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Q&A with Tuesday Keynote Ilse Crawford

Apr 18, 2019

Ilse Crawford is a designer, academic and creative director who focuses on putting human needs and desires at the center of all that she does. As founder of Studioilse, together with her multi-disciplinary, London-based team, she brings her philosophy to life on projects like Soho House New York, Winterspring in Copenhagen, Ett Hem Hotel in Stockholm, and the Lounge at Plaza 66 in Shanghai. Ilse will be speaking at NeoCon about creating designing furniture and products that support and enhance human behavior and actions in every day live and how brands and businesses can restore human balance. We had the ...

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Q&A with Monday Keynotes Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch

Mar 26, 2019

Stephen Alesch and Robin Standeffer founded Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors in 2002. They will be speaking at NeoCon 2019 on balance and experience in design. We had the opportunity to chat with Stephen and Robin about their work, design philosophy, and favorite things about Chicago. How does design impact our culture? Design informs how we live, how we see ourselves and the world we’re in. It is an immovable part of culture that literally dictates how you feel and experience space. La Mercerie Cafe inside of Roman and Williams Guild in SoHo. NY. Image Credit: Adrian Gaut How do you see ...

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Jan 10, 2019

January and the new year rolled around quickly for us on the NeoCon team... and we're delighted! When we began planning for last year's NeoCon and our 50th edition, we took a long look back at all that our community has shared, experienced and contributed during a half century-- and it's a lot! But more than looking back--we focused on looking forward. Along with our NeoCon partners and constituencies, we have several new ideas in the works that will evolve, extend and elevate the NeoCon experience into the future. A number of initiatives will be launched this year. We hope ...

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NeoConversations Episode 2: Designing a Healthy, Sustainable HQ

Jun 27, 2018

Listen on Apple Podcasts or Google PlayIn this episode of NeoConversations, we’ll find out what happens when a commercial design brand takes on the design of new headquarters. What are the challenges and opportunities involved in bringing teams from disparate offices together into a unified headquarters? And, what is involved in the design and construction of that project so that it emcompasses the brand’s DNA, supports company culture and sends a strong message to the world about the company’s mission? Plus, how do you do all that and consider LEED and WELL specifications?Sneak peek of the new Interface HQ in ...

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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!

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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.

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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 + ...

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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

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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 ...

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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!

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