NeoCon 2014

By kristin-g



Get ready for NeoCon 2014 as it returns to the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 9th – 11th! Celebrating its 46th anniversary as America’s largest design expo and conference with an expected attendance count of over 40,000 industry professionals, the show will not disappoint! This three-day event features over 700 of the top exhibitors in a variety of markets across the board including the workplace, healthcare, hospitality, retail, environmental, government, and educational. For a new twist, 2014 will bring in some new initiatives including educational programming featuring about 100 seminars, keynote presentations coming directly from industry experts, as well as specific events celebrating all Chicago has to offer through architecture and design.

Some highlights and things to look out for this year include the new and redesigned showrooms displaying product launches from the 700 exhibitors at the show, the inspiring seminar series featuring the numerous guest speakers, and a new way to navigate through the show, both quickly and easily, through the new NeoCon App.



At NeoCon 2014 be on the look out for…

Keynote speakers and presentations

Tom Eich- 22

Above: Tom Eich, CTO and partner of IDEO, will be giving one of the keynote presentations from the seminar series.

Scott Barry Kaufman

Above: Scott Barry Kaufman will be another highly anticipated speaker at the event.

Other speakers include Adrian D. Smith, of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Todd Bracher, of Todd Bracher Studio LLC and Scott Barry Kaufman.

Creative booths, events and product launches

3M charging station (1)

Above: 3M Architectural Markets will have a charging lounge featuring festive events throughout the show in space 8-5122. The lounge will include 3M lighting and surfaces, Stylex’s Share modular seating unit, and upholstery by Designtex.


Above: Stylex will be debuting a range of seatings solutions, including the Nestle chair by Brad Ascalon, and introducing its new program of tables. Join them in their showroom (Suite 346) Monday, 3:30-6:00, for a party featuring sushi and cocktails from Chicago hotspot Sunda and music from the Mike Jeffers Jazz Trio.


Above: ​Robert Allen Contract will be showcasing their latest collaboration with Kirk Nix, One Ten West, in booth 7-2114. This dynamic textile line fuses California cool with high design and intense durability, a perfect design solution for a range of contract settings!


Above: The Sulawesi pattern from Arborite’s 2014 Collection, a high-pressure laminate that combines teak wood grain with a subtle textile look.

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