Considered the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation, LuxeHome at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart will host the Chicago Design Summit. This residential design summit — the Midwest’s largest — will showcase 31 innovative programs, CEU seminars and events featuring industry luminaries, 11 strategic media partners and over a dozen notable editors, along with eight open houses, seven new showrooms and 29 new and featured product debuts.
The exclusive one-day, trade-only event takes place on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, and 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 completely complimentary 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 of 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.
A sampling of event highlights:
- 9 – 10 a.m.
Entertaining in the Kitchen With Kathryn M. Ireland Session Full
Wood-Mode LIfestyle Design Center, Suite 119
- 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Wood Flooring Manufacturing and Its Effects on Your Design Decisions CEU
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, Suite 131
- 10 – 11 a.m.
A Chat With Martyn Lawrence Bullard Session Full
Ann Sacks, Suite 100B
- 10 – 11:30 a.m.
The Iconic House, Two CEU
Pella Crafted Luxury, Suite 100
- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Designing for Millennials
Artistic Tile, Suite 105A
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
A Tale of Two Cities With Mayer Rus and Kara Mann
Paris Ceramics, Suite 146
- 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Colormix 2017 CEU
Sherwin-Williams, Presentation: Lounge 1447, 14th Floor; Lunch Reception: Suite 163
- 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
The New Face of Affluence in 2016 CEU Session Full
Monogram Design Center, Suite 124
- 11:30 a.m. Lunch
12 – 1 p.m. Presentation
Recycling Luxury Kitchens: A Value-Added Resource for Design/Build Professionals
Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom, Suite 134
- 12:30 – 2 p.m.
Live Cooking Demonstrations and the Latest in Kitchen Design
Miele Experience Center, Suite 133
- 1 – 2 p.m.
Italian Style Through the Eyes of Alessandra Branca With Clinton Smith at ROHL
ROHL, Suite 163
- 1 – 2 p.m.
5 Secrets to Social Media Success New
Poggenpohl, Suite 138
- 2 – 4 p.m.
A “Little” Meet and Greet
Studio Snaidero Chicago, Suite 140
- 3:30 – 4 p.m.
An Informal Conversation With Amy Elbert, Senior Architecture Editor, Traditional Home magazine and celebrated kitchen designer, Mick De Giulio
De Giulio Kitchen Design, Suite 121
- 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
The New Chicago, The New Urbanism
Porcelanosa Tile/Kitchen/Bath/Hardwood, Suite 149
- 4 – 5 p.m.
Feng Shui Materials CEU
Lefroy Brooks | Cooper & Graham, Suite 117
- 4 – 5:30 p.m.
Kitchen and Bath Design Preview
Scavolini Store Chicago, Suite 110
- 5:30 – 8 p.m.
Chicago VIP Luxury Gala
Merchandise Mart, First Floor
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 Summit. Offering their deep knowledge of the industry and years of expertise are: 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, vice president of digital, Interior Design; Ann Maine, editor in chief, Traditional Home; Amy Elbert, senior editor, Traditional Home; and Clint Smith, editor in chief, Veranda.
The 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 will see the induction of 4 residential design icons into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame. (Click here to purchase Gala tickets.) The Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is sponsored by media partner Luxe Interiors + Design; Platinum Sponsor, BSH Home Appliances; Gold Sponsors, 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).
For more information on the Chicago Design Summit, please visit here.