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Experiences and Activations

Engaging installations and experiences will be activated throughout the floors of theMART. Check back for more inspiring activations.

Art on theMART

South Facade of theMART

Enjoy a special schedule of Art on theMART projections for NeoCon running nightly at 9pm and 9:30pm Saturday, June 11, through Wednesday, June 15. Best viewing is from the Riverwalk, across the Chicago River.

Ba Boom Boom Pa Pop Pop, Nick Cave

This new work from acclaimed American artist and NeoCon keynote Nick Cave features completely original footage together with remastered content from Cave’s original film Drive-By (2011). Bridging dance, performance, film and public art, Cave’s projection features his iconic Soundsuits in motion. Brightly colored figures dance across theMART’s iconic riverside façade, transporting the viewer to a kaleidoscopic other world on the river’s edge. Amidst the flurry of movement, a figure adorned with a stop-sign emerges, reminding viewers of the underlying sense of urgency despite the jubilant expression of freedom.

Chicago Design Through the Decades

A collaboration of the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), Columbia College Chicago and the Chicago Design Archive (CDA), this work is a swift exciting journey through the history of Chicago design over the last one hundred years with content based on resources from the collection of the CDA. Following engaging characters and textual tidbits found in design works held in the archive, the journey begins in the 1920s with the era’s painterly and illustrative techniques, evolves through the decades, and ends in the 2010s with digital rendering using AI and machine learning (ML)—technologies becoming increasingly prevalent in the contemporary landscape.

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Danish Design Makers Exhibition - IN UNION

FLOOR 10, SUITE 1091

Danish Design Makers (DDM), an alliance of designers with different backgrounds, but all with strong ties to the Danish Design culture, will be debuting the exhibition IN UNION at NeoCon in June. IN UNION will showcase DDM’s approach to Danish design solutions in a post-pandemic world, focusing on their belief in openness, collaboration and community.

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DesignScene by SANDOW

FLOOR 3, SUITE 380

SANDOW Design Group is making a scene at NeoCon!

You heard right! DesignScene by SANDOW is an exciting new gathering place—on 3!—welcoming one and all to experience a whole lot of action and inspiration during NeoCon. Interior Design will be celebrating Pride Month by coalescing our favorite brands and emerging designers to create a colorful—and meaningful—installation and silent auction for DIFFA (please bid!). The Sustainability Lab by Metropolis is back by popular demand showcasing new innovations, and conducting free educational programming. Toast with our good friends at Material Bank who will join in the festivities by hosting a Happy Hour Tuesday, June 14th @4:00pm.

Pop in for a sneak peek of Interior Design’s ShowDaily newspaper being produced LIVE (and drop off your new product materials!), get a glimpse of any number of industry roundtables with top design leaders, see the video team in action, or take a break and view Interior Design’s HiP winning products on the video screen, and join us for free coffee (thanks Miele!).

Be seen, and be part of the best scene that is all about community and celebrating what we do best…join us at DesignScene by SANDOW!

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Metropolis Sustainability Lab

FLOOR 3, SUITE 380

Come join us at Metropolis’s Sustainability Lab at NeoCon, an exhibit and destination to help you take the next step towards making a positive impact on people and planet. At the Lab, you’ll learn about the most innovative products and dive into new initiatives and resources to help advance your work—including a toolkit to help designers address climate change.

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i+s Trend Futures

FLOOR 10, SUITE 10-109

NeoCon is the preeminent event for discovering the most innovative and inspiring product launches each year, but knowing where to start the search for what’s on trend can be daunting—especially across theMART’s expansive show floors. This year, designers can stop by the i+s showroom, where they can explore the emerging design trends that will shape commercial interiors in 2022 and beyond.

The exploratory Trend Futures exhibit, curated by trend forecaster and design entrepreneur Stacy Garcia, will give specifiers a firsthand look at the colors, patterns, textures and technology that are setting the bar for design now and in the years ahead, featuring products that fall into key trends forecasted by the Stacy Garcia studio.

Attendees will also get a firsthand look into how these design trends can be expressed through digital artwork in the form of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) which will be featured throughout the showroom. For those new to NFTs, the space will help educate designers on this emerging technology and how it can bridge digital and physical environments.

And as always, i+s is committed to giving back to the design community, living our brand ethos of Design with Purpose. Once again, we will be partnering with IIDA to raise funds for the Design Your World student program. For every visitor scan from our space, i+s and its generous sponsors will donate $1 to the program.

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ASID Climate, Health and Equity Lounge

FLOOR 1 West Pass Through

At NeoCon 2022, ASID is proud to create space for industry professionals to step in and understand our pledge to help our industry and our members practice in a more environmentally and socially responsible manner. We all want to do better and at ASID we want to help you. Step inside and experience product from partners of ASID who are minimizing their impact and finding ways to slow the impact of climate change.

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Meet Framery One – the world's first connected soundproof meeting pod.

FLOOR 1, NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR

The digital workspace revolution has begun. Meet Framery One – the world's first connected soundproof meeting pod. Framery One is not only stylish and super smart, it incorporates the latest technology, leading sound insulation standards and echo-free acoustics. Get the latest insights and meet the team behind the industry pioneer.

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Haworth

FLOOR 1, South Lobby

Haworth makes interiors for wherever you work and live. Visit the lobby to see the breadth of admired brands that let you curate the lifestyle you love—anywhere you are. Enjoy the Haworth brand exhibit, designed by Studio Urquiola.

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Juna Outdoor Collection by KFI Studios

FLOOR 1, Kinzie/Wells Exterior Entrance

Enjoy the fresh air and explore KFI Studios’ new Juna outdoor collection. Grab a seat at a table, sit with a friend at the love bench, or do some work at the picnic desks. Come see even more Juna at our 3rd floor showroom, #329.

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NOOKs Back on Parade

FLOOR 6, 6000 Aisle

Welcome back to one of the most popular features of Neocon in recent years – make your meeting point the Nooks all along the 6000 aisle on the 7th floor.

A place for Neocon attendees to experience the NOOK bubble and grab a NOOK during the show to reconnect, trecharge, make a call, meet or just take a breath without missing any of the excitement of Neocon.

Our presence will expand to over 20 this year and will include the new NOOK Huddle and NOOK Air.

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Meet Lichen Community by Mohawk Group

FLOOR 1, Kinzie/Wells Interior Entrance

As you enter the frenzy of NeoCon 22. Mohawk Group invites you to meet Lichen Community, a modular carpet collection designed in collaboration with McLennan Design that connects us to a more restorative, climate positive future. Just as lichen grows in communities with multiple varieties in the same biome, we humans thrive when joining together in work or play. Mohawk Group invites you to come together, enjoy a calming moment to connect with these natural patterns, then visit space #377 to explore other ways to create a relaxing escape in the built environment.

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SnapCab Workspace

FLOOR 1, CENTER PASS-THROUGH

SnapCab’s flexible Workspace products are made to be customized. This year, experience the winning pod from their first annual “Space To Be You” pod design contest on the 1st floor Center Passthrough. The rest of SnapCab's pod collections and design inspiration can be found on the 7th floor, #7-1054.

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Zenbooth Connections Cafe

FLOOR 7, Southeast Corner

Have a moment for yourself or connect with others in the Zenbooth Connection Cafe. You’ll find encouragements to focus inward and reconnect with yourself as well as engaging question cards to help you connect and network in meaningful ways. Take some time to pause, reflect, and add some joy and kindness to your day.

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River Park

South Drive, theMART

Enjoy the outdoors along the Chicago River and meet colleagues for lunch or drinks from Marshall’s Landing at theMART River Park. Along this urban boardwalk you can relax, gather, connect, and restore in a variety of Social Spaces, presented by Haworth.

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