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Construction Underway for Dallas Interior Home + Design Center
The first phase of the new 220,000 square-foot wholesale marketplace serving interior designers and retailers at the Dallas Market Center will open in time for the June 2017 Total Home & Gift Market.
Phase one will include 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.
The project includes two phases. Phase one 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.
Phase two, set to begin immediately after the June market, will include exterior façade renovations and exterior landscaping culminating with a celebration in the fall.
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.
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 design community actively seeking new resources for residential and commercial projects across the Central U.S. and Latin America.
Dallas Market Center also 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).
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 as the re-imagined Interior Home + Design Center after a multi-million dollar renovation. The updated space will feature a curated collection of 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 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.