ASID Introduces the Advocate by Design Fund

The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) announced that it has established the Advocate by Design (AxD) Fund, a political education fund that aims to strengthen the design industry’s presence within national, state, and local policy decision making. As a testament to the Society’s commitment to fight for impactful policy for the interior design profession at all levels of government, the AxD Fund will help ASID Government and Public Affairs (GPA) inform the public and policymakers on the impact of interior design work and the policy issues important to the profession and industry.

“Nearly 90 percent of our lives is spent in interior spaces so the practice of interior design directly affects all Americans and deserves a strong voice in policy decisions that influence the industry,” states Bryan J. Soukup, Esq., vice president, GPA, ASID. “We believe that successful advocacy doesn’t happen by accident and requires diligent planning, thoughtful deliberation, long-term strategic vision, and active participation by stakeholders. The Advocate by Design Fund will enhance the Society’s ability to advocate for the interior design industry and profession on the federal, state, and local levels of government, fighting for legislative and regulatory policy issues that advance and protect the practice of interior design and its related interests.”

The AxD Fund is not a PAC, and will not direct funds to any individual candidate for office. The Fund will enable ASID GPA to increase its efforts to support and defend beneficial public policy for ASID members, chapters, and design professionals. Donations to the fund will assist ASID in covering unexpected needs, enable the Society to expand its reach and scope, cover member travel costs, create and distribute interactive materials and documents, host new events, provide additional money to chapters for advocacy initiative grants, and work to change the public narrative about interior design through effective policy and political messaging.

ASID has been advocating for positive interior design public policy for 50 years, and is dedicated to informing decision makers and citizens on the impact of design on the human experience and the health, safety, and welfare of the public. As the only major interior design member organization based in Washington D.C., ASID is currently advocating for the design profession on the following federal issues: practice rights, environmental issues, resilience, trade issues, materiality, tax policy, building codes and standards development, workforce development, and student debt, among other issues. In state policy, ASID GPA is working on several topics including practice rights, taxes, lien rights, firm ownership, and building code adoption. The AxD Fund will support the work of Bryan Soukup who is responsible for a range of advocacy affairs, including representing the profession’s policy interests before all levels of government and internationally, managing contract lobbyists and other consultants, speaking on advocacy with members and outside organizations, and determining political strategy.

Join ASID on July 19 at 6 p.m. at STK Atlanta for The ASID First Annual Evening of Thought Leadership and Public Policy. Show your support for the work of ASID GPA and share your thoughts on the state of the interior design profession through the lens of public policy. Choose “special event” at registration to reserve your seat.

For more information on the ASID AxD Fund, visit

About ASID: The American Society of Interior Designers believes that design transforms lives. ASID serves the full range of the interior design profession and practice through the Society’s programs, networks, and advocacy. We thrive on the strength of cross-functional and interdisciplinary relationships among designers of all specialties, including workplace, healthcare, retail and hospitality, education, institutional, and residential. We lead interior designers in shared conversations around topics that matter: from evidence-based and human-centric design to social responsibility, well-being, and sustainability. We showcase the impact of design on the human experience and the value interior designers provide.

ASID was founded over 40 years ago when two organizations became one, but its legacy dates back to the early 1930s. As we celebrate nearly 85 years of industry leadership, we are leading the future of interior design, continuing to integrate the advantages of local connections with national reach, of small firms with big, and of the places we live with the places we work, play, and heal. For more information, visit


48th IHGF Delhi Fair: Autumn Edition to Bring Together 3,000+ Exhibitors

The Indian Handicrafts and Gift Fair or IHGF announced that its 48th Autumn Edition will be bringing together over 3,000 exhibitors, credited for positioning Indian craftsmanship among sought after home products. IHGF is an exclusive connect to India’s leading manufacturers for home, lifestyle, fashion & textile segments. A choice of over 2000 products and more than 300 trend specific design developments across 14 display segments, defines this show, scheduled from 16-20 October 2019, at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart, New Delhi NCR. This five days trade appointment is a wide-ranging resource for importers, wholesalers, retail chains and design professionals.

Recognized as one of the world’s largest congregation of handicraft exporters and consistently inspiring global sourcing for over two decades, this show encompasses the complete supply chain of home fashion & utility, collectibles, gifting and fashion accessories. What makes this show unique and inspirational are its wide-ranging collections presented by leading export houses, that enthuse buyers to replenish their merchandise and add new product lines for seasons ahead. With an assemblage spanning timeless classics to contemporary influences, the show brings in captivating compositions in innovations and handcrafted fusions.

Offering unparalleled access to exhibitors drawn from all major manufacturing hubs, artisan clusters and craft pockets of India, IHGF Delhi Fair-Autumn 2019 is poised to unravel significant expansion in all categories with a promising assortment of creations, diverse in inspiration, processes and materials – woodcrafts, textiles, art metal ware, EPNS ware, furniture & accessories, glassware, fashion jewellery & accessories, hand-printed textiles, shawls, stoles & scarves, embroidered goods, lace, toys, houseware, decorative, gifts & general handicrafts, home textiles and home accessories, candles & incense, pottery, terracotta & ceramics, nautical instruments, Christmas and floral decorations, dry flowers & potpourri, handmade paper products, crafts made of leather, lacquer, marble, etc.



Home textiles and furnishing feature contemporary styles, regional nuances and zealously practiced weaving traditions of India. Exquisite blend of inimitable handloom, power loom and man-made fibers to natural organics, dyeing & printing, embroidery & hand painting and many design led crafts offer plenty of choice. Carpets, rugs and flooring manufactured in more than 12 craft clusters in over 8 states of India, flaunt material blends, design and construction. Trends in furniture and furniture accessories are beautifully expressed in wood, metal, combinations and blends, enriched with cuts, carving, etching, inlay, paints, polish and distress elements as patterns emerge, blossoms flow into each other and textures unite. Accessories that spell class for magnificently cultivated and manicured gardens as well as ornaments that infuse positive inertia into outdoor spaces with interplay of proportions bring in indulgent variety for outdoor enthusiasts.

Captivating compositions spell grandeur in Indian bathroom accessories, offering a blend of the old and new, sheer opulence, rustic ethnic and stylish contemporary for home baths, spas, resorts and hotels. Lamps & lighting embrace many trends from baroque to chic, from simple lines to extravagance. Among festive décor, expressions of art and cultural influences usher in the celebratory spirit that is embraced without exception where a global citizenship is celebrated with an effervescent line up in core decoration collections, affluent décor ideas, gifting as well as packaging. In houseware, gifts & decoratives, an extensive mix of customised and innovative decoratives and collectibles appear alongside an eclectic range in modern, directional and unusual medium to high-end lines that emphasise material, design and value addition in home accents, knick-knacks as well as utilities.

Theme Pavilions and regional representations would bring in opportunities to source directly from artisans and new entrepreneurs besides-established exporters from these provinces. Designers forum, a new addition at this fair will present collections from select established as well as upcoming Indian designers.



The show boasts of an impressive buyer patronage from over 110 countries with maximum numbers from USA, Canada, Europe, Australia, South America, Middle East and Asia. Visitors to the fair also get access to the 900 permanent showrooms in the Mart, spaced out on four levels at the India Expo Centre. These buyers agree with the fact that India fascinates and inspires. Its cross-section of varied & versatile craft skills as well as a plethora of raw materials are thoughtfully complemented by manufacturers adept at bringing in contemporary influences and offering trend specific design developments in attractive propositions in terms of variety, value, price and service. This strength sets IHGF apart and the crucial balance between size and quality of display and number of buyers creates a winning combination, giving unique business value to all trade partners. Supporting events like trend forecasts, panel discussions, knowledge seminars, ramp presentations and awards make IHGF Delhi Fair, a multi-faceted and wholesome trade show for buyers as well as exhibitors.

IHGF Delhi Fair is organised by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the apex body representing handicraft manufacturers & exporters in India. EPCH facilitates its 10,500+ members to customize and offer unique styles and quality products to the global sourcing community. Beyond providing unparalleled business platforms to buyers & sellers, EPCH also provides comprehensive information about the sector to international buyers and ensures optimal interface between the Indian handicrafts industry and international buyers, facilitating harmonious business.

The 48th edition of IHGF titled, IHGF Delhi Fair – Autumn 2019 is scheduled from 16th to 20th  October 2019 with a display profile categorized into 14 groups and a representation of 3000+ exhibitors at the plush India Expo Centre & Mart.

About the IHGF Delhi Fair: The IHGF Delhi
Fair is organized twice every year for Spring and Autumn, by the Export
Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), a non-profit organization and
the apex body representing handicraft manufacturers & exporters, pan
India. The Council provides comprehensive information about the sector
to international buyers and ensures optimal interface with the Indian
handicrafts sector, facilitating business. Among its regular activities,
EPCH organizes and leads participation in trade shows, buyer-seller
meets, conferences and study tours. EPCH facilitates its 10000+ members
to enhance exports by customising and offering unique styles and quality
products to the global sourcing community. For more information, visit or email