NeoCon 2017 Wrap-Up
Jun 15, 2017

Yesterday marked the end of NeoCon 2017 and with it the end of another great year for interior design. The three day event gathered industry professionals from hundreds of leading companies for an opportunity to connect with one another and exhibit some of their most exciting projects. The convention’s show space, nearly one million square feet of the Mart in Chicago, was the perfect platform for those interested in interior design. Moreover, the various flooring, furniture, and lighting solutions of this year’s NeoCon created an atmosphere fit for anyone who understands the impact of shaping the environments we inhabit.

That atmosphere was heavily inhabited, too, almost saturated. NeoCon 2017’s attendance was extraordinarily high relative to previous years, and the mood reflected this. Electric with a mixture of excitement and anticipation, crowds upon crowds of people ran explored the features of NeoCon. Our Commercial Product Specialist Kelly Cassidy, who provided tours of different Bishop Manufacturer exhibitions, observed the masses of crowds as they utilized freight elevators to make an exit at the end of each day. Professionals still donned their best dress amidst the helter skelter, though.  Making their rounds, they scanned the various displays, looking for the quirky, the genius, and the design savvy.

Among those displays, Tarkett’s permanent space stood proudly in the center of the third floor. This exhibition, now some 7,000 sq. ft. larger than in previous years, displayed the many innovative products Tarkett has to offer. It also displayed a full bloody Mary bar for those in attendance. A conversation between Tarkett’s SVP of Design, Chris Stulpin, Jhane Barnes, and Suzanne Tick completed the scene. These three traded ideas about design and space while attendees intently listened, sipping on bloody Mary’s all the while.

Excitement stayed high at the convention as the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) revealed their newest headquarters. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the design’s 17,000 square feet intends to communicate how place, people, culture, and brand matter in the workplace. The unveiling coincided with NeoCon and attendees made trips to view how the association responsible for many of the awards presented at NeoCon hold themselves and their surroundings. For lovers of design and collaboration, the IIDA’s announcement was great news.

The convention also presented various seminars and keynote speeches throughout its three day span. Key note presentations included: Ariana Huffington (Founder of the Huffington Post), Jessica Green (Founding director of the Biology and the Built Environment Center), and John Ronan (Founding principal of John Ronan Architects). Each of these presenters, equally notable in their own backgrounds, gave insight into the lessons learned throughout their careers building businesses and speculated the future of what tomorrow might look like. Each of these luminaries inspired audiences at NeoCon and incited the sort of ideas that innovate the principles of interior design.

For almost five decades, NeoCon has served as a Launchpad for innovation, offering ideas and introductions that shape the build environment. Its access to the latest and best solutions in commercial design is unparalleled, making it the industry’s definitive gathering space. The educational growth gained from the convention reinforces its reputation and status as one of the most essential one-stop destinations for educational growth in the industry. Although it’s done for this year, the ideas professionals took from NeoCon 2017 will be influential for years to come.

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