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Hana Dorani Member Spotlight


Hana Dorani is currently the VP of Sponsorship for IIDA Southern California and has been with Knoll in Los Angeles for the past 5 years as a Sales Associate. She covers the commercial design sector, finding it inspiring to work with a company that is setting the standards in furniture design. Hana explained, “Every piece has a story, but I have to admit, I have a few favorites, including anything from the Saarinen and Bertoia collections. Knoll has such timeless products – it makes it fun to find solutions for my clients and help them create inspiring and functional workspaces!”


Born in Tel Aviv, Israel, Hana moved to Los Angeles with her family when she was 7 years old. She grew up in Sherman Oaks, and graduated with Honors from California State University in Northridge with a BA in Art. She studied illustration and graphic design, and has since picked up a passion for photography.


Hana began her career in the contract interior design industry 10 years ago, working in marketing, manufacturing, and furniture dealership. She has been a strong supporter of the architecture and design community through involvement with IIDA SoCal. Hana has been an active member with IIDA since 2010 and has served on several committees – including the Calibre Design Awards, which is the Southern California Chapter’s largest annual fundraising event as well as Leaders Breakfast, LA Haunt Couture, and LA Student Exhibitions.


Hana says, “Joining IIDA has helped me connect with the design community and form professional and personal friendships. LA’s design community is extremely special and I love that our events bring people together. I always find the experience as either an organizer or attendee really rewarding.”

Hana lives in Encino with her husband and two children and is passionate about travel, great food, and spending time with her family. Hana says “Being a working mom requires a strong work-life balance and spending quality time with my family is a high priority. On vacations, we love visiting places that help us recharge and appreciate the beauty of the world – typically, places with white sand and turquoise waters”. Hana plans to visit Asia and Europe with her family in the future, and has also set up a return visit to her hometown in Israel.

Contact Hana – hana.dorani@iida-socal.org

Sunshine and DesignConnect 2019


A day full of sunshine and design wraps up another year of San Diego DesignConnect. Marketed with the Pantone color of the year this event is San Diego’s premier contract interiors exhibition highlighting the latest products and trends released by a diverse range of vendors. Reaching over 500 people in attendance, this event is a popular networking event across multiple disciplines including designers, architects, landscape architects, contractors, brokers and end users. Paired with amazing food, drink, live DJ and art, the Broadway Pier location allows attendees to view over 60 vendors, showcasing their latest and greatest in an indoor/outdoor setting.


Switching up the Best of DesignConnect, our esteemed judges pre-judged vendor products for a variety of categories based on creative solutions, unique applications, aesthetics and application. Our top five winners were featured on the “Walk the Pier” Map where attendees visited and collected stickers to enter a raffle for some awesome prizes. Sponsored prizes included 1.National Furniture Bean Bag Chair 2. 45 minute Photo session with Andy King 3. 1 year IIDA Membership and 4. A weekend VRBO in Coronado. This year’s top five winners were: SDLA’s Coronet LSR1 BKO, USG’s Ensemble System, Stylex’s Free Address, SpecCeramics’ Venice Villa and MDC’s Zintra Sculptured.


The San Diego Designconnect experience is unique in that we utilize our community, environment and feedback to continue to elevate the event each year. No successful event comes without a team of volunteers behind the scenes planning for months prior to the show. This event would not be possible without the IIDA Southern California Chapter Sponsors, Event Sponsors and committee members.

Mark your calendar for next year as we are looking forward to another exciting event, September 22, 2020.

Announcing the 2020 Chapter Sponsorship Opportunities


We are currently accepting chapter sponsors for 2020! Sponsoring IIDA SoCal on a chapter level helps us fund the programs and events we provide to our members and Southern California design community. Chapter Sponsors receive marketing exposure as well as tickets/tables to premium events such as Calibre Design Awards, Leaders Breakfast, and select City Center events. We are introducing a NEW Advocacy Sponsor level for design firms only. This is a great way to get your firm involved in IIDA Advocacy initiatives and join forces to bring positive legislation to support the commercial interior profession in CA.  

A full list of the levels and benefits can be found in our 2020 Chapter Sponsorship package. Sign up by 11/27/2019 and receive early-bird pricing!

This is the Year You Don’t Want To Miss Haunt Couture!


This year’s IIDA LA Haunt Couture is upon us. Are you ready to face your fears and phobias? Come prepared to one of the most anticipated events of the year. The evening will culminate in a spectacular night of fashion, performance and revelation.

We are incredibly excited to announce that this year’s IIDA LA Haunt Couture will feature four very special guest judges. Who knows constructing couture from unconventional materials better than fashion design All-Stars from Project Runway?

This year, our esteemed guest judges are–

Samantha Black
Project Runway Season 11
Project Runway All Stars Season 4

Sonjia Williams
Project Runway Season 10
Project Runway All Stars Season 4

Gunnar Deatherage
Project Runway Season 10
Project Runway All Stars Season 4

Melissa Fleis
Project Runway Season 10
Project Runway All Stars Season 3

Tickets are limited–avoid the fear of missing out and purchase yours today.

VIP tickets are SOLD OUT and General Admission tickets are going fast. Purchase tickets here. Online ticket sales close at Wednesday 10/23 at 5pm. You may purchase tickets at the door.

The FOMO is real!

Turning Point Series Recap


Burnout?  What’s that?  It’s a legitimate medical diagnosis according to the International Classification of Diseases.  It’s easy to forget about looking after yourself when you’re burned out. You’re feeling stressed, you’ve got too much on your plate, and the last thing you have time for is looking after yourself.


Turning Point Series partnered up with Daniel Stover from Ensight Partners this year for “On the Brink of Burnout?  Reclaim Your Creativity.”  The 4-event series was successful and well received in Inland Empire, Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego. The presentation inspired professionals, emerging leaders, designers, and students to enhance emotional intelligence, increase influence and motivation, and create healthy traditions to prevent burnout.

Thank you to Daniel for an engaging evening! We’ve posted his presentation and resource list here.

Haunt Couture 2019 is One Week Away – VIP Tickets Almost Sold Out and General Admission Tickets are Going Fast!


On October 24th, entry into this year’s Haunt Couture at Avalon Hollywood is the Haute ticket of the year.

Don’t miss the pageantry! Twelve teams have been hard at work crafting their stunning fashion collections for the runway. They will show off their creativity and fabrication skills in a show rivaling designers at Fashion Week.

Tickets are limited! Avoid the fear of missing out and purchase yours today.

VIP and General Admission tickets are available for purchase here.

Can’t wait? Check out our photos and video from last year’s event.

A few volunteer spots are still available. For more information, contact Helena Zann at helena.zann@iida-socal.org

VIP Tickets Are Going Fast – Reserve Your Entry Into One of the Most Spectacular IIDA LA City Center Events of the Year!


On October 24th, the Hollywood Avalon will be the place to be and be seen at this year’s Haunt Couture. Twelve teams will take to the stage for a captivating runway show that will rival Fashion Week.

VIP tickets are limited and will not be sold at the door.

Don’t be haunted by regret and miss your opportunity to mingle with other VIPs at the exclusive pre-party gala at the Bardot Room. Get your ticket before they vanish.

General and VIP tickets are available for purchase here.

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

Want to be part of the magic? Contact us to volunteer and experience the show behind the scenes. For more information, contact Helena Zann at helena.zann@iida-socal.org.

Tickets for Haunt Couture Now on Sale!


With Fears and Phobias as this year’s theme for Haunt Couture, teams are working diligently on their couture creations for their runway debut on October 24th at the Avalon Hollywood.  

Don’t develop the fear of missing out, get your tickets today!

Ticket Levels

VIP – $110
-Early Entry to the Event
-Access to the exclusive VIP Party in the Bardot Room

Book of 5 VIP Tickets – $500

IIDA Members General Admission – $75
-Pre-sale closes at 5 pm on Oct. 23rd

At the Door – $85 
-Both IIDA Members and Non-Members

Student – $20
-Entry to the Event when Doors Open
-Student ID’s will be checked at the door

Click here to purchase tickets.

It’s not too late to contribute as a sponsor.  We have a few more opportunities available.  To find out more, 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.

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

We also offer opportunities to volunteer the night of to experience the show behind the scenes.  For more information, contact Helena Zann at HZann@MDCWall.com

On the Brink of Burnout? Reclaim your Creativity.


How do you define CREATIVITY? Is it innovation, originality, imagination?

What makes someone a “creative?” Is it innate or something learned? Is it a muscle we can build and stretch? Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love writes: “If you can just release yourself from the anxiety and burden that might be associated with the word ‘creativity,’ you’ll see, in fact, that you are an enormously creative person.”

If you’ve ever experienced that anxiety or burden Elizabeth refers to; Welcome. You’re in good company. These are symptoms of creativity’s adversary, BURNOUT. How do you know if you’re experiencing burnout? Are you creating it for yourself or is it a result of a lackluster workplace environment? Daniel Stover, with Ensight Partners will be leading us in a very real and honest conversation about creativity and burnout. He will introduce you to some old “friends,” some lies you’ve told yourself that contribute to said burnout. He will also reintroduce you to your creativity, explain how to nurture your that part of yourself, and help you say goodbye to those lies.

Join us for an engaging evening that will open your eyes and allow you leave just a little bit lighter and optimistic.

Inland Empire – September 25th

Orange County – October 2nd

Los Angeles – October 3rd

Los Angeles – October 10th

Thats A Wrap on DesignWalk 2019


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.


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.


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.