Registration Now Open for Design Chicago: Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2019

Registration Now Open for Design Chicago: Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference: A two-day trade event featuring presentations by industry experts, CEU seminars, new product debuts, open houses, exclusive networking experiences and more

Chicago, IL (September 3, 2019) – The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart and LuxeHome are excited to announce that registration is now open for Design Chicago, the Midwest’s largest residential design conference, on Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2019 at the iconic Merchandise Mart (theMART) in downtown Chicago.

Over the course of two days, Design Chicago will showcase over 175 feature presentations, CEU seminars, open houses and product debuts, along with newly opened showrooms ready to be explored, as well as 16 strategic media partners and more than a dozen well-respected editors.

Program registration is now open and complimentary for trade professionals only. Seating is limited. RSVP now to secure a spot.

Design Chicago will welcome leading interior design, architecture and luxury custom homebuilding professionals from across the Midwest, as well as coast-to-coast. All programming in the more than 120 showrooms across 600,000 square feet on theMART’s 1st, 6th and 14th floors is complimentary to trade-only professionals.

“Registration to Design Chicago opens the door to exclusive presentations and CEU programs; a wide array of product debuts from our many showrooms; and networking opportunities with leadership from industry leading kitchen, bath and home furnishings brands,” said Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President at theMART. “It’s truly a can’t-miss two-day experience for trade professionals.”

In addition, 16 media partners from coast to coast will be on hand, presenting another compelling reason to attend Design Chicago. Media will offer their deep knowledge of the industry and years of expertise, including representatives from: Architectural Digest, Aspire Design and Home, Chicago Agent, Dering Hall, Domino, Elle Décor, Food & Wine, Galerie, House Beautiful, Interior Design, Luxe Interior + Design, Miieu, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago, Residential Design, Sophisticated Living Chicago and Traditional Home.

Attendees may register to experience presentations and CEU-accredited seminars given by celebrated designers, media executives, manufacturers and associations. Highlights:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019:

  • Design Then and Now (Scott Group Studio, Suite 14-129)

Panelists Jennifer Butler, Jennifer Butler Design; Frank Ponterio, Frank Ponterio Interior Design; Kruti Zaveri, Tom Stringer Design Partners and Sarah Montgomery, Sarah Montgomery Design; moderated by Libby Ferin, Scott Design Group

  • Winning New Clients in the Age of Instagram (Broome + Greene, Suite 14-119)

Timely topic to be moderated by Laura Hine of Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago

  • Our New Consumer: Understanding the Millennial Designer (Michael-Cleary, Suite 6-102)

Owner of ERINN V, Erinn Valencich

  • Photography & Styling that Engages (Made Goods, Suite 14-106)

Panelists: Christina Samatas, Park & Oak Interior Design; Renee DiSanto, Park & Oak Interior Design; Dan Rak, Dan Rak Interior Design join Moderator Amy Sneider, ASPIRE Design and Home

  • Insta-Design: A No-Filter Panel Discussion (Schumacher, Suite 6-133)

Designers Shelley Johnstone, Brynn Olson, Sarah Vaile and Summer Thornton join moderator, Tori Mellot of Schumacher

Thursday, October 3, 2019:

  • Re-Designing Your Life (Middleby Residential/Viking Range/La Cornue, Suite 137)

Susan Brunstrum, Studio Brunstrum; Caroline Manzo, Real Housewives of New Jersey; Donna Mondi, Donna Mondi Interior Design; Kathleen Henson, Agency H5; James Dolenc and Thomas Riker of JamesThomas join co-moderators Jaime Laurita of Middleby Residential and Laura Hine, Editor in Chief of Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago

  • Beyond Interiors: The Evolving Role of the Modern Designer (Experience and Design Center, Suite 108)

Designer and lifestyle expert, Nathan Turner with Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor of Architectural Digest

  • The Ins and Outs of Licensing (Artistic Tile, Suite 105A)

Interior designer and author of Ode to Color, Lori Weitzner

  • Color Mix 2020 (Sherwin-Williams, Suite 163)

45 trend colors introduced by Michael Plank of Sherwin-Williams

  • Iconic House (Pella Windows and Doors, Suite 100)

Claire Conroy, Editor in Chief of Residential Design; Stuart Cohen, FAIA; Julie Hacker, FAIA; Doug Farr, FAIA; and Scott Fortman, AIA

 

Also, Design Chicago features two exclusive and ticketed celebratory events:

Opening Night Reception, Wednesday, October 2, 2019, (5:00-7:00PM) – Celebrate the first day of Design Chicago with an opening night reception at Marshall’s Landing (Floor 2, theMART). Networking with colleagues and toasting fine design will be top of mind for those in attendance. Tickets on sale soon. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.designchicagoevent.com.

Chicago VIP Luxury Gala, Thursday, October 3, 2019, (5:30-8:00PM) – Design Chicago culminates with the eleventh annual Chicago VIP Luxury Gala, where a who’s who of the design industry will come together to celebrate the best of Chicago and Midwest design. The event will honor the induction of four residential design industry icons into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame. The 2019 Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is generously sponsored by exclusive Media Sponsor, Luxe Interiors + Design; Platinum Sponsors, Gaggenau, Thermador and Bosch; Gold Sponsors, Broome + Greene, Sherwin-Williams and Vicostone; and Silver Sponsors, House of Rohl and GABBY. Tickets are on sale now, $100/person. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www.designchicagoevent.com/gala.

For more information, and to register for programming, please visit www.designchicagoevent.com.

Design Chicago welcomes trade professionals from across the country, including members of trade organizations; such as, The American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago (HBAGC), Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).

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 designcenter.com. Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

About LuxeHome® 

LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. With more than 125,000 square feet of showroom space featured in over 45 boutiques, LuxeHome is host to the finest products for home building and renovation from the most recognized and respected manufacturers worldwide.

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 or Twitter.

About theMART

theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in business, technology, culture, art, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and design forward showrooms, theMART serves as the home to Chicago’s most creative and technologically innovative companies including Motorola Mobility, 1871, Yelp, PayPal and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies ConAgra, Allstate, Kellogg, Beam Suntory, Grainger and Caterpillar.

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CHICAGO VIP LUXURY GALA TICKETS ON SALE NOW

CHICAGO VIP LUXURY GALA TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Join industry leaders at the signature event during Design Chicago,

the Midwest’s largest residential design conference

CHICAGO, IL (September 4, 2019) – Do you have your tickets? A who’s who of the design industry will come together on the evening of Thursday, October 3, 2019 (5:30-8:00PM), at the historic Merchandise Mart (theMART) for the eleventh annual Chicago VIP Luxury Gala, a celebratory evening honoring the Midwest’s best in architecture, interior design and residential construction. The Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is the signature event of Design Chicago, the Midwest’s largest, most immersive residential design conference, hosted by The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart and LuxeHome.

Tickets are now on sale to attend this year’s Gala.

With more than 800 attendees expected to attend the event, Gala organizers are encouraging prospective attendees to purchase their tickets now before they sell out at www.designchicagoevent.com. Tickets are $100/person.

“Each year, the Chicago VIP Luxury Gala draws the top trade professionals, bringing together the best in the region,” said Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President at theMART. “Special thanks to the Gala’s host committee, as well as its sponsors, for elevating this evening to a must-attend event.”

Welcoming this year’s Gala attendees is a host committee comprised of more than 90 of the design industry’s movers and shakers – representing top luxury building, renovation and interior design brands, interior designer, architectural and building and development firms from greater Chicago and around the globe.

Also, the 2019 inductees into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame will be honored at the Gala:

  • Lifetime Achievement: Christopher Peacock, Founder & CEO, Christopher Peacock
  • Architect: Kathryn Quinn, AIA, Principal, Kathryn Quinn Architects, Ltd.
  • Interior Designer: Gary Lee, Founder & President, Gary Lee Partners
  • Builder: Bulley & Andrews

The 2019 Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is generously sponsored by exclusive Media Sponsor, Luxe Interiors + Design; Platinum Sponsors, Gaggenau, Thermador and Bosch; Gold Sponsors, Broome + Greene, Sherwin-Williams and Vicostone; and Silver Sponsors, House of Rohl and GABBY.

For more information on the Chicago VIP Luxury Gala or Design Chicago, visit www.designchicagoevent.com. Over the course of two days (Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2019), Design Chicago will showcase over 175 featured presentations, CEU programs, open houses and product debuts, along with newly opened showrooms ready to be explored, as well as 16 strategic media partners and more than a dozen well-respected editors.

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 designcenter.com. Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

About LuxeHome® 

LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. With more than 125,000 square feet of showroom space featured in over 45 boutiques, LuxeHome is host to the finest products for home building and renovation from the most recognized and respected manufacturers worldwide.

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 or Twitter.

About theMART

theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in business, technology, culture, art, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and design forward showrooms, theMART serves as the home to Chicago’s most creative and technologically innovative companies including Motorola Mobility, 1871, Yelp, PayPal and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies ConAgra, Allstate, Kellogg, Beam Suntory, Grainger and Caterpillar.

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And the 2019 Inductees into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame Are…

CHICAGO, IL (August 21, 2019) – The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart and LuxeHome are excited to announce the 2019 inductees into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame.

  • Lifetime Achievement: Christopher Peacock, Founder & CEO, Christopher Peacock
  • Architect: Kathryn Quinn, AIA, Principal, Kathryn Quinn Architects, Ltd.
  • Interior Designer: Gary Lee, Founder & President, Gary Lee Partners
  • Builder: Bulley & Andrews

“The professionals selected for this honor are trailblazers in our industry,” said Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President at theMART. “We’re honored to recognize them and look forward to celebrating each of them at our Chicago VIP Luxury Gala.”

Inductees will be honored on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Design Chicago during the annual and highly-anticipated Chicago VIP Luxury Gala. A who’s who of the design industry will come together in a celebratory evening honoring the Midwest’s best in architecture, interior design and residential construction. Tickets for the signature event go on sale later this month in August 2019.

Welcoming this year’s Hall of Fame honorees and Gala attendees is a host committee comprised of more than 90 of the design industry’s movers and shakers – representing top luxury building, renovation and interior design brands, interior designer, architectural and building and development firms from greater Chicago and around the globe. The 2019 Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is generously sponsored by exclusive Media Sponsor, Luxe Interiors + Design; Platinum Sponsors, Gaggenau, Thermador and Bosch; Gold Sponsors, Broome + Greene, Sherwin-Williams and Vicostone; and Silver Sponsors, House of Rohl and GABBY.

Read more about the 2019 Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame inductees:

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame: Lifetime Achievement
Christopher Peacock, Founder & CEO of Christopher Peacock

Christopher Peacock began his career in the early eighties working at Terence Conran’s furniture store in London. He launched Christopher Peacock Cabinetry in 1992, beginning with a kitchen display in a small store in Greenwich, CT. Since then he has opened showrooms throughout the U.S. and Europe, with locations in Greenwich, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, New York City, Short Hills, Dallas, and in Cannes, Cote D’Azur, France as well as London, England. Additionally new showrooms will be opening in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Nashville, Tennessee in 2020. His company is recognized as the ultimate in luxury cabinetry design gracing beautiful homes in the United States and internationally. His work has allowed the company special opportunities, as Christopher has been invited to participate in the NYC Kips Bay Show House on seven occasions, has appeared on national television, and he has been featured in many shelter publications. Additionally he has designed cabinetry for two U.S. presidents, both Bill Clinton and Donald Trump, as well as many celebrity clients. Peacock’s cabinetry style has been often imitated, but his creations remain singularly his own and proudly manufactured from his U.S workshop in West Virginia.

 

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame: Architect
Kathryn Quinn, AIA, Principal of Kathryn Quinn Architects Ltd.

Kathryn Quinn’s biography begins as anyone’s, about one’s parents. Her father was a third generation Chicagoan and, while stationed in Australia during WWII, he met his love, Ailsa White. They moved to Chicago after the war and raised a family of five. Kathryn was number four. Her father died suddenly at the age of 42, leaving her 37-year old mother to support and attend to the family. This history is noted ahead of her professional development because her mother was a model of care, support and perseverance, and Kathryn witnessed the importance of good neighbors. During college, as a then student of Landscape Architecture at UIUC, she created an independent study in London which inspired her to transfer into UIC’s excellent architecture program. Upon graduation, she interned at Stuart Cohen Architect, Harry Weese & Associates, and Hammond, Beeby & Babka and started her own practice in 1985. Linda Searl partnered with her for several years. Kathryn Quinn Architects, Ltd., celebrates year 33. She notes that no one ever said the practice of architecture was easy, but it is always rewarding when there is care by the design team, support of the client, perseverance by the construction team and the architecture is a good neighbor.

 

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame: Interior Designer
Gary Lee, Founder & President of Gary Lee Partners

Gary Lee is recognized as a leader in the design community for his rich portfolio, elegant product design, mentorship of design talent, and community involvement. He founded Gary Lee Partners in 1993 to serve clients who truly value the impact of design on the human experience. His firm has built lasting relationships with some of the world’s most respected providers of financial and professional services. The team partners with celebrated hospitality brands and designs luxury residences across the globe. Gary Lee has designed collections for Knoll and Halcon and founded Chai Ming Studios in 2011, a private label for custom furniture. He curates and runs the Atelier Gary Lee showroom in the Merchandise Mart, which brings together a mix of styles, materials, and objects that reflect his personal aesthetic. Beyond the studio and showroom, Gary continues to be an active member of the design community and the community- at-large.

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame: Builder
Bulley & Andrews

Founded in 1891, Bulley & Andrews (B&A) is one of the region’s most accomplished construction firms. Steadfast in their focus on not just what they build but why, B&A is committed to delivering building projects that improve lives and grow organizations in measurable and meaningful ways. Rooted in a time when construction practices relied on horses, ropes and pulleys, and laborers were paid in cash daily, B&A keeps its ties to tradition while staying at the vanguard of best practices in construction. The firm is well-recognized for its sophisticated approach to construction, which leverages technology, strong communication, and a solution-driven mindset.  Built upon a sense of responsibility, B&A is dedicated to balancing service and product, even within the most ambitious timelines. Representing a diverse portfolio of clients ranging from corporate, healthcare and higher education to hospitality, institutional, and high-end residential, the firm is responsible for building and restoring distinctive structures, as well as countless properties that subtly define and serve their respective owners.

For more information on the Chicago VIP Luxury Gala or Design Chicago, visit www.designchicagoevent.com. Over the course of two days (Wednesday, October 2 and Thursday, October 3, 2019), Design Chicago will showcase over 175 featured presentations, CEU programs, open houses and product debuts, along with newly opened showrooms ready to be explored, as well as 16 strategic media partners and more than a dozen well-respected editors.

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 designcenter.com. Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

About LuxeHome® 
LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. With more than 125,000 square feet of showroom space featured in over 45 boutiques, LuxeHome is host to the finest products for home building and renovation from the most recognized and respected manufacturers worldwide.

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 or Twitter.

About theMART
theMART (formerly The Merchandise Mart), located in the center of the sought-after River North submarket, is interwoven into the fabric of Chicago as an innovator in business, technology, culture, art, media and more. As the largest privately held commercial building in the United States, it is one of the world’s leading commercial buildings, wholesale design centers and the preeminent international business location in Chicago. Encompassing 4.2 million gross square feet, theMART spans two city blocks, rises 25 stories, and is visited by an average of 30,000 people each business day and nearly 10 million people annually. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and design forward showrooms, theMART serves as the home to Chicago’s most creative and technologically innovative companies including Motorola Mobility, 1871, Yelp, PayPal and MATTER, as well as Fortune 500 companies ConAgra, Allstate, Kellogg, Beam Suntory, Grainger and Caterpillar.

 

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Italcer USA Debuts Its U.S. Flagship Showroom at Design Center at theMART

Chicago, IL (July 31, 2019) – The Design Center at the Merchandise Mart is excited to announce that Italcer USA is officially open at theMART. Italcer Group operates in the ceramic sector, manufacturing high-quality outdoor and indoor ceramic products, with a focus on high-end residential and non-residential ceramic tiles, as well as luxury bathroom furnishings.

“With attention paid to every detail, designers will be impressed with what the Italcer USA has to offer,” said Beth Hicks, Managing Director, Marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “We are delighted to welcome them to Design Center.”

Located on the 14th floor of the iconic Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, the Italcer U.S. flagship showroom (1446-1448) features 4,500 square feet of inspiration.

In addition, Italcer USA will join other premier brands in the Design Resource Center (Suite 163) at LuxeHome. Here, visitors seek new ideas – whether browsing through elegant vignettes or consulting with the resident LuxeHome Concierge in order to customize their shopping experience.

“Having a dual presence at the iconic Merchandise Mart, both on the 14th floor, as well as the 1st,  was a strategic decision aimed at maximizing exposure to the sophisticated brands that make up the Italcer USA portfolio,” said Michele Allegretti, COO for Italcer USA.

About Italcer USA

Italcer USA is part of Italcer Group, the leading company in the production of high-range, full-body porcelain tile with a presence in both North and South America. The company offers a wide choice of solutions for floors and coverings, ranging from contract to wellness and residential industries – responding to all building and living requirements.

About Italcer Group

Italcer Spa was founded in spring 2017 by the Private Equity Fund Mandarin Capital Partners II, by founding partner Alberto Forchielli, and Graziano Verdi, aiming to create a luxury cluster in the ceramic tile sector. Italcer USA Inc. is dedicated to introducing collections specific to the American market. For more information, visit www.italcerusa.com.

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 designcenter.com. Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

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Gabby and Summer Classics Expand into Design Center at theMART in a Joint Showroom Space

Chicago, IL (May 30, 2019) – Gabriella White, LLC parent company to indoor high style furniture brand Gabby and luxury outdoor line Summer Classics, will officially open the doors of a new showroom to trade professionals in the Design Center at theMART on June 10, 2019 during NeoCon. In addition, the new showroom will move to the 14th Floor (Suite 1411), signifying a greater commitment to showcasing indoor residential furnishing while still allowing the design community to see both brands together.

“We ultimately think this move will be a great benefit to our customers, especially with the growing connection between indoor and outdoor spaces,” said William White, President of Gabriella White, holding company for Summer Classics, Gabby and Wendy Jane. “Moving to the 14th floor allows designers and retailers better access to our showroom throughout the year, giving them a central location to shop both Gabby

and Summer Classics. And with our brands experiencing a continued growth in popularity among design leaders in the industry, we believe that this move aligns with our growth strategy of showing both brands together.”

The newly renovated 11,000 square foot showroom will feature indoor transitional furniture – including case goods, custom upholstery, lighting and stylish performance pillow line, Wendy Jane by Gabby – with a compelling assortment of outdoor furniture. The size and layout of the new showroom, including two distinct entrances, makes it an ideal space to connect Gabby and Summer Classics.

“We are thrilled that Gabby and Summer Classics have chosen to expand their presence at the Design Center,” said Beth Hicks, Managing Director, Marketing for Design Center and Casual Market Chicago. “We cannot wait for interior designers, who find inspiration here every day, to experience both of the brands and benefit from their full range of products for both the inside and the outside the home.”

The launch of the showroom will be followed with a Grand Opening celebration early fall during Casual Market (September 10-13) and Design Chicago (October 2-3). Please look for updates on the opening, as well as plans for special events and promotions, hosted on a quarterly basis.

The new Gabby and Summer Classics showroom will be located at 222 W. Merchandise Mart Plaza, Suite 1411; open Monday through Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM.

About Summer Classics

Summer Classics is a member of the Gabriella White, LLC family of companies and is a premier innovator, manufacturer, and retailer of fine outdoor furniture in the U.S. since 1978. The family- owned company has aimed to delight its customers by passionately designing luxury outdoor furniture with the belief that timeless designs can and will be embraced for years. Life’s Best Moments . . .Furnished. ™ For more information, visit summerclassics.com. Visit Summer Classics on Pinterest, Houzz, Facebook, and Instagram.

About Gabby

Gabby is a member of the Gabriella White, LLC family of companies. Gabby has created what one of the most compelling assortments of occasional transitional furniture, casegoods, custom upholstery and lighting products offered to the design and retail trade. This family-owned business has showrooms across the country and celebrates what drives their business…beautiful design. The company defines its purpose as Life’s Best Moments. Furnished. ™ For more information, visit www.gabbyhome.com. Visit Gabby on Pinterest, Houzz, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

About Wendy Jane

Wendy Jane by Gabby is a member of the Gabriella White, LLC family of companies. It is a family- owned furniture company that creates luxury indoor and outdoor performance pillows for the design and retail trade. The company defines its purpose as Life’s Best Moments. Furnished. ™ For more information, visit GabbyHome.com/Wendy-Jane-by-Gabby.

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. Visit Design Center on Facebook and Instagram.

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