Wednesday, November, 1, 1989

After 15 years of inspiring the Miami public to embrace good design, Luminaire travels to Chicago, a city long known for its commitment to architecture. It only makes sense that Luminaire would partner with a culturally-minded community like Chicago in order to further cultivate a passion for innovative design.

In November 1989, Luminaire opened its second showroom on Chestnut Street in the Near North Side. This location was chosen for its impact on the city and its visitors: the River North Gallery District, for instance, has the largest concentration of art galleries in the United States outside of Manhattan, and the area is also home to many design showrooms, cultural institutions, restaurants and entertainment venues, making it an ideal place to educate the public on the many ways in which good design can change people’s lives.

This historic inauguration celebrated modern and contemporary design with a discussion lead by Piero Ambrogio Busnelli, the founder of B&B Italia. B&B Italia is an industrious and highly creative company that began in 1966 by developing new manufacturing technologies and changing how the world interprets and accesses Italian design.

Busnelli introduced the Chicago audience to his company’s ability to respond to contemporary needs while, at the same time, creating timeless pieces born of solid research, creativity and function. Visitors enjoyed interacting with the guest of honor and experiencing pieces from B&B Italia’s collection, curated through the lens of Luminaire’s acumen.

The Chicago opening heralded a new chapter in Luminaire’s journey to connect with the design community and the public to strengthen good design practices in the United States and all over the world.