Jan 16, 2020 | New York |
IFDA panel at Resource Furniture
IFDA panel at Resource Furniture

Resource Furniture and the International Furnishings & Design Association (IFDA) New York Chapter hosted a special panel discussion exploring the topic of our ever-blending home/work lives and how thoughtful workplace design can prepare design industry professionals for the future ahead.

The panel was moderated by Annie Block, executive editor of Interior Design, who chatted with panelists included Joseph Muscarella, head of design strategy for Knotel; Michael K. Chen, principal of Michael K. Chen Architecture; and Challie Stillman, design director of Resource Furniture. The event was hosted at the Resource Furniture's Third Avenue showroom and planned by marketing director Lisa Blecker.

The blurring of hospitality, residential and office was stressed from the beginning by Block, who also highlighted that you had five generations working in an office, from Gen Z to the Silent Generation, with the underlying determination that “people want flexibility and balance in their lives,” as Stillman said. Muscarella detailed how the modern office—where everything is tailored to work needs and furniture now acts as space division and phone booths take on new meaning—is environmental branding for a company and understanding the culture is paramount. Chen illustrated that architecture, interiors, industrial and product design are becoming more conceptually rich and materially refined than ever thanks to technological advances. 

“We were delighted and proud to partner with our Gold Sponsor Resource Furniture on such as successful event,” said Andrea Warriner, president of IFDA NY Chapter.  

Images by Kevin Lau.

EVENT GALLERY
The Libreria shelving unit and room dividing system was a major crowd pleaser.
The Libreria shelving unit and room dividing system was a major crowd pleaser.
The Libreria shelving unit and room dividing system was a major crowd pleaser.
Guests were invited to mingle and sip cocktails around the Swing sofa wall bed.
Guests were invited to mingle and sip cocktails around the Swing sofa wall bed.
Guests were invited to mingle and sip cocktails around the Swing sofa wall bed.
Andrea Algaze, Garette Johnson, Andrea Warriner, Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Annie Block, Michael K. Chen and David Santiago
Andrea Algaze, Garette Johnson, Andrea Warriner, Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Annie Block, Michael K. Chen and David Santiago
Andrea Algaze, Garette Johnson, Andrea Warriner, Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Annie Block, Michael K. Chen and David Santiago
Chelsea Wolocko demonstrates the Genie heigh-adjusting table for guests.
Chelsea Wolocko demonstrates the Genie heigh-adjusting table for guests.
Chelsea Wolocko demonstrates the Genie heigh-adjusting table for guests.
Maria Marcellino chats with guests in the Resource Furniture showroom.
Maria Marcellino chats with guests in the Resource Furniture showroom.
Maria Marcellino chats with guests in the Resource Furniture showroom.
Wendyl Barnes, Gary Lewandowski and Laurie Vega
Wendyl Barnes, Gary Lewandowski and Laurie Vega
Wendyl Barnes, Gary Lewandowski and Laurie Vega
Interior Design's executive editor Annie Block moderated the conversation.
Interior Design's executive editor Annie Block moderated the conversation.
Interior Design's executive editor Annie Block moderated the conversation.
Challie Stillman
Challie Stillman
Challie Stillman
The Oslo transforming sofa wall bed from Resource Furniture
The Oslo transforming sofa wall bed from Resource Furniture
The Oslo transforming sofa wall bed from Resource Furniture
The panelists: Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Annie Block and Michael K. Chen
The panelists: Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Annie Block and Michael K. Chen
The panelists: Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Annie Block and Michael K. Chen
Resource Furniture's marketing director Lisa Blecker, Interior Design's Annie Block and, Resource Furniture co-owner and co-founder Ron Barth
Resource Furniture's marketing director Lisa Blecker, Interior Design's Annie Block and, Resource Furniture co-owner and co-founder Ron Barth
Resource Furniture's marketing director Lisa Blecker, Interior Design's Annie Block and, Resource Furniture co-owner and co-founder Ron Barth
Emily Ingram shows off the Chagall storage bed.
Emily Ingram shows off the Chagall storage bed.
Emily Ingram shows off the Chagall storage bed.
The stage is set for an engaging panel discussion.
The stage is set for an engaging panel discussion.
The stage is set for an engaging panel discussion.
IFDA NY co-president David Santiago kicks off the panel.
IFDA NY co-president David Santiago kicks off the panel.
IFDA NY co-president David Santiago kicks off the panel.
An engaged audience kept the discussion lively.
An engaged audience kept the discussion lively.
An engaged audience kept the discussion lively.
Michael K. Chen
Michael K. Chen
Michael K. Chen
IFDA NY co-president David Santiago and IFDA NY board member Garette Johnson
IFDA NY co-president David Santiago and IFDA NY board member Garette Johnson
IFDA NY co-president David Santiago and IFDA NY board member Garette Johnson
Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Resource Furniture's marketing director Lisa Blecker, Annie Block and Michael K. Chen
Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Resource Furniture's marketing director Lisa Blecker, Annie Block and Michael K. Chen
Joseph Muscarella, Challie Stillman, Resource Furniture's marketing director Lisa Blecker, Annie Block and Michael K. Chen
Joseph Muscarella, Annie Block, Challie Stillman and Michael K. Chen
Joseph Muscarella, Annie Block, Challie Stillman and Michael K. Chen
Joseph Muscarella, Annie Block, Challie Stillman and Michael K. Chen
Maria Marcillino reveals the Adam Tavolo wall bed.
Maria Marcillino reveals the Adam Tavolo wall bed.
Maria Marcillino reveals the Adam Tavolo wall bed.
Guests explored the transforming and multifunctional furniture on display in the showroom.
Guests explored the transforming and multifunctional furniture on display in the showroom.
Guests explored the transforming and multifunctional furniture on display in the showroom.
A full house!
A full house!
A full house!
Annie Block with the panelists
Annie Block with the panelists
Annie Block with the panelists
Annie Block, Challie Stillman, Michael K. Chen and Joseph Muscarella
Annie Block, Challie Stillman, Michael K. Chen and Joseph Muscarella
Annie Block, Challie Stillman, Michael K. Chen and Joseph Muscarella