NeoCon 2009 is proud to present Paola Antonelli as a keynote speaker on June 16. The Italian native will speak on the Future of Design.Since she stepped back from practicing architecture in order to focus on writing about design, teaching and curating exhibitions, Paola Antonelli has become a force to be reckoned with in the design world. Working at The Museum of Modern Art in New York since 1994, Antonelli is now a senior curator in the Architecture and Design department and has worked on shows such as “Humble Masterpieces,” which celebrated traditionally unheralded design icons such as the paperclip; “Safe,” considering issues of protection; “Workspheres,” a look at contemporary workplace design; and “Design and the Elastic Mind,” a survey of the fertile relationship between design and science. Join Antonelli as she focuses on how designers stand between revolutions and everyday life, on how they have the ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science and society, and to convert them into objects and ideas that people can understand and use. Antonelli will present examples from all over the world that show how the secon oldest profession in the world will evolve in the future.