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Universal Furniture International, Inc.

101 S. Hamilton St.

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Universal Furniture creates quality furnishings for the whole home with a focus on function and lifestyle. The company’s casegood, upholstery, accent and accessory designs are developed under the brand names Universal Furniture (Lifestyle Collections), To The Trade (Interior Design) and Smartstuff™ (Baby and Child), and sold through retailers and interior designers throughout North America and around the world. Universal Furniture is a brand of Samson Holdings, one of the world’s largest furniture manufacturers. For more information, please visit www.universalfurniture.com, or find us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter @UniversalFurn.

9am - 6pm, April 5

Universal To The Trade Designers Lounge

Social

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Universal to the Trade, along with Moore & Giles, Design Manager and Crypton for a designers-only salon and workspace complete with wifi, beverages and work stations, plus a blow-dry bar and touch-up makeup service available Saturday through Monday from 2-6 p.m. Check our website to see special events within the Lounge including Gail Doby of Gaily Doby Consulting (Saturday and Sunday). And don’t miss Live from the Lounge with Nick May, Saturday through Monday from 4-5 p.m. NOTE: Lounge opens at Noon on Friday. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Gail Doby, Nick May

RSVP Required

1pm - 2pm, April 5

Winning Websites for Designers with Franziska

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Ever wondered what it takes to create a successful website? One that makes people scroll, click and book a consultation with you? Your website needs to make a great first impression with potential clients - one that drives a connection and has them jumping to work with you. In this session, Franziska will walk you through the must-have elements of an effective portfolio website, so you can stop wasting your time online and create a website does the hard work for you.


RSVP Required

3pm - 4pm, April 5

C.R.E.A.T.E. a More Profitable Design Practice with Melissa Galt

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Your greatest asset is your one-of-a-kind combination of education, history, experience, personality and talent. Learning the formula to truly harness this, inside your business and your brand, will help you make competition disappear as you become irresistible to your ideal clients for a lifetime of business and treasured relationships that refer a steady stream of projects. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Melissa Galt

RSVP Required

9am - 6pm, April 6

Universal To The Trade Designers Lounge

Social

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Universal to the Trade, along with Moore & Giles, Design Manager and Crypton for a designers-only salon and workspace complete with wifi, beverages and work stations, plus a blow-dry bar and touch-up makeup service available Saturday through Monday from 2-6 p.m. Check our website to see special events within the Lounge including Gail Doby of Gaily Doby Consulting (Saturday and Sunday). And don’t miss Live from the Lounge with Nick May, Saturday through Monday from 4-5 p.m. NOTE: Lounge opens at Noon on Friday. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Gail Doby, Nick May

RSVP Required

9am - 11am, April 6

Systematizing Your Business For Sanity and Scale with Gail Doby and Kathleen DiPaolo

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Gail Doby & Kathleen DiPaolo to find out how to simplify and systematize your interior design business so you are working less and making more money. Learn how to easily onboard and train your employees to deliver outstanding service; how to onboard your interior design clients to meet and exceed their expectations; and how to delegate effectively so you are out of the weeds. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Gail Doby, Kathleen DiPaolo

RSVP Required

11:30am - 12:30pm, April 6

Leather CEU with Moore & Giles

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Come hear from one of America’s oldest leather companies, Moore & Giles, as they talk about what’s new in the world of leather for interior design. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


CEU Hours: 0.1

RSVP Required

2pm - 3pm, April 6

European Style in the American Home: An Interview with Nina Magon

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Sleek yet simple, glamorous but still practical, modern European design has found favor in residences and businesses stateside. Join Houston interior designer Nina Magon as she discusses elements of continental design in the American home. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Nina Magon

RSVP Required

9am - 6pm, April 7

Universal To The Trade Designers Lounge

Social

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Universal to the Trade, along with Moore & Giles, Design Manager and Crypton for a designers-only salon and workspace complete with wifi, beverages and work stations, plus a blow-dry bar and touch-up makeup service available Saturday through Monday from 2-6 p.m. Check our website to see special events within the Lounge including Gail Doby of Gaily Doby Consulting (Saturday and Sunday). And don’t miss Live from the Lounge with Nick May, Saturday through Monday from 4-5 p.m. NOTE: Lounge opens at Noon on Friday. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Gail Doby, Nick May

RSVP Required

11am - 12pm, April 7

Social Media Mavens: Adding Value - Influencers and Brands

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Adam Japko of Esteem Media as he talks with interior designers Shayla Copas, Natalie Reddell and Lori Paranjape about the expanding world of influencer and brand partnerships. How do you connect with a brand? What’s involved in a partnership? How do you explain your value to the brand? Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Adam Japko, Lori Paranjape, Shayla Copas, Natalie Reddell

RSVP Required

2pm - 3pm, April 7

Passion Sucks with Nick May

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Nick May of the Chaise Lounge Podcast hosts a panel discussion with designers. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Nick May

RSVP Required

4pm - 5pm, April 7

Common Ground: Finding Synergy among Architects, Builders and Designers

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

How do designers, architects and custom builders leverage each other’s expertise when building or renovating a home? Furniture, Lighting & Decor Editor-in-Chief Diane Falvey will lead a lively panel discussion about the synergies and challenges when working together and why it’s so important. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Diane Falvey

RSVP Required

9am - 6pm, April 8

Universal To The Trade Designers Lounge

Social

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Universal to the Trade, along with Moore & Giles, Design Manager and Crypton for a designers-only salon and workspace complete with wifi, beverages and work stations, plus a blow-dry bar and touch-up makeup service available Saturday through Monday from 2-6 p.m. Check our website to see special events within the Lounge including Gail Doby of Gaily Doby Consulting (Saturday and Sunday). And don’t miss Live from the Lounge with Nick May, Saturday through Monday from 4-5 p.m. NOTE: Lounge opens at Noon on Friday. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Gail Doby, Nick May

RSVP Required

10am - 11am, April 8

Getting Your Dreams in Print: How to Publish a Book

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Ever wanted to put your designs in print? Join Design Today Editor Jane Dagmi and recently published interior designer Shayla Copas for a discussion on what it takes to publish a book in the world of interior design. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Jane Dagmi, Shayla Copas

RSVP Required

11am - 12pm, April 8

Trials and Tribulations of the Traveling Designer

Educational

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Nick May of The Chaise Lounge Podcast as he leads a worldly dialogue about succeeding as a traveling designer. Designers Chad James, Nina Magon, Susan Jamieson and Benjamin Johnston will share stories and lessons learned about managing business on-the-go … from executing long-distance design projects to attending global industry events. This panel of prominent experts will share ways to best: source materials and product in remote areas; connect with reliable contractors and craftspeople on location; showcase your travels for increased social following and PR; and ensure that your local clients are satisfied while your away!


Speakers: Chad James, Susan Jamieson, Benjamin Johnston, Nick May, Nina Magon

RSVP Required

5:30pm - 9pm, April 8

Universal Furniture: In Good Company

Social

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Universal Furniture for its semi-annual celebration of Market, and reconnect with Market friends and family. Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and live music from Lulu the Giant. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


RSVP Required

9am - 6pm, April 9

Universal To The Trade Designers Lounge

Social

Universal Furniture International, Inc. 101 S. Hamilton St.

Neighborhood: Commerce Concourse

Shuttle Stop: 15 (Red Line)

Join Universal to the Trade, along with Moore & Giles, Design Manager and Crypton for a designers-only salon and workspace complete with wifi, beverages and work stations, plus a blow-dry bar and touch-up makeup service available Saturday through Monday from 2-6 p.m. Check our website to see special events within the Lounge including Gail Doby of Gaily Doby Consulting (Saturday and Sunday). And don’t miss Live from the Lounge with Nick May, Saturday through Monday from 4-5 p.m. NOTE: Lounge opens at Noon on Friday. Find more details at www.UniversalFurniture.com/marketevents.


Speakers: Gail Doby, Nick May

RSVP Required
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