Chair#8The New England Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA-NE) “Take a Seat” Design Exhibition and Auction opened May 3rd at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Natick showroom , 625 Worcester Street Natick, MA 01760. The exhibition showcases local designers’ unique, up-cycled chair designs. All auction proceeds will benefit The Women’s Institute for Housing and Economic Development (WIHED), a national award-winning affordable housing development organization.

Take a Seat’ aims to provide architects, builders, craftsmen, designers and students of the furnishing and design industry a platform to display their inventive and resourceful prowess, promote their craft and give back to the community. The one-of-a-kind chairs, reflecting the artist’s own style and interests – previous participants found inspiration from city parking space-savers, tree houses, koi fish and power tools – will be displayed throughout the Greater Boston area on a traveling exhibit before being auctioned off at the ‘Take a Seat’ Gala on June 1st.

The Women’s Institute is very grateful for our partnership with IFDA NE and its dedicated members. The Community Service committee’s generosity and initiative is making real improvements in the lives of residents in Grinnell Mansion in New Bedford, MA. We are excited for the continued efforts of IFDA throughout the year and years to come,” Betsy Crum, WIHED Executive Director.

  • Kick-Off Cocktail Party- May 3- May 7

  • Traveling Exhibition- May 3- May 31; The May 3rd opening will take place at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Natick showroom , 625 Worcester Street Natick, MA 01760

  • May 10 – Boston Design Center – Galley West sponsored by Woodmeister Master Builders

  • May 17 – The Symphony of Lighting Showroom, Dedham, MA

  • May 24 – Design Group 47, Peabody, MA 01960 United States

  • Gala & Auction- June 1, 2016 at the deCordova Museum, 51 Sandy Pond Road, Lincoln, MA

The Gala will be held in honor of the chair designers. All chairs will be paired with exhibits before they are auctioned off.

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