Join IFDA New England at our Gala, at the Royale on Tremont Street in Boston, on June 1!  Find details and general registration information at the above link.  To bid on any of the 23 chairs, prior to or during the auction, including mine, Suave Swivel, go to this link.

Tyler Campbell, from the Women’s Institute, joining me during IFDA NE’s Take A Seat Chair Photo Shoot



It’s spring in New England, so it’s time for the third annual IFDA New England Take A Seat series of events!  We have 23 chairs this year, to auction to benefit 3 charities!  I up-cycled a 1960s chair that was stored in a basement, and unearthed by The Trading Post in South Amherst, MA. It went from relic to cool retro!  And it absolutely swivels!  My chair’s auction proceeds will go to the Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development – I am honored to represent them with my chair!

“Soave Swivel” transformed…


The chair with its original upholstery.



Style: “Mad Men”Don Draper (Jon Hamm)


I was inspired by men’s suits of the period… and of course, Mad Men!  Fabulous work by my upholsterer, Haviland Justice whose company,  Made:Cozy is in Amherst, MA.

Timely Clothes Ad – 1960 

Thanks also to Robert Allen and Rachel Koenecke, the Boston Showroom manager, for working with me and supplying my fabric selections:

Back of chair and seat cushion: Wool Suit in Chestnut

Chair interior: Tamacheq in Carob

Lumbar pillow and seat cushion welt: Zelda Stripe in Carob

Hart Schaffner and Marx ad from the 1960s 


Tyler seated!!


IFDA New England is showcasing three wonderful charities this year, including the Women’s Institute, and supporting all three with the proceeds of our auction at the Gala on June 1st, at the Royale in downtown Boston:

The Mission:
To promote economic resilience and stable homes by developing and preserving high quality affordable and supportive housing, with an emphasis on under-served populations.
The Women’s Institute creates quality affordable housing as a developer or developer consultant, and offers over 30 years of experience in all stages of development. They provide a wide range of expertise.
The other two wonderful charities are:
Friends of the Children–Boston is an independent 501c3 nonprofit chapter of a 
nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty 
through salaried, professional mentoring. The original Portland chapter was founded in 1993. 
Our chapter was founded as an independent nonprofit in Boston, Massachusetts, in 2004. 
Learn how our model works and about our history.
The Lyceum Fellowship’s mission is to advance the profession of architecture by engaging students in design and travel. It was established in 1985 to advance the development of the next generation of talent by creating a vehicle for stimulating perceptive reasoning and inspiring creative thought in our field. Through a unique structure of design competition and prizewinning travel grants it seeks to establish a dialogue through design among selected schools of architecture.