31 Featured Presentations & CEU Courses | 13 Strategic Media Partners | 29 New Product Debuts
1 Dynamic Day | 1 Design Destination

Enjoy exciting featured presentations from the industry’s most acclaimed designers and showrooms. All featured presentations will take place in the showrooms throughout the first floor of the Merchandise Mart. Presentations begin promptly at the posted time. Editors and presenters will stay for additional Q&A for those not heading directly to another program

The Chicago Design Summit offers a comprehensive and informative collaboration of CEU accredited courses. 0.1 CEU credits per presentation. All CEU courses will take place in showrooms throughout the first floor.

Entertaining in the Kitchen with Kathryn M. Ireland

Wood-Mode Lifestyle Design Center
9 - 10am | Suite 119

Luxe Interiors + Design Editor-in-Chief Pamela Jaccarino will join renowned designer Kathryn M. Ireland for a fun and enlightening conversation on elegant entertaining at home, providing valuable insights and inspirations for planning a memorable get together - whether you’re hosting six or sixteen guests.

Kathryn will be signing copies of her new book, Kathryn at Home: A Guide to Simple Entertaining, immediately following the presentation. Copies will be available for purchase at the event.

Pamela Jaccarino, Editor In Chief, Luxe Interiors + Design
Kathryn M. Ireland

Feng Shui and Interior Design CEU

Lefroy Brooks | Cooper & Graham
9 - 10am | Suite 117

The two concepts are intrinsically entwined; in this seminar, we’ll look at the relationship between them and ways in which a trained designer can create beautiful, engaging and safe environments within an existing home that nurture and support the people who live there.

Julie Schuster, New York Chapter President, Interior Design Society

Wood Flooring Manufacturing and its Effects on Your Design Decisions CEU

Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
9:30 - 10:30am | Suite 131

ICW06A Credit for this course is 1 AIA HSW CE Hour
In this session you will:

  • Learn the various stages involved in manufacturing a wide plank floor
  • Discuss how each of these steps can impact your desired design vision and fulfill your design requirements.
  • Cover questions to effectively evaluate potential suppliers to determine their ability to fulfill specific design requirements.

A Chat with Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Ann Sacks
10 - 11am | Suite 100B

Sophie Donelson, Editor In Chief, House Beautiful
Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Join Sophie Donelson, House Beautiful Editor in Chief, and Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the Los Angeles interior designer and "Million Dollar Decorator" star [or TV star] for a rollicking chat about the British tastemaker's latest ventures. Hear about the surprising inspiration behind his new collection with Ann Sacks, his take on licensing in 2016, and what it's really like designing homes for America's #1 reality-TV family.

Sophie Donelson, Editor In Chief, House Beautiful
Martyn Lawrence Bullard

The Iconic House, Two CEU

Pella Crafted Luxury
10 - 11:30am | Suite 100

Moderator: Julie Hacker, FAIA, Cohen & Hacker Architects LLC

Award-winning architect Julie Hacker returns to LuxeHome after last year’s popular panel discussion on “The Iconic House.” Hacker will moderate a panel of four residential architects who will discuss the houses that have most influenced their architectural thinking as they present images of their own built work. Pastries and beverages will be provided. Space is limited.

Julie Hacker, FAIA Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects
Introduction by Stuart Cohen, FAIA Stuart Cohen & Julie Hacker Architects
Dan Wheeler, FAIA Wheeler Kearns Architects
Celeste Robbins, AIA Robbins Architecture
Trina Sandschafer, AIA Booth Hansen
Diana Melichar, AIA Melichar Architects

Designing for Millennials

Artistic Tile
10:30 - 11:30am | Suite 105A

Ann Maine, Editor in Chief, Traditional Home
Melissa Benham, Jennie Bishop and Kristen Ekeland; co-founders, Studio Gild

Ann Maine sits down with these rising design stars who’ve established a national reputation just two years after founding Studio Gild. These chic young women, who draw inspiration from fashion, art and architecture, will explain the perspective of their peers in the millennial generation—what inspires these clients; where they shop; and how they spend.

Ann Maine, Editor in Chief, Traditional Home
Melissa Benham, co-founder, Studio Gild
Jennie Bishop, co-founder, Studio Gild
Kristen Ekeland, co-founder, Studio Gild

A Tale of Two Cities

Paris Ceramics
11am - 12pm | Suite 146

Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor, Architectural Digest
Kara Mann, Interior Designer

Architectural Digest dubbed Kara Mann “the Chicago- and New York-based cool girl,” and Mayer Rus will sit down with her for a provocative one-on-one conversation highlighting her design work, her growing business, and her unique perspective as she navigates the design worlds of the Midwest and East Coast.

Mayer Rus, West Coast Editor, Architectural Digest
Kara Mann, Interior Designer

Design, Development and Sustainability in Chicago

Exquisite Surfaces
11am - 12pm | Suite 143

Andrea Mills, Editor in Chief, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago
Franck Nataf, President and Owner, Exquisite Surfaces
Jeffrey Shapack, Founder & CEO, Shapack Partners and Soho House Chicago Developer
Summer Thornton, Principal & Interior Designer

Andrea Mills will host a presentation and panel discussion on promoting sustainability in architecture and design as Chicago experiences tremendous growth and development. Panelists include Franck Nataf, Jeff Shapack of Shapack Partners who developed the Soho House, and Summer Thornton. Cocktails and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Andrea Mills, Editor in Chief, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago
Franck Nataf, President and Owner, Exquisite Surfaces
Jeffrey Shapack, Founder & CEO, Shapack Partners and Soho House Chicago Developer
Summer Thornton, Principal & Interior Designer

Colormix 2017 CEU

Sherwin-Williams Color Studio
11am - 12pm | Presentation: Lounge 1447, 14th Floor - Lunch Reception: Suite 163

Sherwin-Williams is back to offer its perennially popular color trends CEU presentation, followed by lunch in its showroom (Suite 163). The Colormix 2017 session will introduce next year’s color trends, and guests will leave with an exclusive Colormix 2017 fan deck.

The Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast projects a sense of restlessness that will translate to color in new ways next year. With the backdrop of an ever-changing societal and cultural landscape landscape, the four color palettes that make up the year's forecast share a vision of renewed spirituality, body, and soul nourishment and a determination to define a sense of self.

The Global Trend of Luxury Cabinetry

CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK
11:30am - 12pm | Suite 148

Christopher Peacock, President & CEO, CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK

Christopher Peacock will discuss the global trend and the benefits of using bespoke, luxury cabinetry in single-family and multi-unit residential spaces, and how to tailor for a cohesive design.

Christopher Peacock, President & CEO, CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK

The New Face of Affluence in 2016 CEU

Monogram Design Center
11:30am - 1:30pm | Suite 124

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Founder, Dwell

The New Face of Affluence survey is conducted yearly by the Dwell Insights Group, an independent market research division of Dwell. This session will cover the latest results, which reveal the emergence of design-centric consumers, their perception of the role designers play, what they are looking for in a design professional, and how they go about finding one.

Michela O’Connor Abrams, Founder, Dwell

Recycling Luxury Kitchens: A Value-Added Resource for Design/Build Professionals

Sub-Zero and Wolf Showroom
11:30am Lunch Begins – 12 - 1pm Presentation | Suite 134

Steve Feldman, President and Co-Founder of Renovation Angel

Did your client buy a house with a beautiful luxury kitchen, but wants to replace the whole thing? Or maybe it’s a high-end condominium that was built with top-of-the-line cabinetry and counters, but the new occupant prefers a different style. Renovation Angel helps designers and builders recycle those luxury materials and appliances. Experts will talk about the financial and environmental benefits of passing these beautiful kitchens on to buyers who can give them a new home.

Steve Feldman, President and Co-Founder of Renovation Angel

Beyond Green: Educating the Industry on How to Create a Cleaner, Greener and Safer Home from Foundation to Food™

NEFF of Chicago
12 - 1:30pm | Suite 145

Join Luxe Interiors + Design and NEFF of Chicago for an engaging panel discussion, Beyond Green: Educating the industry on how to create a cleaner, greener and safe home from foundation to food ™, moderated by Victoria Di lorio, founder, Healthy Home Initiative. Panelists include Pat Borg, owner, NEFF of Chicago, Shireesh Reddy, owner, Digital Living and Kedra Pai, owner, Kedra Chalen Design. Lunch will be served. Note: This event is limited to a maximum of 50 guests.

Victoria Di lorio, Founder, Healthy Home Initiative
Pat Borg, Owner, NEFF of Chicago
Shireesh Reddy, Owner, Digital Living
Kedra Pai,Owner, Kedra Chalen Design

Live Cooking Demonstrations and the Latest in Kitchen Design

Miele Experience Center
12:30 - 2pm | Suite 133

Amy Elbert, Senior Architecture Editor, Traditional Home
John Manion, Chef, La Sirena Clandestina

Join Miele and Traditional Home as Chef Manion leads a dynamic—and delicious—cooking demonstration on the showroom’s state-of-the-art appliances. Following the demonstration, Amy Elbert will lead an inspiring presentation on fresh new trends in kitchen design.

Amy Elbert, Senior Architecture Editor, Traditional Home
John Manion, Chef, La Sirena Clandestina

Italian Style through the eyes of Alessandra Branca with Clinton Smith at ROHL

ROHL
1 - 2pm | Suite 163

Clint Smith, Editor in Chief, VERANDA
Alessandra Branca, Interior Designer

ELLE DECOR and VERANDA, partnering with ROHL at Luxe Home in the Merchandise Mart will present a dynamic take on Italian Style through the eyes of Alessandra Branca. VERANDA Editor in Chief, Clinton Smith will host a conversation with Alessandra about the beauty, craftsmanship and artistry of Italian design with a focus on the ateliers and factories of Northern Italy.
Alessandra Branca, an ELLE DECOR “A” List award winner, author and widely published designer, believes that “classical beauty is meant to be intermingled with everyday life”.
Born and raised in Rome, Alessandra is uniquely qualified to discuss the authenticity, craft and uniqueness of the Italian Collections of faucets, fixtures, and accessories offered from the House of ROHL.

Clint Smith, Editor in Chief, VERANDA
Alessandra Branca, Interior Designer

5 Secrets to Social Media Success New

Poggenpohl
1 - 2pm | Suite 138

Pam McNally, Vice President of Digital, Sandow Media

Social Media is important to any business strategy today, but success still eludes many design companies despite their investments of time, money and the occasional expert. Pam McNally will share five essential tips for social media success that will get you where you want to be without adding staff or budget. Yes, it really is that simple.

Pam McNally, Vice President of Digital, Sandow Media

Authenticity in Interiors

The Shade Store
1:30 - 2:30pm | Suite 105

Who wants a sea of beige when you can live in a home that is a true reflection of you, your family, your passions and your experiences? Well, Chicago-based designers Michael Del Piero, Linc Thelan and Marshall Morgan Erb truly design for their clients, tailoring their approach based on who the homeowners are and how they live. Join Editor at Large C​ontributor Arianne Nardo as she chats with these talents about creating​ spaces that are as authentic and unique as the individuals who will live in them. Who doesn't want that?

Arianne Nardo, Design Editor, Editor at Large
Michael Del Piero
Linc Thelan
Marshall Morgan Erb

5 Secrets to Social Media Success

Poggenpohl
2:30 - 3:30pm | Suite 138

Pam McNally, Vice President of Digital, Sandow Media

Social Media is important to any business strategy today, but success still eludes many design companies despite their investments of time, money and the occasional expert. Pam McNally will share five essential tips for social media success that will get you where you want to be without adding staff or budget. Yes, it really is that simple.

Pam McNally, Vice President of Digital, Sandow Media

Colormix 2017 Encore Presentation CEU

Sherwin-Williams Color Studio
3 - 4pm | Lounge 1447, 14th Floor

Sherwin-Williams is back to offer its perennially popular color trends CEU presentation. The Colormix 2017 session will introduce next year’s color trends, and guests will leave with an exclusive Colormix 2017 fan deck.

The Sherwin-Williams Color Forecast projects a sense of restlessness that will translate to color in new ways next year. With the backdrop of an ever-changing societal and cultural landscape landscape, the four color palettes that make up the year's forecast share a vision of renewed spirituality, body, and soul nourishment and a determination to define a sense of self.

An Informal Conversation with Amy Elbert, Senior Architecture Editor, Traditional Home Magazine and celebrated kitchen designer, Mick De Giulio

de Giulio kitchen design
3:30 - 4pm | Suite 121

Amy Elbert, Senior Architecture Editor, Traditional Home Magazine
Mick De Giulio, Principal, de Giulio kitchen design

Amy and Mick will discuss kitchen trends, global influences, new products and standout designs for the modern home. Mick will also share background from his latest book, Kitchen.

Amy Elbert, Senior Architecture Editor, Traditional Home
Mick De Giulio, Principal, de Giulio kitchen design

The Global Trend of Luxury Cabinetry

CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK
3:30 - 4pm | Suite 148

Christopher Peacock, President & CEO, CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK

Christopher Peacock will discuss the global trend and the benefits of using bespoke, luxury cabinetry in single-family and multi-unit residential spaces, and how to tailor for a cohesive design.

Christopher Peacock, President & CEO, CHRISTOPHER PEACOCK

The New Chicago, The New Urbanism

Porcelanosa Tile/Kitchen/Bath/Hardwood
3:30 - 4:30pm | Suite 149

Metropolis magazine and Porcelanosa present a panel discussion on Chicago’s new urbanizing strategies through the lens of mixed use as a model for healthy development. Panelists will include Todd Zima, Design Principal at Studio Gang Rene Pabon; President at Childs Dreyfus Group; Susan S. Szenasy Publisher/Editor in Chief of Metropolis moderates. Spanish tapas and wine will be served.

Susan S. Szenasy, Metropolis publisher/editor

Luxury Living in Chicago

antoniolupi and Ernestomeda Chicago
3:30 - 4:30pm | Suite 128

Enjoy wine and hors d’oeuvres as Luca Lanzetta presents examples of his sleek, modern kitchen designs using Ernestomeda cabinetry and cutting-edge bath spaces with antoniolupi fixtures.

Luca Lanzetta

Feng Shui Materials CEU

Lefroy Brooks | Cooper & Graham
4 - 5pm | Suite 117

Julie Schuster, New York Chapter President, Interior Design Society

The Feng Shui philosophy informs our selection of materials to create healthful and nurturing interior environments. We’ll explore the range of fabrics, furnishings, and surface materials that can help promote the well being of a home's inhabitants.

Julie Schuster, New York Chapter President, Interior Design Society

Kitchen and Bath Design Preview

Scavolini Store Chicago
4 - 5:30pm | Suite 110

Francesco Farina, CEO, Scavolini USA
Daniele Busca, Creative Director, Scavolini Soho Gallery

Join ELLE DECOR and Scavolini for cocktails and conversation to cap off a day of design—and be among the first to see Scavolini’s newly renovated showroom, which will display the newest designs and concepts from the EuroCucina 2016 show in Milan, including four new kitchen and bathroom vignettes.

Francesco Farina, CEO, Scavolini USA
Daniele Busca, Creative Director, Scavolini Soho Gallery