Last week I traveled to NeoCon in Chicago and I am excited to post my favorite finds from the show.

What is NeoCon?

Since 1969, the Merchandise Mart has been home to the annual National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, known as NeoCon. With over 1,000 exhibitors of contract and commercial furnishings, and 50,000 attendees, it is the largest trade show of its kind in North America. (Thank you Wikipedia)

The Merchandise Mart

When opened in 1930, the Merchandise Mart, located in the Near North Side, Chicago, Illinois, was the largest building in the world with 4,000,000 square feet of floor space. Previously owned by the Marshall Field Family, the Mart centralized Chicago’s wholesale goods business by consolidating vendors and trade under a single roof. Massive in its construction, and serving as a monument to early 20th century merchandising and architecture, the art deco landmark anchors the daytime skyline at the junction of the Chicago River branches. (Thank you again Wikipedia)

The Merchandise Mart

The vendors show all of their latest and greatest designs. I’ve posted my favorites from the show below.
The overwhelming trend was in wall-treatments and bold colors.

BuzziSpace Felted Acoustic Wall Tiles (many colors.many patterns available) + Sound-absorbent private seating area

BuzziSpace Phone Booth + Acoustical Wall

Momentum's space featured a semi-privacy screen using various colors of string

Edelman Leather showcased the capability of "burning" designs onto their Hair-on-Hide

Maharam's custom wallcovering capabilities

Barbara Barry's showroom featured this beautiful wallcovering on a wall spanning two floors

Weitzner's "Cinema Posters" wallcovering - use all recycled Bollywood posters from India for the face (and a little nylon for the paper backing)

Joel Berman Glass Studio's gorgeous patterns

Knoll Seating

(My favorite textile company) Pollack's latest collection features this beautiful drapery " Squirt Sheer" in Graphite

Showrooms started pouring around 3:00 everyday to keep designers happy after walking the many floors...the most relaxing part of the day!

Francie, Jr. Designer, in tote

Chicago Skyline from the Architectural Boat Tour Line

Francie + I enjoying the cool river on a 95 degree day


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