Design Center at the Merchandise Mart and Luxe Interiors + Design magazine will present the third annual Interior Designer of the Year Award on Thursday, February 6, 2014. This premier Chicago design event recognizes and honors interior designers who have made an impact on the city’s design community. John Cannon and Cary Frank, founders of Cannon Frank, received the second annual Chicago Interior Designer of the Year Award and celebrated their achievement with hundreds of attendees in early February.

This year’s nominees include ten of Chicago’s most recognized design firms: Susan Fredman of Susan Fredman Design Group, Jessica Lagrange of Jessica Lagrange Interiors LLC, Gary Lee of Gary Lee Partners, Carlos Martinez of Gensler, Frank Ponterio of Frank Ponterio Interior Design, Arlene Semel and Brian Snow of Semel Snow Interior Design, Inc., Janet Shiff of Blutter Shiff Design Associates, Richar of Richar Interiors, Eva Quateman of Eva Quateman Interiors, and Stephanie Wohlner of Stephanie Wohlner Design.

The ten nominees have been selected by a jury of Design Center and Luxe Interiors + Design representatives. Voting will take place via online public ballot October 15 through December 15, 2013. The winner will be announced at the Awards Gala on February 6by Luxe Interiors + Design Magazine’s VP, Editor-in-Chief, Pamela Jaccarino.

“We’re thrilled we can recognize these wonderful designers for their incredible achievements in the design world each year with this Awards program,” said Julia Chappell, Managing Director of Marketing for the Design Center. “We look forward to continuing this tradition each year in Chicago and celebrating the design community who support the many resources available at The Merchandise Mart.

Please visit to learn more and vote for your favorite designer.