NeoCon 2024

The 55th edition of NeoCon featured more than 50,000 attendees and almost 400 companies showcasing solutions across sectors including workplace, education, healthcare and hospitality.

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NeoCon 2024, which took place from June 10 to 12, 2024, at THE MART in Chicago, featured sold-out keynotes and presentations, activations, product launches, networking events, and more.

This year’s event featured an attendance of over 50,000 guests, as architects, designers, specifiers, facility managers, manufacturers, and end-users from across the globe gathered for the 55th edition. This year was also marked by a strong international presence.

This year, almost 400 leading companies showcased solutions across various sectors including workplace and education, and healthcare and hospitality. NeoCon 2024 introductions illustrated the importance of designing for a neurodiverse population, and highlighted the urgent need for circular design and sustainable solutions. There was also a greater emphasis on neuroaesthetics, as brands are taking into account design’s impact on the brain in their product development processes.

There was also a notable focus on outdoor solutions, highlighting the market demand for spaces that incorporate the outdoors and promote mental and physical well-being.

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A dozen new showrooms debuted at NeoCon 2024 including ergoCentric, Fōmcore, Nurus, Akouo Acoustics and Nevins.  Attendees also had the opportunity to explore several newly expanded showrooms, including Kettal, Arcadia, Innovant, and Ghent, a GMi Company.

With over 200 exhibitors on the 7th floor alone, attendees had lots to explore. This year, there was a strong focus on tech, flexible furniture, sustainable materials, and acoustic solutions for the future focused workplace.

The Climate Positive Solutions Gallery showcased low-carbon and carbon-negative materials and related technologies that meet the demands of commercial specification. Additionally, interiors + sources’ Climate Connect Corner featured environmentally-responsible products, projects, and continuing education solutions.

On the programming side, Gensler’s Global Entertainment Leader, Bob Weis headlined a keynote presentation that explored how designers can transform commercial environments into memorable experiences that spark emotion.

The event also featured a “fireside chat” with British-Nigerian multi-disciplinary artist and designer, Yinka Ilori, in conversation with ASID CEO Khoi Vo and IIDA EVP/CEO Cheryl Durst about how design can celebrate cultural identities and elevate the individual while unifying the masses.

Special featured presentations covered specific topics in more detail from diversity in practice to how generative artificial intelligence (AI) is changing design.

The 34th edition of Best of NeoCon was another highlight of this year’s show. A total of 126 awards were given to exhibitors at a festive breakfast gathering on the first day of NeoCon. Selected by a group of 53 architects, designers, specifiers, enterprise clients, facility managers, and top business media, the winners spanned 50 categories and designations for Gold, Silver, Sustainability, Innovation, Business Impact, and Best of Competition.

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Attendees also had the opportunity to explore interactive and informative installations, including the “Emerging Design: Sensory Experience Lounge.” The multi-sensory installation, created in partnership with Pratt Institute’s Creative Xchange, featured immersive spaces developed by Pratt Institute students and faculty, directed by Professor and Object Agency (O|A) founder Jon Otis.

METROPOLIS’ Sustainability Lab on the 11th floor provided another opportunity to view sustainable products and engage in meaningful conversation around ethical and sustainable sourcing and production, as well as Mindful MATERIALS’ Impact Area on the 1st floor.

NeoCon 2025 will be held from June 9 to 11, 2025, at THE MART in Chicago.

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