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Thats A Wrap on DesignWalk 2019

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IIDA’s 2nd annual DesignWalk was a huge success!

At Gensler, our first stop, attendees congregated to receive a map, snacks, and a glass of champagne to commence the evening.

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Each of the following eight stops took their interpretation of the theme “engage your senses” to create a vignette that showcased creativity, innovation, and the ability to blend products from all genres. For those of us who were unable to attend this years Neocon, DesignWalk was an opportunity to see new product coming to the marketplace, as well as some fun ideas to incorporate the products into a space. In typical LA fashion, each showroom hosted a party of their very own. Whether you were stepping onto a yacht or an episode of Stranger Things, every showroom had a fun and unique experience awaiting their guests.

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The night concluded with a final gathering at PeopleSpace where awards were given for both the people’s choice and the judges choice. Team Teknion, which included Milliken, Eureka lighting and MDC interior solutions took People’s Choice, while Team Shaw who partnered with PLP SoCal, Formica and Sixinch won with the Judge’s Award.

Thank you to all that sponsored and those that attended for making the night so wonderful.

IIDA and the LA City Center are looking forward to building on the success of the 2019 DesignWalk to bring products shown at NeoCon to Los Angeles in the years to come.


Haunt Couture 2019 – The BIG Reveal!

There isn’t anything to be afraid of, or is there?

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Feeling brave?? Watch the theme reveal here!

On Wednesday, August 28th, at the office of DLR Group, the theme for the 2019 Haunt Couture was revealed.

FEARS and PHOBIAS

Is one of them yours?

From the fear of deep water to a phobia of insects, the categories were revealed in a spectacular display.

Teams and sponsors gathered in the lobby in anticipation of the reveal. Ominous black balloons decorated the stairway. Upon the signal, team leads were instructed to ascend the stairs and select a balloon, not realizing they were sealing their fate. Once everyone had their selection, they were instructed to burst their balloon, resulting in a shower of red confetti and scrolls naming their fears.

Introducing the 2019 Runway Stars and Sponsors, along with their fears and phobias:

Abramson Architects
Thalassophobia (Fear of Deep Water)
sponsored by Kimball + Momentum

DLR Group
Entomophobia (Fear of Insects)
sponsored by Koroseal + Maharam

Gensler
Botanophobia (Fear of Plants)
sponsored by Pivot + Pallas

HED
Nyctophobia (Fear of Darkness and Night)
sponsored by Catalyst + Arc|Com

HKS
Astrapophobia (Fear of Thunder and Lightning)
sponsored by SCI + Carnegie

HLW
Technophobia (Fear of Technology)
sponsored by Steelcase + Wolf-Gordon

HOK
Arithmophobia (Fear of Numbers)
sponsored by Herman Miller + LGS Group

Rottet Studio
Aichmophobia (Fear of Sharp Objects)
sponsored by TURF + Designtex

Wolcott
Ophidiophobia, (Fear of Snakes)
sponsored by BuzziSpace + KnollTextiles

California State University Northridge (CSUN)
Ornithophobia (Fear of Birds)
sponsored by Mohawk + Camira

College of the Canyons, Claustrophobia (Fear of Small Spaces),
sponsored by Reid Witlin Ltd

California State University Long Beach
Phasmophobia (Fear of the Supernatural)
sponsored by HBF Textiles

Thank you to our very generous team and event sponsors who have committed to making this year’s Haunt a success.

Sponsorship is ongoing and we wouldn’t want you to have the fear of missing out. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Karlee Budge at kbudge@tangraminteriors.com

See the Sponsorship package here. Purchase sponsorship here.

This event wouldn’t be possible without you! More information is available on the event page here.

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

Intrigued? Check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

Would you like to experience the show behind the scenes? Contact us to volunteer! For more information, email Helena Zann at HZann@MDCWall.com


IIDA SoCal Mentorship/Emerging Leader Member Survey

IIDA_StudentMentoring_02_500pxIn alignment with IIDA’s mission to provide meaningful resources to commercial interior designers and their clients to advance the profession, your Southern California chapter is starting two new programs in 2020 – a Mentorship Program and an Emerging Leaders program.

THE PROGRAMS

The Mentorship Program is a direct mentoring program where we will pair senior leaders with junior designers for 6 months for monthly one-on-one meetups. These meetups could range from coffee talks, to project walks, to attending a business development event together – depending on what the mentee and mentor decide upon. The goal is to provide a more personalized mentoring opportunity for designers, connect the community, and elevate skills.

The Emerging Leaders program would consist of a group of 25-30 emerging designers in each City Center accepted through a selection/nomination process. The goal of the program is to provide specific, intensive workshops geared towards young design leaders who are growing from “doing” tasks to “leading” in their firms and the industry. Ideally, nominees would have several years of work experience and are ready for the type of content, mentoring and networking offered. The program is comprised of an 11-month curriculum with workshops being taught by experts focusing on a new topic each month. Examples could be: how to tell a story, contractor talk, real estate basics with a broker, personal finance. This program requires dedication to showing up and actively participate in all 11 workshops. Once the program is completed, IIDA requires the class of Emerging Leaders to give back and join an IIDA committee in their city center the following year.

Please take this short survey to help us gage interest in these programs and roll them out in a beneficial manner. Look for more information on the programs later this year.


The BIG Reveal Party for Haunt Couture Is Tonight!

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Tonight we will no longer be in the dark about this year’s theme for Haunt Couture.

This evening, teams, materials sponsors and patrons will be united against a nameless fright. They will venture into the unknown to learn the subject for their couture inspiration. All will be unveiled.

SPONSORS, WE NEED YOU!

Haunt Couture needs our amazing supporters to help make this year’s event a success.

Are you a VIP? VIP sponsorship benefits include –
– Private party at the Bardot Room at the Avalon
– 16 admission tickets
– 16 cocktail tickets
– Hors d’oeuvres
– Reserved table for you and your guests

Don’t miss the chance to set yourself apart as an industry leader in one of the biggest A+D communities in the country.

Other sponsorship options are available but going fast!

See the sponsorship package here. Purchase sponsorship here.

Don’t miss out! Payment and logo must be received by Monday, September 9th to be included in the printed event materials.

For questions regarding event sponsorship, please contact Karlee Budge at kbudge@tangraminteriors.com

This event would not be possible without our valued contributors. Here’s your chance to be one of them!

More information is available on the event page here.

Curious? Check out our photos and video from last year’s event!

Feeling brave? Contact us to volunteer and experience the show behind the scenes. For more information, contact Helena Zann at HZann@MDCWall.com


Tickets Going Fast! Purchase a Ticket to Leaders Breakfast Today!

Leaders Breakfast is Thursday, Sept. 12th – purchase tickets today!

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This year we’re excited to have Majora Carter as the keynote speaker. Ms. Carter is an urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York. Carter’s career has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development, and she has won major awards in each sector including a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” a Peabody Award, the Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal, nine honorary Ph.D.’s, and accolades from various professional groups.

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We’re also proud to announce the honoree this year will be Humble Design, a non-profit organization serving families and individuals emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty houses into beautiful and uplifting homes with donated furniture.

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Leaders Breakfast
Thursday, September 12th, 7 – 10am
JW Marriot LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd, LA 90015

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.


The Value of IIDA

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When I first moved back to San Diego after having graduated college seven years earlier, I was anxious about being back. Most of my friends from college had since left, and I was making the switch from residential to commercial and hospitality design.

I was in the midst of taking my NCIDQ exams, studying hard for the IDPX. I noticed a flier in the break room at work for an NCIDQ study group, and I decided to go. Not only was the study group the extra boost I needed to stay on track with studying, I became friends with the co-chairs of Professional Development who were leading the group. I passed my exam and at the same time had inadvertently started building my San Diego network.

A couple of months later I joined the ranks of the IIDA San Diego City Center as co-chair of Professional Development. Since then, I held my own Study Group session on behalf of the San Diego City Center, passed the Practicum, and spent two years as the co-chair of Advocacy. In July, I assumed the role of President-Elect for the Southern California Chapter.

Through my experience with IIDA, not only have I gained a wealth of knowledge about the commercial and hospitality design industry, I have established a solid network of like-minded interior designers and industry members – some of whom are great friends. Through these leadership positions, I have developed skills and tactics to assist me in client meetings and large team-based projects.

My membership in IIDA has proven to be a worthy investment. And it is important to remember that it is just that: an investment – in yourself and in your career. And I strongly believe that you get out of it nothing less than what you put into it.

The mission of IIDA is to provide meaningful resources to commercial designers and their clients in order to advance the profession and business value. And that is exactly what IIDA has done for me.

Katie Toth, IIDA, LEED Green Associate
President-Elect, IIDA Southern California
katie.toth@iida-socal.org


Keynote Speaker Announced: Majora Carter, Real Estate Developer

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We’re excited to announce that Majora Carter, Real Estate Developer will be our Keynote Speaker at this year’s Leaders Breakfast.

Majora Carter is an American urban revitalization strategist and public radio host from the South Bronx area of New York. Carter’s career has spanned environment, economy, social mobility, and real estate development, and she has won major awards in each sector including a MacArthur “Genius Grant,” a Peabody Award, the Rudy Bruner Award Silver Medal, nine honorary Ph.D.’s, and accolades from various professional groups. Her consulting clients benefit from her ability to disrupt outdated assumptions in order to uncover better solutions to vexing problems in any industry she touches. Carter is quoted on the walls of the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture: “Nobody should have to move out of their neighborhood to live in a better one.” She applies this talent-retention lens to all of her work.

Purchase tickets at iida.org.

Leaders Breakfast is an annual international event series that celebrates design’s importance in the global market place by honoring the people who are both the legacy and future of design. Each chosen host city organizes a breakfast that features a renowned keynote speaker to provoke and encourage new ideas, and recognizes one city-selected honoree who has made significant contributions to the design industry.

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Leaders Breakfast
Thursday, September 12th, 7 – 10am
JW Marriot LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd, LA 90015

Purchase tickets and become a sponsor today at iida.org. For more information about the event, visit the event page here.


Sponsor LA Haunt Couture Today!

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Help make Haunt Couture a success! Every year, the LA City Center reaches out for donors specifically for this event.

This year, on Thursday, October 24th, Haunt Couture will again be the hot ticket extravaganza attended by over 700 members of the Los Angeles architecture and design community.

Don’t miss the opportunity to showcase your company!

One of the most prestigious opportunities we offer is for a VIP contribution. This significant contribution offers a private party at the Bardot Room at the Avalon before the runway show. Additional VIP perks include 16 admission tickets, 16 cocktail tickets, hors d’oeuvres, and a reserved table in the theater for the entire evening.

In addition, your company name and logo will be prominently displayed as the LARGEST graphic (not including Chapter Sponsors) featured on printed event materials, at the big Reveal Party and displayed throughout the evening of the event.

Other sponsorship options are still available. Choose the level, and perks, that work for you.

– Diamond 

10 tickets for admission and cocktails, company name and logo on printed materials and displayed throughout the evening, VIP party entry and special perk-reserved event table.

– Platinum 

8 tickets for admission and cocktails, company name and logo on printed materials and displayed throughout the evening, VIP party entry and special perk-reserved event table.

– Gold

6 tickets for admission and cocktails, company name and logo on printed materials and displayed throughout the evening, and VIP party entry.

– Silver

4 tickets for admission and cocktails, company name and logo on printed materials and displayed throughout the evening, and VIP party entry.

– Bronze

2 tickets for admission and cocktails, company name and logo on printed materials and displayed throughout the evening, and VIP party entry.

Sponsorship is going quickly! See the Sponsorship package here. Purchase sponsorship here.

More information is available on the event page here.

For questions about event sponsorship, please contact Karlee Budge at kbudge@tangraminteriors.com.

Payment and logo must be received by Monday, September 9th to be included in the printed event materials.

We look forward to continuing to work with our returning sponsors and welcome new patrons to join us to help support this event and continue to grow and improve our community.

This event would not be possible without our amazing contributors–and here’s your chance to be one of them!

In addition to the above, we offer opportunities to volunteer to experience the show behind the scenes. For more information, contact Helena Zann at HZann@MDCWall.com.


Leaders Breakfast Honoree: Humble Design

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IIDA SoCal is excited to honor Humble Design at our upcoming Leaders Breakfast.

Humble Design is a non-profit organization serving families and individuals emerging from homelessness by transforming their empty houses into beautiful and uplifting homes with donated furniture. With the organization’s help, only 1% of families return to homelessness within 12 months.

Humble was co-founded by San Diego native Treger Strasberg while she was living in Detroit in 2009. After witnessing the impact of Humble Design, Treger and her husband Rob Strasberg became its CEOs and decided it would be their legacy. Humble Design operates in Detroit, Chicago, Seattle, and San Diego and has furnished over 1,250 homes nationwide. In 2019, Humble filmed the documented series “Welcome Home,” which was nominated for a Daytime Emmy. Treger and Rob currently reside in San Diego with their children and are driven by their mission of helping recently homeless families across the country.

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Leaders Breakfast
Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019
JW Marriot LA Live
900 West Olympic Blvd, LA 90015

For more information, visit the event page here. Purchase tickets here!


DESIGNWALK LA – Get Your Tickets!

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Only 2 weeks left to get your tickets to the 2nd Annual DESIGNWALK LA. Don’t miss out on the chance to see the latest and greatest product from over 30 of your favorite design partners. We’ll kick off the evening at Gensler where you will receive your event wristband and host location map.

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New this year, participating manufacturers will collaborate on a unique vignette inside each showroom that will be judged by event guests. So bring your industry friends, co-workers, clients, and colleagues- this is sure to be a good one!

Get your tickets here!