CHICAGO -- The 43rd edition of NeoCon, June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart, will feature a full slate of special events and exhibitor-hosted attractions.

NeoCon, the National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, is North America’s largest exhibition of contract furnishings for the design and management of the built environment. NeoCon features the latest trends, products, and concepts in office, healthcare, hospitality, residential, institutional and government environments from more than 700 exhibitors. Approximately 40,000 trade professionals are expected to attend.

NeoCon special events include:

23rd Annual Believe 2011 RocknGala
6:30 p.m. June 11
Chicago Marriott Downtown
Designers, architects and design industry leaders will show their support and continue the fight toward a future without AIDS at the 23rd Annual Believe 2011 RocknGala.

Surviving NeoCon: Plan Your Success
Kay Sargent, IIDA, CID, LEED AP, Principal, IA Interior Architects
1:30 p.m. June 12

COOL, IIDA Black Tie Awards Celebration
7 p.m. June 12
Westin Chicago River North Hotel
Attendees will kick off NeoCon with an elegant evening of cocktails, awards, dinner and dancing at the 2011 IIDA black-tie awards gala, celebrating the winning projects and design firms of the 38th Annual Interior Design Competition and 19th Annual Will Ching Design Competition.

2011 OFDA Dealer’s Choice Awards
9 a.m. June 13
Market Suites, The Merchandise Mart

IIDA Student and Emerging Professionals Design Charrette
9 a.m. June 13
Haworth sponsors this event in which teams of design students and recent graduates will be given the opportunity to design a raw space on a prominent, commercial floor in The Merchandise Mart during NeoCon 2011.

Canadian Panel Presentation
The Business Case for Beauty: Design’s Most Potent Weapon
3 p.m. June 13
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, 14th Floor, Sauganash Ballroom

Showroom Parties
5 p.m. June 13
The Merchandise Mart floors 3, 10 and 11

FIRSTnight – ASID Toasts Design
7 p.m. June 13
Museum of Contemporary Art

Behind the Scenes of the Best of NeoCon
2:30 p.m. June 14
Merchandise Mart 8th Floor, Room 8A

Green Drinks-Business Edition: The Business of Creating Sustainable Communities
5:30 p.m. June 14
Haworth Showroom, 312 Merchandise Mart

BIFMA International’s Annual Membership Meeting
7:15 a.m. June 15
Holiday Inn Mart Plaza, Wolf Point Ballroom
Annual meeting of the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association.

Meet the President’s Day
10 a.m. June 15
Company presidents will be in their showrooms to share their expertise and insight about their products and companies.

Vornado Realty Trust, owners of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

In addition to these events, the following special NeoCon exhibits will be offered during the three-day event:

Herman Miller Lounge
The Merchandise Mart, 1st Floor, South Lobby

Exhibit: Glimmer- How design can transform your life and maybe even the world
Sponsored by Consentino and curated by i4design magazine
Merchandise Mart, 7th Floor, Suite 7-1038

Display: Green Spot and Sustainability Timeline
The Merchandise Mart, 1st Floor

Interiors & Sources Materials Pavilion
The Merchandise Mart, 8th Floor

Seeyond Exhibit
The Merchandise Mart, 1st Floor, North Lobby
Imaginations will wander as attendees enter the Seeyond experience - two freestanding curved walls that mingle form with function and reset all the standards for architectural specialty features.

Savannah College of Art and Design Exhibit
Market Suites, 8th Floor

Furniture Revolution Gallery
Market Suites, 7th floor
The Furniture Revolution Gallery will provide a platform from the designs of student and up-and-coming young designers just out of school.

Student Project Display
Merchandise Mart, 10th Floor West Corridor

Vornado Realty Trust, owners of MMPI, based in New York City, is a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust. Vornado’s common shares are listed on the New York Stock Exchange and are traded under the symbol VNO.

Posted by Rich Christianson

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