IFDA Take A Seat Sarah Sarna Tina Ramchandani

I’m happy to announce that my friend, interior designer Tina Ramchandani of Life in Sketch, and I have teamed up to up-cycle a chair for the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA)‘s first ever IFDA Take a Seat International Design Exhibition. The exhibit, simultaneously taking place in New York, San Diego, and Osaka, Japan, will feature up-cycled chairs creatively redesigned by area members of the furnishings and design industry. Proceeds will benefit Japan Tsunami Relief, Hurricane Sandy Relief and Chapter professional development.

IFDA Take A Seat

Take A Seat participants are asked to up-cycle / refurbish a chair which will be on display for 10 days in New York, California, and Japan, from May 7 through May 16.  In New York, the 10 day exhibition will begin with May 7th’s Take A Seat kick off party at TOTO‘s SoHo showroom, where we’ll be able to skype with participants in Japan and California.

For the ten day exhibition in New York, the chairs will be on display at Lillian August‘s Flatiron-district showroom. During this time you’ll be able to vote for your favorite chair, and bid in the silent auction for the one you’d like to take home.

On Thursday May 16th, the chairs will be auctioned off at the Take A Seat gala and live silent auction at Lillian August, hosted by interior designer Jamie Drake. One chair in each of the three cities will also win the “People’s Choice” award. To buy tickets for this fun event for a great cause ($20.00/each), visit IFDA.

Stay tuned: tomorrow and Friday I’ll share more of how our up-cycling project is going so far, including: a look at the chair, the fabric we’ve chosen for it, and the workroom where our chair’s transformation will take place. In the meantime, visit IFDA’s blog for more details on all of the New York City chapter designers taking part, with sneak peeks of their chairs “before.” Also make sure to visit Tina’s blog, Life in Sketch, to read her perspective on the process, as well as follow along on twitter and instagram under the hashtag #IFDATakeASeat.

Images / Portrait of Tina and I by Photographer: Courtney Price, Take A Seat logo via IFDA Take a Seat /

Author: Sarah Sarna

Interior Designer and Author at SarahSarna.com, empowering women to decorate and dress with confidence.