Wired Custom Lighting Opens First Midwest Showroom in Design Center at theMART

CHICAGO (December 19, 2018) — Wired Custom Lighting, a global luxury lighting designer and purveyor, launched its first Chicago showroom in Design Center earlier this week. The commercial and residential lighting supplier opened its doors on the 14th floor of theMART, providing Midwest designers a dedicated bespoke lighting resource with international reach.

“With our Midwest client base continuing to grow, we looked to find a home to satisfy the demand for our customizable, finely crafted lighting,” said John Saint-Denis of Wired. “Design Center at theMART is the go-to design destination for trade professionals across the region, the location a natural choice for our expanding presence.”

In an effort to provide designers with imaginative, customizable lighting, the new 1,100-square-foot showroom offers a wide range of exclusive fixtures, all of which can be tailored for scale, style and impact. Staffed by experts trained in global sourcing of diverse and precious materials, the new space also offers consulting to help designers illuminate their own vision from scratch.

“Known for craftsmanship and innovative design, Wired’s new showroom in Design Center will serve as an unique and engaging space to find exceptional lighting solutions for trade professionals and homeowners alike,” said Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago.

The company hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony earlier this week where attendees had the opportunity to preview the showroom’s customizable lighting collections while enjoying sips and bites.

The new Wired showroom is located at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 14-132.

About Wired Custom Lighting
Wired Custom Lighting is a family-owned lighting designer and purveyor that prides itself on providing endless customization, high-quality craftsmanship and a unique voice in innovative design. Launched in West Hollywood, California in 2001, Wired Custom Lighting assists designers and individuals with their lighting design needs, curating and designing pieces with the most complex of customizations. All products are locally sourced, handmade and designed with attention to detail. Wired Custom Lighting has showrooms in Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco. For more information, visit wired-designs.com.

About Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART)

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, 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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Watson Smith Expands to New Showroom in Design Center at theMART

Chicago (December 11, 2018) — Watson Smith, a trusted trade resource for carpets, rugs, hardwood flooring and more, has expanded its presence in Design Center at theMART. A showroom known for its extensive collection and 90 years of excellent customer service, Watson Smith’s new showroom opened its doors on the sixth floor of theMART earlier this week.

The company relocated from a 1,600-square-foot space to a 4,800-square-foot showroom to better serve its large customer base with new, coveted product lines, expanded customization options, and areas dedicated to commercial product. Designers will also enjoy increased space to view large-scale area rugs and compare selections.

“Throughout our decades of providing quality product and excellent service to design professionals in Chicago and beyond, we have built wonderful relationships with an array of brands and customers,” said Nick LaCalamita, owner at Watson Smith. “We designed our new showroom to allow these relationships to continue to grow and new ones to blossom, particularly with contract designers and those who require large-scale custom rugs.”

With the expansion comes the addition of designer favorite luxury vinyl brand Chilewich, New York City’s largest rug purveyor Doris Leslie Blau and trendsetting prestige wood finishings company Jamie Beckwith to Watson Smith’s offerings. The addition of Doris Leslie Blau is particularly notable as this is the first time the company has expanded beyond its popular Manhattan location.

Doris Leslie Blau Owner Nader Bolour said, “The Chicago design community is remarkably active and innovative, and our client base in the region has a strong desire to access our products in person. We are excited to respond to demand by joining forces with Watson Smith, a company that shares our values of integrity and service.”

Design Center is pleased to serve as the home base for the brand, continuing its long-standing partnership. Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago said, “Watson Smith is a wonderful partner and an invaluable resource for designers and homeowners with flooring needs of all kinds. The company sets the standard for hands-on collaboration and customer service, making it a go-to destination we are proud to support.”

The new Watson Smith showroom is located at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 622.

About Watson Smith

Watson Smith is a wholesale flooring showroom that has served professionals in the design industry for 90 years. The showroom features an extensive selection of stocked and custom products including carpets, rugs, hand finished hardwood flooring and additional hard surface materials. Watson Smith tailors to each client’s needs and provides a full-service experience from product selection to fabrication and installation.

About Design Center at The Merchandise Mart (theMART)

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, 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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OW Lee Expands Presence in Design Center at the Merchandise Mart

CHICAGO (June 27, 2018) — Marking its 20th year in Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, OW Lee recently relocated to a more spacious showroom to allow for an expanded selection of lines and products.

Located on the 15th floor of theMart, the new showroom boasts an additional 1,600 square feet, offering more space to showcase new products and complete lines including Pendleton by Sunbrella, one of OW Lee’s newest fabric collections.

“After two decades of success in Design Center, we are thrilled to able to continue growing our offerings for design professionals and homeowners,” said Terri Lee Rogers, president, OW Lee. “Our new space provides room for designers and clients to explore and compare product more easily, while ample natural light allows our customers to view the furniture in the sunlight.”

Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago said, “OW Lee’s fine, handcrafted casual furniture and fire pits continue to serve as a staple for design professionals. We have enjoyed being part of the company’s growth over the years, and are delighted that they have chosen to expand their footprint within Design Center.”

OW Lee’s official grand opening will be held during the ICFA Preview Show next month, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and champagne toast on Tuesday, July 17 at 3 p.m.

The new OW Lee showroom is located at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1572.

About OW Lee

OW Lee was founded in 1947 in Pasadena, California. They are the premier manufacturer of fine wrought iron and wrought aluminum outdoor furniture and fire pits. OW Lee manufactures heirloom quality products in Ontario, California and they are one of the few remaining companies in the outdoor furniture industry that still manufacture in the USA.

About Design Center at the Merchandise Mart (theMART)

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, 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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Design Center’s Digital by Design Returns with Fresh, Exciting Content

Chicago (May 10, 2018) — Design Center at the Merchandise Mart, Chicago’s ultimate destination for custom home furnishings and interior design, will host its 2nd annual Digital by Design on Tuesday, May 22, 2018.

Expanding on the successful launch of the educational event in 2017, this year’s programming will showcase the latest trends and best practices in digital, web and social. Throughout the day, industry leaders will host CEU-accredited presentations as well as engaging panels – all specifically tailored to design professionals – to share ideas on how digital marketing can build business and inspire design through multiple digital channels.

“In a world where technology quickly evolves, it’s important that designers are provided with the resources and guidance to continue to thrive in the industry,” said Beth Hicks, managing director, marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “This year’s sessions will provide them with the skills they need to bolster their online presence and refine their brand.”

Session Breakdown:

10:30 a.m.

Master the 7 Secrets of Highly Effective Websites (.1 CEU)
Simple changes that make your website work by Meg Touborg, founder, Metworks, Inc. and co-founder, Leaders of Design Council

11:45 p.m.

Lunchtime Social Media Q&A

With over 100,000 Instagram followers, design firm Park & Oak knows how to leverage and build an engaged following on digital platforms. Join Christina Samatas and Renee DiSanto for a special lunch & learn session to talk all things content and social media

1:30 p.m.

Serendipity and the Digital Transformation (.1 CEU)
Innovative marketing techniques in the face of the algorithmic revolution by Adam Japko, CEO, Esteem Media

2:45 p.m.

From Painting to Podcasting (.1 CEU)
How building a personal brand can change your world…and take you around it by Nick May, Founder & Host, The Chaise Lounge podcast

Digital by Design will be held on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in suite 622, on the 6th floor at the Merchandise Mart. The event will conclude with a wine and cheese cocktail gathering where designers can continue to network. To register, please visit: https://designcenter.com/event/digital-by-design/

About 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 designcenter.com.

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