RNDD A Year in Review: A Look Back on 2018

As we welcome a new year, we can’t help but look back on 2018 and all of the successes for the River North Design District (RNDD) and our members. Thank you to our incredible members for your support and dedication. Because of you, our organization has grown to 63 members in 2018, making it our biggest year ever.

Here is a look back on our favorite moments of 2018.

We Gained New Members

In 2018 we welcomed a total of 19 new members! Six of those were River North Showrooms: Room & Board, Materials MarketingArtists Frame Service, Snaidero, Calia Stone Boutique and Theodore Alexander.

Nine of our new members were local Interior Designers: Kadlec Architecture + Design, JOLIE ID, Sarah Dippold Design, Steve + Filip Design, Studio Sven, Bruce Fox Design, Staci Munic Interiors, Mia Rao Design, and Milieu.

Design by JOLIE ID
Dining Room
Design by Steve + Filip Design

And four of our new members came on board as Affiliate Members: Keuco, Xced Design Build, Andino Photography, and SilverGate Technology.

Xced interiors Kitchen
Xced Design Build

Our Events Were a Big Success

We launched our first ever workshop series led by marketing and branding experts: Jessica Zwieg of The Simply Be. Agency, Jason Myers of Zen Owl Media, and Sandra Kumorowski, Marketing Strategist and Professor. Attendees left each workshop with valuable information and new tactics and strategies to implement in their own businesses.

On May 3rd, 2018, the River North Design District (RNDD), Chicago Luxury Beds, Luxe Interiors + Design, and Dering Hall partnered once again for “Dreaming of Design” featuring bedroom vignettes by 11 amazingly talented Chicago interior designers, including RNDD Members Inspired InteriorsMitchell Channon Design, and Vincere LTD.,

Vincere Vignette
Mitchell Channon Design Vignette

The Sculpture Objects Functional Art and Design (SOFA) Fair in Chicago is the premier gallery-presented art fair dedicated to three-dimensional art and design. SOFA is held annually in the fall at Chicago’s Navy Pier, and this year RNDD and our Members took part in a series of exciting and informative events and lectures. For the first time at SOFA, the fair featured designer vignettes centering around the theme Living with Art. Nicholas Moriarity of Nicholas Moriarty InteriorsMichael Stornello and Tom Konopiots from Vincere along with The Golden Triangle with Adam Siegel all designed booths as an extension of their design aesthetic meant to help collectors and homeowners visualize the art in their home and how to display their collections in creative ways.

We celebrated with the who’s who of the Chicago art and design community with a SOFA after-party at The Golden Triangle on November 2nd. The private event featured 20 works from acclaimed artist Adam Siegel where he debuted his new show Archetype: Excavation and Expectation.


And our biggest event of the year was the 4th Annual RNDD Fall Gallery Walk which took place on Friday, September 7th. This year the River North Design District (RNDD) partnered with The River North Arts District Galleries featuring artists paired with designers.  This year’s highlights included a full lineup of openings and events on Friday, September 7th from 5-9pm and special pop-ups including a Stosa Cucine kitchen with Dresner Design in collaboration with celebrity artist Tubs in collaboration with Mauricio Ramirez.

Dresner Design’s pop-up kitchen

Participants Included:
PROjECT.interiors featuring Eric Gushee & Amanda Morrison at Studio41
Hailey Lauren Designs featuring Keysook Geum of Andrew Bae Gallery at TOTO
Nora Schneider Interior Design featuring Terry O’Neill of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary at Ligne Roset
JOLIE ID featuring Arthur Meyerson of The Rangefinder Gallery at Tamarkin Camera at ORIZZONTI
Stephen Young Design featuring Rose Freymuth Frazier of Gallery Victor Armendariz at Christopher Guy
London Walder Interior Design and Devon Grace Interiors featuring Robin Denevan of Addington Gallery at Atelier Kitchen Collections
Robin Thomas Design featuring Rene Romero Schuler of Zolla Lieberman Gallery at Chicago Luxury Beds
Adam Siegel at The Golden Triangle
Blutter Shiff Design Associates featuring Linc Thelen at Jesse Chicago / Home Element
Kadlec Architecture + Design featuring Dylan Martinez of Echt Gallery at O’Brien Harris
MOOD Design + Build featuring Daniel Jacob of Echt Gallery at Organic Looms
Stone | Kent featuring Xiaofei Yue of Galerie Waterton at Oscar Isberian
Jasmin Reese Interiors featuring Wendy Franklin of Vale Craft Gallery at Lightology
Mitchell Channon Design featuring David Yarrow of Hilton | Asmus Contemporary Gallery at Casa Spazio
Mia Rao Design featuring Anna Pales of Gruen Gallery at Transceramica
Sarah Dippold Interior Design featuring Gregory Block of Zolla Lieberman Gallery at eggersmann USA
Steve + Filip Design featuring Mary Ann Papanek-Miller of Jean Albano Gallery at Artists Frame Service
Wike | LaFrey featuring Ryan McDonald at Materials Marketing
Rick Beck at Ken Saunders Gallery
Partners: Chicago Gallery NewsDering HallLuxe Interiors + Design, Chicago Magazine, Network Next Gen, EXPO Chicago, SOFA, The Other Art Fair

Thank you to everyone who made this such an amazing year for The River North Design District. It’s because of you that we continue to grow year after year. Be sure to check out our events page to see what we have in store for 2019 or follow us on Facebook and Instagram to make sure you don’t miss out. Cheers to an even better 2019!

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