Call it a venerable design Round Table. The industry’s biggest influencers will be convening in New York over the next two days, brought together by theInternational Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) for an unprecedented event. As Stage Two of IFI president Shashi Caan’s initiative and forthcoming publication “Design Frontiers: The Interiors Entity” (DFIE), the organization is set to host their Global Symposium.

Spearheaded by Caan during her term as IFI president-elect, DFIE is a six-year project bringing together leading interior design organizations and individuals from more than 55 countries to clarify the role of the interior design community for industry stakeholders, as well as the general public.

Having already completed Stage One—a series of think tanks and surveys to outline the core issues of interiors: value, relevance, responsibility, and identity—the Global Symposium takes the spotlight February 17 and 18, sponsored in part by theSmithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. More than 100 representatives from the think-tank nations will participate in the event to review the phase’s findings and discuss next steps for the adoption and implementation of the criteria across the globe. This material will result in the publication and distribution of DFIE, as well as final implementation.

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