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Experiences and Activations

From immersive art installations to a sensorial exhibition dedicated to the work of emerging designers, to show-wide spotlights on impactful sustainable solutions, the 2024 lineup of experiences and activations promises to engage and inspire. See the full list of activations below. 

2024 Experiences & Activations

Armstrong Flooring A+ Café·teria

CENTER PASS-THROUGH, FL 7

For generations, the Armstrong Flooring™ brand has represented the highest quality, most durable foundation beneath the feet of America’s educators and students. Revisit your school memories in our classroom-inspired café·teria. Be sure to visit the AHF/Armstrong Flooring™ Booth #7-2086 to see these and other beautiful floors (Sponsored by AHF Products.)

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ART on THE MART Projection by Yinka Ilori

SOUTH FACADE, THE MART

Launching during NeoCon, ART on THE MART will present a new immersive commission by the British-Nigerian multi-disciplinary artist and designer Yinka Ilori, in partnership with Momentum Textiles + Wallcovering, exploring memories and mindfulness. Ilori will also debut a new line of textiles with Momentum as well as serve as the Tuesday Keynote. The projection runs at 9pm and 9:30pm nightly, starting June 6.

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    Climate Positive Solutions Gallery

    SUITE 7-1074, FL 7

    The Climate Positive Solutions Gallery showcases low-carbon and carbon-negative materials and related technologies that meet the demands of commercial specification without sacrificing design, durability or budgets. Journalist and CEU content creator Kenn Busch has invited leading suppliers to NeoCon to share their latest innovations and expertise with specifiers working to truly move the needle on climate change and sustainability. Guided tours of the gallery will be available on request. Come anytime! Curated by Material Intelligence and Climate Positive NOW. Learn more

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    Climate Connect Corner presented by i+s

    7-1049, FL 7

    Join interiors+sources and its partner media brands Architectural Products, BUILDINGS, American School & University and Architecture+DesignMaster.com at NeoCon 2024 to discover the trends, products and projects and continuing education solutions that are shaping commercial interiors and the built environment. Stop by our booth (#7-1049) to enter for your chance to win a brand new e-bike, courtesy of i+s and our generous sponsors Bradley Corp and InPro.

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    DesignScene by SANDOW

    SUITE 1120, FL 11

    DesignScene by SANDOW is back for another NeoCon! Interior Design will be celebrating by bringing our favorite brands and emerging designers together to create immersive, educational, and meaningful experiences. Pop into the space for a sneak peek of Interior Design’s Show Daily being produced LIVE and get a glimpse of any number of industry roundtables with top industry leaders and specifying designers attending their first NeoCon discussing the future of design.

    Take part of the best scene that is all about community and celebrating what we do best!

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    Emerging Design: Sensory Experience Lounge

    7-10078, FL 7

    NeoCon, in partnership with Pratt Institute, will be presenting a new installation spotlighting emerging designers and curated by Jon Otis, Pratt Institute professor and Principal & Creative Director of Object Agency (OIA). The installation will showcase the perspectives of student designers, ensuring the future of design is both celebrated and nurtured, and tours will be given throughout the show.

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    Haworth Hospitality

    SOUTH LOBBY, FL 1

    Haworth is sponsoring the lobby at THE MART again this year, with more products on display than ever before. It is designed as a third place, complete with ancillary furnishings that demonstrate the broad range of our portfolio and brands. Inspiration came from the lobby of the new Six Senses hotel in Rome, designed by Patricia Urquiola. The inviting space is filled with plants for a biophilic effect that draws people in.

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    INDEAL Connection Hub

    SUITE 1086, FL 10

    Elevate your NeoCon experience at the INDEAL Connection Hub. With a coffee bar to jump-start your mornings, ideation sessions to inform your mind and a gathering place to meet and relax, there’s something for everyone in our new 10,000 SF showroom in THE MART!

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    KFI Studios Lounge

    EAST PASS-THROUGH, FL 1

    Immerse yourself in the inviting ambiance of the KFI Studios lounge, a perfect place for conversations with colleagues or a quiet moment of downtime. Experience our new Dotti lounge and Conversa modular collections, along with the Juna outdoor collection. For even more KFI Studios, visit our 3rd floor showroom.

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    Material Bank

    FL 1

    Experience NeoCon like never before with Material Bank. By streamlining the materials sourcing process through data-driven design solutions and elevated efficiency, Material Bank empowers designers to reclaim their most precious resource – time. With less time spent searching for samples and more time dedicated to design, Material Bank members can focus on letting their creative energies flow freely. Join Material Bank in Suite 113 next to Starbucks to leave you enriched with newfound inspiration.

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    METROPOLIS Sustainability Lab

    SUITE 1120, FL 11

    Embark on a transformative journey at METROPOLIS's Sustainability Lab during NeoCon – an immersive exhibit and hub dedicated to empowering you to make a positive impact on both people and the planet. Dive into the latest innovations, explore cutting-edge initiatives, and access valuable resources to advance your work in sustainable design. Immerse yourself in captivating installations and enlightening workshops that will keep you on the leading edge of sustainable design practices. Your journey towards a more sustainable future begins here – seize the opportunity to make a difference with us!

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    Mindful MATERIALS Impact Area

    WEST PASS-THROUGH, FL 1

    As a designer, you wield immense influence over environments, behaviors, and the world we inhabit. Every material you select has a ripple effect - ensure it’s positive. Visit mindful MATERIALS’ activation, made possible by Material Bank, on THE MART’s first floor to discover sustainable products and a common framework to evaluate them.

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    My Resource Library

    SUITE 1191, FL 11

    Elevate your NeoCon experience and visit My Resource Library’s showroom. From top-tier manufacturers fused with innovative designs, we’ve curated an inspiring space just for you. Take a break from the hustle and bustle, recharge your creativity and explore the latest MRL has to offer. From manufacturers to design students, MRL is the ultimate destination for fresh ideas and industry connections.

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    NeoCon Podcast Studio Powered by SURROUND

    NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

    NeoCon will once again host a live podcast studio, in partnership with SURROUND, a podcast network from SANDOW Design Group, featuring the best architecture and design-driven shows. A lineup of shows will be recorded on the first floor of THE MART for all attendees to see and hear throughout the three days of NeoCon. Visit the Podcast Studio and meet podcast hosts and participate in exciting giveaways and hospitality throughout the show.

    This Podcast Studio is sponsored by SnapCab.

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    SnapCab

    NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR, FL 1

    SnapCab’s pod systems empower designers by giving them back control with unlocked designs. Every workspace is unique, and ensuring every inch is optimized is key to effective space use. Our made-to-order pod systems are a collaborative effort, ensuring seamless integration into a space and alignment with the designer’s vision and the needs of its users. Come see for yourself at our 7th-floor booth (7-5086) and at our unveiling of the winning design from our “Space To Be You” pod design contest on the 1st floor. There, you can also witness industry leaders discussing cutting-edge ideas in Sandow’s Surround Podcast network recording pod.

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    River Park

    SOUTH DRIVE, THE MART

    Enjoy the outdoors along the Chicago River and connect with colleagues over lunch or drinks from Marshall’s Landing at THE MART's River Park, presented by Haworth.

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    Textile & Coverings Gallery

    SUITE 1054A, FL 10

    Get inspired at the Textile & Coverings Gallery! Discover something new in an imaginative showcase featuring a selection of textiles & wallcoverings from showrooms at THE MART. With hundreds of brands and thousands of styles throughout the building, an exhibit of what’s new and vibrant together in one place ensures you won’t miss a thing. Display tags easily direct to the showroom source. Located in Suite 1054A.

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    Tuuci Moments of Wonder

    KINZIE/WELLS ENTRANCE, FL 1

    Experience the dramatic 20’ Ocean Master MEGA MAX Voilare parasol, featuring an intricate design of strength and grace that is as majestic beneath the canopy as it is from afar. Continue the journey of wonder into Tuuci’s showroom, #1419, to explore new, innovative designs in parasols, cabanas, furniture and space-making accessories.

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