2021 Presentations 

A full list of presentations will be available soon.  For now, please review a sampling of the programming for 2021.

Colormix Forecast

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

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

Join in an inspiring and visual journey that supports the 2022 forecast for color and design trends. Explore the drivers influencing future color and design trends.

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Michael Plank

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

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

Designing a Custom Rug

Jennifer Hoevker, Showroom Manager, 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

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

The Changing Outdoor Room

11:00 am - 12:00 pm | Sunset West, Suite 15-102

What category has not changed? How to sail these new rough seas.

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

Discuss residential home theater design and build.

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Kenneth Walker

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.

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

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

Luxury Is... A Conversation About Connectivity at Home

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.

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

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.

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

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 | Benjamin Moore & Co., Suite 6-131

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

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

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

Tranquility in the Home Through Color

John Bozek, National Commercial Sales Director, Vicostone

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

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

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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Smita Sahoo

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

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

Designing for Dining: Navigating the New Normal

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.

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

Artful Living

Celeste Robbins, Principal, Robbins Architecture | Kevin Toukoumidis, Founding Principal, dSPACE Studio | Marshall Erb, Principal, Marshall Erb Design | 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 is becoming recognized as an essential component of modern interiors, as it provides inspiration, lifts a space, and encourages dialogue. Explore the intermingling of art and interiors and learn ways to make them coalesce.

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Celeste Robbins
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Kevin Toukoumidis
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Marshall Erb
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Patricia Rotondo
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Shea Soucie

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.

What Can a Kitchen Workstation Do for Your Home?

Alexandra Yeager, Midwest Sales Director, TGMW

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

Learn how a Kitchen Workstation helps to create an ergonomic, efficient, and social kitchen, while promoting health and wellness.

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Alexandra Yeager