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May 2020

theMART Showroom Series: “Architectural Recessed Lighting for the Home” by Tech Lighting and CAI Designs

May 28, 2020

Whether you are a builder, interior designer, lighting designer, controls integrator, architect or home owner, this course will help you fall in love with architectural recessed lighting

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theMART Showroom Series: “Heat Pump Dryers and New Laundry Technologies” by Miele

May 29, 2020

This course investigates innovative residential laundry appliance technology, such as heat pump drying, automatic dosing and small load options for washer extractors and the utilization of Wi-Fi mobile apps

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June 2020


June 1, 2020 - June 30, 2020

This June, a series of online resources, programming and events from NeoCon, its exhibitors, and its media and association partners are available on NeoConnect is designed to virtually connect the NeoCon Community.

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NeoConnect | “411 on Fabrics” by Kravet

June 4, 2020

Learn the ins and outs of fabrics: how they're made, where they come from and how to use them.

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NeoConnect | “The Chemistry of Color” by Scott Group Studio

June 8, 2020

We know that for designers, color is a fundamental aspect of inspiration and creativity as they create beautiful environments for their clients.

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NeoConnect | “From Field to Floor” by Scott Group Studio

June 9, 2020

From Field to Floor provides an in-depth exploration about the benefits of using natural fibers in rugs and carpets. Fibers are the building blocks of every textile, and From Field to Floor examines the differences between natural and synthetic fibers.

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NeoConnect | “Bringing Happy back into your Life and Home” by Maya Romanoff

June 9, 2020

Join us for an Uplifting virtual panel discussion on the intersection of Happiness and Environment.

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NeoConnect | New Lighting Design Trends in Wellness and Hospitality [DC010]

June 10, 2020

This session should appeal to both architects and designers, particularly those interested in lighting and spaces.

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NeoConnect | “The Art of Tibetan Hand-Knotted Rug Making” by Scott Group Studio

June 10, 2020

Learn about the materials, process and types of hand-knotting techniques applied in this traditional approach. In addition, you’ll understand other important attributes to this process such as how to minimize environmental impact.

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NeoConnect | How to Talk to your Clients about Going Green [DC017]

June 17, 2020

Join us as we employ evidence-based design, which reveals how materials and products used in interior spaces directly impact health/wellness of people, pets and the environment.

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NeoConnect | 2021 CMG World Color Forecast – From Beyond the Telescope to Under The Microscope [DC024]

June 24, 2020

An in-depth analysis of macro drivers influencing the 2021+ CMG World Color Forecast™ including an insight of the latest developments affecting our changing society’s color consumption

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NeoConnect | “Hospitality from Home” by Samuel & Sons Passementerie

June 24, 2020

Please join Michael Cohen, President of Samuel & Sons for a fun conversation with hospitality design icon Roger Thomas as they discuss past projects, what Roger loves about the business and his view on the future of hospitality design.

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NeoConnect | “Using Architectural Lighting Systems for Interior Lightscaping” by CAI Designs and Sonneman

June 24, 2020

Style meets function in today’s architectural lighting systems. When used to lightscape interiors, these scalable lighting systems elevate the style, add drama and make a statement while improving occupant comfort and safety.

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NeoConnect | No Place Like Home: Catalyzing Creativity with Resimercial Design at Home and Work [DC030]

June 30, 2020

The migration of work to home during the Covid pandemic has accelerated the longstanding erosion of boundaries between workplace and domestic environments. One consequence of this erosion has been the emergence of resimercial design.

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July 2020

“Design Salon Series” by HOLLY HUNT

July 14, 2020

The Design Salon features live, sessions featuring our HOLLY HUNT designers, partners, and collaborators discussing what we all love: Design. Don McCollin & Maureen Bryan of McCollin Bryan take us on a journey behind the inspiration & production of their colorful designs.

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August 2020

Conversation with Lee Bey: Instagram LIVE

August 21, 2020

Tune in on Instagram LIVE as Erin Shakoor discusses overlooked architecture with acclaimed author of "Southern Exposure" Lee Bey. Follow us to watch the conversation @merchandisemartdesigncenter

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October 2020

Design Chicago

October 6, 2020 - October 8, 2020

The Midwest’s Largest Residential Design Conference featuring three days of virtual education, product features and design inspiration from the kitchen, bath and home furnishings showrooms at the Merchandise Mart.

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November 2020

Build Your Interior Design Brand: Stand out and stay balanced

November 11, 2020

You are running your business and managing multiple design projects. How do you build and maintain your brand while you are trying to keep up with social media, marketing, staffing issues, accounting and sourcing? What do you outsource and what do you handle internally?

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January 2021

Instagram Live – The Latest with Kaufman Segal

January 7

Save the date for The Latest on Statement Wallcoverings featuring Kaufman Segal. Follow us on Instagram and watch live @DesignCenterMart on January 7 at 10am CT.

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Contracts 2.0: Protect Your Time and Maximize Fees

January 19

Tune in for an informative talk with McKenna Prohov on Interior Design Contract Agreements.

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