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Orange County 2018 Fashion Show – Call for Day‐of Volunteers


“Icons of Rock” Call for Day‐of Volunteers

Volunteers Needed:

2018 IIDA Fashion Show – May 3rd, 2018

What You’ll Get:

Be part of a close‐knit design community actively promoting and supporting the practice of interior design in Orange County. The Southern California City Center Committee organizes and develops a full range of amazing events and programs for CA‐based designers and IIDA industry members, giving committee members valuable opportunities to contribute to the City Center’s growth and build their professional network in many ways.

Who we’re looking for:

Anyone within proximity to Orange County who is an IIDA Member or looking to become an IIDA Member who shares a passion for elevating interior design in Southern California.

Interested in membership? Visit iida‐socal.org to learn more or call IIDA at 888.799.4432

What you’ll do:

Open committee positions and responsibilities include:

Arrive to AV Irvine at 3pm:

  • Fabric Grab
  • Back of House Help
  • Front of House Help
  • After Event Clean Up
  • Duties working from 3 ‐ 9:30 pm

Arrive to AV Irvine at 4:30pm:

  • Check In (if you’re only volunteering for check in, if helping with another volunteer committee, please come at the earliest time listed).
  • Duties working from 4:30 ‐ 6pm

If you have any questions, please contact us at occc@iida‐socal.org

Inland Empire’s QVC Design Tour Recap


IIDA Inland Empire members toured QVC, designed by QVC Internal Design Team and RGA, on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, with more than 40 guests in attendance. Prior to the tour, Elizabeth Gonzalez and Vita Lagoda from IOS, along with Patrice Brown, Senior Communications Partner at QVC, spoke about the design intent and answered questions. IOS partnered with RGA and QVC, to create a stunning 1.2 million square foot distribution center and office space. Furnishings included selections from Haworth, KI and Global.

Millions of people shop QVC every day for apparel, cosmetics, and home goods. QVC, short for quality, value and convenience, offers a highly engaging, highly differentiated shopping experience that attracts their customers with relevant products and authentic story telling. The new space in Ontario engages employees in a modern, light filled LEED Gold Certified building. A 250kV solar farm occupies space on the rooftop, and the building features 840 skylights. The state of the art distribution center features 3 miles of conveyor system and sorting systems that can ship 150 units per minute. The facility opened on August 29, 2016 and shipped its first order 2 days later.

The floor plan features several collaborative work areas, as well as casual gathering areas for employees. According to QVC, their new space embodies their company’s culture. The space is welcoming and innovative, housing 349 employees currently with plans to expand to 1100 employees within a few years.

Thank you to Patrice Brown at QVC for hosting IIDA Inland Empire for hosting us at this inspiring facility, and IOS and Haworth for providing drinks and snacks for the tour.

California Interior Designers Bring Advocacy to Sacramento’s Capitol Hill

Wagner, Weeman, Susan Coddington (CID, IIDA, NCIDQ, president of CDG Interior Design and Architecture), McLean-Bergel, Carlos Posada (IIDA, LEED AP, principal at Gensler Los Angeles), and Burry pose in the California State Capitol

On February 13, several IIDA SoCal professional members joined the IIDA NoCal chapter to participate in an inspiring and effective Capitol Day in Sacramento. The primary purpose of the outreach opportunity was to communicate to our legislators, the importance of Advocacy to further advance the profession of Commercial Interior Design. In many cases, our legislators don’t know what the role of a commercial interior designer encompasses, nor do they fully understand the complexities of professional interior design services. The day was very positive in presenting typical project examples, answering questions and developing personal contact with our governmental representatives. The following article, written and published by Interiors and Sources covers the highlights of the day:


DesignWalk LA 2018: Event Re-cap


Last week, the IIDA Los Angeles City Center celebrated the very first DesignWalk LA event. This event has been over one year in the making and is sure to be a must-attend for the Interior Design Los Angeles Community in years to come.


Monica DuPrey, Senior Interior Designer at IA Interior Architects, spearheaded this incredible event. She is both the LA City Center Professional Development Chair as well as the DesignWalk event co-chair. In Monica’s own words, “The idea to create an evening dedicated to connecting people, ideas, and design has been a passion of mine over the last few years”, and she certainly prevailed. Born from that passion, is DesignWalk, marrying new product design from NeoCon with a creative and collaborative spin. With the support of the IIDA LA City Center and the DesignWalk Committee, Monica brought her vision to life.


DesignWalk LA brought attendees a fresh take on the NeoCon experience. Guests were guided by map on a walking tour through the heart of Downtown LA, where they networked, learned about new products, and enjoyed the themed entertainment at each stop along the way. Starting with a Launch Party at Gensler, attendees made their way to as many as 14 locations included in the Design tour. Each stop presented product in a collaborative theme with their co-hosts, making this trade show experience truly special. Tour stop themes included Chinese New Year, Fiesta, Bringing Chicago to LA, and even a Movie Night theme. There is certainly no lack of imagination and creativity in the Interior Design Community, and this event really allowed those qualities to shine.


The event culminated with a wrap party at IOS, where IA Interior Architects Lighting Design Studio was awarded “Best Experience” of the evening. While each tour stop played an equal part in creating the total experience, IA went above and beyond. With a complete transformation of their space, they created a truly unique experience that could easily have been mistaken for a LACMA exhibit. Lighting was seamlessly integrated into each installation, creating ambiance and flow throughout their space, and product information was shared creatively. Hats-off to IA for executing their experience with sophistication and style!


While IA certainly takes the cake, Knoll was awarded an Honorable Mention for their success in creating a unique experience. Knoll brought an interactive experience to life by using many of their products in unexpected ways. Attendees had fun playing oversized beer pong on the Knoll Rockwell Unscripted Table. Knoll also highlighted two artists creating live-art demonstrations painting the Washington Skin Nylon Chair. View a time-lapse of the live art here. This tour stop amassed quite a crowd!

With over 350 attendees, DesignWalk LA has become one of the most successful and highest attended events in just its first year. This success could not be met without the hard work of so many. First and foremost, a huge thank you to Monica DuPrey for bringing DesignWalk to life. Thanks also go out to the DesignWalk 2018 Committee for volunteering their time, planning, and creative efforts to make this event so distinctive. Thank you to our Event and Chapter sponsors for supporting the Los Angeles interior design community. Most of all, thank you to the DesignWalk attendees: without you this event would not have been possible.

Thank you to all who made it out in support of this inaugural event. To view all the photos from the event, click here. If you didn’t make it, and you are experiencing a bit of FOMO, don’t worry – we are coming back next year! This is just the beginning for DesignWalk LA, and we hope to see you all at this event in years to come.

What is a Charette?


Simply put, a charette is an intense design exercise within a set (and often all too short) period of time. A derivative of the French word for ‘cart’, the term refers to a time when students of the école des Beaux-Arts would be so committed to their final projects that they would work feverishly on the final touches until a ‘cart’ came around to collect them. Some students would even climb up onto the cart and continue to put the finishing touches on their work as it was wheeled around the studio!

Charettes have since evolved to include sessions of ideation amongst teams. In the workplace, they are often used to kick-off and invigorate the schematic design phase. This collaborative setting allows for the free flow of thought between designers, where ideas build upon each other until a fitting concept or design solution is found. The energy exhibited during a charette highlights the power and possibility of design. It is a positive and rejuvenating experience that reinforces the value of working together as a team.

Kiana Taie, a winning team member of the IIDA Southwest Chapter Regional Finals, describes her experience at the 2017 Student Design Charette as invaluable and a great opportunity for networking with professional Interior Designers.

“I am a member of the IIDA Southwest Chapter and with the recommendation of a classmate, participated in the IIDA Student Design Charette in the Spring of 2017 while I was in my second year as a Master of Interior Architecture student at Arizona State University. My team won the local competition and proceeded onto regionals, which happened to also be in Phoenix. After the regional event, a member of the planning committee invited me to come in and interview at her office. Thanks to the exposure from the Charette, I am now a designer at the Gensler Phoenix office, and was even on the committee this past Fall! I strongly encourage students to participate because this unique event is unlike any other in our industry. The experience is exhilarating, you have the opportunity to work with talented individuals and potentially travel!”

The Western Region Chapters of IIDA (Northern PacificNorthern CaliforniaSouthern CaliforniaOregonSouthwest, and Rocky Mountain)  are excited to offer charette competitions to IIDA Student Members as a way to highlight their exceptional talents while providing them with an experience that will better prepare them for their future as professionals. Students are encouraged to sign up for the Regional Qualifiers being held this February through their IIDA Chapters. Winners of the local events will be flown to the Western Region Student Design Charette finals, which will be held this year in Portland, Oregon on April 7th, 2018. Stay tuned for more information about what to expect for the Regional event and which winners will move on to the International Finals at NeoCon in Chicago this June!


Photos by Andy Green, IIDA Southwest Chapter. Content by Sarah Weber & Elsa Long, IIDA Oregon Chapter – Past Presidents, and Claire Smith, IIDA Oregon Chapter –  VP of Communications.

Student Portfolio Competition Event Recap


The IIDA Southern California 2018 Student Portfolio Competition was held on Saturday, February 10, 2018 at the brand new and beautiful Knoll Inc. showroom located high in the skyline of downtown Los Angeles. Taking part were 13 extremely talented and diverse students from 6 participating Southern California Schools.

See photos from the event here!

Students arrived as scheduled throughout the day, carrying intricate models, stunning display boards, and various other materials with which to present their best efforts. There were 2 categories of competition this year and $16,000 in scholarship awards:

Social Relevance in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that best addresses social or cultural issues through creative design.

Innovation in Interior Design – awarded for the presentation that shows the highest level of innovation through design solutions.

Faced with the complex task of judging these wildly different and innovative projects were:

•  David Fridlund – Wirt Design Group – Past President, IIDA

•  Laurence Cartledge – Rottet Studio – Former Judge

•  Stephanie Heiple – SAA Architects & Interior Designers – Current President IIDA

•  Scott Johnson – Wolcott – Past President, IIDA

•  Susanne Molina – One Design Collective – Fellow and Past President, IIDA

•  Claire Thompson – The Thompson Collaborative LLC – Past President, IIDA

 After a long day filled with nervous preparation, enthusiastic presentations, tours of the Knoll showroom, and networking, the judges deliberated to decide the most deserving honorees from among the many outstanding participants.


The Social Relevance category, with a $7,000 scholarship, was awarded to Melissa Yip from California State University Long Beach


The Innovation category, with a $7,000 scholarship, was awarded to Melissa Nguyen from Art center College of Design.


The honorable mention with a $2,000 scholarship, was awarded to

Afshin Homayoonmehr from San Diego Mesa College.

Congratulations to our winner students and to all who participated! The awards will be formally presented at the 30th Annual IIDA Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 18th 2018.

Edgardo Caceres and Jessica Collins, IIDA SoCal’s VP’s of Students Affairs, thank the host, Judges, students, sponsors and volunteers for helping to make this a memorable event.

Event Sponsors:
Knoll – Hana Dorani & Bill Yount
Tri-kes – Jamalle French

Event Volunteer:
Kenneth Balaski





A: DESIGNWALK is a new event brought to you by the IIDA Los Angeles City Center. Taking inspiration from NeoCon 2017, this event will showcase the latest in design and product innovation. It will take place at several locations throughout Downtown LA, with each location showcasing several participating companies. DESIGNWALK is a self-guided walking tour, kicking off with a Launch Party at Gensler and finishing with a Wrap Party at IOS.

Q: What are the benefits of attending DESIGNWALK?

A: DESIGNWALK aims to bring the experience of NeoCon 2017 to Los Angeles in a fresh and creative way. If you didn’t have the opportunity to go to NeoCon, this will be a great opportunity to keep yourself updated on the latest innovations from our industry leaders. If you did make it to NeoCon, this will be a great way for you to reconnect with your industry peers and get a refresh on new product that has hit the market since NeoCon 2017.

Q: What is the cost to attend?

A: The cost to attend DESIGNWALK is as follows:

$10 for IIDA Members
$15 for non-members
$5 for students (student ID required)

Tickets will be available at the door, or can be purchased in advance through the link below.


Q: Should I invite my clients?

A: Yes! This is a great opportunity to connect and collaborate with your clients on what is new and fresh in our Industry.

Q: Do I need to bring anything?

A: Bring your industry friends, co-workers, and colleagues- this is going to be a fun event! You do not need to bring anything else, just business cards if you plan to network. Food and beverages will be served at the Launch and Wrap Parties as well as at the various host locations.

Q: Where are the host-locations?

A: We are still accepting registration through February 1st. After that, a list of host locations as well as a map will be made available.


Q: What are the fees to participate as a tour-stop?

A: The fee to participate as a stop on the tour is $250. In addition to this cost, please plan on splitting additional cost of refreshments, etc. with your co-hosts. For example: at a site hosting 5 vendors, each vendor may choose to contribute $100 towards beverages and snacks, giving that site a total of $500 for the group.

Register to participate here:


Q: What is the expectation of a tour-stop participant?

A: Each participant should bring the latest in design and innovation from your company. All participating companies at one location should expect to work together to create an elevated and cohesive experience for the attendees. There will be a special award for “Best Experience” so don’t hold back on creativity and flow!

Q: I am interested in participating as a tour-stop, but I don’t have a Downtown LA location. Can I still get involved?

A: There are several “host-locations” downtown, including firms and showrooms, that are willing to collaborate with other companies. If you want to participate, but do not have a contact at a location please reach out to the LA City Center Sponsorship Chair, Sheila Shenasi, at sheila@rorden.net for additional information.

Get your tickets today!


DESIGNWALK coming to LA Feb 22


The Los Angeles City Center is kicking off 2018 with a brand new experience. Please join us for the first ever DESIGNWALK LA! We are bringing the experience of NeoCon2017 to Downtown Los Angeles. The festivities will kick off with a Launch Party at Gensler that you won’t want to miss. Followed by a self-guided tour through participating Downtown showrooms and design firms. The tour will culminate at a central DTLA location with an amazing Wrap Party where we will honor standout participants and celebrate the night away! This unique experience will showcase all of your Industry favorites in one central location, making this event a must attend.

Get your tickets today!

Interested in Participating as a showroom stop or Sponsoring the event? We would love to have you. Spots are filling up quickly so don’t delay! Click here to become a sponsor.

Los Angeles Haunt Couture 2017


This year’s Haunt Couture 2017 drew its inspiration from a century old world of movies. The theme was “ENVELOPE PLEASE: Hollywood to Bollywood” and what a show the teams put up this year! We had 14 teams participate, bringing their interpretations of 5 different genres of movies – musical, horror, sci-fi, film noir and animation. Each presentation was spectacular and mind-blowing but, as always, there can only be a few winners.

Here are the photos and video from the event.

The winners of each category were:


Best Musical/comedy: Cory Grosser + Associates, sponsored by Haworth and Arc-Com


Best Horror: Wolcott, sponsored by West Elm Workspace w/Inscape and HBF Textiles


Best Film noir: Cal State University – Long Beach, sponsored by Kimball and LDI/Enviroleather


Best Sci-fi: HKS, sponsored by Mohawk Group and Momentum Textiles


Best Animation: Cal State University – Northridge, sponsored by 2010 Office Furniture and Mayer Fabrics

The grand winner of the evening, the Best Picture award went to HKS, sponsored by Mohawk Group and Momentum Textiles

The People’s choice winner was bagged by Cal State University – Northridge, sponsored by 2010 Office Furniture and Mayer Fabrics

A BIG thank you to all coordinators, event sponsors, team sponsors, fabric sponsors, participants and attendees – this show couldn’t be such a grand success without you. We had over 600 attendees and we had such a blast having you all together for the show! Special thanks to the committee members: Amanda Colton, Anuma Marr, Dan Nickerson, Goli Nagdali, Janelle Budoy, Kasey Smith, Katie Akker, Laureen Baldyga, Lindsey Doucette, Mandy Hert, Michael Brooke, Nicole Gemma, Patrick Orr, Sean Kim, Steve Sudeth, Susan Suhar, Terri Burkhart and Tina Carrillo, and our co-chairs Janani Kannan and Ray Irmer.

We hope you enjoyed the show and the special dance troupe that was featured this year, along with the Bollywood routine by all our committee members, led by co-chair Jan Kannan.

Thanks again to all who worked on, supported and attended Haunt this year – we’ll be back in 2018 with a new theme and more fun!

LA City Center Student Design Expo


The LA City Center Student Design Expo brought together students and design professionals for an engaging Thursday evening on November 15th. AECOM graciously hosted this event in their stunning DTLA office. The students and recent graduates shared impressive work and confirmed that the future of design is pushing boundaries and is as exciting as ever.

Click here to see more photos of the event.


We were lucky to have the IIDA SoCal Vice Presidents of Student Affairs, Jessica Collins with HOK and Edgardo Caceras with Gensler, judge the students’ work. Each student presented their work to the duo and after much deliberation, they awarded the following prizes:

First Place
Wei Qiu (Otis)

People’s Choice
Billie Herwig (UCLA)

Honorable Mentions
Chris Ko (CSULB)
Sanya Jain (UCLA)

Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants for sharing their incredible work!


Next in the evening was the panel discussion. Amanda Kaleps with Wolcott Architecture | Interiors moderated the discussion. The discussion highlighted various aspects of the design world like developing a personal brand, the future of design, and evolving in the industry. The distinguished panel included:

Sarah Devine | AECOM

Barbara Dunn | Gensler

Ryan Saghian | Ryan Saghian Interiors

Riz Walker | Omgivning     

This event would not have been possible without the support from the event sponsors, Strategic Furniture Group, Crossville, and Tangram. Also, the evening was made extra special by the creative drink bar sponsored by Steelcase and the delicious appetizers sponsored by EEi Project Management. Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support of the students in our design community and all of IIDA SoCal.

Finally, thank you to all of the LA City Center volunteers for their tremendous effort in organizing a great event and all of the students and design professionals who joined us for this event. 

Event Chair:
Jillian Hensiek

Event Volunteers:
Megan Jobe, Marcy Paterik, Megan Zell, Sheila Shenasi, Brian Schaller, and Andrea Amondson.

Event Sponsors:
Strategic Furniture Group

Food Sponsor:
EEi Project Management

Bar Sponsor:

All the best and happy holidays!

Jason Shepley and Ali Dahl
LA City Center Co-Chairs