Construction Schedule Announced for Interior Home + Design Center
—Phase One of new Dallas marketplace to open for June Total Home & Gift Market—
DALLAS – March 9, 2017 – Dallas Market Center, the largest open-daily interior design resource in the country, announced the construction schedule for its Interior Home + Design Center. The new 220,000 square foot wholesale marketplace serving interior designers and retailers will open its first phase in time for the June 2017 Total Home & Gift Market.
Phase One will feature custom space for more than 15 of the most respected home décor companies in the U.S. including Phillips Collection; Palecek; Visual Comfort; Ralph Lauren Home; Bliss Studio; Dessau Home; Emissary; In2green; Shadow Catchers; Ambella Home Collection; ZUO; Ratana Casual Furnishings; Austin Allen James; Robin Baron; Ella Home; Spicher & Company; Ashore; Botanical Mix; and Taylor’s, a leading agency of luxury lighting and home décor. Additional companies are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Construction is taking place in two phases. Phase One, already underway, will focus on showroom construction for the initial set of founding showrooms as well as interior construction of a new registration and reception area, interior hallways, and interior landscaping. Construction of Phase Two, set to begin immediately following June market, will move outward to exterior façade renovations, exterior landscaping, and to the next stage of showrooms, culminating with a celebration in the fall.
The visionary project, redeveloping the first floor of the iconic, mid-century International Trade Plaza building, represents the largest expansion of luxury home décor showrooms in Dallas in more than forty years.
“No other marketplace has our unique combination of steady daily traffic, monthly design events, and high buyer loyalty. The opportunity for companies to create new, custom space serving customers year-round in the strongest economic region in the U.S. is a once-in-a-generation event,” said Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center. “We are setting a new standard in sophisticated building re-design and business innovation by creating an open-daily destination with ground floor, controlled access showrooms. Each month more than 2,000 members of the design community visit our campus, and this significant investment in new space for luxury home showrooms will help build even greater traffic to the entire Dallas marketplace.”
The Interior Home + Design Center is the centerpiece of a long-range strategic initiative to provide enhanced value to manufacturers by serving market-time attendees as well as the growing number of customers conducting business at Dallas Market Center each week. Design showrooms across the 5 million square foot campus, which also includes the Trade Mart and World Trade Center, currently serve a discerning design community actively seeking new resources for residential and commercial projects across the Central U.S. and Latin America. In addition, Dallas Market Center hosts a full calendar of design events throughout the year in partnership with organizations including ASID (American Society of Interior Design), TAID (Texas Association of Interior Design), and IDS (Interior Design Society), which held their national conference at Dallas Market Center in April 2016. For 2017, Dallas Market Center will host 20 design events the largest of which welcomes more than 600 interior designers.
Originally opened in 1957 as the first building on the Dallas Market Center campus, the current International Trade Plaza will emerge anew as the re-imagined Interior Home + Design Center after a multi-million dollar renovation. While staying true to the building’s mid-century design, the updated space will feature a curated collection of state-of-the-art, open-daily showrooms from leading home décor companies serving an active interior design community as well as the seasonal markets drawing tens of thousands of loyal retailers from all 50 states and around the world. The transformed building will offer showrooms with individual exterior entrances, large exterior windows allowing in natural light, and hundreds of front-row parking spaces and valet service—all completely focused on the needs of time-sensitive interior designers and their discerning clientele.
About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men's, western, women's and children's apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at dallasmarketcenter.com