DMC Launches Interior Home & Design Center
The Dallas Market Center has announced the creation of The Interior Home & Design Center, a multi-million-dollar project creating a 220,000-sq.-ft. marketplace serving interior designers and retailers. The massive project – which involves redeveloping the first floor of the International Trade Plaza building – will offer more space for home décor showrooms.
The Interior Home & Design Center is set to begin construction in the summer and slated to open in fall 2016. Pre-leasing is underway with a focus on selecting a curated collection of manufacturers and sales rep agencies not already in Dallas or who will expand their Dallas Market Center presence significantly. These companies will be open for daily business to an active interior design community as well as serve the seasonal markets drawing thousands of retailers from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Companies currently located on the first floor of the former International Trade Plaza will be relocated to other spaces in the market center.
“As our interior design traffic continues to increase, the demand for space to access customers year-round is at a premium,” says Cindy Morris, President & CEO of Dallas Market Center. “No other marketplace is serving the design traffic like Dallas, therefore we are excited to announce the largest home décor project in four decades. This new space will be a fine complement to the existing design resources in the World Trade Center.”
The mid-century building will undergo extensive exterior and interior upgrades that will stay true to the building’s iconic style while creating a more efficient and stylish modern environment. “Our design plans include opening up the space, using an abundance of natural light as well as both new and existing design elements consistent with the organic, clean simplicity of the space,” notes Paul T. Dickel, lead architect for the project. “The building will become a visually stunning and a welcoming environment for the interior design community.”
In addition to custom showrooms for dozens of new companies, the building will feature new, large front windows and exterior doors opening directly to hundreds of front door parking spaces; an extended front porte cochère with valet parking; and a new reception and registration area leading to wide hallways