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Q&A with Art Gensler

Mar 23, 2018

Art Gensler founded his award winning firm in 1965 and is widely credited with elevating the practice of interior design to professional standing. Art will sit down with Cheryl Durst, IIDA executive vice president and CEO, at NeoCon to share some of the unanticipated opportunities that have helped shape his career. We had the opportunity to chat with him about his career, his thoughts on the industry, and some of his favorites things about Chicago. Do you remember your first NeoCon experience? I remember the vastness of the show. All the terrific showrooms and displays of new products. What inspires you ...

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Dorothy Cosonas Reflects on Memories at NeoCon

Mar 16, 2018

This interview was conducted by Metropolis as part of its NeoCon 50 retrospective series as told to Avinash Rajagopal. Dorothy Cosonas has been a longtime participant at NeoCon, and for the last twelve years in her current role as creative director of KnollTextiles. On the occasion of NeoCon’s 50th edition, Cosonas spoke to Metropolis about her memories of the fair, how NeoCon has become a platform for storytelling around textile design, and how she uses the occasion to engage with the next generation of designers. When our March 2006 collection was previewed at the Knoll showroom, I remember the incredible amount of ...

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Don Chadwick on 50 Years of NeoCon

Mar 15, 2018

This interview was conducted by Metropolis as part of the NeoCon 50 retrospective series as told to Avinash Rajagopal. At age 82, the veteran furniture designer still attends NeoCon—he was at The Mart last year to mark the launch of the new and improved Herman Miller Aeron chair, which he first designed in 1994. On the occasion of NeoCon’s 50th Edition, Chadwick spoke to Metropolis about his favorite product to be released at NeoCon, how product releases have changed over the years, and what he thinks should be the goals for product designers today. My first NeoCon was in 1974—that's when Herman ...

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How Many Years Have You Attended NeoCon?

Mar 14, 2018

This year NeoCon celebrates its 50th edition as the annual gathering place for the commercial design world. We are proud to host an event that has connected our industry for half a century, and certainly know the continued growth and success isn’t possible without the participants that return year after year. We’d like to highlight the years spent together as a community, so when you register, be sure to include your first year at NeoCon. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran, or attending for the first time, we appreciate your contribution to NeoCon and the industry, and hope to see you ...

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Q&A with Nick Thompson

Mar 12, 2018

As the editor-in-chief of Wired, Nick Thompson is working at the forefront of digital innovation—championing tech’s role in making the world a better place. We’re thrilled to have him as a keynote at NeoCon 50 where he will discuss The Wired Future, highlighting the ways tech can enhance our lives. We caught up with Nick to see what he thinks about the future of design, what has influenced his career, and what he likes to do in Chicago. What will have the biggest impact on the built environment in the near future? In the distant future? In both the ...

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The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design

Feb 23, 2018

The NeoCon team had the pleasure of touring the new exhibition, The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design, at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago’s Gold Coast neighborhood. Driehaus Museum Exterior, Photograph by Alexander Vertikoff As we stepped into the breathtakingly preserved 19th Century home of the Nickerson and Fisher families, revived by philanthropist Richard Driehaus in the 2000s, we felt as though we had transported back to Chicago’s Gilded Age. The lavish interiors feature original furnishings and an outstanding collection of decorative arts including Tiffany glass. The Main Hall, Photo by Steve Hall of Hedrich Blessing We ascended the grand marble staircase ...

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Q&A with Maiarelli Studio

Jan 12, 2018

We sat down with creative agency, Maiarelli Studio, to reflect on the development process for this year's NeoCon creative. Based in Dumbo, Brooklyn, Maiarelli Studio specializes in branding and communications for the design industry. The team's experience ranges from editorial and non-profit to fashion and beauty. Tell us a bit about Maiarelli Studio and the team that worked on the new NeoCon creative. We are truly passionate about all aspects of design and architecture, photography, textile and color, new technology and the function of design in the workspace. In our work we apply some of the same principles that are at the ...

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Jan 08, 2018

As we enter our 50th year, we are thrilled to introduce our new NeoCon Blog series. We will explore the stunning creativity of our commercial design community and share all that's in store for our June celebration. Here is where you will find exclusive one-on-one conversations with NeoCon notables including keynote presenters, top designers and exhibiting manufacturers. We'll also share some interesting and entertaining history with you about the people, products and parties that made up the first 49 years of NeoCon. And this is where you will get a "behind the scenes" look at the planning and preparation for ...

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