Events attended by the VARA Design Team

NeoCon 2015- Intriguing Inspirations

Last week, the entire VARA Design team was very excited to experience NeoCon, the largest commercial interiors show in North America. Taking up over 1 million square feet of display space, NeoCon introduces thousands of the latest products and covers a wide variety of markets including Workplace, Healthcare, Hospitality, Retail, Education, Public Spaces, and Government. [...]

By | June 29th, 2015|Events|Comments Off on NeoCon 2015- Intriguing Inspirations

First Friday – August 2014

Once again, the VARA team opened our doors to friends, family and neighbors as we participated in a First Friday event. Our gallery reception this month showcased works from artists April Dippy and Jen Evans. It also just so happened to fall on Dana’s birthday, so we had an extra reason to celebrate. A spread [...]

By | August 14th, 2014|Behind the Scenes, Events|Comments Off on First Friday – August 2014

NeoCon 2014 – Innovation in Commercial Furniture Design

As the corporate world is continuously evolving, it is necessary for interior and industrial design to adapt to fit the needs of the modern day employee. With companies focusing on providing a multitude of work environments for their staff, design of corporate interiors must accommodate these desires by bringing workers out of their cubicles and desks and [...]

By | June 25th, 2014|Events, Trends|Comments Off on NeoCon 2014 – Innovation in Commercial Furniture Design

Capital Day

This spring, I had the opportunity to participate in the IIDC Capital Day event. Members from the Illinois Interior Design Coalition, as well as the International Interior Design Association met in Springfield to promote legislation for our professional field, and others in the design-build industry. Interior design professionals and students spent the day in the [...]

By | June 13th, 2014|Events, Travels|Comments Off on Capital Day

First Friday-April 2014

Downtown Aurora is a community rich with culture and creativity. The strong artistic presence of the people in this city make First Friday's a major event in which we love participating. The first Friday of each month, businesses and art galleries in the downtown area open their doors inviting friends and guests to view featured art [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|Behind the Scenes, Events|Comments Off on First Friday-April 2014

IIDA RED Awards 2014

The second annual RED Awards, hosted by the IIDA Illinois chapter, brought together a tremendous group of talented designers to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago on Thursday, April 3rd. Participants of the RED Awards, an acronym for "Recognizing Exemplary Design", truly showcase excellent interior design in the state of Illinois. Categories for awards include: Contract Office-Large, Contract [...]

By | April 10th, 2014|Events|Comments Off on IIDA RED Awards 2014

Sherwin Williams Colormix

Color choice is one of the most important elements when designing a room. It has a huge psychological effect and plays a very influential role whether someone likes a space or not. It also is one of the deciding factors when choosing furnishings and fabrics. Color trends change with time just as fashion trends do. [...]

By | October 30th, 2013|Events, Trends|Comments Off on Sherwin Williams Colormix

Open House Chicago

The third annual Open House Chicago event, presented by the Chicago Architecture Foundation occurred this past weekend. Over 150 buildings were open for public viewing including architectural offices, contemporary hotels, private clubs and foundations, monumental theaters, historic mansions and much more.  After grabbing lunch at Bistrot Zinc, a friend and I perused the various buildings [...]

By | October 25th, 2013|Events|Comments Off on Open House Chicago

IIDA Leadership Breakfast

Every year the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) hosts an annual Leaders Breakfast across several cities in the United States and Canada. Each event acknowledges an honoree that is an exemplary individual in the interior design industry. Along with granting this honor, IIDA arranges for a featured speaker to present on topics that inspire the [...]

By | October 23rd, 2013|Events|Comments Off on IIDA Leadership Breakfast

NeoCon 2013

Every summer the National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, also known as NeoCon, fills the Merchandise Mart with all of the latest trends in commercial furniture, building products, and textiles. Over 40,000 designers, architects, and vendors gather at the mart to witness the 700+ showrooms and exhibits, making it the largest commercial furniture event in the [...]

By | June 20th, 2013|Events, Trends|Comments Off on NeoCon 2013