CHICAGO

- More than 40,000 architecture and design professionals are expected for the 43rd annual NeoCon, North America's largest design exposition and conference for commercial interiors - known broadly as the "built environment." It opens Monday June 13.

On Sunday, more than 700 exhibitors of functional and decorative hardware, wood products, furnishings, fabrics were readying displays. A 28-page prospectus of new furnishings, surfaces, hardware, wood species, veneers, and other materials lists products announced in advance of NeoCon.

NeoCon readies for opening day 
 OFM Walnut reception desk (above) and  ABET Wood Collection of high pressure laminates with the look and feel of true wood veneer with technically enhanced durability,  in natural and reconstituted wood.
 NeoCon readies for opening day

Exhibitors include dozens of familiar wood manufacturing industry brands as well as the biggest manufacturers of commercial and institutional furnishings, readying showrooms with products and resources for corporate, hospitality, healthcare, retail, government, institutional and residential interiors from more than 700 showrooms and exhibitors.

This year the contract furnishings show features extended components, including the Buildings Show, NEWHospitality for the hotel industry, and Fine Design and LuxeHome for residential markets.

Monday's keynoter includes Matt Peterson, CEO of Global Green USA. Peterson is an environmentalist who works with elected officials, business leaders and celebrities to help educate and motivate the public about the challenges and the solutions for combating global warming.

Tuesday morning Amy Wells keynotes. The film and television set decorator for  does AMC’s “Mad Men,” and did American Pie, Clueless, most recently, House. Henrik Fisker, CEO of Fisker Automotive, keyotes Tuesday afternoon. He is the initial designer of Fisker Karma and the Tesla Model S, the full-sized, luxury, battery electric sedan. Actor and environmentalist Ed Begley keynotes Wednesday.

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