2018 Features

NeoCon 50 was 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. 

2018 Events

The Future Is PARTY

  • Date Held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time 5 - 8 PM
  • Location The Mart South Drive
  • Tickets $50; Available at registration on Tuesday
The Future is Party

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 by DJ Greg Corner and a performance by Classixx, 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

Online ticket sales are now closed. Tickets will be available for purchase at the South Lobby Registration Desk on Tuesday, June 12 after 10 AM. 

DIFFA Chicago: Gala 2018

  • Date Held on Saturday, June 9, 2018
  • 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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2018 IIDA COOL Awards Gala

  • Date Held on Sunday, June 10, 2018
  • 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 Held on Monday, June 11, 2018
  • 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. 

2018 Winners

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IIDA Monday Party, 2018

  • Date Held on Monday, June 11, 2018
  • 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 an exclusive IIDA NeoCon party. Nosh on hors d'oeuvres and sip on frosé and have a good time mingling in the thoughtfully designed IIDA workspace. 


2018 Showroom Parties

  • Date Held on Monday, June 11, 2018
  • 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.

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2018 Exhibit Hall Party

  • Date Held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • 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.

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Design Center @ NeoCon: Toast to Fine Design, 2018

  • Date Held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
  • Time 3 – 5 PM
  • Location Floors 6 and 14 Floor-wide Champagne Reception

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. Come see all the Design Center has to offer the contract market!

Featuring: Lori Weitzner | Ode to Color Book Signing and Meet & Greet |14th Floor

The party continues in 75 inspiring showrooms. 

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2018 BIFMA Annual Membership Meeting

  • Date Held on Wednesday, June 13, 2018
  • 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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2018 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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2018 LuxeHome Boutique Special Events

  • Date Held June 11-13, 2018
  • 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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2018 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. 

2018 Winners

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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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2018 Installations

Attendees were inspired and delighted by these dynamic installations, experiences and lounges. There were surprises around every corner at the 2018 show.

ASID Introduces “The Queue”


ASID is bringing a truly immersive design experience to NeoCon, simply called The Queue. This unique installation will allow attendees to enter multiple environments through the use of all senses. You will be inspired after visiting The Queue.




Stop by BuzziLounge to enjoy a luxe reprieve. Relax into the comfort of BuzziMe Low, a new lounge seat encouraging intimate conversations. Recharge and catch up on emails in this quiet oasis under a sea of BuzziJet and BuzziProp acoustic pendant lights. Together they create a warm and comfortable sphere representative of BuzziSpace’s mission to creating happy and healthy workspaces.

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Dekko Charging Stations


Stay powered and connected on the go with the AirCharge™ wireless charging kiosk. Seize the power by simply placing your device on the AirCharge™ pad to initiate rapid charging. It’s convenient, fast and will keep you with a full battery during the show.

Recharge at the many kiosks located on the main aisle on the 7th Floor or visit Dekko|ECA at booth #7-1082.

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Edward Fields NeoCon Rugs


See a bit of NeoCon history on the 7th floor Expo Hall.   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.  The rugs were displayed each year in The Mart’s South Lobby.  Fourteen of these rugs, ranging from 1974 through 1992, are on display along the 7000 aisle of the floor.  Edward Fields famously coined the term “area rug’ and considered rugs to be design elements and art objects all on their own, challenging the convention that rugs were merely decorative.  He spoke of rugs as “the fifth wall”—art for your floor, similar to what you might place on the wall.  Visit the Tai Ping Showroom on the 6th Floor (Space 635) to learn/see more about Edward Fields.

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Emeco Reclaimed by Jasper Morrison


In 1944 it was recycled aluminium. Today, there’s a lot more to reclaim. The point it is to make really good chairs. Good means more than just for sitting.

Emeco presents 1 Inch Reclaimed by Jasper Morrison. With 1 Inch Reclaimed, Emeco and Jasper Morrison affirm the combination of effortless design and sustainable materials. Visit us at Floor 1 learn how we explore innovative ways to use consumer and industrial waste, along with environmentally responsible resources to create and build simple, timeless furniture that is made to last. 

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Oasis of Happiness by Framery


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.

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Memory Lane by GMi Companies and Trinity Furniture


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.

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Experience Herman Miller’s Family of Brands


With the widest variety of furnishings for an increasingly diverse floor plate, Herman Miller’s family of brands is driving design to new frontiers.

Featuring an inspirational, architectural installation as its centerpiece, the South Lobby will be a must-see for NeoCon attendees. For more from Herman Miller, visit our showrooms on the 3rd floor.

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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. 

Monday, June 11 and Tuesday June 12, Noon - 1PM

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IIDA: Design is everywhere

As the commercial interior design association, we’ll be connecting the design profession everywhere before and during NeoCon. This year, IIDA is taking it to the streets. We’re going mobile. Look for the IIDA truck wherever you are for NeoCon!

Follow @IIDA_HQ on your favorite social channel to stay ahead of the curve, to know the latest happenings, and to see where the IIDA will be next. We’ll be tweeting out contests, customized giveaways, and exclusive opportunities to be featured on our channels to IIDA social media followers. 


JabbrrX Workspace


Experience JabbrrX by Jabbrrbox at Neocon50. Your Very Own On-Demand Private Space to Think | Create | Connect | Recharge! 

Available for use within the JabbrrLounge located on the 7th floor in booth 7-3082 and adjacent to Marshall’s Landing on the Second Floor.

Your Private Space whenever you need it!

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Gabriel Dawe, “Plexus C22,” sponsored by Mannington Commercial


Artist Gabriel Dawe brings an ethereal formation of color and light to the Mart’s North East Corridor with “Plexus C22,” sponsored by Mannington Commercial. Visitors can experience the wonder of Dawe’s architectural installation, which he created from miles of thread, and also get a glimpse of the Moiré Collection, an innovative collection of modular plank and broadloom designed by Dawe in collaboration with Mannington Commercial. Visitors are invited to explore Moiré and all of Mannington’s new flooring collections in showroom 1039.

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NeoCon Retrospective Presented by Metropolis


To celebrate NeoCon's 50th edition, the editors of Metropolis are highlighting the most important innovations in the 20th century contract interior design. 

A retrospective video presents the products, innovations, movements and people that captured the imagination of the contract interior design industry for the last 50 years. 

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Mohawk Group – Mega Art Collection and Color Balance


Mohawk Group believes knowledge is power, and inspiring learning environments can enhance creativity, collaboration and well-being. With a colorfully dynamic installation of our Mega Art Collection and Color Balance modular carpet planks, Mohawk Group demonstrates the transformative potential of great flooring solutions. In addition to the Kinzie lobby floor, Mohawk Group's innovative pop-up exhibition cube will showcase more product details and an inset of Mega Art, Color Balance and Matuto Plus enhanced resilient tile. Learn more about Mohawk Group's sustainable flooring solutions and industry segment expertise in space 377.

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Zitto by Muraflex


Have a Zitto moment: Muraflex is proud to present its newest freestanding pod that provides an acoustically sound, structurally superior, and visually sharp space to think, meet, exchange and create.

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

Discover our many other demountable partition systems and visit us in our showroom 11-130.

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Nooks on Parade!


Experience the Nook effect and enjoy a place where small teams can meet or individuals can find focus - or just relax, have lunch and take a breath without missing any of the excitement.

Fully loaded with power and wireless charging facilities, grab one of the Nooks on the 6000 aisle and recharge !

Meet the Designer at the Nook booth 7-5078 !


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Snowsound Quiet Zones


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!

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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

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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!  

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Featured Event:

Toast to Fine Design | Tuesday June 12, 2018 | 3pm - 5pm | Floors 6 & 14 | Floor wide champagne reception

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. Come see all the Design Center has to offer the contract market!

Design Center @ NeoCon events:

Over 100 events throughout the showrooms on floors 6 & 14, including:

The Design Process | Speaker: Michael Freedman | Innovations | Suite 6-130 | Tuesday, June 12, 11am

Home Sweet Office - Creating Work Life BlissTHE BRIGHT GROUP | Suite 6-166 | Tuesday, June 12, 1pm

View complete list of events

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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 125,000 square feet of space on the first floor of The Mart in Chicago. The over 45 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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