Posts Tagged ‘Merchandise Mart’

In exactly one week, a three-day trade fair featuring all of the above will take place at the Merchandise Mart. I know we have a ton of events going on lately, but this is just one more that is such a great opportunity for interior designers in Chicago – the city that never stops designing!

Design Chicago
Interior Design Educational Conference at The Merchandise Mart
October 12-14, 2011
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza, Chicago

You can check out the InResidence Newsletter for details ahead of time on seminars and the new product debuts! Register for the event at merchandisemartdesigncenter.com/designchicago

Graphic courtesy The Merchandise Mart Design Center

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As one of DIFFA’s largest fundraising events, Dining By Design brings together top designers to create breathtaking three-dimensional dining installations. Since its inception, the fundraiser has raised more than $5.5 million. Each year, a team of design students from the Harrington College of Design partners up with a faculty member to create an annual DIFFA Dining by Design concept to show at the event held in the Merchandise Mart. This year, Harrington’s team included students Troy Atwood (ID), Erin Costello (MAID), Tim Naus (ID), Manuel Navarro (MID) and Danielle Vevea (MAID) led by their faculty advisor Constantine Vasilios, Interior Design instructor.

“Connections,” Harrington’s table for DIFFA’s Dining by Design 2010 took five interior design students five weeks, $2,000, and 6,500 coffee filters to complete.

Student designer Danielle shared, “Our design concept “Connections” was born at our first meeting in late September from two ideas. Our primary goal was to design a table that would engage attendees from across the room. A secondary focus was an observation that sharing a meal with others keeps us all connected in a way that technological methods of connecting with others never will. These two ideas fueled even the smallest design decisions displayed at the DIFFA event in the first week of November.

The round shape of the room mirrored the round KNOLL Tulip table to maximize conversation between diners. The backlit paper ceiling installation constructed from coffee filters connected the ceiling to the table and created an experiential environment. Carpet fiber connections defined the dining room walls. We even overlapped the chair legs to symbolize “Connections.” In the end, the opportunity to plan and execute a design for this event was an invaluable experience that would not have been possible without a dedicated team, the advice of Constantine Vasilios, or Harrington’s sponsorship.”

Great work Troy, Erin, Tim, Manuel, Danielle and Constantine!

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On Tuesday, October 12, Harrington College of Design students were welcomed to a discussion and book signing with author Brian Lutz at the Knoll Showroom in the Merchandise Mart. A signed copy of Knoll: A Modernist Universe was auctioned off, with Mr. Lutz providing anecdotes of his experience researching and writing about Knoll’s history.

As a review by the New York Times Magazine  states, “The early chapters of Brian Lutz’s Knoll: A Modernist Universe (Rizzoli) read like a portrait of the Greatest Generation, only with really cool furniture. Hans Knoll, an entrepreneur from a well-known German furniture-manufacturing family, and Florence Schust, an architect whose education brought her in contact with greats like Eliel Saarinen and Mies van der Rohe, married in 1946 and quickly turned Hans’s small company into a design powerhouse.” You can find the book here. 

Photo courtesy Amazon.

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The Harrington College of Design booth at NeoCon 2010 had a stunning design that attracted many visitors, including Merchandise Mart President, Chris Kennedy.  The booth was designed entirely by Harrington students (see below for names!) in the ELE319 Exhibit Design class led by Communication Design Chair and instructor Brad Kisner, and Interior Design Chair and instructor John Martin-Rutherford this past Spring.

Check out a short film of the booth created by Harrington’s Digital Photography Chair and instructor Dirk Fletcher, who shot the video with Canon’s 14mm, 24mm–70mm and 100-400mm L lenses along with the Zeiss 25mm.

Harrington Student Designers of the Harrington College of Design NeoCon 2010 Booth included:
Jessica Kraynak, Laura Schlueter, Currie Heinze, Allan Nacapuy, Katelyn Smith, Christie Smith, Rich Milligan, Lauren Howell, Kathryn Hutchens, Katie Pope, Dianna Speisman, Amy Cracchiolo and Angela Bowen. 

Harrington Booth General Contractor: Jim Kursar/ndio inc.
Harrington Booth Flooring donated by Vortex Commercial Flooring

Booth photos and video courtesy Dirk Fletcher

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