Tuesday, March 5, 2013

A call for designers: IFDA's Take A Seat event is in full swing - Register Today to showcase your talent in NYC, California or Japan

written by Tamara Matthews-Stephenson
of Nest by Tamara blog and @nestnestnest on Twitter

Join us over here at IFDA for a 
fun, creative project called,
Take A Seat
a new event this May
where designers can register to "up cycle" a chair 
(oh, please, be creative!) 
 have it displayed
then auctioned off to the highest bidder,
and all for a great cause.  

Three IFDA Chapters are involved, 
and all working simultaneously
with exhibits in their own cities
photograph I took at Artistic Frame showroom

Here in 
New York City 
 Japanese company,
at 25 Mercer Street
is on board to host a preview cocktail party 
Tuesday, May 7
where we will get a 
sneak peak 
of the newly refurbished chairs

for 10 days 
at 12 West 20th Street
is generously displaying the 25 chairs in 
their windows and throughout the showroom, 
culminating with a kick-off celebration
on Thursday, May 16th
where the chairs will be auctioned off 
to the highest bidder. 
and, great news just came in:
designer Jamie Drake, FASID will serve as the celebrity MC and host for the gala even and auction on May 16 at Lillian August.  

chairs I spotted at last year's Brimfield Antique Show

I hope you will be one of the lucky designers 
to take part in this fabulously, creative venture.
It can be a chair you found at your local flea market,
 or maybe you make your chair out of some interesting materials, 
then showcase your creative talent.

funds will help support both the 
Japan Tsunami Relief
Hurricane Sandy Relief

For updates and more details please follow
chair from the reproduction collection at the Federalist showroom

There is only room for 25 entries, 
and we are half way there, 
Register Here
for your very own spot to enter your chair

my very own Chippendale style vintage chair I painted and upholstered 
in sea grass wallpaper from Hinson

every registered designer will be asked to provide
 a head shot and biography, 
and names will be included in
media efforts, 
with social media promotion as well.

I am choosing between a few chair ideas, 
and working on the details as we speak
maybe I will paint, wallpaper or upholster 
my chair,
maybe, a combination of all three...

stay tuned!