NeoCon Celebrates its 51st edition Exploring Timely Topics

From June 10 to the 12th, leading and emerging commercial interiors companies will unveil their latest products at NeoCon’s trade fair show at The Mart in Chicago, IL. The event explores a wide range of timely topics such as human-centric design, the rise of outdoor workplaces, and the intersection of hospitality and the office.

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Celebrating its 51st edition, NeoCon is an annual launchpad for innovations that influence how we live and work.

The Trade Fair is known for its large collection of premier kitchens, bath, building products boutiques, highly-coveted location, and spacious floor plans for office leasing.

NeoCon promotes interior building products from finishes and material, moveable wall systems, to sustainable products in the industrial industry.

Each year at NeoCon, the commercial design community connects to learn and conduct business. This year’s highlights include:

Product Launches & Trendspotting: From solutions that support human-centered design, to innovations that suit the increasingly blurring lines between residential, office and hospitality spaces, there is no shortage of exhibitor introductions for attendees to discover. As the show continues to expand, NeoCon attendees will have access to numerous floors of design resources including NeoCon showrooms on 3, 10, 11, and the NeoCon Exhibit Hall on 7, the Design Center on 6, 14 and 15, and LuxeHome on 1, as well as special indoor and outdoor installations.

NeoCon Plaza: Outdoors is the new in. NeoCon 2019 will show how this next frontier of office space can be implemented through a new experiential outdoor space, the NeoCon Plaza. Designed by Gensler Chicago and brought to life in collaboration with Forward Fruit Branded Environments, the project was inspired by the idea of an “Urban Boardwalk” and offers a place to connect, collaborate, relax, recharge, unwind and enjoy the outdoors with a backdrop featuring sweeping views of the Chicago River and cityscape. Sponsored and outfitted by Haworth and Haworth Collection brands, it also features Sunbrella Contract fabrics, as well as flooring from Interface made from Econyl regenerated and regenerable nylon yarn.

Art on theMART: A special Art on theMART projection will be featured on the façade of The Mart after sundown on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday nights (from approximately 8:30pm to 11:00pm).

Industry Icons & Thought Leaders: Keynote presentations from influential design voices will anchor the robust conference program: Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, founders of Roman and Williams Buildings & Interiors; Ilse Crawford, Creative Director/Founder of Studioilse; and Liz Ogbu, founder and Principal of Studio O. Nearly 100 educational seminars—exploring everything from the role of play in cultivating innovation, to designing in the era of the #MeToo movement—will complement these headliners, including Industrial Designer and Design Strategist Todd Bracher; CEO/Founder of ecomedes Paul Shahriari; Founder of Studio O+A, Verda Alexander; as well as Principal EYP Architecture and Engineering, Leigh Stringer.

New and Expanded Showrooms: As NeoCon continues to grow and expand its reach, demand for space in the building remains high. Just in time for the 51st edition, seven new permanent showrooms will make their debut on the 11th floor, including Hightower, Kwalu, Beaufurn, Montisa, Cumberland Furniture, Emeco and HAT Contract. Several brands including Stylex, VS America, Arper, AIS, Okamura, Via Seating and Allermuir/Senator will be expanding and/or relocating in the building, collaborating on their new spaces with top firms.

7th Floor Exhibit Hall: NeoCon’s 7th Floor Exhibit Hall will feature nearly 300 leading companies, including 85+ new brands from around the globe. The exciting new to NeoCon exhibitors include Cascando (Netherlands), Pedrali (Italy), Actiu (Spain), SilentLab (Czech Republic), INTO the Nordic Silence (Finland), Luxxbox (Australia), SF Collection (Italy), Slalom (Italy), and Tis the Italian Space (Italy). There will be a strong focus on tech, flexible furniture, sustainable materials, as well as a proliferation of acoustic solutions for the future focused workplace.

Exclusive, Designer-Led Tours: New this year NeoCon is introducing a series of “Inside Design” tours in partnership with IIDA, the commercial interior design association. These exclusive, designer-led tours will venture off-site to some of Chicago’s most innovative and celebrated new spaces—including LinkedIn, Willis Tower, Tao Chicago, McDonald’s Headquarters and more—with the creative minds that brought them into fruition.

Installations & Special Features: This year several NeoCon exhibitors and partners will transform their brand’s visions into engaging installations, experiences, and amenities that will inspire and delight attendees throughout the show.

Highlight information courtesy of NeoCon.