CHICAGO - The 48th annual NeoCon, held June 13-15 at The Mart in Chicago, will deliver three days of innovative products, educational seminars, and networking opportunities.
Special features include the new Guerrilla Truck Show at NeoCon, a satellite version of the emerging design event typically held at Chicago’s Fulton Market. This year it will take place on Tuesday, June 14 on the newly expanded South Drive.
Inside, The Mart will feature several exhibits and displays, such as the IIDA Effect/Affect, designed by the San Francisco-based, award-winning firm Studio O+A, a digital wall showcasing Best of NeoCon award winners, as well as places to refresh and recharge like the BuzziLounge and Herman Miller Plaza.
Events at NeoCon 2016 include:
Best of NeoCon Digital Wall. Floor 1, North Corridor
Contract Magazine reprises its Best of NeoCon presentation this year, which will once again feature the most important and influential new product innovations. This competition of over 40 product categories is juried by nearly 50 architects, designers and facilities professionals from the nation’s leading firms. This year’s competition has a record-breaking 427 entries.
BuzziLounge, Floor 1, East Pass-Thru
BuzziLounge offers a place to recharge with a playful pick-me-up at NeoCon. Guests can relax with Martin Lesjak while taking the BuzziBalance for a test drive, a seating product designed in collaboration with 13&9. BuzziJungle is an ideal area to escape the crowds and gain a bird’s-eye view of the fair in the elevated work-lounge concept by emerging designer Jonas Van Put.
IdeaPaint Thinktank Anywhere, Floor 1, North Lobby Escalator
Since 2008, IdeaPaint has been re-imagining how people collaborate through the creation of dry erase paint and accessories. This innovation continues with the NeoCon-exclusive launch of a new mobile collaboration system, designed in partnership with Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A. The new line features three pieces to help take ideation anywhere. IdeaPaint will be highlighting its magnetic PULL system, and products still “in the lab.“ It will also have a 7th floor booth at 7-3069.
IIDA Effect/Affect, Floor 1, Starbucks Escalator
Attendees are invited to experience IIDA Effect/Affect, designed by the San Francisco-based, award-winning design firm, Studio O+A. Located near Starbucks on the first floor, IIDA Effect/Affect explores how a designed space evolves as people move through it and leave their mark on the built environment.
New Talent Spotlight: Five Designers To Watch, Presented By Metropolis magazine In Partnership With NeoCon, Floor 1, West Pass-Thru
Metropolis debuts five new talents in a curated installation at NeoCon 2016. Each new talent will display 3 to 5 objects of design, following Metropolis’s at-all-scales approach. This group of innovators to watch can be found on The Mart’s first floor, as well as in Metropolis’ June issue. Sponsored by: Milliken and Wilsonart.
Showroom Parties, Monday, June 13, 5 – 7 PM
Floors 1, 3, 10 and 11. Festivities will be in full swing on Monday night. Attendees can showroom-hop on floors 1, 3, 10 and 11 and network, experience new products, and enjoy food & cocktails.
Guerrilla Truck Show @ Neocon, Tuesday, June 14, 9 AM – 7 PM, South Drive
A satellite version of the ultra popular emerging design event produced by Morlen Sinoway, which ran in Chicago’s Fulton Market for 10 years, will be featured on the South Drive of The Mart all day on Tuesday, June 14. Sinoway will curate a selection of 10 up- and-comers showcasing prototype work and objects of design in the back of box trucks.