Registration for Chicago Design Summit Now Open

August 2, 2016

LuxeHome, the collection of boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of the Merchandise Mart in downtown Chicago, will host the Chicago Design Summit, a residential design summit, on Wednesday, September 14, 2016. The Chicago Design Summit will showcase 31 innovative programs, CEU seminars and events featuring industry experts, 11 media partners and more than a dozen editors, along with eight open houses, seven new showrooms and 29 new and featured product debuts. The one-day event will welcome interior design, architecture and luxury custom home building professionals from across the Midwest. All programming, including CEU seminars, events and open houses, is complimentary exclusively for interior design, architecture and luxury home building professionals.

“We are thrilled to produce the Chicago Design Summit, as it draws a talented group of design icons, industry leaders and trade professionals to see what’s new at LuxeHome, including new showrooms, cutting-edge products and the latest trends in the industry,” said Katherine Flaherty, vice president, Vornado | Merchandise Mart. “The Chicago Design Summit is a one-of-a-kind event for the design industry, offering the highest caliber of educational programming, presentations and industry luminaries all in one historic location. We intend to provide a not-to-be-missed experience for attendees – one that leaves them not only excited and inspired, but also equipped with business insight on the constantly-evolving marketplace.”

The conference will feature notable members of the design industry including kitchen and design icons Christopher Peacock and Mick De Giulio and celebrated interior designer and TV personality Kathryn Ireland. Interior designers Alessandra Branca, Kara Mann and Martyn Lawrence Bullard will also present at the event.

Attendees can register to experience presentations and CEU-accredited seminars presented by celebrated designers, media executives, editors, manufacturers and associations. Highlights include Interior Design’s Pam McNally and “5 Secrets to Social Media Success” hosted in Poggenpohl; “The Iconic House, Two” moderated by Julie Hacker, FAIA, Cohen & Hacker Architects in partnership with the AIA and hosted in Pella Crafted Luxury, and Colormix 2017, hosted by Sherwin Williams.

In addition, 11 media partners from coast to coast will be on hand offering their deep knowledge of the industry and years of expertise. Media guests include: Mayer Rus, West Coast editor, Architectural Digest; Michela O’Connor Abrams, president, Dwell; Arianne Nardo, writer, Editor at Large; Barbara Friedman, publisher, Elle Décor; Karen Marx, executive director of home furnishings, Elle Décor; Sophie Donelson, editor-in-chief, House Beautiful; Pamela Jaccarino, editor-in-chief, Luxe Interiors + Design; Susan Szenasy, editor-in-chief and publisher, Metropolis; Andrea Mills, editor-in-chief, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago; Pam McNally, vice preident Digital, Interior Design; Ann Maine, editor-in-chief, Traditional Home; Amy Elbert, senior editor, Traditional Home and Clint Smith, editor-in-chief, Veranda.

The Chicago Design Summit will culminate with the Chicago VIP Luxury Gala, held the evening of September 14, where members of the design industry will come together to celebrate Chicago and Midwest design. The event is in its second year and will feature the induction of four residential design industry icons into the Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame. The Chicago VIP Luxury Gala is sponsored by media partner Luxe Interiors +Design, platinum sponsor BSH Home Appliances, Gold Sponsors Pella Crafted Luxury and Sherwin Williams and Silver Sponsors Poggenpohl and Wood-Mode.

The Chicago Design Summit welcomes trade professionals from across the country, including members of trade organizations including The American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), International Interior Design Association (IIDA), National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA).