Contract’s NeoCon 2014 Preview Guide

Next week, thousands of design professionals will converge in Chicago for NeoCon 2014, held June 9-11 at the Merchandise Mart.

Contact’s editors have been hard at work the past few weeks producing our May and June issues, which feature a large section previewing new product debuts at NeoCon. You can read the digital version of our May issue’s NeoCon preview here. The issue also features The Ideabook, which is your full guide to all of the happenings at NeoCon, including keynote speakers, events, parties, award presentations and more!



The May 2014 Issue of Contract. Click here to read the digital edition. And watch out for the June issue of Contact, which will be available to pick up during the tradeshow.


(From left to right) Contract’s Associate Editor Cody Calamaio, Editor in Chief John Czarnecki, and Managing Editor Murrye Bernard at the Best of NeoCon 2013 Awards Breakfast.

It is an exciting year for Contract as this marks the 25th Anniversary of the Best of NeoCon competition. And this year we had 410 entries—the most ever! You can view all of the products entered into the Best of NeoCon at You can browse products by category or manufacturer, and this tool can help you make the most of your time at NeoCon.


A team of jurors, comprised of industry professionals will judge these products June 5-7 and select category winners as well as a Best of Competition winner. Jury teams will also be accompanied by Contract editors, who will help to oversee the process and select products to be honored with Editors’ Choice awards. Contract editors will then work all weekend to produce a Winners Guide pamphlet, which will available the morning of Monday, June 9th, so you can easily located the winning products to view during NeoCon.

All winners will be first announced at the Best of NeoCon Awards Breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m. Monday at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets have already sold out this year!

Contact is also proud to present the Inspirations Awards, which will be announced 4 p.m. Sunday, June 8th at a reception in the Tandus Centiva showroom, #391.


The Inspirations Awards recognize a commitment to social responsibility in commercial interior architecture and design—implementing design to improve the quality of life for those in need. Winners are recognized for work completed for clients that are a worthy cause. The clients, in turn, receive a generous grant from award sponsor Tandus Centiva. We hope you’ll join us for the announcement of this year’s winners.

During NeoCon, Contract and our sponsors will also holding drawings for a free iPad Air all day Monday and Tuesday! To enter, visit these showroom’s at the scheduled times for your chance to win:


And finally, be sure to follow Contract (@contractmag) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates from the show!


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