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NeoCon 2017


NeoCon 2017


NeoCon: Experience Commercial Design from Every Angle
The Merchandise Mart, Chicago – June 12 - 14, 2017

Explore, learn, discuss, and find the best of good design at NeoCon — North America’s most important design exposition and conference for commercial interiors. Since 1969, NeoCon remains the premier platform for connecting, learning, and doing business in the industry. The three-day event attracts nearly 50,000 design professionals. With nearly 1 million square feet of exhibition space, three floors of showroom, and one floor of temporary exhibitors, the show launches thousands of new products every year—satisfying a wide range of specification needs including building products, contract accessories, floor coverings, furniture, lighting, outdoor products, technology, textiles, tile, stone and other surfaces, wallcoverings, and more.

As the leading Commercial Interior Design Association, IIDA offers NeoCon attendees engaging workshops, opportunities for designers to participate in discussions with industry professionals and thought leaders, and special events that underscore the value of interior design.

Register to attend NeoCon 2017.



DATE: Sunday, June 11
TIME: 1 - 2:30 P.M.
LOCATION: Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago 
RSVP: RSVP by June 2 to

IIDA invites current members and their guests to attend the 2017 IIDA Annual Meeting. Kick off NeoCon 2017 by joining us as we honor the 2017-2019 International Board of Directors, the 2017 College of Fellows inductees, the recipients of the Star and Titan awards, and the Educator, Member, Student, and Chapters of the Year. VIP reception, sponsored by Vitra, to follow.



DATE: Sunday, June 11
TIME: 7 - 11 p.m.
LOCATION: Four Seasons Chicago, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago
RSVP: Email Aisha Williams, senior director of industry relations and special events, at for tickets and sponsorship information.

The IIDA annual NeoCon black-tie gala celebration is a special evening to honor the winners of two of the most prestigious competitions in the Interior Design profession—the 44th annual Interior Design Competition and the 25th annual Will Ching Design Competition.

Join IIDA, prominent international interior designers, and global design manufacturers for an evening of cocktails, dinner, and dancing in the Grand Ballroom of The Four Seasons to celebrate the award-winning design firms and their outstanding projects. 



LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 1st Floor, Elevators across from Starbucks, Chicago

Don’t miss IIDA DESIGN | DISRUPT | SHAPE | SHIFT, designed by Chicago-based creative agency hk+c. As designers, we are challenged to envision the future of our industry, to push boundaries and create solutions that disrupt the status quo. This high-touch installation invites NeoCon attendees to reflect on design’s winding path and encourages designers to shift and shape a vision for tomorrow’s communities.



DATE: Monday, June 12
TIME: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, NeoCon Theater, Motorola, 19th Floor, Chicago

IIDA, Thrive Global, and Humanscale are proud to welcome Arianna Huffington, founder of The Huffington Post and founder and CEO of Thrive Global, as this year’s keynote speaker. In May 2005, Huffington launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog site that quickly became one of the most widely-read and frequently-cited media brands on the Internet. In August 2016, she launched Thrive Global, a corporate and consumer well-being and productivity platform with the mission of changing the way we work and live by ending the collective delusion that burnout is the price we must pay for success. She has been named to TIME Magazine’s list of the world’s 100 Most Influential People and Forbes’ list of the 100 Most Powerful Women. Her last two books, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder and The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life, One Night At A Time, both became instant international bestsellers.



DATE: Monday, June 12
TIME: 3 - 6 p.m.
LOCATION: IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 222, Chicago
RSVP: RSVP by June 5

What happens when an international design association reimagines the possibilities of place and productivity? Join the IIDA International Board of Directors, Headquarters staff, and industry colleagues for the exclusive reveal of the newly relocated IIDA offices. Designed by Contract magazine’s 2016 Designer of the Year, Todd Heiser, IIDA, Gensler, the new workplace expands culture, brand, and engagement for this singular and distinctive design organization that throughout its history has defined global commercial design excellence and its community of practitioners. Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails will be served.




An innovative award recognizing corporate branding initiatives for showroom and booth design, this annual competition recognizes outstanding creativity at NeoCon each year. Criteria includes the originality of design, visual impact, effective use of materials, and the outstanding use of space, color, texture, lighting, and graphics. Winners will be announced Sunday, June 11 and featured on the IIDA and Contract magazine websites. View the 2016 winners.



DATE: Tuesday, June 13
TIME: 9-10:30 a.m.
LOCATION: IIDA Headquarters, 111 E. Wacker Drive, Suite 222, Chicago
RSVP: RSVP by June 5 to

Join Laura Guido-Clark, founder of LG-C Design, as she unveils her revolutionary color tool, Love Good Color, the first color system to fuse science with the senses. Citing over two decades of research and experience in color response, the Love Good Color system allows designers to apply and communicate color through a new lens of emotional power, temperament, and environments. Learn how to access the world of color based on what you and your clients feel—not just what we see. A light breakfast will be served.



DATE: Tuesday, June 13
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. (charette), 3 - 5 p.m. (charette judging)
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 6th Floor, Suite 614, Chicago

Sponsored by Herman Miller, IIDA Student Members from around the country will compete in a live, onsite design competition that takes place during NeoCon. Students have less than six hours to determine a design solution, develop a presentation, and pitch their concept to a panel of esteemed jurors. NeoCon attendees are encouraged to observe the students during the creative and presentation process. Final presentations will take place on Tuesday, June 13 at 3 p.m., with winners announced at the Winners Reception on Wednesday, June 14. Learn more information about the event.



DATE: Wednesday, June 14
TIME: 1-2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Merchandise Mart, 6th Floor, Suite 614, Chicago

Sponsored by OFS, IIDA Career Bootcamp gives students and recent graduates the opportunity to hear from professionals about what it takes to succeed in interior design, the importance of interior design in a changing world, and the future of the industry. This year, questions from students and young professionals – both those in the audience as well as those watching the panel online – will be focus of the program, making this the most dynamic and interactive Bootcamp yet. See highlights from last year’s IIDA Career Bootcamp.

With Sincere Appreciation to the 2017 Sponsors

2017 NeoCon Sponsors