What you need to know before NeoCon 2019

Check out what’s in store for NeoCon 2019.

Chicago— NeoCon, to be held June 10-12 at The Mart, is quickly approaching. The 51st edition is set to unveil the latest products from leading and emerging companies, as well as explore a wide range of topics such as human-centric design, the rise of outdoor workplaces and the intersection of hospitality and the office.

Below is a list of highlights that you’ll want to put on your NeoCon calendar. 

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:

NeoCon 2019 will be home to 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. The NeoCon Plaza will be open Sunday through Wednesday.
Detailed information on the new space can be found here

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, to name a few.
More information can be found here and here.

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.
    More information can be found here.

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.
More information can be found here.

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