Design Leadership Network Celebrates 200 Lex’s 90th Anniversary

The Design Leadership Network hosted a celebratory dinner to commemorate the New York Design Center’s 90th Anniversary on September 21, the night before What’s New, What’s Next. Members of the DLN gathered at Marta for an evening toasting the design center’s rich history.

The New York Design Center was built in 1926 as the New York Furniture Exchange and designed by renowned architect Ely Jacques Kahn. It housed markets for furniture and department store buyers and in the late 1970s, the focus shifted to interior design and architecture. Today, the annual market “What’s New, What’s Next” which features hundreds of new product introductions and stellar programming, is an ode to the traditional buyers’ markets held in the early years.

For the New York Design Center, 90 years marks a dynamic new chapter in the buildings history. With nearly all 500,000 square feet fully occupied by over 100 stellar showrooms representing more than 500 spectacular lines, 200 Lex is truly the country’s most exciting venue for design.

Peter Sallick began the Design Leadership Network 10 years ago with a vision and stalwart commitment to stimulating education and connectivity. What began as intimate regional meetings with high-level designers, architects, landscape architects and industry influencers, is now an organization of 300+ top tier design industry professionals across multiple disciplines, corporate brands and media outlets.

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