2021 Presentations 

LH200 Materials that Matter

Carolyn Ames Noble, Principal, Interior and Product Design ASID, Ames Design Collective

9:00 am - 10:00 am | Carlisle Wide Plank Floors, Suite 131

Selecting sustainable materials can help reduce carbon footprint and nurture the overall health of the planet. Discuss the integration of both into materials and interior spaces and solutions that empower the architect and designer in specifying materials that are harmonious to people and the planet.

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Carolyn Ames Noble

LH201 Colormix Color Forecast 2022

Michael Plank, Director, Color Marketing and Design, Sherwin-Williams

9:00 am - 10:00 am | Meet on 6 Conference Center

Nothing is permanent; all is ever-changing. We plan, progress, draft designs — set our intentions — and over time they slowly take shape. This is MODE: a collection of 40 trend colors from which four unique palettes have been drawn to welcome a truly wondrous transition.

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Michael Plank

Design Elements from the 20's and 30's

Jill Sieracki, Managing Editor, Galerie

9:00 am - 10:00 am | The Bright Group, Suite 6-166

Join to discuss design elements from the 20's and 30's.

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Jill Sieracki

LH202 Live and Work Now: Finding Inspiration

Kaitlin Petersen, Editor in Chief, Business of Home | Victoria Hagan, Designer and Principal, Victoria Hagan Interiors

9:00 am - 10:00 am | The Shade Store, Suite 105

Join for a lively conversation about Victoria's book, LIVE NOW, the new significance of the home, and the career-changing lessons learned through her tenure as one of the country's most celebrated designers.

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Kaitlin Petersen
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Victoria Hagan

LH203 The Making of the Modern Design Entrepreneur

Kate Marker, Founder, Kate Marker Interiors | Sophie Donelson, Former Editor in Chief, House Beautiful

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Ann Sacks, Suite 100B

Kate Marker is running a new kind of design business fueled by nearly half a million Instagram followers and a sophisticated digital marketing plan — and all from the Chicagoland suburbs. Hear about her brightest business insights, the offers she always turns down, and her top takeaways on building a brand.

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Sophie Donelson

LH204 Boss Ladies 4.0

Alisha Serras, Owner, Scavolini Chicago | Danielle Busca, Creative Director, Scavolini USA

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Scavolini Store Chicago, Suite 110

4th Annual Panel of Boss Ladies

DC201 Designing a Custom Rug

Jennifer Hoevker, Showroom Manager, Scott Group Studio | Jennifer Kirchgessner, Product Director, Scott Group Studio

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Scott Group Studio, Suite 14-129

Explore the craftsmanship and care of designing rugs using only high-quality, sustainable materials - something to be valued for decades.

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Jennifer Hoevker
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Jennifer Kirchgessner

LH205 Connecting With Nature

Amy Kartheiser, Founder, Amy Kartheiser Design | Jessica Lagrange, Principal, Lagrange Interiors | Randy Heller, Founder, Randy Heller Design | Shannon Sharpe, Editor, Luxe Interiors & Design

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Divine Flooring, Suite 105B

Discuss the idea that, wherever a person may dwell, they have opportunities to incorporate organic materials, sustainable design or biophilic principles.

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Amy Kartheiser
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Jessica Lagrange
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Randy Heller
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Shannon Sharpe

DC202 The Synergistic Juxtaposition of the Familiar and the Unexpected

Jeff Forrest, Founder, STACKLAB

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Jean de Merry, Suite 1466

Jeff Forrest discusses combining traditional fabrication techniques and experimental research to demonstrate how sustainable design and regional manufacturing fundamentally enriches process and product.

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Jeff Forrest

LH206 How to Hire and Retain in the 2021 Talent War

Kenneth Roberts, Principal, Interior Talent | Nadia Roberts, Founder, Interior Talent

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Poggenpohl, Suite 138

We are in a candidate-driven market that is just getting started. How is your company going to compete? Discuss specific tools to attract the right candidates, understand their motivators for making a job change, and how to create a compelling offer that they will accept.

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Kenneth Roberts
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Nadia Roberts

DC203 Residential Home Theater Design and Build

Kenneth Walker, Owner and Founder, Artisan Electronics Group

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Artisan Electronics Group, Suite 1486

In the course of the past 18 months, most of the world has taken a reexamined view of how quality escapism in our own homes is defined. To our way of thinking, it is difficult to imagine that there could be a better form of escapism than having a best in class dedicated theater to disappear into at any hour of the day, for two (or more) hours.

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Kenneth Walker

DC204 What's Current vs. What's Modern

Jill Sieracki, Managing Editor, Galerie

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Hickory Chair, Suite 1477

Jill Sieracki explores the talents of Kim Scodro, James Dolenc and Tom Ricker as they guide their clients through the design process, transforming traditional living spaces into rooms that complement the way their clients live today.

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Jill Sieracki

LH207 Innovative Door Locking Technology

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Katonah Architectural Hardware • Lighting • Furniture, Suite 163

Join for a presentation by industry leaders as they demonstrate innovative new door locking technology, SmartEntry by Accurate, and how to combine it with luxury hardware options.

DC210 Color Trends 2022

Beth Maguire, Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore | Jason Walker, Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore | Mary Hoffman, Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Meet on 6 Conference Center

Join for a discussion on the concepts and ideas that formed the Color Trends 2022 palette, as well as an informative dialogue on specifying both color and product to achieve your vision for every project.

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Beth Maguire
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Jason Walker
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Mary Hoffman

LH208 Building Your Brand

Jean Stoffer, Interior Designer, Jean Stoffer Design

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Monogram Design Center, Suite 124

Join Jean Stoffer as she discusses the evolution of her design career and how she built a well-known brand along the way.

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Jean Stoffer

DC205 Grandmillenial Design in the New Roaring Twenties

Clary Bosbyshell Welsh, Owner/Principal Designer, Clary Bosbyshell Design | Emma Bazilian, Content Director, Schumacher | Sarah Vaile, Owner/Principal Designer, Sarah Vaile Design | Summer Thornton, Owner/Principal Designer, Summer Thornton Design

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Schumacher / PFM, Suite 6-133

Explore all things grandmillenial. What is it? How do you achieve it? How do you corner the emerging millennial market? All the questions will be discussed and refreshments will be served.

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Clary Bosbyshell Welsh
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Emma Bazilian
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Sarah Vaile
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Summer Thornton

LH209 Luxury Is... A Conversation About Connectivity at Home

Samantha Emmerling, Market Editor, Hudson One Media

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Dacor Kitchen Theater, Suite 142

Join in a discussion about the relationship between technology and luxury in the home. After a unique year that popularized the importance of ergonomics, function, and form, this discussion will focus on ways to use technology in the kitchen to change the luxury experience.

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Samantha Emmerling

DC206 The 2010s: From Minimal to Maximal and Beyond

Frank Ponterio, Interior Designer, Frank Ponterio | Jessica Lagrange, Interior Designer, Jessica Lagrange Interiors | Tom Stringer, Interior Designer, Tom Stringer Design Partners

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | HOLLY HUNT, Suite 1428

With an emphasis on solid foundations, design in the 2010s began with a focus on neutral colors and clean lines, then bolder patterns and colors. Raise a glass with designers Frank Ponterio, Jessica Lagrange, and others as they discuss the design evolution over the last ten years.

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Frank Ponterio
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Jessica Lagrange
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Tom Stringer

DC207 Verellen Product Walkthrough

Brandon Snyder, VP of Business Development, Verellen | Thomas Verellen, Sales Manager for West Coast Mountain & Rocky Corridor, Verellen

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | C.A.I. Designs, Suite 1495

Belgian conception, American perfection. Meet Verellen, a luxury upholstered furniture brand unlike any other. Join Thomas Verellen and Brandon Snyder for an exclusive product tour in the C.A.I. showroom. Cocktail reception with light hors d'oeuvres to follow.

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Brandon Snyder
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Thomas Verellen

DC208 The State of Design: Reborn, Rebuilt, Reimagined

Philip Bershad, President, Phillip Jeffries | Steele Marcoux, Editor in Chief, Veranda

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Meet on 6 Conference Center

Join Steele Marcoux and Philip Bershad, along with esteemed designer guests, for a panel discussion on the state of the design world today - industry trends, learnings, what’s important now, and what's next. There is a reception immediately following in Suite 6-136.

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Philip Bershad
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Steele Marcoux

LH210 Color in the Kitchen

Andrew Shead, Marketing Manager, True Residential

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | True Residential, Suite 163

Discuss how incorporating color in your designs works for you and your clients.

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Andrew Shead

DC209 The View From the Third Coast

Samantha Emmerling, Market Editor, Hudson One Media

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | deAurora, Suite 1499

Where do Chicago and the Midwest get their creative inspiration for design and architecture? The values of the Midwest are so different than either coast, but in that negative space, the style of the third coast was created. Discuss the Third Coast Effect on the second home market and ways to incorporate the Third Coast style.

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Samantha Emmerling

LH211 A Talk with Libby Langdon - Building Her Dream Business

Libby Langdon, Owner/Interior Designer, Libby Langdon Interiors

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | House of Rohl Studio, Suite 135

Join legendary interior designer Libby Langdon, as she discusses the journey to how she built her dream business.

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Libby Langdon

DC300 Color Trends 2022

Beth Maguire, Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore | Jason Walker, Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore | Mary Hoffman, Architectural & Design Representative, Benjamin Moore

9:00 am - 10:00 am | Meet on 6 Conference Center

Join for a discussion on the concepts and ideas that formed the Color Trends 2022 palette, as well as an informative dialogue on specifying both color and product to achieve your vision for every project.

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Beth Maguire
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Jason Walker
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Mary Hoffman

LH301 Water, Wellness, & Sustainability

Céline Marcotte, Global Projects | Hospitality Manager, GRAFF

9:00 am - 10:00 am | GRAFF-art of bath design center, Suite 103

Discuss three elements that can enhance our daily lives: water, wellness, and sustainability.

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Céline Marcotte

DC301 Bespoke, Handcrafted Designs for Seating

Dennis Novak, Business Development and Territory Sales Representative, George Smith Upholstery

10:00 am - 11:00 am | George Smith, Suite 14-110

A discussion of custom/Bespoke design processes, starting with the development of an original idea. Examine the fabrication process from selecting raw materials to the utilization of skilled craftsmanship, creating that one-of-a-kind aesthetic, with unique function and luxurious comfort.

DC302 Curating Elevated, Yet Functional Spaces

Amy Kartheiser, Owner/Interior Designer, Amy Kartheiser Design | Lakesha Rose, Owner/Interior Designer, L Rose Interior Design | Suzanne Lovell, Owner/Interior Designer, Suzanne Lovell, Inc. | Zlata Naumovski, Freelance Writer and Editor, Freelance

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Kravet, Inc., Suite 6-121

Join Kravet for an informative panel, featuring interior designers Amy Kartheiser, Lakesha Rose, and Suzanne Lovell, moderated by design editor, Zlata Naumovski. Learn from experts on how to approach high-end design that is made to be both flawless and functional.

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Amy Kartheiser
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Lakesha Rose
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Suzanne Lovell
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Zlata Naumovski

LH302 Tranquility in the Home Through Color

John Bozek, National Commercial Sales Director, Vicostone | Josh Cooperman, Host/Publisher, Convo by Design

10:00 am - 11:00 am | Vicostone, Suite 163

Discuss how to utilize color in design and gain insight on creating a tranquil and functional home without overthinking.

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John Bozek
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Josh Cooperman

LH303 The Six Principles of Organic Architecture

J.P. Anderson, Editor in Chief, Modern Luxury Interiors | Judd Lord, Sr. Director, Industrial Design, Delta Faucet Company | Stuart Graff, President & CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Brizo and Delta Chicago, Suite 127

A conversation about looking to the future through the lens of Frank LLoyd Wright’s Six Principles of Organic Architecture, inspired by the new Frank Lloyd Wright® Bath Collection by Brizo®.

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J.P. Anderson
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Judd Lord
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Stuart Graff

DC303 Turning the Tide On Ocean and Landfill-Bound Plastic

Lindsay Schleis, VP of Business Development, POLYWOOD | Oliver Hart, Customer Service Representative, POLYWOOD

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | POLYWOOD, Suite 15-105

Exploring a material in the Outdoor Living industry, known as HDPE, that is gaining prominence in outdoor living and the effect that this material has on the overal reduction of ocean and landfill-bound plastics.

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Lindsay Schleis
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Oliver Hart

LH306 The Luxury of Longevity

Devon Wegman, Creative Director & Owner, Devon Grace Interiors | Elizabeth Taich, Owner/Interior Designer, Elizabeth Taich Design | Michael Del Piero, Owner/Interior Designer, Michael Del Piero Good Design | Roy Marcus, Brand Ambassador, Artistic Tile | Shannon Sharpe, Editor, Chicago Homes | Smita Sahoo, Founder & Creative Director, asaya | Design

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Artistic Tile, Suite 105A

Learn how timeless design resonates in a world of instant gratification.

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Devon Wegman
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Elizabeth Taich
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Michael Del Piero
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Roy Marcus
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Shannon Sharpe
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Smita Sahoo

DC304 Redefining Outside

Duane Draughton, Owner/Designer, VisX Designs

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | MAMAGREEN, Suite 1586

Join designer Duane Draughton, as he discusses the rapidly evolving world of outdoor design and how to design modern spaces that harmonize with a home's existing architecture.

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Duane Draughton

LH305 Breaking the Barrier: Women in the Industry

Brooke Lang, Owner/Interior Designer, Brooke Lang Design | Colleen O'Donnell, Architect, Chipman Design Architecture | Liz Kivland, Architect, Chipman Design Architecture | Meg Piercy, Owner, MegMade

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm | Moen Design Center, Suite 135

Come share a toast with us as we celebrate women in the design industry! Find out how a self-made, family-oriented designer, a soulful Master Architect with Millennial Modern design flair and two brilliant members of the well-established and technologically-innovative Chipman Design Architecture firm have been able to thrive in today’s ever-changing climate.

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Brooke Lang
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Colleen O'Donnell
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Liz Kivland
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Meg Piercy

DC305 Artistic Elements

Jill Sieracki, Managing Editor, Galerie

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Baker Furniture, Suite 6-187

A panel describing the artistic elements of Baker Furniture.

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Jill Sieracki

LH307 Design Through the Prism of German Engineering

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Bauteam German Kitchen Tailors, Suite 117

Discuss out of the box thinking, using unconventional materials, and common design mistakes.

LH309 Shake Shack & Champagne

Christopher Peacock, President & CEO, Christopher Peacock | Kara Mann, Founder & Creative Director, KARA MANN | Summer Thornton, Principal & Interior Designer, Summer Thornton Design

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm | Christopher Peacock, Suite 148

Join Christopher Peacock, Summer Thornton, and Kara Mann for an afternoon of champagne, Shake Shack burgers, and fries. They will discuss the less glamorous tales from working in luxury design.

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Christopher Peacock
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Kara Mann
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Summer Thornton

LH308 Designing for Dining: Navigating the New Normal

Alice Benjamin, Interior Designer, Alice Benjamin Interiors | Bill Kim, Chef/Owner, urbanbelly | Donna Mondi, Founder and President, Donna Mondi Interior Design | Jaime Laurita, Chef/Showroom Designer, Middleby | Meghan Daro, Vice President, Consultant Services, Middleby Residential | Nina Mariano, Director of Brand Engagement, Dom's Kitchen & Market | Rachel De Marte, Owner, Rachel De Marte Events & Interiors

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Middleby Residential | Viking Range | La Cornue, Suite 137

Top industry specialists provide impactful insights and recommendations about navigating the new normal for commercial hospitality and residential kitchen design projects.

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Alice Benjamin
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Bill Kim
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Donna Mondi
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Jaime Laurita
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Meghan Daro
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Nina Mariano
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Rachel De Marte

LH315 Colormix Color Forecast 2022

Michael Plank, Director, Color Marketing and Design, Sherwin-Williams

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Meet on 6 Conference Center

Nothing is permanent; all is ever-changing. We plan, progress, draft designs — set our intentions — and over time they slowly take shape. This is MODE: a collection of 40 trend colors from which four unique palettes have been drawn to welcome a truly wondrous transition.

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Michael Plank

LH310 The Perfect Kitchen

Joan Craig, Principal, Craig & Company | R. Michael Graham, Principal, Liederbach and Graham, Architects | Stuart Cohen, Principal, Cohen Hacker Architects | Suzanne Lovell, Principal, Suzanne Lovell, Inc.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm | Waterworks, Suite 136

In recent years, kitchens have become more public as family-oriented spaces, striking a balance between functionality and elegant aesthetics. Join three leaders of design and architecture as they discuss designing the perfect kitchen.

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Joan Craig
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R. Michael Graham
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Stuart Cohen
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Suzanne Lovell

DC305 Cultural Influences on Design

Josh Cooperman, Host/Publisher, Convo by Design

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Katonah Architectural Hardware • Lighting • Furniture, Suite 6-170

Over the last year, as we all spent time in our homes, new interests and hobbies were discovered as many also took the time to update their space. Our panelists will speak to how movies and series set design, such as Netflix's Bridgerton and The Crown, have influenced trends in the design world and in the home.

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Josh Cooperman

LH311 A Fresh Take: Brand Evolution & Staying Power

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Miele Experience Center, Suite 133

Miele has remained a leader in the appliance arena for their commitment to innovation, ever-evolving technologies, and the promise to be “forever better.” Join for a discussion with House Beautiful honoring brand legacy, originality, and staying “cool” through the ages.

LH312 Artful Living

Brandon Rogalski, Director, Power Construction | Celeste Robbins, Principal, Robbins Architecture | Kevin Toukoumidis, Founding Principal, dSPACE Studio | Patricia Rotondo, Senior Principal/Director of Interior Design, Antunovich Associates | Shea Soucie, Principal, Soucie Horner

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | New Style Cabinets, Suite 163

Art comes in all kinds of shapes and forms and is inextricably linked to design in a complex aesthetic. Explore the intermingling of art and interiors and learn ways to make them coalesce.

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Brandon Rogalski
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Celeste Robbins
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Kevin Toukoumidis
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Patricia Rotondo
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Shea Soucie

DC306 The Next Step: Brand Evolution in the Design Industry

Amhad Freeman, Founder, Amhad Freeman Interiors | Amy Kartheiser, Founder, Amy Kartheiser Design | Chad Stark, CEO, Stark Carpet | Christina Samatas & Renee DiSanto, Founders, Park & Oak Interior Design | Devon Wegman, Owner & Creative Director, Devon Grace Interiors | Sarah Montgomery, Founder, Sarah Montgomery Design

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | Stark Carpet Corp., Suite 6-100

Hear from a panel of trail-blazers and movers on the power of looking inward to propel brand growth. Understand why brand evolution is essential to staying relevant in an ever-changing industry.

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Amhad Freeman
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Amy Kartheiser
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Chad Stark
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Christina Samatas & Renee DiSanto
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Devon Wegman
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Sarah Montgomery

LH314 An Introduction to the Kitchen Workstation

Alexandra Yeager, Midwest Sales Director, TGMW

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm | The Galley | Zipwater, Suite 163

A kitchen workstation is a new category of kitchen appliance, where one can prepare, cook, serve, entertain and clean all in one central and convenient place. This new linear cooking concept is much more efficient than the traditional kitchen work triangle layout.

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Alexandra Yeager