Mark your calendars

A couple of interesting events for your date books:

Pick up 0.1 CEU on March 10 by attending "How to Specify Systems Furniture," hosted by Chris Graham at the Knoll Showroom (76 Ninth Avenue, 11th Floor). The event kicks off with cocktails at 6 and the presentation is from 7-8:30 pm. Cost: $15 for members, $25 for non-members, $10 for students and educators. Register online here.

Chicago-based creatives can see fashion and design come together on April 17 at the FashionNext finale, where a winning garmet will be inducted into the Chicago History Museum's Chic Chicago exhibit. The design competition, built around the exhibition of couture garments, challenged designers to use Brentano fabrics to create a fashion-forward dress. Initially five dresses were selected from the exhibition for inspiration, but of all the submissions, only one will make the final cut. Judges include Brentano design director Iris Wang; Timothy Long, costume curator, Chicago History Museum; Andrea Kalish Reynders, professor, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Dr. Valerie Steele, director and chief curator, the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Gaynor Strachan-Chun, senior vice president of marketing, Ovation TV; and Noren Ungaretti, president, Costume Council of the Chicago Historical Society. Buy tickets through the Chicago History Museum.

And something a little closer to today: In honor of Valentine's Day, on Feb. 14, DuPont Corian will light up Times Square with a 10-ft. heart-shaped sculpture lit from within with LED lighting. Built out of Corian in Strawberry Ice, the 12-ft.-high, 12-ft.-wide, 6-ft.-deept centerpiece will be at the heart of the action in the new Duffy Square smack dab in the middle of Times Square.


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