Designs on a Cure

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Designs on a Cure

September 7, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

The 6th floor showrooms at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart and Van Andel Institute are coming together to support cancer research. On
September 7, 2017, the Institute will host Designs on a Cure—an event bringing luxury and science together for an evening you won’t forget.

Guests will explore the 6th floor residential showrooms experiencing extraordinary interior design. Enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and cocktails, meet VAI’s researchers, take a chance on chic raffle items and dance to a hot DJ in the halls of the legendary Merchandise Mart. All for an incredible cause.

If you have a passion for great design, life-changing research and the bustling energy in the city of big shoulders, you’re going to want to join us for Designs on a Cure.

Creative casual attire is suggested. RSVP’s are appreciated by September 1.





Participating Showrooms

Participating Designers

Auction Packages

About the Merchandise Mart



Amy Wertepny of PROjECT Interiors

Brian Snow of SemelSnow Interior Design

Cynthia Smith of CCS Interior Design Group

David Kaufman and Tom Segal of Kaufman Segal Design

Denise Antonucci of ASI interiors

Donna Mondi of Donna Mondi Interior Design

Elissa Morgante of Morgante Wilson Architects

Frank Ponterio of Frank Ponterio Interior Design

Janet Shiff of Blutter Shiff Design Associates

Ken Walter of Gray & Walter

Lauren Coburn of Lauren Coburn, LLC

Marc Straits of Straits Design Associates

Mia Rao of Mia Rao Design

Michael Abrams of  Michael Abrams Limited

Michael Syrjanen of Michael Syrjanen Design

Nicholas Roarike Moriarty of Nicholas Moriarty Interiors

Nora Schneider of Nora Schneider Interior Design

Tom Konopiots and Michael Stornello of Vincere

Janet McCann of Janet McCann Design

Bruce Fox of Bruce Fox Design

Armchair in dark brown leatherValue: $6,680


Bright Madame Y End/Drink Table – 26 x H 26, Medium Brown Ceruse finish. Value: $3,072

Knowlton Bros. Haiku H1000 Small Table – Square top and square taper post. W 16 x D 16 x H 22 and a cool walnut finish. Value: $2,380

Knowlton Bros. Haiku H1003 Small Table – Round top and round taper post. 20 x H 22 and a cool walnut finish. Value: $2,380

Hellman Chang Tao Dining Chair – W 22.5 x D 23.5 x H 33 with an espresso walnut finish. COM: Holland & Sherry Shantung. Value: $3,430 

Hellman Chang Tao Lounge Chair – W 28.25 x D 28 x H 28.5 with an espresso walnut finish. COM: Mokum Vintage Velvet 1059-812 Linen. Value: $4,550

Fuse Lighting Mason Floor Lamp – DIA 20 (with shade) x H 61 with a polished brass and brown leather finish. Mushroom Silk Pongee shade. Value: $4,326


Pillows – Two Devani pillows in pivoine and one Daya pillow in fuchsia. Value: $495


Shelby Ottoman – Cream fabric with dark wood legs. Value: $1,810


Hippie Cow!Lavender Sunset Rug – A fresh, fun and flirty way to uplift the mood in any space or room. HIPPIE COW is a tie dyed hair on hide reminding all of us of the imminent freedom of which we have the luxury to design with. Value: $2,400


Embroidered Ravioli Design Pillows – Two wool, silk and linen pillow in gray and natural ground with embroidery threads of varying blue. Value: $2,600


Lapchi rug – Wool and silk fiber grata. 4’1 x 6’2. Value: $2,900


LALIQUE 100 Points by James Suckling set of six Bordeaux wine glassesValue: $960


Personal tour of May Romanoff – Joyce Romanoff, Maya Romanoff’s CEO, will present you with a personal guided tour of the company’s studio in Skokie. You will view Maya Romanoff’s newest collections, watch the creation of hand painted wallcoverings, and absorb the past, present and future of this storied company. After your tour, Joyce will take you out for dinner to enjoy great food and great conversation (tour date and dinner location will be scheduled based on the preferences and geographic location of the raffle winner). Value: $250

Handcrafted Wallcoverings – We like to think of our handcrafted wallcoverings as art. We have mounted three of our newest collections on large scale frames to create pieces that will look amazing on your walls … whether you have Maya Romanoff wallcoverings behind them or not … but we hope that you do! Value: $200

Cozy Collection Pillows – Our Cozy Collection combines superior woven, heathered wool with metallic foil or three-dimensional ink evocative of stitching. While Cozy looks great on a wall, the material can be used for other design applications. In this instance, we offer three Cozy pillows with designs that will give you a stylish place to lay your head! Value: $125


Antique daybed. Value: $7,200


Set of pillows – Four pillows in a turquoise, blue and gold pattern. Value: $980


Tote bag – Featuring one of our fabrics from the Home Couture line, this tote is lined with a navy 100% acrylic waterproof fabric with celeste/blue cream linen on the exterior. 13.5” tall 15” wide and 8.5” deep. Value: $145

“Tom Scheerer Decorates” by Mimi Read. Value: $55  


Leontine E Wallace Ink and Watercolor 1930. Value: $250


Darryl ottoman. Purple and blue floral fabric. Value: $4,660


Lombardo cushions. Set of two 26″ cushions. Value: $700

The Merchandise Mart—commonly called theMART—is the world’s largest commercial building, wholesale design center and one of Chicago’s premier international business locations.

It attracts thousands of people to its luxury kitchen and bath, home and outdoor furnishings showrooms each year. Offering continuous innovation and creativity from leading manufacturers and showrooms, theMART also serves as a business hub for interior designers, architects, contractors, business owners and buyers.

TheMART has become one of the most sought after office locations for dozens of companies, including creative advertising firms, high-quality government agencies and innovative technology companies.

A discounted parking rate is available at Mart Parc Wells at the 401 North Wells Street location for Thursday September 7, 2017. This discounted rate is $12 and is available from 3 PM to 12 AM. We will have validation tickets for the discounted rate available at the event.

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information or to become an event sponsor.

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September 7, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Merchandise Mart
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654 United States
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