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June 2020

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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Instagram Live – The Latest with Outline Interiors

January 28

Save the date for The Latest featuring Outline Interiors. Follow us on Instagram and watch live @DesignCenterMart on January 28 at 10am CT.

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February 2021

“Design Salon Series” by HOLLY HUNT

February 3
Design Center at theMART Holly Hunt showroom Design Salon

On Wednesday, February 3rd, HOLLY HUNT’s Design Salon Series returns with a feature on their new partner, custom art studio Moss & Lam. Co-founder Deborah Moss will explore the process behind their imaginative work.

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From Struggle to Success: Actionable Steps to Grow your Profit

February 17

Join us for a frank conversation about moving from struggle to success with someone who did just that.

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March 2021

“Design Salon Series” by HOLLY HUNT

March 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Design Salon hosts LIVE sessions featuring HOLLY HUNT designers, partners, and collaborators sharing the inspiration and craft behind their collections.

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Swatch What Happens: IG LIVE – Schuyler Samperton & Shelley Johnstone

March 12

Join us for the first episode of the new live series from Design Center! Follow @designcentermart to make sure you don’t miss it.

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Your Mindset Matters: Create Focus and Increase Productivity

March 18 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Not only will you walk away with actionable next steps, you will have the opportunity to ask Desi your questions live and get the support you need.

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April 2021

Swatch What Happens: IG Live – Brynn Olson, Patrick Fortelka & Julie Lax

April 8 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Tune in for a conversation with designer Brynn Olson, architect Patrick Fortelka and luxury home builder Julie Lax on IG Live. Follow @designcentermart to make sure you don’t miss it.

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The Soul of Design: Understanding the Neuroscience of Beauty, Color & Pattern

April 21 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Join author of Ode to Color and product designer Lori Weitzner and interior designer Lisa Staprans for a presentation that illustrates how understanding the neuroscience of design and color can help elevate mood, inspire creativity, and strengthen your business.

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Swatch What Happens: IG Live – Illuminating Design

April 28 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

Tune in for a conversation with Jessica Schuster & Nathan Orsman on IG Live. Follow @designcentermart to make sure you don’t miss it.

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May 2021

Swatch What Happens: IG Live – Corey Damen Jenkins

May 12 @ 3:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Design Center at theMART

Tune in for a conversation with Corey Damen Jenkins on Instagram Live. Follow @designcentermart to make sure you don’t miss it.

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Instagram for Business in 2021

May 19 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lizzie Campbell is back to help you take your Instagram game to the next level. While creating beautiful images for your feed is important, using the app to promote your business in 2021 takes much more than just pretty pictures. From Stories to Reels to infusing strategy into your content, she will be covering all the things you need to stand out on Instagram in 2021 and beyond.

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Swatch What Happens: IG Live – Making Rooms Picture Perfect

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Tune in for a conversation with Jennifer and Josh Welch on Instagram Live. Follow @designcentermart to make sure you don’t miss it.

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