Tag: Design Chicago

Chicago Monogram Design Center Happenings

Written by Mackenzie Elliott, Monogram Lead Product Specialist

Cabernet & Credit Event

In celebration of Design Chicago, the Monogram Design Center hosted several events throughout the week, including a “Cabernet & Credit” Design CEU course led by Vintage View’s Marketing Director and wine sommelier Jacob Harkins. Designers enjoyed fine wines from The Artisan Cellar, a pizza oven product demonstration and amazing appetizers prepared by Monogram’s Executive Chef Jon.

Click HERE to see Chef Jon’s interview with Jacob Harkins

Monogram team, Chef Jon and Richard Anuszkiewicz (A2Z) with Richard Living Designs

Sherwin-Williams Event

Inspired solely by Sherwin-Williams‘ color of the year, the Monogram Design Center had the pleasure of hosting the 2019 Sherwin-Williams Color of the year “Cavern Clay” launch party. Executive Chef Jon spent the evening entertaining guests with Cavern Clay colored appetizers and a specialty bourbon apple crisp cocktail created to compliment the color of the year.

The Cavern Clay Cocktail

Elle H-Millard, CKD (Industry Relations Manager at NKBA) and Suzie Williford (EVP of Industry Relations & CSO at NKBA)

Mimosas at The Mart

Design Chicago came to a close with Mimosas at the Mart and discussing all things kitchen and design with designers and kitchen & bath professionals from across the country.

Monogram team


  • Mimosas at the Mart: Monogram Team

Congratulations to Alex Skobel

We are pleased to announce the promotion of Alex Skobel to the role of Designer Development Manager for Monogram. In this new role, Alex will be responsible for further developing and executing Monogram’s partnerships with key designers in top national markets. Alex’s appliances sales experience, passion for the Monogram brand, and demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships in the designer space make her uniquely qualified for this role. If you’re in Chicago, please stop by and visit Alex at the Monogram Design Center!



Alex began her career with GE Appliances in 2010 as an Area Merchandising Specialist located in San Francisco, CA. In 2012 she was promoted to Area Sales Manager with responsibility for driving sales with existing and new retail customers in the San Francisco and surrounding area. Alex joined the Monogram team in 2013 as the Lead Sales Support Specialist at the Chicago Monogram Design Center and in 2014 took on the expanded role of Design & Development Manager, a role in which she focused on new business development and lead generation. She has also been instrumental in the design and delivery of Monogram training at the Monogram Design Center. Prior to joining GE, Alex held various roles in sales and marketing. Alex holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in Oshkosh, WI.

Design Chicago

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.

Michela Abrams, Dwell CEO

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Dwell CEO