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DEC 2018

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CHICAGO — For Windy City designers look- ing for a space to work, network and create, the newly opened Xced provides a unique opportu- nity: a design studio chock full of amenities that they can use at their leisure – and at no cost. The state-of-the-art Xced Design Studio, which is located in the heart of Logan Square on Chicago's North Side, is being marketed as a place for designers and architects to bring clients for crucial presentations and to keep abreast of industry trends through Xced's Learning Center, complete with a trusted building partner on-site to answer any relevant questions about project construction that may come up. Xced recently hosted its grand opening in the new facility, which offers a wealth of ame- nities, including a full working demo kitchen and several showcase model baths that highlight the design/build firm's capabilities. Meeting areas and work space for visiting designers and architects are also incorporated into the plan, and industry professionals who join the Design Studio have complete access to everything, according to Xced head of interiors and partner Chelsey Jackel. That includes, among other things, "a sleek table to gather for meetings and a wall-mounted TV to use for presentations, as well as ample desk space for coworking." The set up is designed to make it "an inviting space for collab oration," and one that also provides an ideal location for designers without a showroom to meet with clients or prospects, the firm notes. While shared office spaces typically come with monthly membership fees, Jackel explains that the firm is not charging rent for like-minded profes- sionals who want to be part of the Design Studio. Rather, she notes, the firm is focused on "building something special at our Chicago Design Studio. We had fantastic feedback from our event that reaffirms what other architecture and design professionals are already experienc- ing through our collaboration. We are witness- ing great results from our collective efforts and we're excited for the future!" GRAND EVENT The grand opening itself was a grand event, with several hundred guests in attendance from all across the design/build community. The event kicked off with a ceremonial ribbon cutting, followed by a festive evening of music, cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, prizes and plenty of networking with fellow industry members. Attendees were treated to a tour of the facility, which includes an atelier complete with samples, a bookshelf full of design concepts and an artisan rolling library ladder, along with the working demo kitchen, model bath displays and work areas. Sponsors for the grand opening included Ferguson Enterprises, Renaissance Tile & Bath, Silestone and Holland & Sherry Interiors. While the grand opening was a one-night af- fair, the Xced executive team has been working on the Design Studio concept for months, according to Jackel, striving to bring forth their vision of a welcoming space for designers and architects to collaborate with other design professionals and clients, as well as a space well suited for creating and networking. She notes that professionals who join as Power Partners have access to the cowork- ing, networking and gathering space to build their business through strategic partnerships. "We have learned firsthand the value of cre- ating an integrated vision from start to finish between designers and builders, particularly on luxury renovations," says Xced Founder and Project Manager Gary Dayan. The firm itself offers turnkey design and build solutions for luxury clients, from high-end commercial projects to upscale kitchen and bath renovations in downtown high-rise remodels. The team has decades of collective experience, the company notes, providing renovations for Chicagoland clients across a wide sp ectrum of residential and commercial buildings. The idea of creating a collaborative space to encourage design partnerships is a natural out- growth of what Xced is all about, as the company's design team regularly works on projects along- side builders and local journeymen, while also partnering with independent designers to offer a one-stop shop for clients' construction needs. Going forward, the firm says it will work toward continuing to broaden its customer base and bring luxury accommodations to Chicago and the surrounding area. Xced also plans to host CEU events and formal networking events in the future, and the company recently partnered with a local non-profit, Revolution Workshop, which trains those who have fallen on hard times who would like to be future carpenters to acquire work and life skills needed to advance their careers. ▪ Collaborative Space Hosts Grand Opening BY JANICE COSTA A new collaborative design studio provides a no-cost creative workspace for Chicago- area design pros looking to network, learn and create. A ceremonial ribbon cutting kicked off the grand opening event, which was attended by several hundred design industry professionals. The newly opened state-of-the-art Xced Design Studio includes a working demo kitchen that visit- ing designers can use. The Design Studio includes several showcase model baths that feature cutting-edge design. 28 Kitchen & Bath Design News • December 2018 OPENINGS

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