Statement from IFDA in Response to North Carolina Legislature’s Passing of Bill HB2

2016.0411.Nwy.IFDAFor nearly 60 years, the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA) has maintained its position as the only all-inclusive professional association whose members provide services and products to the vast furnishings and design industry. The organization’score values promote mutual respect, education, community service, open sharing, industry partnerships, and ethical practices.

With the recent North Carolina legislature’s passing of the bill HB2, IFDA re- asserts its long standing policy: IFDA does not discriminate, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity. In fact, as an organization that prides itself on inclusion, IFDA embraces all its members and industry partners and believes that the diversity in the furnishing and design industry is one of its greatest assets.

“We encourage all members of the industry to stand together in unity for the promotion of equality and diversity,” stated Diane Nicolson, FIFDA, president of IFDA. “We are stronger together than when divided, let us unite people from all ends of the industry and celebrate each other’s uniqueness.”

Thus, as a leader in the furnishings and design industry, IFDA will not only continue to promote the diversity of its membership and that of the greater international design and furnishings communities, but also reflect that support in its programming, membership outreach, and all other activities.


IFDA (the international Furnishings and Design Association is the only organization whose members represent the total design and furnishings industry in all its aspects. With 16 chapters nationwide, plus a chapter in Japan and members in Australia, the Middle East, Caribbean and United Kingdom, IFDA provides a professional forum for communication and interaction among its high-profile members. Celebrating its 69th year, the association is structured to increase public awareness of the furnishings and design industry.For information on membership or to learn about upcoming events and programs, visit