On October 6 -7, the Merchandise Mart in Chicago created the Midwest’s largest annual residential design conference for interior design, architecture, and luxury homebuilding called Design Chicago. Over 2,000 trade professionals attended. The focus was on kitchen, bath and home furnishings and included 120 showrooms located on three floors and over 600,000 square feet of the Merchandise Mart space. Presentations were made by the industry’s most acclaimed designers and thought leaders. Over 35 CEU courses were available, as well as showroom open houses, hospitality events and new product debuts. There was a Ones to Watch reception toasting up and coming designers. And the event culminated in a Gala celebrating top residential designers, architects, and luxury custom home builders.
In the Monogram Design Center, we were excited to host a CEU on the The New Face of the Affluent Consumer-taught by Dwell CEO Michela O’Connor Abrams. The session was completely filled on the day it was announced, and received rave reviews from the attendees. She also hosted our afternoon showroom VIP designer cocktail event and shared a visual presentation on Dwell’s Take on Modern Design. It was a packed house with an excited crowd. The Monogram Design Center was a favored place during the event, with Chef Jon’s delicious light bites and a signature cocktails.