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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Among The Ranks...

That's where I've been the past couple of weeks, among the ranks of some very talented Interior Designers (and aspiring to be more like them).

Last Wednesday the local Arizona Chapter of IFDA (International Furnishings and Design Association) held it's VIP Kick Off Party at the Calvin Charles Gallery in Scottsdale to reveal all of the amazing chairs designed by local artisans and partners of the Chapter.

Calvin Charles Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ
IFDA Take a Seat Chair Exhibit
Ingenious creativity surrounded us during the evening. I really enjoyed meeting the other designers and learning more about their designs. 

IFDA Arizona Chapter Take a Seat Exhibit

See what I mean?! Imagination explosion for sure!

Each chair has it's own story, kind of like you and I actually; made with a vision and purpose in mind, seen through the Creator's eye and individually beautiful!

Our chair has a fun story. If you hadn't seen our past posts about it, the chair was found at an Estate Sale and came with a funky green satin brocade. It was somewhat hard to see through the shield of fabric honestly!

But we knew the style and frame of this chair matched the design we had brewing in our heads!

Here are some of the other components we used, old black leather belts, large brass nail heads.....

1940's vintage Naval shoulder board epaulettes by Hilborn Hamburger.
1940's Navy Epaulettes
Martens Bread Advertising Pennants
These vintage felt pennants were once included in loaves of Martens Bread. They depicted World War I U.S. Naval Ships.

Here is the great description of our finished chair:

IFDA Take a Seat, FMF Compagnie
So, what does all of this add up to you ask? This......

"For Their Honour"

The IFDA Gala Auction will be held this Saturday, October 11th, at The Legacy Gallery in Scottsdale, AZ.

 IFDA Take a Seat Gala Auction

The majority of the event's proceeds will benefit our local heroes at Military Assistance Mission (M.A.M.) whose mission is to provide financial and morale aid to our current Arizona active duty military, their families, and wounded warriors regardless of overseas deployment status. 88% of all funds given to M.A.M. go to those in need, allowing us to make the biggest impact on their lives. Learn more about how this amazing organization helps those who serve for our freedom.

 Military Assistance Mission

Beth and I are so thankful to live in this great country! None of this would be possible without the HUGE sacrifices of our service men and women, my son, Sailor Nico J. Elwardt included. Our hearts are indebted indeed!

The best part.........our chairs are on display in galleries for the Scottsdale Art Walk again this Thursday, October 9th, from 7-9 pm.

You can see our chair at Art One Gallery on Marshall Way in Old Town Scottsdale (I will be there, too).

Click here for a map of the Art Walk will be a feast for your eyes!

And don't forget to attend the Gala Auction to support M.A.M. and take home your favorite chair!

See you there!


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