IIDA NY Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Color Invasion®

Acclaimed Industry Event Returns in October to Unite the Local Design Community, Raise Funds for Children In Need

The International Interior Design Association’s New York Chapter (IIDA NY) is excited to announce the 20th anniversary of Color Invasion®, marking the return of the Chapter’s renowned industry event. After taking a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, this year’s Color Invasion will be held at Manhattan’s Center 415 with an experiential journey inspired by 2022’s theme, Intergalactic Cosmic Extravaganza.

This year’s Color Invasion presents great significance to IIDA NY, marking the Chapter’s return to in-person gatherings, while serving as a reminder to this industry event’s origin. In 2002, IIDA NY launched Color Invasion to bring together hundreds of professionals from New York City’s interior design community, in response to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center. Now, 20 years later, design professionals are once again coming together after overcoming another turning point in the city’s history.

“New York City has endured two significant events that have demonstrated our resilience within the past 20 years,” said Sarah Levine, President of IIDA NY. “As we’ve learned from 9/11 and the pandemic, New York City will emerge stronger than ever, and IIDA NY exemplifies this great city’s commitment to community outreach. The 20th anniversary of Color Invasion serves as a special reminder of the generosity and compassion of our volunteers who started this initiative to help those in need.”

In addition to Color Invasion raising proceeds to benefit the Chapter’s student award programs, this event will again partner with the Pajama Program, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to delivering new pajamas and books to children in need nationwide. This organization promotes and supports a comforting bedtime routine and healthy sleep for children from low-income homes. Pajama Program provides information, materials, and support through a national network of volunteers and partnerships with 4,000 community-based organizations across the United States, including New York City.

IIDA NY’s premier networking and social awareness event will welcome guests once again with a menu inspired by the Intergalactic Cosmic Extravaganza theme, tasty libations, live entertainment, and other surprises to uncover as attendees pass throughout the creatively designed spaces within the venue. The Chapter encourages designers and creative professionals to come dressed in costume to coincide with this year’s theme. Always thought provoking, past event themes have included the Roaring ‘20s, Deep Blue Sea, and Sweet Dreams.

Color Invasion will take place on Thursday, October 27th from 7:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. at Center 415, located at 415 Fifth Avenue. For tickets, visit the Eventbrite’s IIDA NY Color Invasion 2022 link. In support of the Pajama Program, attendees are encouraged to bring and donate new, unwrapped pajamas and books for infants and children up to 18 years old to the event, while monetary donations are also accepted and appreciated. For those who don’t have time to shop, IIDA NY will provide a Pajama Program store onsite, where attendees can purchase pajamas and books to donate.


The IIDA New York Chapter (IIDA NY) is a professional networking and educational association of more than 800 Members in five specialty Forums. IIDA NY provides its Members with the resources to reach expertise, knowledge and contacts. Networking events allow professionals and industry members to connect on more personal terms that encourage trust, collaboration and innovation. In 2021, IIDA NY formed Equity Council, an independent, open and inclusive body of participants who may or may not be members of IIDA. Their goal is to foster engagement and accountability toward meaningful change in the design industry, advocating for increased equity in the field through four key pillars: inclusion, diversity, education and communication. The Chapter is proud to have been recognized as IIDA Large Chapter of the Year in 2011, 2008, 2001 and 2000. For more information, visit: http://www.iidany.org/.