue profiling the talented interior designers and artists who are currently working away transforming a chair to donate to our May 14 auction at the Room & Board showroom in Soho. 
First, see the names of 28 Designers & Artists creating chair designs for our event
1. Caleb Anderson
2. Vanessa DeLeon
3. Rose Ott
4. Peter Fasano
5. Saxon Henry & Pryor Callaway
6. Scott Hohl
7. Andrea Algaze & Deborah Martin
8. Michelle Slovak
9. Tracy Steele
10. Michael Tavano
11. Sara and Moncef Touijer
12. KathArine Wood
13. Justin Shaulis
14. Alan Tanksley
15. Andrea Mihalik of Wild Chairy
16. Toma Clark Haines, The Antiques Diva
17. Pamela Copeman
18. Betsey Johnson
19. Esther Sadowsky & Jim Parlow
20. Ondine Karady
21. Karim Rashid
22. Robin Baron
23. Evelyn Miller
24. Michael Danielsen
25. Joan Dineen
26. Claire Russo & Liz
 27. Gregory Allan Cramer 

28. Caty Tillman/Darlene Chimaliro of Mod(ish) 
Please read our Part I post profiling
six of the designers.
 7. Betsey Johnson's 
Betsey Johnson loves the idea of furniture dressed in clothes.  We are oh, so tickled pink to have this fashion icon on board, and cannot wait to see what creativity she has up her designer sleeve.
Known for her celebration of the exuberant, the embellished and the over-the-top, Betsey has been rocking the fashion industry with her unique and original designs since the 1960s. Her ability to
change with the times while keeping her designs pure has not gone unnoticed. Betsey Johnson, both the woman and the label, is constantly
moving forward and continues to keep a strong
foothold in the fashion industry.  Her love of detail and design is evident in everything she does.  

8. Justin Shaulis' 

Not Your Average Rockin' Chair

Justin Shaulis has been busy in the studio making over this stylish chair; please see sneak peeks below.  
(above) Justin transforming his chair in the studio.

Justin develops projects by balancing classic and modern forms that are inspiring through their architecture and refreshing in their layered design. His formal practice includes work with architect Shigeru Ban and interior designer Jennifer Post. The influence and aesthetic of each project varies depending on the collaboration with the clients and the context of the home. Justin's diverse background includes a rural Pennsylvanian upbringing, a Big 10 Architecture Degree and travel centered around antiquing. Justin was the Design Host for the HGTV series "Home Rules."
Please find Justin on Twitter @Justinshaulis and Facebook Justin-Shaulis-Inc 

9. Karim Rashid's

This is the second year Karim Rashid will donate a chair to our event.  He is one of the most prolific designers of his generation. Over 3000 designs in production, over 300 awards and work in over 35 countries attest to Karim’s legend of design. His award winning designs include democratic objects such as the ubiquitous Garbo waste can and Oh Chair for Umbra, interiors such as the Morimoto restaurant in Philadelphia and the Semiramis hotel in Athens. Karim collaborated with clients to create democratic design for Method and Dirt Devil, furniture for Artemide and Magis, brand identity for Citibank and Hyundai, high tech products for LaCie and Samsung, and luxury goods for Veuve Clicquot and Swarovski, to name a few.  Karim on Twitter, @Karim_design
and Facebook
We await his surprise... 

is inspired by this quote,
“Gardening is how I relax.  
It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.”
~Oscar de la Renta
We are excited to have Boston-based designer, Pamela Copeman attending and donating a chair.  From seaside homes to luxury condominiums in Boston's  Back Bay, award-winning interior designer Pamela Copeman is noted for her posh panache and timeless designs that unite classic style with a modern, often colorful twist.  Pamela is also an accomplished painter. She describes her artistic style as “juicy, colorful, eclectic and loose”. Pamela’s work is imbued with her designer’s eye and firm belief that inspiration is everywhere.
 Check out Pamela's blog, Posh Palettes
or on Twitter @pamelacopeman 
and Pamela Copeman Design Group Facebook
Joan Dineen was a recipient of this year's IFDA Rising Stars, and we are happy to have her a part of this event as well.  She is a New York City-born daughter of a Sea Captain, and a real life (but much straighter) version of Joan Harris from Mad Men.  Joan thought she was going to be an Astronaut, got an engineering degree from Cornell University and an architecture degree from Columbia, and now regularly scares clients by attaching too much important to the scale of pillows.  Although she held posts at I.M. Pei's architecture firm, and worked as a structural engineer, it was a natural outgrowth of working in New York City that she became an interior designer.  From the beginning, she found it impossible to think of spaces without thinking of their color, texture and furnishings. 
Joan Dineen
We look forward to ringing in the season with Joan's Spring-inspired creation!

(left) a fresh first coat of paint by artist, Debbie Viola
(right) the "before"
12.  Andrea Algaze and Deborah Martin's
A "Club" chair for Sgt. Pepper
Utilizing the talent from painter and artist Debbie Viola, this design duo is transforming something old, and making it new again with pop mod textiles from Clarke & Clarke and Duralee, culminating with a celebration of The Beatles 50th anniversary.  Brit invasion-inspired wing chair circa 1600 England is made Tres Chic in yellow submarine. The designers are very excited to be working with Debbie Viola on the creation of the chair, who donated her services for this worthwhile cause.  Debbie was voted Best of Long Island four years in a row as a muralist and painter.  She currently has a collection of abstract canvas paintings and silk scarves on exhibit at the Roosevelt Field's Bloomingdales. 
Both these ladies are IFDA board members, helping tremendously on the Take A Seat committee and now donating and transforming a chair together. 
Artist and designer Andrea Algaze specializes in residential design, color consulting, and home styling.  She has spent her career in many areas of design - interiors, architectural, industrial, fashion, textiles & jewelry design, and appreciates the idea of how all design can be transforming.  
Deborah Martin, as the owner and creative director of her eponymous interior design firm, Deborah Martin, offers comprehensive design services to discriminating upmarket clients based upon the premise that every project is unique.  With a strong commitment to searching for the most inspiring and sensational luxury design elements and to the highest level of service, Deborah creates sophisticated yet welcoming environments.  Deborah employs a demonstrated versatility in creating dynamic, distinctive and livable residential clients.
Please find Deborah Martin Design Concepts on Twitter as @DMDsgn and Facebook DeborahMartinDesign
and read her informative blog, Design Chronicles
Please find Andrea on Twitter @AndreaAlgaze
and Facebook, AndreaWalgaze
Upholster @DiamondInterior in the beginning stages of working on the chair.
13. Robin Baron's 
Robin Baron took inspiration from her teen daughter, who loves turquoise and glam, and is very cool!

Robin is thankful to Christopher Hyland fabrics, and Paul Von Urban of Baron Upholstery --
we are certain the chair will look fabulous!

Robin Baron’s mission is creating interiors that inspire, while helping empower people through their homes. With over 20 years of experience and expertise in all aspects of interior design, Robin thrives on creating homes that are both harmonious and livable.
As the new incoming President-Elect of ASID NY Metro Chapter, Robin shows her commitment to the design community. She brings innovative and vibrant perspectives to everything she does. Robin maintains a client-centric approach in all of her work and believes that each project is unique and all about the client.
Robin's blog, Simplifying Fabulous!, has become well known for its fun and informative approach to interior and lifestyle design.  Find Robin Baron on Facebook, and @RobinBaron on Twitter as well.

Another bonus to attending our chair auction
is every attendee on May 14 can enter a chance to win Room & Board's AIDAN chair and ottoman.
Our generous host has offered to gift one of their popular chairs, The Aidan and the Aidan ottoman, which are offered in three different fabric choices. One lucky winner will be chosen and announced at the end of the auction by MC, Libby Langdon!
  the Aidan chair and ottoman
Please follow our IFDA TAS pin board
as well as on our very own IFDA TAS website outlining all details surrounding this annual, international chapter-wide event.
Stop back for more 
designer profiles soon!

1 comment:

  1. I'm a big fan of Pamela Copeman's designs, this is the first of the chair that I've seen by her, I cannot wait to see the end result it is sure to be stunning (and I'm sure my favorite)!