Features

NeoCon 50 will be a particularly vibrant hub featuring the most coveted awards in the industry, a week of exceptional events and celebrations, innovative installations, and top design resources. 


Events

The Future Is PARTY

  • Date Tuesday, June 12
  • Time 5 - 8 PM
  • Location The Mart South Drive
  • Tickets $50; Purchase through Registration

Join the NeoCon community to celebrate “50 Years of Tomorrow’s Design” and to usher in the future at The Future Is PARTY, presented by Mohawk Group! Enjoy fresh summer food and drink, live musical performances and other delights in a designed environment spanning The Mart’s entire South Drive. This will be a party worthy of a half century—you won’t want to miss it! Tickets are $50 with proceeds benefiting DIFFA/Chicago

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DIFFA Chicago: Gala 2018

  • Date Saturday, June 9
  • Time 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM
  • Location Modern Wing of the Art Institute
  • Tickets 312.644.6412 or diffachicago.org

The DIFFA/Chicago 2018 Gala will feature an evening dedicated to the cause of eradicating HIV/AIDS in our lifetime. 

Attendance is limited, so please purchase your tickets early! 

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IIDA COOL Awards Gala

  • Date Sunday, June 10
  • Time 7 - 11 PM
  • Location The Ritz - Carlton, Chicago 160 East Pearson Street
  • Tickets Prices Vary

Honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession—the 45th annual Interior Design Competition and the 26th annual Will Ching Design Competition—at the COOL Gala. Join IIDA, prominent international interior designers, and global design manufacturers for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing at The Ritz-Carlton to celebrate the award-winning design firms and their outstanding projects.

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2018 Best of NeoCon Award Winners' Breakfast

  • Date Monday, June 11
  • Time 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Doors open at 7:15 a.m.
  • Location The Renaissance Hotel Ballroom, One West Wacker Drive, Chicago
  • Tickets $95

The Best of NeoCon 2018 award winners will be announced among industry peers on the opening morning of NeoCon.  Now in its 29th year, the iconic competition honors the best new commercial interiors products in the industry, which are exhibited at NeoCon. Honors include Gold and Silver Awards, as well as Innovation Awards, Editors' Choice Awards, and one Best of Competition Award. 

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ID LIVE

  • Date Monday, June 11 and Tuesday June 12
  • Time Noon - 1PM
  • Location The Grand Staircase at The Mart

For the third year, Interior Design will host ID Live, sponsored by Carnegie. Editor-in-Chief, Cindy Allen, will host designer guests at the Rockwell-designed ID Live studio located on the Grand Staircase. The interviews will stream on Interior Design’s Facebook page and will be projected on the Grand Staircase. Come by and watch or tune in on Facebook.com/InteriorDesignMagazine.

IIDA NeoCon Party

  • Date Monday, June 11
  • Time 3 - 6 PM
  • Location IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 222, Chicago RSVP required

Join the IIDA International Board of Directors, Headquarters staff, and industry colleagues for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the second annual IIDA NeoCon Party.  

Showroom Parties

  • Date Monday, June 11
  • Time 5 – 7 PM
  • Location Floors 3, 10 and 11

The momentum at NeoCon will be in full swing on Monday night with showroom celebrations on floors 3, 10 and 11.  Browse new products and connect with all of your colleagues and friends from the industry in select showrooms.

Exhibit Hall Party

  • Date Tuesday, June 12
  • Time 3 – 5 PM
  • Location Floor 7

Enjoy afternoon cocktails, conversations and connections when the NeoCon energy and festivities move onto the 7th floor Exhibit Hall. Gather with A&D professionals while exploring hundreds of exhibitors from around the world.

DESIGN CENTER @ NEOCON: Toast to Fine Design

  • Date Tuesday, June 12
  • Time 3 – 5 PM
  • Location Floors 6 and 14

Be inspired as you step off the elevators on 6 and 14 to an oasis of fine design. Enjoy a glass of bubbly and live music throughout the hallways then relax with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails in showrooms. Many special events are planned, including a book signing by Lori Weitzner, product introductions and open houses.

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BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting

  • Date Wednesday, June 13
  • Time 7:00 - 7:40 AM breakfast | 7:40 – 8:55 AM meeting
  • Location Holiday Inn Mart Plaza - Wolf Point Ball Room

Members of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and invited guests are encouraged to attend the Association’s Annual Membership Meeting to hear the state-of-the-industry and state-of-the-association reports. 

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Exhibitor Hospitality and Events

  • Location NeoCon Exhibitors: Floors 1, 3, 7, 10 & 11

Stop by the showrooms or booths of NeoCon Exhibitors as they host a special event, important guest(s), hospitality, giveaways etc. 

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LuxeHome Boutique Special Events

  • Date June 11-13
  • Location Floor 1

Many of the boutiques at LuxeHome, the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation located on the first floor of The Mart, will host special events during NeoCon. These include cocktail receptions, book signings, chef tastings, product introductions, open houses and much more. 

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Awards

Contract Magazine's Best of NeoCon Awards

Now in its 29th year, the iconic Best of NeoCon Awards continue to honor the best new commercial interiors products in the industry. These products are introduced to the market in 42 categories ranging from Architectural Products to Workplace Technologies.  Winners will be announced Monday, June 11 at the Contract Magazine Best of NeoCon Awards Breakfast.  Award recipient’s booths and showrooms will be recognized with Best of NeoCon Award signs during the Show. 

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IIDA/Contract Magazine Showroom & Booth Design Competition

An innovative award recognizing corporate branding initiatives for showroom and booth design, this annual competition recognizes outstanding creativity at NeoCon each year. Criteria includes the originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials, and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics. Winners will be announced Sunday, June 10 and featured on the IIDA and Contract magazine websites. 

View the 2017 Winners

Interior Design's 5th Annual HiP Awards

Interior Design's HiP at NeoCon Awards is a recognition program Honoring Industry People and Innovative Products. This unique initiative honors commercial industry pioneers and achievement in product applications.  Entries are submitted by and voted on by the A&D community.  Winners and Honorees will be announced live at an exclusive event held at The Mart on Sunday, June 10, 2018.

Submissions are now open

#METROPOLISLIKES

The viral awards program #MetropolisLikes returns, with Metropolis editors awarding the top designs of NeoCon 2018. Winners will be published in Specify, announced live on metropolismag.com, Twitter, and Instagram (@MetropolisMag) to over 200,000 Metropolis followers, and receive a custom award delivered in person at NeoCon.

Follow #MetropolisLikes to see the 2018 winners.

BUILDINGS Magazine’s Product Innovations Awards

Exclusively for NeoCon exhibitors, Product Innovations highlights the latest interior products that enhance the efficiency and sustainability of commercial buildings. This award program covers flooring, seating, lighting, walls and partitions, acoustics, furniture, and restrooms.

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Installations

Prepared to be inspired and delighted by these dynamic installations, experiences and lounges. There will be surprises around every corner at this year’s show.

ASID Experience

FLOOR 1, WEST PASS-THROUGH

ASID is planning an extraordinary interactive experience for NeoCon attendees.  Check back soon for details.

Oasis of Happiness

FLOOR 1, NORTH CENTRAL CORRIDOR

Framery joins NeoCon’s 50th edition celebration by launching its latest innovation in soundproof workspaces.   The Oasis of Happiness will be a must-see stop in your NeoCon visit. Come meet the team behind the world-leading soundproof meeting pods, experience our new products and learn about the Framery way of increasing happiness at work.

Happiness Creates Success.  Framery Creates Happiness.

For more from Framery, visit our main stand on the 7th floor, booth # 7-7062.

Zitto by Muraflex

FLOOR 1, NORTH LOBBY

Have a moment of Zitto: Experience Muraflex’s newest design-savvy freestanding pod that provides an acoustically sound, structurally superior, and visually sharp space to think, meet, exchange and create.

Muraflex™ is where elegance meets functionality. With a European touch, our design-savvy demountable glass partitions create a distinguished work environment.

Discover our many other demountable partition systems, visit us in showroom 11-117A.

Snowsound Quiet Zones

FLOOR 7, PASS-THROUGHS

Enjoy a moment of peace and quiet on the 7th floor as you travel between the two main sections of the NeoCon Exhibit Hall the 7th floor Snowsound Pass-Throughs. These acoustic retreats are designed with Snowsound Panels & Acoustic Textiles to offer an architecturally inspired acoustic haven of tranquility for attendees to enjoy. You can also visit Snowsound's main booth on the 7th floor @7-5018 for an Acoustic Experience Room demonstration and shot of Italian Espresso!

Memory Lane

FLOOR 10, CENTER PASS-THROUGH

GMi Companies (Ghent, Waddell, and VividBoard) along with Trinity Furniture are pleased to present a tribute to Neocon’s 50th edition on the 10th floor hallway next to showrooms 1060 and 1061. Visit the hallway to engage with a series of glassboards by sharing memorable moments from past NeoCon events, or simply relax in the lounge with industry friends.

IIDA

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Resources

Show Daily 1, 2, & 3: The Official NeoCon Guide

The Show Daily is the definitive news and product source published each day at NeoCon. The Show Directory and Show Dailies are distributed at the show.

Also check out Interior Design's NeoCon real-time coverage at interiordesign.net/neocon, featuring the latest products, news, and designer interviews. In addition, view video walk-throughs of the newest showrooms and see a daily video wrap-up of what's getting the most buzz at the show. Follow us on Facebook

interiors+sources Materials Pavilion

Floor 7, Booth #7-1000

Discover hundreds of material samples displayed side-by-side, with details on their origin, makeup and recommended applications. Engage in real discussions about the materials themselves and learn the latest trends in material innovation in a comfortable, non-sales-like environment.

Curated by the i+s editorial team and designed by the interiors+sources I Like Design student competition winner, be sure to make a stop at this bustling, experiential, educational exhibit!  

Metropolis: SPECIFY

Distributed with the June issue of Metropolis Magazine and at NeoCon

Metropolis celebrates NeoCon 50 with Specify, a special publication dedicated to the best products, designers, and businesses in the American contract industry, with designer profiles, product stories, and a host of other editorial features. Distributed with the June issue of Metropolis Magazine and during the fair, the NeoCon50 Special Edition of Specify will help designers, architects, and other specifiers identify the best new products across workplace, hospitality, healthcare, education, and residential design.

Best of NeoCon Guide

The complete guide to the winners and entrants of the 2018 Best of NeoCon Awards. Best of NeoCon Guides are distributed throughout The Mart and feature the most important and influential new product innovations in more than 47 product categories.

Official NeoCon Product Preview: Contract Magazine

Published in the May issue of Contract and distributed throughout the Show

Published in the May issue of Contract and distributed throughout the Show, the Official NeoCon Product Preview provides you with extensive coverage on the latest product introductions, interview with the NeoCon 2018 keynote speakers, Chicago designer’s favorite places in the city and more. Pick up a copy in the magazine bins on the first floor of The Mart throughout the show.

Design Center @ NeoCon

Visit Design Center Floors 6, 14, 15, 16 during NeoCon

The Design Center at theMART has many contract lines, some of which are fully customizable. Categories represented include luxury fabrics, wall coverings, floor coverings, furniture, outdoor furnishings, accessories, art and much more. Explore over 2,500 resources available to you on four convenient floors while attending NeoCon 2018.

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LuxeHome

Experience LuxeHome on the First Floor during NeoCon. 30 Boutiques, 1 Location.

LuxeHome is the world’s largest collection of premier boutiques for home building and renovation. LuxeHome is located on over 120,000 square feet of space on the first floor of The Mart in Chicago. The over 30 Boutiques at LuxeHome offer the finest products and brands for kitchen, bath, flooring, appliances, tile, stone, hardware, lighting, paint, custom window treatments and more. 

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