IIDC Wine and Beer Tasting to Raise Funds For Legislative Efforts for Interior Designers

CHICAGO (Jan. 18, 2013) The Illinois Interior Design Coalition, a legislative advocate dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the interior design profession in the state of Illinois, will hold its Fourth Annual Wine and Beer Tasting Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., IIDC announced.

The event is sponsored by Evolution Interiors, Kimball Office and Lamin-Art and will be held at the Kimball Office Showroom, 325 N. Wells Street, Chicago. CS Interior Magazine is the media partner. Admission is $10.

The tasting will feature samples of a wide variety of craft beers and sommelier-selected wine, plus raffle prizes, including a chance to win a $500 gift certificate to Tiffany’s, provided by Lamin-Art. Favorite drinks are available to take home. Complimentary appetizers will be provided by Artisan Cellar. A portion of all proceeds will benefit IIDC’s advocacy efforts, the Coalition said.

"Over the years, I have seen the significant difference that the Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC) has made to protect the integrity of the profession and promote the value of design to the state legislature and general public,” said Georgy Olivieri, interior design education advocate and vice president of sales for Lamin-Art. “The generations of IIDC leadership have worked tirelessly to affect change and carry proactive initiatives forward. We, at Lamin-Art, commend their effort with our involvement in the upcoming fundraiser on January 24, 2013 and continued financial support."

This protection pertains to the Illinois’ Interior Design Title Act, which provides for the state’s Registered Interior Designer designation.

Eva L. Maddox, design principal at Perkins+Will, said, “As a leader in the design industry, I challenge all design principals to come together and be a united front in promoting the status of a Registered Interior Designer. IIDC needs our support to make these changes possible. I consider IIDC as a necessary organization to protect our Interior Design industry from potential hazards brought upon us by other professions, whether directly or indirectly related to the work we perform.”

Past IIDC president Carrie Fitzpatrick, director of project management at CBRE, adds, “As interior designers, it is our duty to our clients, our peers and those who will come after us in our profession to be proactive and ensure that all interior designers have the ability to gain fundamental and advanced credentials to meet the needs of our evolving profession. Those credentials include strong interior design education programs, relevant work experience, appropriate standardized testing and registration to complete the process of Registered Interior Designer.”

The Illinois Interior Design Coalition (IIDC) is a legislative advocate dedicated to promoting, protecting and enhancing the interior design profession in the state of Illinois.

For over 25 years IIDC has worked closely with the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and American Society of Interior Design (ASID) in critical areas of advocacy and helped shape the profession of interior design. IIDC exists to supplement the efforts of the IIDA and ASID by working to directly influence the political process in ways ASID and IIDA may not.

The IIDC acts as a watch dog for the interior design profession in Illinois. Each year over 7,000 new pieces of legislation are introduced in Illinois. Each piece is reviewed to make certain that anything affecting the profession is either appropriately supported or opposed. IIDC also occasionally produces legislation to promote the interior design profession.

IIDC recognizes the diversity of the interior design profession and seeks to strengthen the ability of designers to practice as they choose. Among many advocacy efforts, IIDC seeks to create an elective licensing process that would give registered interior designers the sanction to seal non-structural interior drawings.

For more information, go to http://iidcpac.org

ROE + Evolution Interiors is Chicagoland's largest new and used office furniture provider, offering a distinct combination of products and services for all office interior needs. Since 1993, its focus has been to provide quality new, pre-owned, used and refurbished office furniture at affordable prices. With over 100 employees and 300,000 square feet of showroom, warehouse and manufacturing space, Evolution Interiors also offers trade-in and brokerage services, interior design and space planning, facility and furniture consulting, project management, refurbishment and refinishing, liquidations and dispositions, relocation, delivery and installation, furniture rental programs and on-site sales and consultation. Headquartered in Chicago, and with offices in New York, and St. Louis, Evolution Interiors has inventories and customer service abilities to support clients locally, regionally and nationwide. For more information, go to www.roecompany.com.

Kimball Office brings creative freedom and flexibility to workplace design. For nearly 40 years, it has been designing and manufacturing office furniture that is inspiring, productive and environmentally responsible. In addition to versatile furniture systems, it offers a large and broadly integrated product portfolio in a variety of styles and materials: unlimited possibilities for creating functional environments that convey just the right image. Kimball Office is committed to sustainable business practices and is actively involved in the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) Furniture Emissions Standards. Headquartered in Jasper, Indiana, Kimball Office is a business unit of Kimball International, a $1.4 billion publicly-held corporation. For additional information, go to www.kimballoffice.com.

Lamin-Art, Inc. is the North American design leader in extraordinary contract laminate and real wood veneer surfaces. For more than 50 years, it has been partnering with commercial interior designers, architects and fabricator to implement their visions with an exquisite selection of award-winning innovative products, custom solutions and outstanding customer service. Lamin-Art's philosophy is to anticipate trends and research, develop and market innovative surfacing materials that add value and a distinctive touch to commercial environments. A privately held company based in Schaumburg, Ill., Lamin-Art supplies attractive and durable surfacing products used in healthcare facilities, hotels, restaurants, high-profile retail stores, showrooms, store fixtures, trade show exhibits and more. Go to www.laminart.com for additional information.

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