5th Annual Outdoor Design Conference to Be Held At The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart’s

Chicago (Feb. 16, 2018) — The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago’s ultimate destination for outdoor furnishings, is excited to announce that registration is now open for its 5th annual Outdoor Design Conference, taking place on Thursday, March 8, 2018.

The one-day, trade-only event features more than 65 programs, including continuing education units (CEUs), featured presentations, product debuts and showroom events that showcase the latest in outdoor residential design knowledge and trends from Design Center’s top casual furnishings showrooms.

“The conference is thriving, as 2018 marks the largest Outdoor Design Conference program we have hosted to date. We have an increased number of showroom events and open houses this year, as well as a number of new and exciting product launches,” said Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing, for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “The program includes educational sessions that will truly give design professionals a valuable look into the latest innovations in outdoor furnishings and décor.”

CEUs include presentations on emerging trends in outdoor design for 2018, tips on how to choose the best outdoor design medium for a project and eliminating the challenges of teak maintenance. In addition, Owner and President of Schmechtig Landscapes, Michael Schmechtig, will host a panel discussion on the advancement of outdoor entertaining, which will discuss the innovative materials, equipment and technology that are transforming outdoor design. Design professionals can earn .1 CEU credits for each course.

Twenty-eight showrooms will host open houses during Outdoor Design Conference, welcoming guests with product launches, raffles and refreshments. There will also be 30 products debuting from leading casual furnishings showrooms, including JANUS et Cie, MAMAGREEN, Woodard, TUUCI, Castelle, Zuo Modern and many more.

The trade-only Outdoor Design Conference will be held on Thursday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. throughout the Design Center’s 14th, 15th and 16th floors at the Merchandise Mart. To register, please visit http://merchandisemartdesigncenter.com/events/outdoor-design-conference/


The Design Center, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center. As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, the Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, customizable, residential and outdoor home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof. Encompassing 750,000 square feet, boasting more than 125 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the ultimate resource for designers and design enthusiasts of luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting and much more. For more information, visit designcenter.com.

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