Posts tagged "Merchandise Mart"

Interior Design in 2013 -- Defined!

Interior Design in 2013 -- Defined!
Today is the first day of NeoCon, Interior Design’s Chicago-based conference.  Exhibits, meetings, showroom presentations (and parties) abound during this annual international gathering. In honor of the upcoming gathering Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a proclamation declaring “Interior Design Week” in Illinois. It would be easy for me, as a Professional Designer and ChicagoNow blogger... Read more »

Design Week Is Now

Design Week Is Now
For some reason, actresses can become “Designers” on widely-watched TV shows because they can sew curtains.  OK, I guess?   On the other hand, this week, highly professional representatives of the Interior Design industry in Illinois are spending time talking to legislators in Springfield  about new legislation.  New regulations would separate and license qualified Interior... Read more »

"To The Trade" Means "To The Trade"

"To The Trade" Means "To The Trade"
“To The Trade” is the term that separates the consumer from a wholesale purchase.  It defines what “kind” of sale it is.  ”To The Trade” services and products are supposed be sold and marketed only to Professional Interior Designers, some Decorators and some Architects.  (All capitalized ONLY for the purpose of making this easier to read).A... Read more »
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Help: When You Can't Do This Design Project By Yourself

Help:  When You Can't Do This Design Project By Yourself
Reload!  This is important if you are entering the world of  Interior Design Projects, so yes, I am re-posting! OK… You know you can’t properly do this design project alone.  You kind of know what you will need, so what are your options? Referrals are best… and hopefully from personal experience. If you are looking... Read more »

Objects of Design: Clips from Show & Showrooms

Objects of Design: Clips from Show & Showrooms
Photos of Wonderful Design – starting with a few (teaser) photos taken at Primitive:  130 N., Jefferson St.  (Thank you for the tour, Joseph Rudy!)   The upholstered items are from their own new upholstered furniture line, and the rest of the items are from so many incredible places all over the world, plus they have... Read more »

"To the Trade" Defined

“To The Trade” is that phrase that separates the buyer from the manufactured product, defining what that product IS.  By that I mean that “To the Trade” separates that item as desirable to, sold to and generally marketed to and BY Professional Interior Designers (plus some Decorators and Architects).  (All capitalized ONLY for the purpose... Read more »
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Everyone is a Designer Now?

                                                Is the world going to come to an end?    The Merchandise Mart is opening some showrooms to the public.WOW!  Used to be that your needed a pass to go much past the center elevators.  There were always dealers/showrooms that didn’t care about the prevailing policy and just wanted to Sell and anyone qualified. ... Read more »

Gov. Pat Quinn Proclaims Interior Design Week

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn announced that June 13th starts Interior Design Week. This is in conjunction with NeoCon at the Merchandise Mart and environs, the annual HUGE Interior Design convention that spreads into neighboring structures and neighborhoods.  This was stared 40+ years ago for the Contract (Commercial) aspect of the Design Industry.  It is... Read more »