DesignTradeOnline.org, a new online showroom that provides the opportunity for the interiors community to design, specify and purchase products in a members-only website, opened its doors to designers, architects and contractors this week.
The virtual showroom brings together the ability for designers to view and specify products in detail, download multiple product images and purchase the items at traditional designer discounts. Developed by well-known designer and author Michael A. Thomas, FASID, DesignTradeOnline.org features more than 250 products from accessories to art, tables to tiles and seating to lighting, with additional items added each day.
"This concept was created to service the needs of designers who have been looking for ways to shop online for client furnishings," stated Thomas, DTO Founder and CEO of The Design Collective Group, Inc., a to-the-trade showroom at the Scottsdale Design District in Scottsdale, Ariz. "Now with DesignTradeOnline.org, they have the ability to buy at discounts traditionally only provided to designers through brick-and-mortar showrooms."
While anyone can view the website, list and designer wholesale pricing and product procurement is provided to only those who can be verified as members of the design profession. "That way we keep the site exclusive for designers only," Thomas added.
There is no charge for design professionals to become a DTO Member and they can apply online by going to the websiteand completing a short application. Approvals usually occur in just a few hours.
DesignTradeOnline.org is an Industry Partner of the American Society of Interior Designers.