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IFDA Panel Assesses Home Design and Style in 2030

What will home look like in 2030? Smaller in size, modern in design, reconfigured to meet new multi-tasking demands, and that’s not all that’s going to change…

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IFDA Crystal Ball Seminar panelists, home design 2030
Panelists for IFDA's Crystal Ball Seminar (l to r) include Anthony Carrino, HGTV; Al and Mary Giaquinto, Plum Builders; and journalist Warren Shoulberg.

Members of the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) and other experts in the U.S. home furnishings and design business will share that homes will get smaller, more modern and be reconfigured for multiple purposes in the next decade along with other perspectives on home design for 2030 in an upcoming panel. As they did in 2000 and 2010, the New York Chapter of IFDA has looked into their “Crystal Ball” via an online survey to foresee the American home 10 years into tomorrow. If you're interested in the business of home, the results of this IFDA survey and the noted authorities that will be weighing in, mark your calendar and join the Zoom for: THE FUTURE OF HOME: How Our Homes and Home Life Are About to Change sponsored by IFDA NY Chapter.  The event will take place via Zoom Wednesday, November 18 at 11 a.m. The event is free for members; for non-members there is a $5 registration fee.  Register here. 

“Guides to the future” for the event include journalist and author Warren Shoulberg, Anthony Carrino of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins and Mary and Al Giaquinto of Plum Buliders.  The discussion will be moderated by Rose Gilbert, FIFDA, and a journalist and author herself. IFDA NY Treasurer Jennifer Munich will give a summary presentation.
“This should be an exciting program relevant to so many facets of the design/furnishings world,” said Susan Hirsh, FIFDA, who heads up the IFDA NY Crystal Ball committee, which conducted the survey and is organizing this virtual event.

Crystal Ball Panelists:

Warren Shoulberg – Read this home furnishings retailing columnist in The Robin Report, Forbes.com and The Business of Home. He's guest lectured at Columbia University's Graduate School of Business and he is often cited as an expert by the Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Washington Post, CNN and ABC News. He's also pretty funny.

Anthony Carrino – Award-winning renovator, starring with his cousin John in HGTV's hit show Kitchen Cousins, now in its ninth season. Also see him with Ellen DeGeneres in The Build Up. Next up: his own digital series, TheBuild.tv, showing real homeowners how to renovate in real time

Mary and Al Giaquinto – Partners for 20+ years in Plum Builders, Inc, East Hampton, creators of The Modern Barn and Modern Barn Furnishings. Two of their children are in the business, too. Al is a Graduate Master Builder, Certified Graduate Remodeler, and Certified Green Builder. Mary is also certified in construction project management, has a degree in English literature, a real estate license, and makes great cheesecake.   

The International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA), founded in New York City in 1947 and now with 11 chapters worldwide, provides a professional forum for communication and interaction among its high-profile members. The IFDA, a not-for-profit volunteer-run association, also promotes career advancement and educational opportunities and is structured to increase public awareness of the furnishings and design industry through specialized programming, networking and service to the community. 

IFDA NY thanks its INTERNATIONAL Gold Sponsor: Natuzzi Italia INTERNATIONAL Silver Sponsor: Hunter Douglas. Chapter GOLD Sponsors:  Benjamin Moore & Co. | Kravet Inc. | New York Design Center | Seigerman’s Furniture & Interior Design Center | Stacy Garcia New York.

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