Record-Setting Attendance at Fall 2019 Dallas Design Week: Design Intelligence

– More than 1500 support design event of the season featuring influencers and trend experts –


DALLAS – October 17, 2019 – Dallas Market Center, the largest open-daily design center in the country, welcomed a record-setting 1,500 plus members of the design community at Dallas Design Week: Design Intelligence from September 23-26, 2019. The week of special events showcased significant design influencers, trend experts and business authorities within Dallas Market Center’s open-daily design marketplace.

“Design Week was a huge success with a nearly 40% increase in attendance from last fall,” says Michael Bauer, Vice President of Retail Development, Design. “The special events were full of energy and the engagement from the design community was truly impressive. On behalf of the open-daily design showrooms, we thank everyone who attended.”

Dine + Design and Colormix Forecast 2020 with Sherwin-Williams

Keynote speaker, Ashlynn Borque, Designer Account Executive for Sherwin Williams, led a jam-packed room of 750 guests through an inspirational presentation of Sherwin-Williams’ much anticipated 2020 Colormix report. The CEU-credited event was followed by a give-away of more than $20,000 in products and services from the design showrooms.

Inside the Light + Design on Ten showroom, two special sessions on technology and design were held in space adjacent to the Smarter Living by Design showcase of smart home companies. Dr. Ely Tsern, co-founder of BRYTE, discussed how you can design your home, lifestyle, and sleep environment to dramatically improve your health and wellness. And a CEU course reviewed a three-pronged approach to hiding technology, which are available for minimizing the visual impact of electronics without compromising performance.

Other sessions included:

Patti Carpenter: Global Trends and Their Influence on Design Direction in the U.S.

The principal of an award winning global design firm, product and design developer, Pantone Trend Consultant and Global Trend Ambassador for Maison et Object held a spirited and eye-opening talk about the effects of global culture on design in the U.S.

Decorative Residential Lighting Trends in a Competitive LED-Driven Market

Charles Pavarini III (Designers Lighting Forum/Kuzco Lighting) moderated an intriguing discussion inside the SMART Center in the heart of the lighting neighborhood about the latest tech and design trends. Further discussion included the keys to customization and designer/manufacturer relationships that featured four of the top lighting manufacturers in the category.


Jeremy Bauer & Jason Clifton: How to Branch into Commercial Design and Grow Your Business Nationally

Two of the best in the business from Bauer Clifton Interiors led a robust session, sharing key steps for making the leap from residential design into the commercial space and expanding reach from regional to national.


Abby Vasek: Polished, Marketing Trends for the Modern Designer

The HGTV veteran and marketing virtuoso held an engaging discussion on how to establish a more polished brand identity and social media marketing methods to increase visibility, heighten credibility, and resonate with the ideal client.

David Santiago: The Use of Textiles in Residential and Commercial Applications

Founder of Casa Santi, who specializes in interior design and high-end textile design, gave a highly informative talk about the technical information, aesthetic fundamentals, and practical knowledge needed to select textiles for every type of residential and commercial interior.

Chad James: Working with High-Profile and Celebrity Clients

The principal of the award-winning design firm, Chad James Group, hosted a riveting, tell-all Q&A that covered how to land a celebrity client, manage high-profile clients, how to publicize work while protecting privacy and grow a business in the digital age.

The Future of Sourcing in 2020

Erinn Valencich, interior designer, furniture maker, residential developer and author shared invaluable time-saving tools for the future of sourcing in today’s ever-changing digital age.

Betty Lou Phillips: Redefining Luxury with French Design

Taylors hosted distinguished designer and best-selling author, Betty Lou Phillips, for a thought-provoking Q&A around the misconception of French design as stuffy extravagance, followed by a signing of her latest book: French Refreshed.

Stacy Garcia: Stand Out from the Noise, How to Amplify Your Business Through Creative Marketing

Design and licensing expert, Stacy Garcia, gave a revealing talk about how she established her multimillion-dollar design business, including a new line for QVC and hospitality products, followed by a meet-and-greet opportunity hosted by IMAX Worldwide Home.

Jan Barboglio of Linea d'Luz and Mary Ella Gabler, Founder of Peacock Alley: Iconic Women in Design

Two iconic women in the design business, Jan Barboglio and Mary Ella Gabler, led a powerful talk about how they built their business from the ground up and shared advice for dealing with customer demands, business best-practices, network development, personal branding, and much more.

Leslie Carothers: How to Monetize Your Knowledge to Create and Maximize 24/7 Streams on Your Website

Leslie Carothers held a resource-packed, information session at American Leather Innovation on new ways to monetize your education, experience and knowledge that allow you more time flexibility.

Special thanks to media sponsors D Home and Luxe Interiors and Design. The spring edition of Dallas Design Week takes place March 30 – April 2, 2020.

About Dallas Market Center

Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America connecting retailers and interior designers with top manufacturers in home décor, holiday/floral, gifts, lighting and apparel.

Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus, nearly 200,000 customers from all 50 states and 85 countries seek industry trends, business education and new products from exhibitors throughout the year via dominant trade events for gift, home décor, holiday and floral; the nation’s most comprehensive apparel and accessories markets featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers; the largest residential lighting trade event in North America; and the largest and most successful open-daily design center.

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