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Design Chicago opens Oct. 12

Three-day market set for Merchandise Mart Design Center

The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart presents the interior design industry's most comprehensive and educational trade fair Oct. 12-14.

The three-day event welcomes the Midwest's leading interior design professionals for programming that is both educational and inspirational.

Design Chicago showcases the latest trends in interior design, featuring four renowned keynote presentations, eight innovative CEU accredited seminars and more than 70 new product introductions from Design Center showrooms. This year's featured presenters include Juan Montoya, Kathryn M. Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard and Roger Thomas.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 5:30-7 p.m., the Design Center will honor four rising stars at this year's Ones to Watch reception at Nick's Fishmarket located on the 1st floor of The Merchandise Mart. The Ones to Watch are selected by Design Center showrooms and feature designers that have demonstrated creativity, originality and overall great design. This fabulous cocktail reception will feature an award ceremony and networking among industry leaders and professionals.

In celebration of Chicago Artists Month, a citywide collaboration effort showcasing Chicago visual artists and their work throughout October, Design Chicago will host Showroom Art Exhibits and an Artist Meet-and-Greet, Friday, Oct. 14, from noon-5 p.m. in participating showrooms. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness of the extraordinary quality and depth of the city's visual arts community.

In addition, the Design Center will host Student Programming on Friday, Oct. 14. The day's events include a panel discussion with design icon Holly Hunt, who will discuss "Building a Brand," as well as a guided tour of her eponymous showroom. The day concludes with portfolio reviews hosted in the Design Center showrooms.

"We are excited to host Design Chicago as it draws a talented group of design icons, industry leaders and designer professionals", said Julia Chappell, managing marketing director, MMPI. "Through the keynote presentations, CEU accredited seminars, guest lectures and new product introductions, we intend to provide designers with the business know-how and inspiration to keep up with the constantly evolving marketplace."



11:30 AM - Luncheon Presentation
The Basics of Specifying Automated Window Coverings by Jeff Sinclair
This course provides a definition of automation, a guide for the application of motorization to window coverings, and how to choose the appropriate automation function on any given system. Explore a variety of applications and learn detailed explanations of each solution and its benefits. Also learn the information required by the various trades involved in an automated installation including the requirements of the window covering manufacturer.

2:30 PM - Three Centuries of Color by Mary Hoffman
Throughout history colors move in and out of popularity which is especially notable in fashion and homes. Changing taste, influence of world events, advances in technology, cultural landscape and the social climate help define the personality of specific periods. Benjamin Moore looks at the major events of each decade from 1880-2000 to see how events shaped the color palette of those decades.

4 PM - The Height of Luxury: The Rise of Art Deco and Haute Couture by Lee Russ
This course explores the experimentation and ultimately evolution that fostered creativity in the years before WWII. Art Deco was not only the last great luxury style, but also a movement across any number of creative disciplines-from art to literature, furniture, philosophy and of course fashion. Through striking images and anecdotes, this program examines how the giants of the era inspired the world-and one another.


11:30 AM -Luncheon Presentation
Financial Management for Interior Design Firms by Rick Gilman
Learn how to integrate both the design and financial aspects of the design trade to grow a successful business. During this captivating seminar, Gilman will discuss a variety of financial topics including technology and how to incorporate it into your business, understanding taxation, budgeting and understating profitability.

2:30 PM - 20th & 21st Century Handcrafted Wall covering by Joyce Romanoff
From block printing, hand painting, inlaid materials, natural fibers, fine art and more, explore the world of handcrafted wallcoverings and reveal how they have evolved. Moreover learn the best ways to use wallcoverings in design and examine the various methods of manufacturing including a live demo.

4 PM - Specifying Custom Products by Jobi Blachy
Join the President of EF+LM as he describes the process of partnering with a workroom, including the guidelines and guardrails of custom furniture design. During the seminar, EF+LM will accept lounge chair designs. The winning design will be added to their line and named after the designer! Cocktail reception to follow in suite 1870A.


12:30 PM - Luncheon Presentation
Psychology of Color by Susan Stokis
Color is considered a powerful design tool in the built environment. Decisions related to color are best made with scientific knowledge of the attributes of color. This course highlights how perception of color directs human response in behavior and emotion. It demonstrates how perception is influenced by personal experiences and cultural identifications. Following the presentation visit suite 1825 for a dessert reception and meet and greet with Stokis.

2 PM - Metallics, Plasters and Faux Demystified by Ed Mattingly
Understand how to effectively specify and utilize the newest technologies in professional decorative coatings related to Metallics, Plasters, Glazes and Clearcoats. We will take you from design inspiration-to sampling and approval-to installation with our innovative, "Real Wall" Solutions for the professional specifier.


+ Anacara Company, Suite 16-130
See what the newly expanded showroom has to offer

+ Brown Jordan, Suite 17-100
Introducing a trilogy of soft-modern designs from Richard Frinier

+ Ebel, Suite 15-121
Proudly welcoming CARAVITA 's exclusive line of sun shades and pavilions

+ JANUS et Cie, Suite 1876
The Amari collection, made using the "Generation-Next" JANUS fiber

Jardin De Ville for Design ChicagoJardin De Ville will showcase its introductions in Suite 1553.
+ Jardin De Ville, Suite 1553
The Cozy Diamond collection and TUUCI's Plantation MAX Collection

+ LaneVenture, Suite 1544
Upholstery pieces from WeatherMaster by Lane Venture

+ Michael Taylor Designs, Suite 1868A
The new Arcadia Collection designed by Fisher Weisman

+ NorthCape International, Suite 16-112
Darby Seating Group a wide range of outdoor resin seating

+ OW Lee, Suite 1786
The new Cypress Aluminum Firepit

+ Poly-Wood, Inc., Suite 1760
New showroom with brand names Poly-Wood and Trex Outdoor

+ Pride Family Brands, Suite 1747
Each Castelle firepit is designed for weather resistance

+ Ratana Home and Floral, Suite 1777
Casablanca Collection is a design of simplicity and clarity

+ Winston, Suite 16-100
The new Florentina Collection


Taking place throughout all three days of Design Chicago on floors 6, 15, 16, 17 and 18 the following Design Center showrooms are proud to debut new products during Design Chicago. Visit the showrooms during Design Chicago to see these new products.

+ A. Rudin, Suite 1711
John Pomp Studios lighting collection

+ Atelier Lapchi, Suite 6-160
The André Arbus Collection

+ Baker, Knapp and Tubbs, Suite 6-187
New designs added to the Barbara Barry Collection

+ BRADLEY HUGHES , Suite 1855
Fine-artist Donna Hughes debuts her latest Portraits Collection

+ The Bright Group, Suite 6-166
Debuting the Douglas Jennings Collection

+ Casa Bella, Suite 1578
introducing Ibolili Natural Furnishings

+ C.A.I. Designs, Suite 1619
Christy Dillard by Lorts collection, Lunch served on Oct. 13 with Christy

+ Colie & Harris, Suite 1720
See the newly renovated showroom

+ Copeland Furniture/Frank Lloyd Wright by Copeland, Suite 1683
Introducing Leathercraft bringing in full top grain, pure aniline leathers from Europe

+ Copeland Furniture -- Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture, Suite 1680, introduction of the Boynton chair

+ David Sutherland, Suite 1800
Aspre sofa by Christian Liaigre

+ Designers Linen Source, Inc., Suite 15-100
Bed/bath linens, rugs and accessories from Designers Guild

+ Dessin Fournir, Suite 1813
Debuting Theo and Claremont furnishing fabrics

+ Direct Rug Import, Suite 15-102
Rugs with finest wool or wool and silk

+ Duralee, Suite 624
Philip Gorrivan II for Highland Court

+ Ebanista, Suite 1677
The elegant Guerlain Cocktail Table debuts

+ Edelman Leather, Suite 1873D
DayGlowBrights are on display

+ Edward Ferrell + Lewis Mittman, Suite 1870A
The new Jedidah Dining Table

+ Fabricut, Suite 6-117
See the new showroom!

+ Filsinger Chicago, Suite 1870
The Toucan Chair, a new addition to the Randolph & Hein furniture linefurniture

+ Gallerie One, Suite 600
Introducing the Phoenix Collection

+ GRANGE, Suite 1825
Grange's Tray Chic table

+ Henredon, Suite 1865
Barbara Barry Realized introduces the Tipton Sofa and Matinee Media Console.

+ Hickory Chair/Pearson, Suite 1718
The updated Surry Chair

+ Holly Hunt, Suite 1844
The Holly Hunt Studio Collection continues to grow

+ Holly Hunt, Suite 1728
Introducing Paul Mathieu's first collection for Holly Hunt

+ Interior Crafts, Inc., Suite 614
Introduces a new Walnut seating collection

+ J. Marshall Design, Suite 1600
Introducing Sligh for the home office

+ J. Robert Scott, Suite 1873
Introducing Ombré ThunderTM to the family of Ombré finishes.

+ Julia Gray Ltd, Suite 1856
See the new Iron and Glass Cocktail Table.

+ Kenneth Ludwig Home Furnishings, Suite 1510
the Regency Collection from Hotel Maison

+ Kravet, Suite 6-128
Barbara Barry has released an Asian-influenced collection called Indochine

+ LALIQUE Design, Suite 1867
LALIQUE Heliconia Sconce and Console

+ Lee Jofa, Suite 6-136
The latest from Suzanne Rheinstein for Lee Jofa, Hollyhock II

+ Martin Wood, Suite 1616
Hot pink two drawer chest with summertime white flowers, stop in to see it

+ Michael-Cleary, Suite 1822
The Steve Jensen Collection, hand-blown Murano glass lighting

+ Nancy Corzine, Suite 622
The James Lockridge "Polvo" Chandelier by Allan Knight

+ Odegard, Suite 1828
The brass Lotus Table is from the Viya Home Collection for Odegard

+ Osborne & Little, Suite 610
Contemporary Wallpapers by Nina Campbell, meet her on Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.

+ Padma's Plantation, Suite 15-117
Tropicana from The Rug Market America's Resort line

+ Pindler & Pindler, Suite 618
The Signature Exclusive Montage Collection

+ Reddington Designs, Inc., Suite 1500
Introduces partnership with Chicago artist Danielle Klinenberg

+ Robert Allen | Beacon Hill, Suite 633
Bright and vibrant, see the Modern Library Collection

+ RODOLPH, Suite 6-117A
Visit the showroom to see the new collections

+ Sherle Wagner, Suite 1623
New to the Architectural Series the Semi-Precious Stone Collection

+ Stark, Suite 6-102
The vintage re-worked hand-woven, hand-sewn patchwork wool rug collection

+ Three Friends Studio, Suite 1515
Open house on "Decorating with Chinese antique furniture"

+ Westwater Patterson, Suite 1806
Artist James Vilona's new bench, entitled Northern Lights

+ Woodland, Suite 1866
Kasai Cabinet, contemporary, urban, unexpected

+ Zeeba Home, Suite 1519A
Introducing Kevin O'Brien Studio collection of bedding & accent pillows

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