Ones to Watch Winners to be Honored at Design Chicago October 5

Chicago’s Up and Coming Interior Design Professionals Toasted during Design Chicago Wednesday, October 5, 5-7pm

Each year in preparation for Design Chicago, October 4-5, the Design Center showrooms at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart nominate interior designers who have demonstrated creativity, originality and overall great design. This year’s winners, Laurie Demetrio, Steve Somogyi and Filip Malyszko, and SuzAnn Kletzien, will be honored at a reception on Wednesday, October 5, to culminate the Midwest’s largest interior design event.

“We are very excited to celebrate these three up-and-coming designers who are influencing the design world with their style, taste and vision,” said Susan McCullough, Senior Vice President, Vornado | Merchandise Mart. “They are forging brilliant, creative paths and what better place to honor new design talent than at the Midwest’s largest interior design gathering.”


Laurie Demetrio

 Laurie Demetrio Interiors

After Laurie Demetrio received a B.A. in design from the University of Norte Dame, she attended The Harrington College of Design, where she earned a B.F.A in Interior Design. Her curriculum included treasured time advancing her studies in Paris. Following 11 years of working as a designer with Jessica Lagrange Interiors in Chicago, Laurie founded Laurie Demetrio Interiors in April 2014, where she has continued to pursue her life’s passion. Using her well trained eye and innate sense of style, she draws upon her extensive list of resources to curate thoughtfully designed spaces. While fusing a broad range of styles from ultra-modern and eclectic to the traditional, she listens carefully to translate her client’s vision into reality.

Steve Somogyi and Filip Malyszko

steve + filip design

Style meets charm, reinvention meets function, contemporary aesthetic meets the feel of home — this is steve + filip design. The Chicago based design firm is a two-man team, Steve Somogyi and Filip Malyszko. The roots of the company began when Steve worked in residential real estate, brokering high-end homes. His love of design soon overtook his heart and soul and he began to consult his clients on concepts for their homes and offices. During this time, he met Filip over a drafting table at Harrington College of Design. After graduation, they joined forces and eventually exchanged rings to become a husband and husband team. For over a decade, the duo has specialized in full service strategies for new construction and renovations. Their goal is to create unique schemes for homes, offices, and retail spaces with an emphasis on quality and elegance.

SuzAnn Kletzien

SuzAnn Kletzien Design

Working as a designer in Newport Beach, SuzAnn planned and remodeled residential and commercial spaces for Schlemmer+Algaze+Associates, a commercial Architecture and Design Firm. In Chicago, she worked as a Design Consultant for Montauk Sofa, and designed kitchen and baths at Smartrooms. SuzAnn quickly fell in love with the unique design challenges and opportunities of urban Chicago and launched SuzAnn Kletzien Design as a full service Interior Design Firm to provide projects of any size a broad array of industry resources, an attention to detail, and passion for design. The firm provides everything from meticulous fabric selections, integration of fascinating and unexpected elements, and diligent management of budgets and deadlines.

Design Chicago is a two-day educational interior design trade conference bringing together industry leaders and design professionals to showcase the latest trends in interior design, featured presentations by renowned designers, innovative CEU accredited seminars and new product debuts from Design Center showrooms.

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The Design Center at The Merchandise Mart, located in Chicago’s historic Merchandise Mart, is home to four floors constituting the world’s largest and finest design center.  As a leader in the $65 billion residential home furnishings market, The Design Center offers the largest presentation of high-end, couture, home furnishings worldwide, all under one roof.  Encompassing 650,000 square feet, boasting 115 showrooms and featuring more than 2,500 product lines, it is the design professional’s ultimate resource for luxury furniture, fabrics, floor coverings, wall coverings, lighting, antiques and much more.