Skip to main content

From the Community Blog

NeoCon Day 3 Recap

Jun 22, 2018

Carol Ross Barney gave a fascinating keynote presentation on designing spaces that increase the quality of life for city dwellers. IIDA and ASID hosted student programs for students and recent graduates to give students and recent graduates the tools to prepare for a successful design career. The sun finally came out and attendees and exhibitors alike enjoyed a beautiful Chicago summer day on The Mart South Drive and Riverwalk. Thank you to all that participated in NeoCon 50, and for helping to celebrate 50 years of tomorrow's design! See you next year!

Read More

NeoCon Day 2 Recap

Jun 13, 2018

Nicholas Thompson, Editor in Chief of Wired Magazine kicked off day two of NeoCon with a presentation on the Wired Future. We celebrated the 50th edition of NeoCon at The Future is PARTY presented by Mohawk Group, sponsored by Vitra, Buzzispace, and Mayer Fabrics.

Read More

Best of NeoCon 2018 Winners

Jun 12, 2018

Eighty-one awards were distributed in the Best of NeoCon 2018 competition of contract furnishing products during NeoCon at theMART. Eight Innovation Awards, five Editors’ Choice Awards, and a Best of Competition Award were included among the honors. A total of 374 products were entered in 41 product and furnishing categories in the competition, presented by Contract magazine, and sponsored by NeoCon and The McMorrow Reports Facility Management & Design Insights. The Lounge Furniture Collections category took the top prize as the Best of Competition with Untucked, manufactured by Keilhauer, located in Showroom 373. Editors’ Choice Awards were bestowed to: Designtex, Designtex + ...

Read More

NeoCon Day 1 Recap

Jun 11, 2018

What a day! Art Gensler and Cheryl Durst kicked off the amazing programming at NeoCon 50, followed by a panel of inspiring women in the commercial design industry hosted by Cindy Allen. New showroom designs were unveiled and many amazing products were launched. We can't wait to see more tomorrow! Be sure to tag us in your photos on Facebook (@neoconshows), Instagram (@neocon_shows) and Twitter (@neocon_shows) and use the hashtag #NeoCon50

Read More

Listen to our New Podcast! NeoConversations Episode 1: NeoCon Turns 50

Jun 06, 2018

We are thrilled to introduce NeoConversations--our new podcast series focusing on all things commercial design. The goal here is to have meaningful conversations about the exciting changes and issues that affect not just our role in the marketplace, but our larger role in the world around us. Throughout the year, host Amy Devers will talk to interesting thinkers, players, movers & shakers in the industry. From wellness in the workplace and collaboration to innovative space design and specific products that help improve well-being and productivity, there’s no shortage of fascinating things to talk about. This first episode is all about NeoCon--it’s our ...

Read More

Happy 50th!

Jun 04, 2018

We're just 1 week away from NeoCon 50! We owe our success to the amazing community that has supported us since 1969. We can't wait to celebrate with you all next week!

Read More

Get Ready for NeoCon50!

May 30, 2018

We’re just two weeks away from #NeoCon50! If you’ve been to NeoCon before you know it’s HUGE! There are seemingly endless exhibitors, products, installations and people to see, so plan your trip in advance using the NeoCon app, and you will be prepared to take on the show! Download the NeoCon App

Read More

Extraordinary Women in Design: Meet the Panelists

May 29, 2018

Interior Design Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen will lead a panel discussion with three women who lead some of the most prodigious firms in our industry. Read on to learn more about the panelists before they take the stage at NeoCon, Monday, June 11, at 2pm. For those not registered for the presentation, it will be live streamed on The Mart's Grand Stair and open to all. Robin Klehr Avia, Managing Principal, Gensler Her own thinking centers on problem-solving, bringing people together for a consensus of opinions, and embracing diversity. The consummate pragmatist. Simultaneously, she acknowledges the importance of instinct—and acts on it. Read More Gisue ...

Read More

A Woven NeoCon Legacy

May 21, 2018

Edward Fields NeoCon Rugs In the early 70s through the early 90s, NeoCon partnered with legendary rug designer Edward Fields to create area rugs based on that year’s NeoCon poster. To create the rugs, an artist hand painted the design, and color matched the fibers to the artwork. The meticulously woven rugs were displayed each year in The Mart’s South Lobby. This year, we are excited to display fourteen of these rugs, ranging from 1974 through 1992, at NeoCon. Visit the installation along the 7000 aisle of the 7th floor exhibit hall. Edward Fields Rug Artwork for NeoCon 1982 Edward Fields Rug ...

Read More

And the winners will be...

May 17, 2018

Now in its 29th year, the iconic Best of NeoCon Awards continue to honor the best new commercial interiors products launched at NeoCon. This June, hundreds of NeoCon exhibitors will unveil thousands of innovative new products. A team of more than 40 industry professionals review the entries in person, and first thing Monday morning at NeoCon, the Best of NeoCon winners are presented. Best of luck to all the Best of NeoCon entrants, we can’t wait to see your new products at NeoCon 2018.

Read More


Do you have any industry insights or an original thought piece you would like to share with the greater NeoCon audience? Email us to submit it for potential inclusion.

Email us