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A focus on hospitality programming at NeoCon 2019

NeoCon will feature an increased focus on hospitality design through its educational programming, as well as the hundreds of exhibitor product launches that address the needs of the vertical market. From international restaurants, hotels, and airport lounges, to nightclubs, the work of three of this year’s keynote speakers, Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch of Roman & Williams Buildings and Interiors, and Ilse Crawford of Studioilse, demonstrates the depth, breadth, and reach of hospitality projects.

The show’s conference program explores everything from how the scope of hospitality projects has expanded beyond conventional boundaries, prompting designers to draw on fields like psychology and sociology, to how best to balance authenticity and relevance when tackling historic preservation of iconic hospitality properties. On Monday, June 10th, Cheryl Durst, Hon. FIIDA, CEO and executive vice-president, International Interior Design Association, IIDA, will explore “What Clients Want: Essential Design Conversations (M107)” with Robin Klehr Avia, FIIDA, regional managing principal, Gensler and Neil Schneider, IIDA, design director, IA Interior Architects. The seminar will explore the challenges of designing today’s hospitality spaces and highlight key projects that exemplify what clients truly want. A session on “Approaching Historic Preservation with Authenticity in Hospitality Design (T214)” will also be offered on Tuesday, presented by Lisa Haude, ASID, RID, NCIDQ, president, Paradigm Design Group.  Haude will address the topic by speaking to her experience designing historic and iconic hospitality properties in the US, from the South in New Orleans and Florida, to the East Coast in Maine.

New off-site designer-led tours will component the programming and products at the 2019 edition. Some of Chicago’s latest and most innovative spaces are a part of NeoCon and IIDA’s Inside Design program. Tours include an insider look at TAO Chicago, led by the Rockwell Group team credited for designing the trendy restaurant and a guided tour of the Hotel Essex, led by The Gettys Group, the creative force behind the stunning hotel project. Details and registration for Inside Design tours will be available at the end of April.

Over 300 NeoCon exhibitors will offer hospitality-minded products, such as Sossego Design, whose Tereza chair was recently specified in the trendy new Bobby Hotel in Nashville, as well as Andreu World, whose Alya, Flex and Ronda designs can be found in the acclaimed Michelin-starred Dos Cielos restaurant in Madrid. From textiles, flooring, seating and wallcoverings, to lighting, acoustical solutions, and indoor/outdoor products, there will be a comprehensive range of offerings from brands with solutions suitable for hospitality including ​Arper, Style Library, Bentley, BuzziSpace, Chilewich, Moore & Giles, Brentano, NappaTile, Sandler Seating, ​Diesco, Davis, Decca, ​Maya Romanoff, ​Martin Brattrud, CF Group, Brown Jordan, Humanscale, HBF​,​ Gabby (Summer Classics)​, Wolf-Gordon, ​Sunbrella Contract, and hundreds more on the 7th Floor Exhibit Hall and throughout the Mart.

Registration is available online at www.neocon.com. Expo: online registration by June 7th – free; On-site registration – $65. Keynote Presentations: free. CEU Seminars and Design Tours: online registration by June 7th – $65 each; onsite registration – $75 each.

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