|Chicago, IL (July 27, 2016) – LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation, located on the first floor of the iconic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, will host the Chicago Design Summit, the Midwest’s largest residential design summit, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The Chicago Design Summit will showcase 31 innovative programs, CEU seminars and events featuring industry luminaries, 11 strategic media partners and over a dozen well-respected editors, along with 8 open houses, 7 new showrooms and 29 new and featured product debuts. The not-to-be-missed, one-day event will welcome leading interior design, architecture and luxury custom home building professionals from across the Midwest. All programming, including CEU seminars, events and open houses, is complimentary exclusively for interior design, architecture and luxury home building professionals.
“We are thrilled to produce the Chicago Design Summit, as it draws a talented group of design icons, industry leaders and trade professionals to see what’s new at LuxeHome, including new showrooms, cutting-edge products and the latest trends in the industry,” said Katherine Flaherty, Vice President, Vornado | Merchandise Mart. “The Chicago Design Summit is a one-of-a-kind event for the design industry, offering the highest caliber of educational programming, presentations and industry luminaries all in one historic location. We intend to provide a not-to-be-missed experience for attendees – one that leaves them not only excited and inspired, but also equipped with business insight on the constantly-evolving marketplace.”
The conference will feature notable members of the design industry including kitchen and design icons, Christopher Peacock and Mick De Giulio; celebrated interior designer and TV personality, Kathryn Ireland; and A-List interior designers, Alessandra Branca, Kara Mann and Martyn Lawrence Bullard.
Attendees can register to experience presentations and CEU-accredited seminars presented by celebrated designers, media executives, editors, manufacturers and associations. Highlights include Interior Design’s Pam McNally and “5 Secrets to Social Media Success” hosted in Poggenpohl; “The Iconic House, Two” moderated by Julie Hacker, FAIA, Cohen & Hacker Architects in partnership with the AIA and hosted in Pella Crafted Luxury, and Colormix 2017, hosted by Sherwin Williams.
In addition, 11 media partners from coast to coast will be on hand, presenting another compelling reason to attend the Chicago Design Summit. Media offering their deep knowledge of the industry and years of expertise, include: Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor, Architectural Digest; Michela O’Connor Abrams, President, Dwell; Arianne Nardo, Writer, Editor at Large; Kate Kelly Smith, Senior Vice President, Group Publishing Director, Elle Décor; David Hamilton, Associate Publisher, Elle Décor; Sophie Donelson, Editor in Chief, House Beautiful; Pamela Jaccarino, Editor in Chief, Luxe Interiors + Design; Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief and Publisher, Metropolis; Andrea Mills, Editor in Chief, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago; Pam McNally, VP Digital, Interior Design; Ann Maine, Editor in Chief, Traditional Home; Amy Elbert, Senior Editor, Traditional Home; and Clint Smith, Editor in Chief, Veranda.
The Chicago Design Summit will culminate with the Chicago VIP Luxury Gala, held the evening of September 14, where a who’s who of the design industry will come together to celebrate the best of Chicago and Midwest design. The event is in its second year and will feature the induction of four residential design industry icons into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame. Gala tickets, which are priced at $100, are on sale.
The Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is sponsored by media partner, Luxe Interiors + Design, platinum sponsor, BSH Home Appliances; Gold Sponsor, Pella Crafted Luxury and Sherwin Williams; and Silver Sponsors, Poggenpohl and Wood-Mode.
The Chicago Design Summit welcomes trade professionals from across the country, including members of trade organizations; for instance, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).
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