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RNDD Year in Review: A Look Back on 2017

As we welcome a new year, we can’t help but look back on what a successful year 2017 was for the River North Design District (RNDD) and our amazing members. Because of you, our design community continues to grow and thrive year after year. Thanks to each of you for supporting our not-for-profit and for making 2017 our best year yet!

Here are some of our favorite moments of 2017.

We Gained New Members

In 2017 we welcomed a total of 18 new members! Five of those were River North Showrooms:

Atelier Cabinetry, eggersmann USA, Orizzonti , The Rug Company, and Transceramica.

The Rug Company

Six of our new members were local Interior Designers:

Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, M. Grace Design, Inspired Interiors, Robin Thomas Design, Vincere, and Studio Swann.

Nicholas Moriarty Interiors
Inspired Interiors

And 7 of our new members came on board as Affiliate Members:

Live Edge Chicago, Mary Carol Fitzgerald Photography, BGD&C Custom Homes, Workroom Couture Home, Adler Law Group, Creative Visions Midwest, and Keuco.

BGD&C Custom Homes
Workroom Couture Home

Our Events Were a Big Success

We hosted some great events this year including our Spring Speaker Series: Opening the Door to Inspiration which was hosted by Glenview Haus and featured 5 of Chicago’s top design and build professionals who shared what inspires them in the fast, fun format of 20 images, 20 seconds apiece.

Presenters: Scott Dresner of Dresner Design, Nora Schneider of Nora Schneider Interior Design, Rodger Owen of BGD&C, Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design, and Randy Heller of Randy Heller Design.
Media Partners: Luxe Interiors + DesignDering Hall
Corporate Sponsor: Life Safety Hardware Consultants

Dreaming of Design

On May 4th, 2017, the River North Design District (RNDD) and Chicago Luxury Beds partnered once again on “Dreaming of Design” featuring bedroom vignettes by 11 amazingly talented Chicago interior designers, including RNDD Member, Nora Schneider Interior Design.

Participants: Gary Lee Partners, Alison Victoria, Ilene Chase, Nora Schneider, Jeannie Balsam, Jessica Lagrange, Brynn Olson, Sarah Kuchar, George Lowell, Hunter Kaiser, Cathy Bruni Norris.
Media Partners: Luxe Interiors + DesignDering Hall

And our biggest event of the year was the 3rd Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk which took place on Friday, September 8th. Each participating showroom exhibited designer vignettes from Chicago’s top designers as they showcase living settings with artwork created by some of the brightest stars in the art world today and curated by Daniel Kinkade Fine Art.

Participating RNDD Showrooms: LightologyThe Golden TriangleGlenview HausChicago Luxury Furniture CentreO’Brien HarrisTOTOOrganic LoomsOscar IsberianFarrow & BallStudio41Jesse Chicago / Home ElementLigne RosetThe Tile GalleryModerne LivingThe Rug CompanyMontauk Sofa and Chicago Luxury Beds.
Participating Designers: Nora Schneider Interior Design, Blutter Shiff Design Associates, PROjECT. interiors, Gray | Walter, Michael Del Piero Good Design, MOOD | Design + Build by Candy Scott, Randy Heller Pure & Simple Interior Design, Nicholas Moriarty Interiors, Mitchell Channon Design, Sweet Peas Design.
Media Partners: Chicago Gallery NewsDering Hall and Luxe Interiors + Design
Sponsors: Vosges Chocolate8 East Huron, and Coco Pazzo

Our Members Made Headlines

In January, Modern Luxury Interiors Chicago released their “Best of Design” issue and we were thrilled to see many River North Design District (RNDD) members make the list!

Donna Mondi Interior Design for Best Open-Concept Space
Sweet Peas Design for Best Bathroom
Christopher Guy for Best Classical Showroom
Chicago Luxury Beds for Readers’ Choice
BGD&C Custom Homes for Best Builder

Four of our members were featured designers in the 2017 Lake Forest ShowhouseMichael Del Piero Good DesignDonna Mondi Interior DesignSweet Peas Design, and Gray|Walter.

We were thrilled to be featured in the September issue of Chicago Magazine! The River North Design District had our own special section within the issue, featuring details surrounding our 3rd Annual Fall Gallery Walk as well as advertisements from many of our members.

Thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing year for our design community. It’s because of you that we continue to grow and thrive each year. Be sure to check out our events page to see what we have in store for 2018 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to a great 2018!

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