Interior Designers Aviva Stanoff and David Santiago to Host American Furniture Hall of Fame Induction Celebration

Opera singer


Furniture World News Bureau on 06/30/2022




Aviva Stanoff and David Santiago

Industry members Aviva Stanoff and David Santiago will host the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Induction Celebration on October 23 during the High Point Market. Stanoff, a multi-generational craftsman and entrepreneur, founded his eponymous design studio and interior design brand focusing on pieces that embody deliberate luxury. Santiago, Industry Ambassador and Founder of Casa Santi Interior Design, is an award-winning designer and gifted singer whose Strictly Santi brand was created to be as diverse as his talent repertoire.

“The creative energy of Aviva and David is evident in their designs, their lives and their abilities to entertain,” said Caroline Hipple, Foundation Board Chair and President of Norwalk Furniture. “We look forward to a delightful and inspiring evening celebrating the Hall of Fame Class of 2022 inductees as they receive the industry’s most prestigious honor. As we honor those who have defined the furniture industry, we are all becoming encouraged and inspired by the industry’s biggest networking event.

As the child of Japanese and Russian immigrants, Stanoff honors his multicultural upbringing in his work. She began her career in textile arts with an internship at Calvin Klein Home while obtaining her MFA. By the time he graduated, his designs for Calvin Klein were on store shelves and had earned him a mention in vogue as well as commissions from Christian Dior, Givenchy Couture and Donna Karan. In 2004, she launched her own line of home accessories in Brooklyn, New York. Its textiles, made in the United States, are featured in luxury hotel properties, including Nobu, The Cosmopolitan, the Ritz Carlton and The Plaza. Her forest chandelier for Currey & Company won the 2017 ARTS Award for Lighting Fixtures and she won the 2019 Arts Award for Home Textiles. She has received numerous Textile Supplier of the Year awards from ABC Carpet & Home, and her work is featured in the permanent collection of the Brooklyn Museum of Decorative Arts. She’s been known to pop up everywhere, from the United Nations to corporate and business events, as well as in her son’s classrooms. She prioritizes philanthropy and community service as an integral part of her identity as a “Sparkletunity Ambassador”.

Santiago, who created Casa Santi in 2011, has collections with American Brass & Crystal Lighting and developed the Passport collection for Bijou wallcoverings. Its product lines are aimed at both the hotel and residence markets. He continues to grow as a brand ambassador and gives back through multiple media platforms, including guest designer appearances on the hit NBC television series. George to the rescue and as a lifestyle correspondent for The Donna Drake Show on CBS NY. He is the artistic director of MyFace.org, a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children and adults with facial differences. Santiago is also an accomplished classical opera singer and an alumnus of Mannes College of Music. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and New York City Opera, among others. He is responsible for the development and cultural dissemination of the Teatro Grattacielo.

Santiago says, “The expressions on my face say a lot about the essence of my true feelings – and usually it’s exuberance.”

Sophia, the world’s first humanoid celebrity, will be the keynote speaker at the Inductions Celebration, to be held at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons.

To become a member of the Foundation, to purchase tickets to the 2022 Inductions Celebration or to become a sponsor in favor of an inductee, visit www.masterthechallenge2022.com.

The Hall of Fame is supported by the 2022 Induction Celebration Sponsors:

  • Presenting Sponsor: Surya
  • Dinner Table Sponsor: Nourisson Industries
  • Inducted Video Sponsor: Surya
  • Cocktail Sponsor: International Market Centers
  • After Party Sponsor: Klaussner Furniture Industries
  • Stage and repeat sponsor: Tempur Sealy International, Inc.
  • Leadership Institute Sponsor: La-Z-Boy, Inc.
  • To the Room Sponsor: AICO/Amini Innovation Corp.
  • Future Leaders Event Sponsor: International Market Centers; Liberty Furniture Industry Inc.
  • Platinum Sponsors: Carpentry company; global views; Southern Movement; Springs Creative; and Bill and Julia Wittenberg
  • Gold Sponsors: Jerome Furniture; Gat Creek


About the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc.

The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an industry-wide organization founded in 1988 to preserve the history of the home furnishings industry, to celebrate exceptional individuals who have made contributions to the American furniture industry and to inspire the next generation of innovative leaders. In 2019, the organization purchased a building at 311 S. Hamilton St. in High Point. Our new home will be a symbol of the Home Furnishings Capital of the World™ where the industry comes together, where we tell our stories and learn from our past, and where we inspire future generations. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, funds support our history and leadership programs. The organization is currently based in High Point, North Carolina at 202 Neal Place, Suite 101, and can be reached at 336.882.5900. Watch for ongoing developments and details regarding the inauguration of a new permanent residence in www.homefurnishingshalloffame.comwhich is scheduled for April 2023.