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IFDA NY Chapter Announces 2017 Honorees


On January 9th, the NY Chapter of IFDA will celebrate the rising stars of design from 5:30-8:00 PM at the Robert Allen Showroom Suite 305 of the D&D Building.

Michele Quan

Product Design Honoree

Michele Quan MQuan Studio, Ceramic Artist 

Ceramic forms are built by hand, wheel thrown in stoneware or porcelain and all images are painted by hand. Other materials used include hand-dyed cotton, hemp rope and reclaimed wood. Jewelry is made of recycled sterling silver or 18K Gold, hand-finished and set with ethically sourced Rosecut Diamonds and Turquoise, strung with Sandalwood, Turquoise and Antique Coral. All work is made in NYC.

Originally from Vancouver Canada, Michele moved to New York City in 1984 to study graphic design & photography at Parsons School of Design. Her time at Parsons was short but sparked her interest in symbolism, literature & ideology. Prior to embarking on her current medium of clay, she was a bartender, waitress, model & and for 12 years a jeweler. Her ceramic work continues an ongoing pursuit to bring visual form to the thread that connects us with the experience of the world in which we live. Michele works out of her studio in Brooklyn and lives in NYC with her husband, daughter and dog, Sparrow.

Interior Design Honorees

Tamara Eaton

Tamara Eaton: TamaraEaton Design.

Tamara Eaton Design, based in New York City, is a full-service interior design firm with numerous high-end residential and commercial projects throughout NYC, Westchester, Long Island , New Jersey, Kiawah Island , Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Saudi Arabia..

Her work is also included in the recently published New York Living: Re-Inventing Home (Rizzoli, 2017), an exploration of homes that defy the traditional definition but which are nevertheless rooted in the historic ground of the city.

In 2013 Tamara was named a Curbed Young Designer. Tamara’s work has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Dwell Magazine, Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, the Huffington Post, Luxe Magazine, The Brownstoner and Design Bureau, New York Cottages & Garden and  1stdibs.com among other publications.

Sam & Sam

Samantha Goldman and Samantha Polkow – Handin Browne

Handin Browne is a full-service interior design firm based in New York City. Founded by Samantha Goldman and Samantha Polkow, the firm specializes in high-end residential design with projects in NYC, Westchester and the Hamptons.

Handin Browne is known for combining multiple styles to create sophisticated, comfortable and timeless spaces that reflect each client’s personality and lifestyle.

Sam + Sam’s unique work experience brings a creative eye to every space. After graduating from Syracuse University, Samantha Goldman established her love of interiors while working in home product development for Macy’s Merchandising Group. Samantha Polkow, a Westchester native and New York University graduate, worked as an events manager for ten years designing event venues for entertainment and nonprofit clients. Sam + Sam met while earning their design degrees from New York School of Interior Design.

Ashley Darryl

Ashley Darryl  Ashley Darryl

Ashley Darryl, founder and owner of her namesake interior design firm, is quickly becoming one of Manhattan’s rising design stars. Best known for creating livable, unique spaces by blending styles into a cohesive, one-of-a-kind look, Ashley prides herself on bringing her client’s visions to life.

At an early age, Ashley was inspired by “the hunt” for unique design pieces. Accompanying her mother, also an interior designer, to flea markets and antique stores in East Texas, she knew early on the value of a diamond in the rough.

Today, Ashley’s diamonds in the rough are vintage pieces from eras past. Ashley loves mixing antiques with classic and contemporary pieces to create an eclectic look.  According to one client, “Ashley’s design vision is immaculate. She comes up with ways to mix textures and patterns that result in magazine ready spaces.”