The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart Marks 2017 as Banner Year for Development and Growth

CHICAGO (Dec. 19, 2017) — The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART), the premier source for residential interior design and outdoor furnishings and décor, celebrates a robust year of expansion and reinvestment in 2017 and looks to build on this success in 2018.

With a strong reputation and preeminent position as the world’s largest collection of luxury design showrooms, the Design Center welcomed six additional tenants this year, including Artisan Electronics Group, DEDON, Eddie Bauer Home Outdoor, Elizabeth+Grace, Moore & Giles and Style Library. Also committed this year but opening in early 2018 are Forward Space Studio, a manufacturer of residential and work environments, and Surya, a home accessories purveyor. This mixture of century-old cornerstone design companies and fresh industry entries reflects the Design Center’s position as the epicenter of high-end residential design in the U.S. In addition, 13 companies renewed their commitments to the Design Center in 2017: Baker, Bradley USA, LLC., CAI Designs, David Sutherland, Ebanista, Gloster, Hickory Chair, Holland & Sherry, John Rosselli & Associates, Michael-Cleary, Noure’s Oriental Rugs, Inc., Samuel & Sons and Stark.

Together, the new leaseholders and renewals encompass more than 100,000 square feet of investment.

“We are committed to upholding the Design Center’s rich tradition as a world-class resource for luxury design through an unwavering commitment to industry relationships and steadfast support of our showrooms,” said Toni McIntosh, Vice President Leasing for the Design Center. “The growth we have experienced this year serves to bolster the Design Center’s status as the place where design ideas are discovered.”

Overseeing the Design Center is Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado Realty Trust and the owner and operator of The Merchandise Mart.

“The results we have seen over the past year reinforce the Design Center’s position as the leading resource for design not only in the Midwest, but across the country,” said Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President at MMPI. “The Design Center is poised for sustained development in the coming years, and we look forward to its continued success as the industry’s finest residential design showcase.”

About the Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART) 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

About The Merchandise Mart (theMART) Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI), a division of Vornado Realty Trust, is a leading owner and operator of integrated showroom and office buildings, as well as trade show facilities, bringing buyers and sellers together through market events, trade and consumer events and conferences. As both a property manager and trade show producer, MMPI has been North America’s market maker for the industries it serves, bringing together wholesalers, retailers and consumers for more than 65 years.

Beth HicksThe Design Center at The Merchandise Mart Marks 2017 as Banner Year for Development and Growth