|CHICAGO, IL (October 23, 2015) – The Design Center at the Merchandise MartTM and LuxeHome® hosted Design Chicago, the Midwest’s largest residential design conference and inspirational trade fair, on October 6 and 7, 2015 in its over 100 showrooms spanning over 550,000 square feet of space at the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago drawing more than 2,000 attendees from across the Midwest. Design Chicago featured a variety of educational and innovative programming including:
“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming response from our Design Center and LuxeHome showrooms, presenters and attendees at this year’s expanded Design Chicago conference,” said Katherine Flaherty, Vice President, Vornado I Merchandise Mart. “The high caliber of CEU’s, presenters and industry leaders really raised the bar and drew top trade professionals looking for the latest products and insider knowledge.”
The conference drew notable members of the design industry including kitchen and design icons, Christopher Peacock, Mick De Giulio, Holly Hunt, Gary Lee and Phillip Jeffries, design experts and TV personalities, Robert and Cortney Novogratz, interior and furniture designer, Alexa Hampton, and the creative genius behind the world famous Wynn hotels in Las Vegas and Macau, Roger Thomas, among others. CEU’s and presentations were jam packed and buzzing with energy throughout the two days of Design Chicago.
Home Furnishings Highlights:
Building Products Highlights
In addition, the Chicago VIP Luxury Gala completely sold out and welcomed the who’s who in the design industry to celebrate the inaugural inductees into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame. 2015 Inductees included:
The two day conference culminated with the Ones to Watch reception, which celebrated three rising stars in the design industry, Brynn Olson, Jillian Richey, and Stephen Young.
“Design Chicago has become the must attend residential design conference in the Midwest and brings together the best of the best in the industry for education and inspiration,” added Julia Chappell, Managing Director of Marketing, Vornado I Merchandise Mart. “We look forward to growing Design Chicago and attracting attendees from the east and west coasts.” For more information about Design Chicago, please visit designchicagoevent.com.
LuxeHome offers discerning homeowners and trade professionals one-stop shopping convenience with access to the finest kitchen, bath, tile, lighting, cabinetry, appliances, countertops and much more. LuxeHome displays the widest selection of products to suit all upscale design styles, from modern European to classic American to traditional English. In addition to the extensive lineup of premier brands, each boutique offers knowledgeable designers who are available to assist with all phases of each design project. LuxeHome’s boutiques are open for shopping Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit luxehome.com. Follow LuxeHome on Facebook, Houzz, Instagram and Twitter.
Vornado Realty Trust, owner of the Merchandise Mart, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO. www.vno.com
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