NEOCON 2015

By alessandra

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Summer is coming and the countdown to Neocon 2015 is on! This year will mark the 47th edition as America’s largest exposition for commercial interiors. The three-day fair will take place at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago from June 15 to 17 and will feature an incredible lineup including six new must-see showrooms and more than 100 new exhibitors on floors 7 & 8. The exhibition will be complemented by educational programming, over 100 accredited seminars, and three incredible keynote presentations.

 

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To help navigate the Mart, be sure to download the 2015 NeoCon at the App Store and Google Play. It is available on all platforms and usable in airplane mode. The app let’s you – search & locate exhibitors, utilize interactive floor plans, find best routes, create schedules, upload photos, access social media, search speakers and programming, receive show and schedule updates and more.

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With only two weeks to go before show time, we highly encourage you to start planning! On the hunt for NEW, than we suggest checking out these six must-see new showrooms:

WATSON (suite 10-155):

In time for NeoCon, Watson will open the door to its new Design Studio, which will showcase new collections alongside iconic designs from its portfolio. Designed by Gary Lee Partners, the Design Studio will serve as much more than a showroom. It will provide a space for engagement and learning with the local design community. In terms of products, Watson will be launching Bahn – a furniture system designed for dynamic office environments that promotes heads down focus and team interaction.

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STIR (suite 10-67A):

Stir sees its new permanent presence at the Merchandise Mart as an important and strategic investment that reinforces the company’s commitment to creating products for the contract furniture industry. Stir’s space will feature the company’s newest desk, the Stir Kinetic Desk M1.

 

3FORM (suite 10-142):

3form, a leading manufacturer of award-winning, sustainable building materials that meet architectural challenges, will open its new showroom with a brilliant display of new products including Woods, Metallics, Wall Systems and Full Circle. At NeoCon, 3form will reveal a never-before-seen array of interlayers designed to capture the spirit of metallic looks in Silver, Gold, Rose Gold and Copper.

 

SENATOR INTERNATIONAL (10-146):

Senator, globally renowned for its innovative, ergonomically designed workplace solutions, will introduce an array of exclusive pieces created by world-leading designers in its new permanent showroom. New products from its Settings concept, including: Chemistry, Ad-Lib Work Lounge, Ad-Lib Scholar and Freeflex will be on display.

 

CONCERTEX (10-103):

Concertex’s first permanent showroom at the Merchandise Mart will showcase the brands extensive product line ranging from textiles, wallcoverings, faux leathers and leather tiles. Designed with IA Interior Architects, the showroom highlights its focus on material innovation and design-centric style. Concertex, known for its innovative and nature friendly wallcoverings, textiles, faux leathers and faux leather tiles, will be launching several new collections at NeoCon.

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BOSS DESIGN (310):

Boss Design, the UK’s market leading manufacturer of high quality office seating, upholstery and tables, will be bringing its latest offerings to the third floor of the Merchandise Mart. After moving production to a newly acquired factory in High Point, NC, the brand is continuing to demonstrate its commitment to the North American market with its new Chicago showroom.

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NeoCon’s conference program is like no other as organizers strive to deliver top-notch speakers and forward-thinking topics. Here’s a preview of the 2015 keynote presenters:

 

PATRICIA URQUIOLA

Sponsored by Haworth, Inc.

Presented by IIDA

Monday, June 15, 8:00AM

Patricia Urquiola, designer and architect, was born in Oviedo, Spain. She now lives and works in Milan where she runs Studio Urquiola. Her work is widely known to be playful and poetic, yet pragmatic and functional and the effect is a powerful reminder of the past and exploration into the now.

 

JASON SILVA

Sponsored by OFS Brands

Presented by ASID

Tuesday, June 16, 8:00AM

Jason Silva is the Emmy-nominated host of National Geographic Channel’s #1 rated and Emmy-nominated series, Brain Games, seen in over 100 countries. He is the creator of “Shots of Awe,” a short film series of “trailers for the mind” and from 2005 to 2011 was a presenter on Current TV, the Emmy-winning, independent cable network started by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, where he hosted, wrote and produced more than 100 hours of original content.

 

MARTIN LESJAK AND ANASTASIJA SUGIC

Sponsored by Mohawk Group

Presented by AIA Chicago

Wednesday, June 17, 11:00AM

Born in Banja Luka, Bosnia in 1984, Anastasija Sugic, arrived in Graz initially with plans to study medicine. While Sugic finished requirements for her degree in 2012, she had already made a name for herself as an independent fashion designer. Her brand ANASTASIA creates designs and products that are not only aesthetically pleasing but that are also compatible with the human body’s form.

 

SHOW HOURS

Monday, June 15 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 16 | 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 | 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM

 

SEMINAR HOURS

Monday, June 15 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Tuesday, June 16 | 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM

Wednesday, June 17 | 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

 

KEYNOTE TIMES

Monday, June 15 | 8 AM

Tuesday, June 16 | 8 AM

Wednesday, June 17 | 11 AM

 

Be sure to register by June 12!

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