RNDD 2015: A Year In Review

As we welcome a new year, let’s take a look back at the highlights of 2015.

Events for 2015 were a huge success. 

This past September the River North Design District participated in the Fall Gallery Walk. Each showroom exhibited works of art curated by Daniel Kinkade of Daniel Kinkade Fine Art. Participating showrooms included Lightology, Florense, The Tile Gallery, TOTO, Chicago Luxury Beds, Studio 41, Montauk, Organic Looms, and Oscar Isberian Rugs.  This was by far the most successful event of the year, and will return in 2016!

RNDD member Chicago Luxury Beds hosted Dreaming by Design, another event that will make a comeback this year. This event was the talk of the town throughout the design community. Designers such as Michael Del Piero and Kenneth Walter created bedscapes that remained on display well after the event.

Kitchen remodeling has been trending for years, homeowners are obsessed with combining design and functionality. Hence RNDD’s Speaker Series: Why Kitchens Matter (So Much), moderated by Chicago Tribune’s Cindy Dampier. She and Barbara Ballinger (The Kitchen Bible) tackled the do’s and don’t of a kitchen remodel, followed by a Q+A. Panelists included Susan Brunstrom, Michael Del Piero and Janet Shiff.

We gained new members. 

 Gallerie One made a major change by moving outside of the Merchandise Mart, after calling it home for 26 years. Their next move was to join RNDD! Gallerie One specializes in a variety of hand woven designer

Gallerie One Showroom

rugs. Whether your design aesthetic is traditional or contemporary, Gallerie One has a rug to match. We’re so excited to have a showroom with their level of experience on board as a new member.  

Dornbracht, global leader in producing high quality designer fittings and accessories for the bathroom, has become a member of the River North Design District. The German based manufacturer serves some of the top showrooms in the Chicagoland area, including Studio 41 and Hydrology. Kelli Zaremba, Territory Sales Manager for the Midwest brings great ideas to RNDD. We’ have high hopes for 2016!

Current members thrived in their field. 

CS The Source Spread

Casa Spazio‘s The Source Spread

RNDD Members Featured in Modern Luxury’s The Source – 2015 was a major year for new endeavors. Modern Luxury created The Source, a magazine insert that highlighted Chicago’s premier independently owned boutiques and businesses. Two of our members were featured. Both Casa Spazio and Oscar Isberian Rugs were given a two page spread.

Lightology Announced Design w/Light Competition – This past year Lightology resurrected their product competition Design with Light. Participants designed an interior space using architectural lighting products.  The first prize winner won a cash prize plus an all expense paid trip to the Chicago showroom!

RNDD Members + Lake Forest Showhouse – Every year top designers participate in the Lake Forest Showhouse and Gardens benefiting Infant Welfare Society of Chicago. This past year the home selected for the  16th Biennial Lake Forest Showhouse was the former estate of legendary John W. Hughes . RNDD members Sweet Peas, Michael Del Piero and Randy Heller were among the designers to participate.

Lake Forest Showhouse: Michael Del Piero’s Garden Room

RNDD Members Featured in LV City Guide – Another publication that was new to Chicago was the Louis Vuitton City Guide. The luxury brand has city guides for the world’s top metropolitan areas such as Paris, London and New York. This past year they added Chicago to the list, along with two member of the River North Design District. Casa Spazio and Golden Triangle can be found in both print and digital versions of the LV Chicago City Guide.

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