July 5, 2012

Smiles, celebrities and other showstoppers: NeoCon 2012

How can we describe NeoCon 2012, the design expo that took place just a few weeks ago in Chicago? “Smashing success” leaps to mind.  So do the words “bustling,” “unforgettable” and “inspiring.”

There was an energy about this year’s show that distinguished it from years past.  For our part, we at Teknion were thrilled to be showcasing more new products than ever before, and especially excited to unveil our new showroom (photos above).

It was exciting and rewarding to see our space go from construction zone to a bustling hit in just a few days.  And despite the new increased square footage, our showroom felt especially packed with activity.  Hordes of expo attendees made their way through our bright new space, snacking on the popcorn and orange-flavored water we set out, resting and conversing on the comfortable new furniture–just as we had hoped.

Positive vibes came in on many channels. “You can feel the energy and almost hear the buzz!” commented one enthusiastic Facebook post as the showroom action arrived on our Facebook wall.

We were delighted to see many leading lights of the industry stopping by the showroom, such as design superstar Michael Vanderbyl; Richard Fedrizzi, USGBC’s President and CEO; Jo Staffelbach Heinz, President and CEO, Staffelbach; Katrina Kostic-Samen, Managing Partner, KKS Strategy; John Campbell, Principal at Francis Cauffman; and Heidi Panchaud, Principal and Vice President of Interior Design, B+H Architects to name a few.

Not to be outdone, of course, was our own Carl Magnusson, whose magnetic personality and encyclopedic knowledge often had him at the center of a crowd.

The three NeoCon events we took part in were simply icing on the cake.  The IIDA COOL Black Tie Gala was certainly cool, with wining, dining and dancing at Chicago’s Ritz Carlton.  The DIFFA Believe 2012 GardenGala kept the black-tie theme, but added a delicious farm-to-table dinner and a spirited live auction.  And, our roundtable was both well attended and well received; it even won kudos from officeinsight editor Brad Powell for the panel’s strong female representation.  Says Powell, “That, to me, is true progress in the design community.”

Progress, perhaps.  Inspiring, without a doubt.

Other notable showroom visitors we’d like to acknowledge include:

Susan Szenasy, Editor in Chief, Metropolis Magazine; Jean Lin, Editor, Otto

John Czarnecki, Editor in Chief, Contract Magazine; Liz Wolf and Michael Wolf, MMQB

Robert Nieminen, Editor, Interiors & Sources; Brad Powell, Editor, officeinsight

Wanda Lau, Associate Editor, Architect; Mark Strauss, Publisher, Interior Design

Bob Fox, Editor, Workspace Design Magazine; Diane Chan, Managing Editor, Azure

Michael Totzke, Editor, Canadian Interiors; Elles Middeljans, Publisher, FrameChicago 2012

If you missed NeoCon 2012, contact your local sales representative to catch up on the products and themes you may have missed.

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