What's it About?
Before it snatched it's catchy new name, NeoCon began as the "National Exposition of Contract Furnishings." The year was 1969, and 750 exhibitors showed up to show off! Today, NeoCon has evolved into North America's largest exposition of furniture and design for commercial interiors. Both rookies and top selling furniture brands have been known to showcase cutting-edge furniture and design work in the hopes of gaining one of NeoCon's coveted awards. The event is a haven for business associates, interior designers, and interested consumers from all over the world. Anyone looking for a sneak peak into the furniture of the future is sure to find their first glimpse at NeoCon!
Where and When?
This year, NeoCon will last from June 15th to the 17th. The doors will be open 9am - 5pm on the 15th and 16th, and 9am-3pm on the 17th. Don't miss it!
And of course, the event will be hosted at the historic NeoCon home: The Merchandise Mart!
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago
222 Merchandise Mart Plaza
Chicago, IL 60654 USA
Never count on NeoCon to deliver a half-baked show! This year, the event recruited some names at the top of the industry to speak at the event's prestigious keynotes. Patricia Urquiola, known for her "playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional" style, presents the first keynote. Jason Silva, of the American Society of Interior Designers, and host of the National Geographic Channel's, Brain Games, presents the second. And last but not least are Martin Lesjak and Anastasia Sugic, CEOs and creative directors of 13&9, the famous Austrian design collective. Lesjak was awarded Contract Magazine's Designer of the Year, while Sugic is a fashion expert and afficianado. With speakers like these, this year's keynotes are sure to reel in the crowds!
Of course, NeoCon would be nothing without the brains and brands to back the event's showcases. This year sees the return of many of last year's favorite innovators, including Arcadia, Dynasound, inc., Dyson, ESI Ergonomic Solutions, Encore, Eurotech, Global Total Office solutions, and Flash Furniture. Of course, the biggest names are also unveiling their latest and greatest. Some of the newest office furniture and accessories by HALCON, idesk, and KI have already won a few of NeoCon's most coveted awards! Here's just a few so far:
- HALCON's "Skill" showcase won 2 "Best of NeoCon" Silver awards.
- The Mohawk Group took home both a silver and gold for their carpet collections.
- BuzziSpace won a gold award for their BuzziFalls line of partitions.
- A new fan favorite, idesk seating by Cherryman Industries, received an innovation award for their new chair series, "Muse."
- KI's line of healthcare seating, "Solstice Metal," won a gold award.
Wrapping Things Up!
Every year, NeoCon unveils the newest innovations in design and commercial technology. For anyone on the lookout for big names and big breakthroughs to improve their business, attendance is a must. This is the event that lays the groundwork for the way things look and are done in businesses of the future. Whether you're seeking to amp up your office appeal or ensure the success of your business with top ergonomic products and gadgetry, NeoCon always delivers the best. Anyone who misses the event, however, can still stay up to date! Keeping up with favorite NeoCon brands and awards delivered will give you an idea of what the world is looking for in regards to commercial design. Don't miss out!