Invitation: Two Design Event Musts: Our ICFF Talk + Ornare Opening Night

Please join me this week for
two very special design events.
Across Perspectives: Design Futures. An ICFF Talks Panel : May 21, Sunday

MAY 21, 11am: Across Perspectives: Design Futures. Worth waking up for! 

I’m excited to invite you to join me on Sunday am … I pulled together my favorite design people (along with the amazing Scott Sanders) for a chat on all things new in design.  Early birds can listen in as leaders in the design field for over two decades, top design trend experts, first-class designers, architects, editors, and Feng Shui experts (oh! me!) predict design trends, industry challenges, and strengths. This crew’s perspectives on the most important design trends and practices for the coming twelve months is a blueprint for anyone planning success in 2017.   Happy to say that our talk was enthusiastically covered by industry heavy, Editor At Large!  ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) is North America’s largest and most prestigious series of design events for interiors and is held at the Javits Center, NYC. 

Read more + who’s who on the panel below!


Ornare’s NYC Showroom Opening Event : May 22, Monday

MAY 22, 6 – 9pm: I’m so happy to announce that Ornare, our friends from Brazil, who share my love for interconnected and harmonic spaces with showrooms in Miami, Dallas, and spots internationally, are launching their showroom in NYC at last!

Celebrating their 30-year anniversary this year, Ornare is well-known for design-system solutions – kitchens and bath, closets, and home office.  Opening night will be held at the A+D Building, 150 E 58th St., from 6 – 9pm, sponsored by Interior Design magazine. RSVP here.

It’s sure to be one sleek and happening party!

Who’s Who on our ICFF Talks panel!
Our Moderator:


Suzanne Slesin
Pointed Leaf Press

Moderator of the panel, Suzanne Slesin, is Publisher and Editorial Director of Pointed Leaf Press, internationally-respected journalist of home design with thirty years of experience at such publications as the New York Times, Esquire, New York, and House &

Our Panelists:

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Scott Sanders
Interior Designer

Scott Sanders is principal of Scott Sanders LLC a full service New York City and Hamptons-based interior design firm, specializing in residential, hospitality, and commercial interiors for notable clients and properties, with its signature “New American Style.” Scott Sanders began his career as lead interior designer for Ralph Lauren Home, transforming the global residences of clients.  Today his projects include the hotels of the Rubell Family and he is the author of two books, “The Insider Guide to the Lord Baltimore Hotel and Baltimore, too” and “Picture Perfect: Designing the New American Family Home,” from Pointed Leaf Press.


Jade Dressler
Creative Director, Designer, and Feng Shui Expert

(Introducing my The 9-Star Passport. A life + design navigational system for people, brands, and spaces!)

Jade Dressler directs brand concepts, content, and products for luxury and pop-culture lifestyle clients in art, design, and lifestyle.  While at the helm of her NYC-based agency for the past ten years, her design career has impacted culture for over twenty-five years.  As founder of The 9-Star Passport navigational design system for spaces, Jade has practiced in the BTB (Black Hat Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui) since the 1990’s.  Place-making, sustainability, and sacred geometry are key to her brand and design work with creative clients and with her Slow Luxury travel/design initiatives.  In her spare time, she curates award-winning art installations in urban settings, such as Milan’s Salone to the wild mountains of Brazil.


Ellen Fisher, 
VP for Academic Affairs and Dean

Ellen Fisher, Ph. D., ASID, IIDA, is the Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Dean at New York School of Interior Design. She is a NYS Certified Interior Designer who has designed many residential and commercial interior design projects, and was recognized in 2017 by DesignIntelligence as “One of the 25 Most Admired Design Educators in the U.S.,” the only interior design educator to be named.


Ingrid Abramovitch
Features Director 

Hearst Design Group (ELLE DECOR, House Beautiful, Veranda)

Ingrid Abramovitch is an award-winning design and lifestyle journalist, editor, and author with endless story ideas, strong narrative skills, deep design contacts and knowledge, and a creative outlook.


Chad Oppenheim 
Principal Architect, OPPENHEIM

The architecture of Chad Oppenheim is simultaneously daring and sensible, romantic and reductive; evocative and essential. An alchemist of atmosphere, Oppenheim transforms the prosaic into the poetic– eliciting a site’s inherent power through minimal gesture and sincere means. Spaces and structures, optimized for pleasure and performance, establish aesthetic delight with passioned sensitivity towards man and nature.

(note: as of 5.19 Chad will be in absentia. Get well soon!)


Rio Hamilton
Design and Fashion Blogger/Marketing Strategist

Even before establishing his website,, Hamilton was a luxury-lifestyle insider and connector. In addition to his design and fashion blogs, he’s provided marketing and business development strategies for the interior design industry for more than 15 years, working with top- tier brands and creatives. After graduating from UC Berkeley’s interior design program, Hamilton headed the marketing management team at Trout Studios before heading to London to join the Max Gibbons ID team.  His New York experience includes a stint as director of sales and marketing at Niedermeier.

Thank you ALL!

An added bonus…the people on stage have all had the opportunity to work and play together, so the ideas will be creative, interactive and stimulating.

Stay tuned, I’ll do a trends piece next from the show, our panel and Ornare’s opening event!


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