NEOCON 2022 illuminated the power of design

Published on : Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Thousands of manufacturers, dealers, architects, designers, end-users, design organizations, and media convened at THE MART in Chicago for the 53rd annual NeoCon, the leading platform and most important event for the commercial design industry. With a strong attendance of close to 40,000 design professionals and more than 400 leading companies launching game-changing new products and services, the 2022 edition was a lively hub of activity and innovation. Daily keynote addresses by influential thought leaders from the broader design and cultural worlds, Nick Cave, Bob Faust, Bruce Mau, and Shashi Caan; timely and productive educational programming; and energizing activations and networking events rounded out the three lively days. Exhibitor information and recordings of on-site and virtual programming will be available via the NeoCon Hub through July 15.

Illustrating NeoCon and THE MART’s continued role as a critical partner in the business strategies of leading companies, a number of new and expanded showrooms were unveiled at this year’s show. Turf Design presented its latest acoustical innovations in an immersive and colorful new outpost designed by HDR Inc. on the 10th floor. On the 11th floor, iconic furniture brand Heller outfitted its new space with a number of high-profile designer collaborations, while adjustable desking systems leader

Several brands expanded their footprints in the building including Enwork, Loftwall, Zgo Technologies, and Clarus Glassboards, which tripled in size. Pioneering new solutions and services were on display throughout showroom floors—from products in line with the latest movements, such as the merging of physical and digital (“phygital”) and “hotelification”, to introductions that support neurodiversity, biophilia, and wellbeing.

The 7th Floor Exhibit Hall featured nearly 200 leading and emerging companies from around the world and displayed products across a range of categories such as flooring, furniture and fabrics, interior building products, finishes and materials, technology, and more. NeoCon newcomers included i4F Patents & Technologies; AHF Flooring, OneFlorUSA; Küberit; Wescover; Calligarisgroup, contract; Egoe North America; Greenmood; Mizetto; Polyvision; Frovi, Artome Oy, and James Burleigh. First time exhibitor Mizetto launched Understand, a modular shelving system, while Polyvision introduced its new Interior CeramicSteel wall system.

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