Bishop Brands to See at NeoCon 2017
Jun 07, 2017

There are few trade shows as recognizable and as prestigious as NeoCon. Taking place at The Mart in Chicago since 1969, this commercial design exhibition hosts over 50,000 design professionals from 500 different companies every year. Experts from every aspect of interior design visit NeoCon for an opportunity to connect, learn, and do business together. With its many lecture series and its spacious environments, NeoCon is sure to impress professionals from every part of the industry.

Like many others, Bishop Distributing is excited for this glance into the world of interior design. Keynote speakers like Arianna Huffington of the Huffington post and John Ronan of John Ronan Architects are exciting enough in themselves, but different features, awards, and student programming prove that this year’s NeoCon will have something for everyone.

Moreover, Bishop is eager for our commercial product specialist, Kelly Cassidy, to visit the Johnsonite/Tarkett and Dinoflex booths for a look at the products there. While the exhibition space while be in the same location, Johsonite/Tarket has more than tripled their space on the third floor. The exhibition is now 10,000 sq. ft. SVP of Design at Tarkett, Chris Stulpin, explains the reasoning behind this expansion:

“[Separating our family of companies] didn’t make sense for us anymore. Last year we started to put the whole family of brands together under the Tarkett brand umbrella and wanted to start to view the brands through our customer’s eyes in terms of storytelling, material use, market segment… There was no way we could do what we needed to in 3,000 sq. ft.”

With three entrances into the recently renovated interior based space, the Tarkett booth is expected to catch the attention of many in attendance. The products displayed there, too, are sure to be as stunning as their space.

The Tarkett family of brands provides flooring solutions for all aspects of design. Its 130 years of experience and diverse breadth of products only make this year’s NeoCon all the more exciting. One such product that is sure to wow on the showroom floor is the iQ Optima, a collection that seems to only get better with time. The best life-cycle cost on the market, three variations of linear patterns, and 26 new colors make this a product to look out for. SlideLock modular tile also demonstrates Tarkett’s particular brand of mastery. A Johnsonite product, SlideLock is available in 12”x24”, 12”x24”, and 24”x24”. Its glueless rubber tiles allow for access to areas of the floor at risk of contamination or moisture problems. These products, among others, make the Tarkett booth one of the most exciting at NeoCon. Come check them out in person on the 3rd Floor showroom, booth 380.


Dinoflex will also be in attendance, bringing some of its very best to the floor. With a commitment to ecofriendly materials at an affordable price, Dinoflex’s recycled rubber innovations blend craftsmanship with sustainability. Its Evolution Commercial Flooring, for instance, is engineered with in room sound reduction and comes in a variety of customizable color blends. Sport Mat, another of their products, provides the perfect flooring solution for athletic areas like weight rooms and fitness centers. In addition to its extended life expectancy, Sport Mat comes in unique shapes and sizes. Nature’s Collection utilizes a mixture of recycled rubber and cork to provide a flooring solution unlike any other. Easy maintenance, high traction, and unique colors make Sport Mat an exceptional addition to Dinoflex’s products, one which we can’t wait to see at NeoCon. This is one booth that will be a shame to miss. Come check it out on the 7th floor, booth 10097.

Should you not have the chance to attend, however, Kelly Cassidy will keep you updated each step of the way via Instagram. Her trips to NeoCon in the past have provided us glimpses of the different exhibits at NeoCon, but now you can follow for real time updates from our time at the conference. And if you’d like to meet her in person, Kelly will be available for tours from 2:00-3:00 PM on Monday, June 12th and from 9:00-10:00 AM on Tuesday, June 13th.



Bishop values its client relationships more than anything else, and therefore we value any opportunity to learn how we might better serve them. NeoCon and the fantastic products there give us an insight into the world of interior design and how our flooring solutions can better fit into that world. We’re beyond excited to meet, connect, and learn from other experts in the industry.

We hope to see you at NeoCon 2017 this June 12th-14th in The Mart, Chicago.