Countdown to NeoCon 2015

NeoCon 2015, which takes place June 15 to 17 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, is just around the corner. Over the past few weeks, the editors of Contract magazine have been working hard to put together Contract’s May and June issues, both of which include a detailed preview of NeoCon.


The May issue includes the new and improved 2015 Official NeoCon Product Preview, which highlights keynotes, the Best of NeoCon competition, events, product coverage, Chicago designers’ favorite places, Chicago art highlights, and a full exhibitor list.


The annual Best of NeoCon competition, which honors new products that are exhibited at the Mart, will once again be held during the show. This year we had nearly 400 product entries, which can be viewed at A jury comprised of industry professionals will judge these products June 11–13 and choose category winners as well as a Best of Competition winner. Contract editors will also take part in the judging process by selecting the Editors’ Choice awards winners.


The winners will be first announced at the Best of NeoCon Awards Breakfast, held at 7:30 a.m. Monday, June 15, at the Renaissance Hotel. The Winners Guide will also be available to the public Monday morning and will be located in various locations throughout the Mart. You can purchase breakfast tickets here

On Sunday, June 14, at 4 p.m., Contract will present its annual Inspirations Awards at a reception in the Tandus Centiva showroom, #391. The Inspirations Awards celebrate leadership in socially responsible design among commercial interior designers and architects. The winners are honored for work designed for a worthy cause, and the clients receive a grant from Tandus Centiva, the awards sponsor.


The Contract staff and our sponsors will also hold drawings for a free Samsung Galaxy tablet every hour at the show on Monday and Tuesday! Visit these showrooms at the scheduled times for your chance to win:

Monday, June 15

11:00 a.m. Davis, 3-115

12:00 p.m. KI, 11-1181

1:00 p.m. Aquafil, 11-107

2:00 p.m. Keilhauer, 3-373

3:00 p.m. Allermuir, 3-123

4:00 p.m. J+J Flooring Group, 10-118

4:30 p.m. Mayer Fabrics, 10-128

Tuesday, June 16

11:00 a.m. Momentum, 11-106

12:00 p.m. West Elm, 11-1191

1:00 p.m. Aceray, 7-4030

2:00 p.m. SitOnIt, 11-1150

2:30 p.m. Mohawk Group, 3-377

3:00 p.m. Wilsonart, 8-1122

4:00 p.m. Mannington Commercial, 10-1039

Contract will also be posting takeaways from the show on social media. Follow Contract on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@contractmag) for must-see highlights from the show.

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