Launch event gathers designers

The Chicago-area design community got together to attend the launch of InspireDesign: A Sensory Experience, held last month at the Art Institute of Chicago. Sister publication Hotel Business Design partnered with SONNY+ASH and The Gettys Group—and sponsors KB Contract, MDC and United Furniture & Seating—to bring virtual and augmented reality to life with hands-on demonstrations.

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Christina Trauthwein, editor, Hotel Business & Hotel Business Design

LEFT TO RIGHT: Tom Sparks, Chris McDonough, Roger Hill, The Gettys Group; Sonny Sultani, SONNY+ASH; Christina Trauthwein, Hotel Business Design; Ash, SONNY+ASH; and Allen Rolleri, Hotel Business Design

Natalie Sheedy, Natalie Sheedy Interiors (left) and Charli Buchberger, Donna Mondi Interior Design

Matt Swope, The Gettys Group (left) and Dee Duncan, KB Contract

Lori Patten (left) and Tina Connolly, Patten Purchasing LLC

Attendees had a chance to network and nosh before the presentation began.

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