DESIGN Talks launches at Closets Expo

DESIGN Talks, a continuing education forum for designers, will launch during Closets Conference & Expo.

SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - Closets Conference & Expo, co-located with Wood Pro Illinois, is launching DESIGN Talks, a continuing education forum for designers. For the first time, attendees at the Expo on April 18-19 will have access to networking sessions and CEU sessions on decorative panels and wine storage.

Thursday, April 18th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
DESIGN Talks - Education for Designers | Sponsored by ASID
Enhance Your Network and Advance your Career with ASID
ASID’s National Chair, John Cialone, FASID, NCIDQ, and Maya Khudari, ASID Allied, will provide insights & perspectives on why expanding your network will further your career.
Speakers: John Cialone, ASID, Chair and Maya Khudari, ASID, Member Success Manager

Attendees can also visit the ASID tabletop exhibit in the registration area for more information on advancing their design careers and more.

Thursday, April 18th, 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.
DESIGN Talks - Education for Designers (CEU) | Sponsored by Uniboard
TFL: Exceptional Design, Durability, and Sustainability in a High-Value Decorative Panel
[IDCEC Credits: .1 CEU | AIA Credits: 1 LU]
Dive into the intersection of design excellence and environmental responsibility with our comprehensive course on TFL decorative panels. Explore the intrinsic value of sustainability in the design world, unravel the complexities of the carbon cycle, and uncover how forests and wood play pivotal roles in carbon sequestration. Discover the versatile applications and climate-positive attributes of TFL panels, empowering you to make informed, eco-conscious choices in your design projects. Join us to elevate your understanding of exceptional design, durability, and sustainability and contribute to a greener, more resilient future.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand how deeply young designers value corporate social and environmental sustainability.
  • Discuss the role of carbon in climate change and the carbon cycle.
  • Explain how forests and wood capture and store carbon.
  • Explain the basic makeup and applications of TFL decorative panels and why they’re our most climate-positive building materials.

Speaker: Sena Wilks, Uniboard, Regional Sales Manager

Friday, April 19th, 1:00 p.m. to 2 p.m.
DESIGN Talks - Education for Designers (CEU) | Presented by VintageView Wine Storage Systems
Building the Modern Wine Cellar
[IDCEC Credits: .1 CEU | AIA Credits: 1 LU]
The design community has transformed the modern wine cellar, bringing storage out of the basement and into main-floor living in both commercial and residential properties. Proper wine storage is equal parts art and science, and this course covers the big picture of where to start specifying the Modern Wine Cellar.

Learning Objectives:

  • Wine racking styles
  • Cellaring design trends
  • Cooling specifications
  • Construction considerations

Speaker: Jacob Harkins, VintageView Wine Storage Systems, VP of Global Marketing

2024 Closets Conference & Expo
Wood Pro Expo Illinois

About the Closets Conference & Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois
The annual Closets Conference & Expo (CCE) is the only national event for all closet and home storage professionals. The 2024 edition is co-located with Wood Pro Expo Illinois (WPE), a regional marketplace for woodworking professionals. The events are organized by Closets & Organized Storage and FDMC magazines respectively. Each is a distinct media brand of Woodworking Network. The twin-bill event is scheduled for April 17-19, 2024, at the Schaumburg Convention Center in Schaumburg, Ill.

2024 Closets Expo and Wood Pro Expo Illinois Exhibitor Prospectus


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CCE and WPE each kick off with a separate full-day conference on April 17, co-sponsored by the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals and Cabinet Makers Association respectively. The two-day co-located expo, April 18-19, features woodworking machinery, supplies, and components. Additional educational programming is offered on each day of the expo. Tours of local manufacturing plants and the popular Top Shelf Design Awards networking reception are also key features of the event. View current program schedule.

For information about exhibiting and sponsorship opportunities, contact Laurel Didier, exhibit sales. For all other inquiries, contact Kim Lebel, show manager. 

More Woodworking Network events
Wood Pro Expo Lancaster, Oct. 24-25, 2024, Spooky Nook Sports/Warehouse at the Nook, Manheim, Pa.

Woodworking Machinery & Supply Conference & Expo (WMS), Nov. 12-14, 2025, Toronto Congress Centre, Toronto, Ontario.



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Michaelle Bradford | Editor

Michaelle Bradford, CCI Media, is Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine and Woodworking Network editor. She has more than 20 years of experience covering the woodworking and design industry, including visits to custom cabinet shops, closet firms and design studios throughout North America. As Editor of Closets & Organized Storage magazine under the Woodworking Network brand, Michaelle’s responsibilities include writing, editing, and coordinating editorial content as well as managing annual design competitions like the Top Shelf Design Awards. She is also a contributor to FDMC and other Woodworking Network online and print media owned by CCI Media.